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CT lawmakers join Congress’ outcry over Trump-Putin summit

WASHINGTON — Connecticut lawmakers on Monday added to the bipartisan outrage at President Donald Trump’s summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. During that summit in Helsinki, Trump refused to support the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. Continue Reading →

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There’s a reason CT Dems among the first to say they’ll vote ‘no’ on Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON – When President Donald Trump nominated federal judge Neil Gorsuch to fill an open seat on the Supreme Court last year, Connecticut’s Democratic senators waited two months to decide to vote against the candidate. Not this time with Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee, They were among the first out of the gate to say they will vote “no” on Brett Kavanaugh. Continue Reading →

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CT senators say Trump administration blocked visit with immigrant kids

Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy say they were prevented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from touring a facility in Groton on Friday that houses immigrant children. “This denial of access to a facility in our own state is outrageous, and we will keep doing everything we can to support Noank and to reunite these kids with their families,” the senators said. Continue Reading →

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Murphy says GOP should adhere to ‘Merrick rule’ with new Supreme Court pick

Washington — President Donald Trump has not named a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement Wednesday, but that hasn’t stopped Sen. Chris Murphy from saying he’ll block the president’s pick. Continue Reading →

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CT Dems pan Trump’s move to end separations, but keep immigrant kids in detention

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s reversal of his administration’s policy of separating immigrant families at the border was panned Wednesday by Connecticut Democrats and immigration advocates in the state. “Family separation cannot be replaced by family incarceration and imprisonment,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal. Continue Reading →

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Senate approves massive defense bill, but trims number of F-35s

WASHINGTON –  The Senate late Monday approved a $716 billion defense authorization bill that trims the number of F-35’s the Pentagon can purchase this year, but allows for more spending on Electric Boat submarine programs and Sikorsky-made helicopters. “Five percent of our country’s defense spending is done in Connecticut,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal said. Continue Reading →

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Murphy: Trump ‘unprepared, weak negotiator’ at North Korea summit

WASHINGTON – Reaction in Congress to President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un split largely along party lines on Tuesday with the bulk of Republicans largely celebratory and Democrats saying they were concerned Kim got the better of the president. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., was one of the harshest critics of the summit. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut fighting Texas in legal battle over Obamacare

WASHINGTON – Connecticut supporters of the Affordable Care Act and the nation’s health insurers on Friday condemned the Trump administration’s decision against defending the health law from a lawsuit filed by Texas and a coalition of Republican states. Connecticut is part of a rival coalition of states fighting to keep the ACA in place. Continue Reading →

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Murphy: Trump’s North Korea summit a ‘photo op’

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is cutting his trip to Canada’s G-7 meeting short to travel to Singapore this weekend to prepare for Monday’s’ North Korea summit, an event Sen. Chris Murphy views  with intense skepticism. “It seems like it’s going to be a photo-op that (North Korean President) Kim Jong-un wants more,” Murphy said.
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CT Dems trying to help Hispanics assert political clout

WASHINGTON – The growth of Connecticut’s Latino community is increasing its clout at the ballot box and fostered the ambitions of Milagros Acosta and other Hispanics to pursue a career in politics. “Everything is possible,” said Acosta, who emigrated from Peru when she was 22 years old. Continue Reading →

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DeVos tells Murphy she doesn’t think schools can call ICE on students

WASHINGTON – Under questioning by Sen. Chris Murphy on Tuesday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos reversed herself on whether a school can call Immigration and Customs Enforcement on students believed to be undocumented. “I don’t think they can,” she said. Continue Reading →

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Glassman running on experience for Esty’s seat

Mary Glassman, a Democrat running for Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s seat in the 5th Congressional District, hopes to fend off primary challenger and political neophyte Jahana Hayes with stories of her political experience, her own hardscrabble upbringing and an intense focus on local issues.  Continue Reading →

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HUD’S Carson to visit Willington to view crumbling foundation

WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson  has accepted an invitation from Sen. Chris Murphy to come to Connecticut and take a first-hand look at the damage to homes that have  crumbling foundations made of  tainted concrete. Continue Reading →

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Newtown group asks Ryan for action as gun control heats up as campaign issue

The Newtown Action Alliance, a gun-control group formed after the  Sandy Hook shooting of December, has demanded House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., allow votes on dozens of gun control bills that run the gamut from an assault weapons ban to establishing federal funding research on gun violence. Continue Reading →

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