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Despite Parkland, gun control push faces wave of opposition in Congress

WASHINGTON — Despite President Donald Trump’s willingness to support modest tweaks to the nation’s gun laws, Congress may not approve much change as lawmakers remain entrenched in a mostly partisan split over the issue, despite the national debate touched off over the Parkland, Fla., massacre. Continue Reading →

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Feds providing CT schools with money for new students from Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON — After months of fighting over aid to last summer’s hurricane-hit communities, Congress finally approved a compromise budget bill earlier this month that will provide millions of dollars to help schools care for displaced students. Continue Reading →

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Sandy Hook parents tell Trump there’s no need to arm teachers

WASHINGTON — The parents of two children who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook school shooting told President Donald Trump the nation does not need to arm teachers, but should prevent mass shootings by training teachers to respond when a child displays certain signs of trouble. “Sandy Hook Promise has created something that works,” said Mark Barden, holding up a photo of his slain 6-year-old son Daniel. Continue Reading →

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Trump pushes for ‘bump stock’ ban, but Malloy, others skeptical

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday to propose regulations that would ban bump stocks and similar devices “that turn legal weapons into machine guns.” But proponents of stricter federal gun regulations, including Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, are skeptical of Trump’s initiative. Continue Reading →

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White House moves to allow Obamacare rival

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Tuesday moved forward on allowing Americans to purchase short-term health plans that may be more affordable than what’s on the market right now but would not contain the Affordable Care Act’s consumer protections and would undermine the health care law. Continue Reading →

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Trump considering support of Murphy-Cornyn gun bill

WASHINGTON — Grappling to respond to the massacre at a high school in Parkland, Fla., President Donald Trump is considering support of a bill introduced by Sen. Chris Murphy and Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn that would tighten FBI background checks of prospective gun purchasers. But Murphy tweeted, “No one should pretend this bill alone is an adequate response to this epidemic.” Continue Reading →

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Trump health plan gets mixed reviews in CT

WASHINGTON — Connecticut officials have joined a pushback against a Trump administration plan to allow unrelated employers to band together so they can provide their employees affordable — but perhaps limited — health care, while others in the state are celebrating the move. Continue Reading →

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Linda McMahon in Washington, re-imagining the SBA

WASHINGTON – Linda McMahon, the highest-ranking member of the Trump administration from Connecticut, has had a trial-by-fire first year as head of the Small Business Administration. In this Sunday Conversation, she spoke with The Connecticut Mirror about her year as part of the Trump cabinet. Continue Reading →

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School massacre provokes calls for ‘red flag’ laws like one CT pioneered

WASHINGTON — The school shooting in Parkland, Fla., has opened a debate on whether more states should do what Connecticut was first to do — pass laws that allow the confiscation of weapons from those who are believed to be a danger to others and themselves. Continue Reading →

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Senate fails to protect ‘dreamers’

WASHINGTON — Congress proved it is as stalemated on immigration as it is on gun control Thursday, as the Senate failed to advance any of three bills that would protect young immigrants known as “dreamers” from deportation. Sen. Chris Murphy blamed his Republican colleagues for the failure to prevent a looming immigration crisis. Continue Reading →

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Once reticent, Erin Stewart visits Trump in Oval Office

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart, a Republican who had kept her distance from President Trump, accepted an invitation Wednesday to the Oval Office to publicize the administration’s new “Opportunity Zones.” She quickly found herself attacked by Democrats and sighing loudly as the president delivered a zinger over General Electric moving its headquarters from Fairfield to Boston. Continue Reading →

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