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CT Dems slam Senate health bill that endangers state’s Medicaid expansion

WASHINGTON — Connecticut’s senators blasted the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but will sit on the sidelines as their divided Republican colleagues try to hash out final details of a “discussion draft” released Thursday. The bill would continue some Obamacare subsidies to help people buy insurance, but could eventually force Connecticut to cut Medicaid coverage for many. Continue Reading →

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CT sought federal help to prevent Russian hacking of electoral system

WASHINGTON — A Department of Homeland Security official on Wednesday said 21 state electoral systems were targeted by the Russians for hacking. Although Connecticut’s system was not among them, the state asked for federal help in shoring up its cybersecurity defenses before last year’s election. Continue Reading →

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Health insurers: Trump continues key ACA payments, for now

WASHINGTON — America’s Health Insurance Plans said Tuesday that President Donald Trump has continued to make a controversial Affordable Care Act payment to insurers that lowers out-of-pocket health care costs for low- and moderate-income Americans. ConnectiCare and Anthem say the fate of these payments will factor into their decision to continue participating in Access Health CT. Continue Reading →

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Dems — including CT’s senators — plan to disrupt Senate over health care plan

WASHINGTON — Democrats, with the help of Connecticut’s senators, plan to jam up the Senate this week to bring attention to Republican attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care act. Meanwhile Connecticut Republicans are crying foul over Democrats attempts to save Obamacare. Continue Reading →

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Trump quietly rolls back civil rights enforcement procedures

For decades, the Department of Justice has used court-enforced agreements to protect civil rights, successfully desegregating school systems, reforming police departments, ensuring access for the disabled and defending the religious. Now, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the DOJ appears to be turning away from this storied tool, called consent decrees. Continue Reading →

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Congressional ball game an act of unity and defiance of violence

WASHINGTON — In this baseball game, the victorious team gave a member of the losing team the winner’s trophy. The Congressional Baseball Game, played 36 hours after a gunman’s attack on Republican lawmakers at their baseball practice, was an effort at unity and an act of defiance in the wake of the shooting. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal, Murphy, ask for more money for submarine construction

WASHINGTON — Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy on Thursday asked Senate appropriators for $150 million in additional advance procurement money for the new Columbia-class submarine that will be largely built by Electric Boat. The money would help suppliers, many of them in Connecticut, get ready for the massive new nuclear sub program. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal, Democrats sue to force Trump to disclose foreign deals

WASHINGTON — Sen. Richard Blumenthal wants a federal court in Washington, D.C., to compel President Donald Trump to ask Congress for permission when he benefits from business dealings with foreign governments. The lawsuit is based on the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which requires the nation’s presidents to clear any gift or payment from a foreign leader with Congress. Continue Reading →

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Malloy: Baseball field shooting ‘reason why we need…saner gun laws’

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told reporters in Hartford that the shooting of U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and four others “is a reason why we need, quite frankly, and I’ll say it, saner gun laws in America. I’m thankful no one has lost their life.” The Newtown Action Alliance also made a new call for stricter gun laws. Continue Reading →

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