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Murphy, Courtney: Trump cuts to job training grants could hurt EB

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s budget calls for cutting manufacturing training money that has helped provide hard-to-find skilled workers for Electric Boat and its suppliers, even as the president wants to ramp up building submarines. “This is exactly the wrong direction we should be going,” said Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal presses Gorsuch on key cases, but judge won’t be pinned down

WASHINGTON — On Day 3 of the Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Neil Gorsuch, Sen. Richard Blumenthal tried to do what other Democrats have tried, and failed, to do – pin down the nominee’s opinion on a hot-button issue. Gorsuch deftly avoided giving his views – and Blumenthal said it leaves doubt in the minds of Americans about the nominee. Continue Reading →

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Gorsuch tells Blumenthal he’s offended by Trump’s attacks on judges

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Tuesday confirmed he found President Donald Trump’s criticism of federal judges who ruled to block his travel ban “disheartening and demoralizing” – statements Trump said had been “misrepresented” by Sen. Richard Blumenthal. Continue Reading →

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Hartford, East Haven listed in first DHS report of cities limiting cooperation with ICE

WASHINGTON — Connecticut is hardly mentioned in the Department of Homeland Security’s first list of law enforcement agencies that fail to hold jailed immigrants beyond their release dates for federal authorities. But the DHS did list Hartford and East Haven as cities which limit cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Continue Reading →

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Himes: Manafort, Stone likely witnesses in Congress’ Russia probe

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Himes on Monday said Connecticut natives Paul Manafort, a former Trump campaign manager, and Roger Stone, a self-described Trump campaign consultant, are likely to be key witnesses as the House Intelligence Committee continues its investigation of Russian hacking and the U.S. elections. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal to grill Gorsuch on independence from Trump

WASHINGTON — While showing sympathy for the embattled nominee, Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Monday laid out his strategy for questioning Judge Neil Gorsuch, saying he would press him on his relationship with the man who appointed him to the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump. Continue Reading →

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Trump would slash CT environment funds; hit to Sound feared

The Trump administration called massive cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency an attempt to ease the burden of unnecessary federal regulations. Connecticut’s environmental commissioner called it an assault on public health and the environment. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal wants Gorsuch emails to private address used by former WH official

WASHINGTON — Foreshadowing the partisan fight that will break out during Judge Neil Gorsuch’s impending Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Thursday asked the George W. Bush presidential library for any emails between the nominee and private email addresses of White House officials. Continue Reading →

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Syrian refugee talks about the impact of Trump travel ban

WASHINGTON – Fadi Kassar of Milford, 40, traveled a long, hard road through several countries before arriving in Connecticut and being granted asylum in 2015. He spoke to the Mirror about the human cost of the Donald Trump’s travel ban – and how it is changing the perception of the United States in the Muslim world. Continue Reading →

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Murphy: Campaign donations proof of ‘fledgling progressive resistance movement’

WASHINTON – Sen. Chris Murphy said in a fundraising appeal Wednesday that said he has had a “staggering number of individual contributions” since the beginning of the year. He called it evidence a “fledgling progressive resistance movement” against the Trump administration and the GOP-led Congress “is only getting larger.” Continue Reading →

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In appeal, feds argue merger with Anthem would hurt Cigna’s ‘value-based’ care

WASHINGTON – In its showdown next week with Anthem over a planned merger with Cigna, the Justice Department will make the Bloomfield-based insurer’s unique business model a key part of its argument aimed at swaying an appellate court to reject the $54 billion deal. Continue Reading →

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CT Dems say CBO report shows GOP health plan should be scrapped

WASHINGTON — As soon as the Congressional Budget Office released its long-awaited report Monday afternoon on the impact of the GOP’s American Health Care Act, Connecticut Democrats joined party colleagues in saying the analysis proved the health plan should be scrapped. The CBO estimated the American Health Care Act would result in 24 million Americans losing their health insurance. Continue Reading →

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