Paul Stern

Paul Stern

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Advocacy groups urge senate to reject Trump Immigration pick

As President Trump’s pick to lead the agency that approves immigration petitions heads toward likely confirmation, more than 300 advocacy organizations are urging the Senate to oppose it, citing ProPublica’s examination of the nominee’s record. Lee Francis Cissna, a veteran policymaker, was nominated in February to lead the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the sprawling agency that handles applications for green cards, citizenship, visas, asylum and the controversial deportation protections known as DACA, which benefit 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. In a letter sent Monday to all Senate members, the groups noted that Cissna had volunteered for the Trump campaign and later provided “technical assistance” for Trump’s executive orders on immigration. The letter also referenced a story by ProPublica that showed Cissna helped draft dozens of letters under the letterhead of Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, between 2015 and 2016. Cissna had worked for Grassley’s office while on loan from his longtime employer, the Department of Homeland Security. Continue Reading →

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Millions more uninsured could affect health of those with insurance, too

Much has been written lately about how individuals’ health could suffer if they lose insurance under the health proposals circulating in the U.S. House and Senate. But there is another consequence: creating millions more people without insurance could also impact the health of people who remain insured. Continue Reading →

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A week of legislative needles and pins

It was a week spent on needles and pins, here and in Washington. First and foremost, there was the worrisome question of whether the state would have a budget by Saturday as Connecticut Democrats, Republicans and Gov. Dannel Malloy all attempted to put one – at least a temporary one – in place. Continue Reading →

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Safe under ACA, patients with preexisting conditions now afraid

With the protections of Obamacare in place, physicians in recent years have urged patients to be screened for a variety of diseases and predispositions to illness, feeling confident it would not affect their future insurability. Now genetics experts and patient advocates worry that people are already shying away from testing as the health law’s future becomes more uncertain. Continue Reading →

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New Haven natives take key roles in Russia probe

They both grew up in New Haven and were educated at Hopkins School and Yale. Now they find themselves on opposite sides of a legal drama that has riveted the nation: the special counsel’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia to sway the 2016 election and any possible subsequent coverup. Continue Reading →

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