By:Ilya Marritz, WNYC, and Justin Elliott, ProPublica |
When it came out this year that President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee raised and spent unprecedented amounts, people wondered where all that money went. It turns out one beneficiary was Trump himself. The inauguration paid the Trump Organization for rooms, meals and event space at the company’s Washington hotel, according to interviews as well as internal emails and receipts reviewed by WNYC and ProPublica.
Donald Trump’s presidency was like Dow Jones Industrial Average last week, down from setbacks both foreign and domestic: Yemen, the farm bill, and court appearances by his former close- associates-turned-felons underscoring the president’s loose affiliation with objective truth and the rule of law.
Bloodwork was supposed to be the last step in Isela’s application for life insurance. But when she arrived at the lab, her appointment had been canceled. “That was my first warning,” Isela said. She contacted her insurance agent and was told her application was denied because something on her medication list indicated that Isela uses drugs. Isela, a registered nurse who works in an addiction treatment program at Boston Medical Center, scanned her med list. It showed a prescription for the opioid-reversal drug naloxone.
Two years ago, it seemed like scrapping Obama-era guidance around school suspensions might be at the top of Betsy DeVos’s to-do list as education secretary. The rules encouraged schools to limit suspensions and expulsions, and have been supported by progressives and civil rights groups. But they have been heavily criticized by conservatives, who say they’ve made schools less safe. Still, the guidelines have stayed in place, even as conversations about school safety have taken on new intensity.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy inched closer to victory Wednesday in his longstanding campaign to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen as the Senate took a historic vote to begin debate on a measure that would end that relationship. Other lawmakers want to go further and end arms sales to the kingdom as punishment for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Continue Reading →
Out of the $2 billion in pension payments Connecticut will make this year, the average is $38,212 and the largest is more than $322,000 for a retired University of Connecticut Health Center professor. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – Congress approved a new farm bill Wednesday that rejects President Donald Trump’s plan to impose work requirements on food stamp recipients, allocates billions of dollars in subsidies to American farmers, and provides new help to Connecticut’s vulnerable dairy industry. Continue Reading →
While the University of Connecticut’s oft-touted U.S. News & World Report rankings have improved in recent years – its ratings that focus on research have slipped. This month, they slipped further. Continue Reading →
In an impromptu valedictory address on his economic and fiscal policies, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy defended his economic record and use of state borrowing Tuesday, saying public investments drove private-sector job growth to new heights, improved Connecticut’s municipal schools and public universities, and strengthened its cities. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON– Rep. Elizabeth Esty gave her last speech on the U.S. House floor on Tuesday, saying “Congress was not my dream, but making a difference was.” Esty has represented the 5th congressional district since 2013, but decided against running for re-election. Continue Reading →
Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano on Tuesday named outgoing Rep. Melissa H. Ziobron of East Haddam, who lost a Senate race last month, as the new budget director for the Senate Republican Caucus. Continue Reading →
A new vaccine to protect against a painful disease known as shingles is a victim of its own success and nearly impossible to find in Connecticut and many parts of the United States. Although the vaccine’s maker, GlaxoSmithKline, says it has stepped up production of Shingrix, shortages are expected to continue through next year. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – As one of the toughest critics of the president, Sen. Richard Blumenthal has drawn more fire from Donald Trump than almost anyone in Congress. Political analysts say there’s good reason for the enmity – and that it’s not likely to end. Continue Reading →
Gov-elect Ned Lamont and Nick Balletto, the state Democratic chairman he has declined to endorse for re-election, politely shared a stage Monday, ignoring the question of Balletto’s future as they bade farewell to the man Lamont succeeds next month, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Continue Reading →