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Trump budget makes another attempt to target ‘sanctuaries’

WASHINGTON — Tucked into the massive $4.4 trillion budget President Donald Trump released this week is the administration’s latest attempt to punish cities and states, like Connecticut, that it considers “sanctuaries,” a move the Malloy administration and others say is unconstitutional. Continue Reading →

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Senate adopts bills to toughen sex-trafficking penalties, stop mileage tax research

The Senate unanimously gave final approval late Thursday to a measure that would widen the definition of human trafficking and toughen the penalties for trafficking and related crimes. The chamber also adopted a measure to prevent state transportation officials from even researching the concept of a mileage tax. Continue Reading →

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McCain ‘disappointed’ by reports Lieberman no longer in running for FBI

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Wednesday he is “disappointed” by reports former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman is no longer under consideration to head the FBI. He said Democrats’ rejection of Lieberman, a former Democrat who was Al Gore’s vice presidential running mate, would make anyone “cynical” about Washington. Continue Reading →

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Himes: Trump ‘is not acting like an innocent party’

WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Himes’ job as a minority member of the House Intelligence Committee usually wasn’t a path to the political spotlight – but all that changed with the election of Donald Trump and allegations his campaign may have colluded with the Russians to influence U.S. elections. Continue Reading →

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‘Joementum’ slows as Dems criticize Lieberman as possible FBI choice

WASHINGTON – Momentum slowed Friday on the expected nomination of former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman to head the FBI as the White House decided to postpone an announcement of President Donald Trump’s pick for the job held by James Comey before his firing. Continue Reading →

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DOJ bows to Blumenthal, other Dems in tapping Mueller to head Russia probe

The campaign for a special prosecutor was led by Democrats, including Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who voted against the confirmation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein because the nominee would not commit to the appointment of a special prosecutor. But a steady stream of Republicans joined that campaign this week. Continue Reading →

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Support rises in Congress and public for independent Russia probe

WASHINGTON – Even before former FBI Director James Comey’s firing, Sen. Richard Blumenthal was pressing for any probe of Russian links to the Trump administration be conducted by a special prosecutor. But some now say a special prosecutor may not be enough. Continue Reading →

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Barrios’ deportation case one of many in CT

WASHINGTON — The case of Luis Barrios, a Guatemalan native who faces deportation after decades of living in Derby and forming a family in the United States, has captured the sympathy of his neighbors and key federal lawmakers, who have intervened to try to keep him in the United States. But his case is not unique. Many immigrants like Barrios who were not in danger of deportation now may be. Continue Reading →

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Comey: No regrets over Clinton emails, but he’d rather have been on the CT shore

WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday vigorously defended his handling of a probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails and deflected Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s questions about whether President Donald Trump was a target of an FBI investigation into Russian meddling in U.S. elections. Continue Reading →

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