Monthly Archives: September 2018

‘Contraception deserts’ likely to widen under new Trump policy

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — When Nikia Jackson needed to be screened for a sexually transmitted disease, she wanted a clinic that was reputable, quick and inexpensive. After searching online, Jackson, 23, ended up at the Obria Medical Clinics’ sparkling new facility in an office park in suburban Atlanta. She was unaware that the clinic does not offer condoms or other kinds of birth control beyond so-called natural family planning methods. Religious conservatives say these types of clinics are the future of women’s sexual health care in the United States. Continue Reading →

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Buried in opioid bill — protection for personal drug imports

WASHINGTON — The final version of the massive opioid bill Congress released Wednesday would grant the Food and Drug Administration new powers to crack down on drug imports, but it also includes a provision — nearly killed in the Senate — to shield people who are just trying to buy cheaper, needed prescription medication from other countries. Continue Reading →

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Judge says Blumenthal, other Dems, have standing in lawsuit against Trump

WASHINGTON —  A federal judge on Friday gave the go-ahead to a lawsuit led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal and joined by dozens of congressional Democrats who claim President Donald Trump has violated the U.S. Constitution by failing to seek and obtain the consent of Congress before accepting benefits from foreign states. Continue Reading →

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CT sees sharp decline in uninsured low-income adults in rural areas

Connecticut saw one of the biggest drops in the uninsured rate among low-income adults living in rural areas and small towns compared to other states, according to a national study released this week. The uninsured rate in the state’s sole non-metro county, Litchfield, fell from 32 percent in 2008-09 to 9 percent in 2015-16. Continue Reading →

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Lamont urges Stefanowski to take a position on Kavanaugh

A day after Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh vehemently denied sexual assault accusations during a heated and tearful hearing, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont called on Republican Bob Stefanowski to state whether he supports the nominee or agrees with demands for an FBI investigation. Continue Reading →

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Yale Law School dean calls for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON – Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken, who angered many students at the university with complimentary remarks about Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh, on Friday called for an FBI investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct that have been leveled against the nominee. Continue Reading →

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Judiciary Committee advances nomination, but Kavanaugh hits a snag

WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, but the nomination hit a snag when a key Republican pressed for an FBI investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct by the judge. Continue Reading →

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Murphy helps raise campaign cash to defeat NRA-backed Republicans

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy will join other gun control advocates and coalition of progressive groups in a one-day fundraising effort for eight Democrats hoping to defeat Republican incumbents with “A” ratings from the National Rifle Association in November’s mid-term elections. It’s an effort show the gun control lobby has political clout, and help flip the U.S. House — and maybe also the Senate — to Democratic control. Continue Reading →

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Kavanaugh hearing engulfed in high-stakes drama and emotion

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh angrily lashed out at Democrats who oppose his candidacy and said a rash of accusations of sexual misbehavior from women is a  “calculated and orchestrated political hit.” But it was his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, who first held the nation’s attention when she said she was afraid Kavanaugh “was going to rape me” at a high school party decades ago. Continue Reading →

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