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Trump is finally almost done resigning from his businesses

Before he took office, then-President-elect Donald Trump said he had signed paperwork “turning over complete and total control” of his business empire to his sons; and his lawyer said the more than 400 businesses would be placed in a trust by Inauguration Day. Now, more than 100 days later, he’s nearly fulfilled this promise. Continue Reading →

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Trump tax overhaul would affect most CT taxpayers

WASHINGTON — The new tax plan released by the Trump administration Wednesday, would slash taxes for corporations and eliminate the estate tax, double the standard deduction and reduce the number of tax brackets from seven to three. If ever implemented, it would affect most Connecticut taxpayers. Continue Reading →

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Trump review of national monuments includes New England Coral Canyons

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s latest executive order threatens newly won protections for an underwater national monument located 150 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. The president ordered a review of “national monuments,” including the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts area, an ecosystem in the deep waters for the Atlantic Ocean. Continue Reading →

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Navy plan to build more subs could strain capacity at EB

WASHINGTON — The Navy’s plans to boost the number of ships and submarines would cost more than $100 billion a year and pose a challenge to the capacity of the nation’s shipbuilders, especially those building subs like Electric Boat, a new government report said. Continue Reading →

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‘No transparency’ in Trump hires, ethics chief says

President Trump has stocked his administration with a small army of former lobbyists and corporate consultants who are now in the vanguard of the effort to roll back government regulations at the agencies they once sought to influence, according to an analysis of government records by the New York Times in collaboration with ProPublica. Continue Reading →

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Up for re-election, Murphy says he’s focused on activism, not campaigning

WASHINGTON — Despite the advantage President Donald Trump’s political gaffes may give them, many Senate Democrats face tough re-elections next year, but Chris Murphy isn’t one of them. The senator, who is defending what is considered a safe seat, says he won’t begin running for re-election in earnest until next year and for now prefers to invest in grassroots activism instead. Continue Reading →

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House GOP plans health care bill showdown next week

WASHINGTON — House GOP leaders hope to have another showdown over their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act next week, but the legislation may still lack the votes it needs for approval. And Democrats like Sen. Chris Murphy, who called it “a piece of garbage,” said changes aimed at broadening support for the bill have only made the legislation worse. Continue Reading →

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CT fires its first shots in battle with Trump over environment

The state could turn out to be one of the most uniquely qualified to challenge the Trump administration on environmental policy. “Connecticut fights way above its weight in a number of the areas on the national scene,” Attorney General George Jepsen said. “Environmental issues is one of those areas.” Continue Reading →

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