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A lot of buzz signifying nothing

In most weeks, a pissing match between the Speaker of the House and President of the United States over a weeks-long government shutdown would top the news. But BuzzFeed threw a wrench into that. Late Thursday it reported that President Donald Trump directed his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress – an allegation, […]

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Two leaders — one new and optimistic — the other with his back against a wall

The news centered heavily on the behavior of two powerful leaders last week — behavior that had a dramatic impact on the lives of millions in Connecticut and the rest of nation. One man brought a message of hope, progress and optimism to the state; the other was entangled in a political stalemate that is bringing thousands of Americans the financial uncertainty and suffering of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

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‘Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the House…

There is nothing like a nice quiet week of federal governance in the week before Christmas. There was, in fact, nothing like that. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria, the subsequent resignation of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and the looming, then eventual, partial shutdown of the federal government generated more than their share of pre-holiday angst.

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Life — and politics in Connecticut — is not necessarily fair

Is all of politics, at their most fundamental, a struggle to make society more fair? Certainly in Connecticut there has been plenty of social inequity to talk about. As the Nov. 6 election approaches, of course, the candidates for governor, U.S. Congress and the state legislature identify all sorts of social and economic disparities that, one way or the other, need to be addressed.