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Lamont urges Stefanowski to take a position on Kavanaugh

A day after Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh vehemently denied sexual assault accusations during a heated and tearful hearing, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont called on Republican Bob Stefanowski to state whether he supports the nominee or agrees with demands for an FBI investigation. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal, other Dems, demand Trump withdraw Kavanaugh’s nomination

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Wednesday joined his Democratic colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee in demanding President Donald Trump direct the FBI to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh or withdraw the nomination. The president, who has escalated his defense of the nominee, is not likely to comply. Continue Reading →

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Yale students at U.S. Capitol protest Kavanaugh, demand investigation

Washington – Dozens of Yale University students crowded the halls of the U.S. Capitol complex Monday to demand that allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh be thoroughly investigated. Continue Reading →

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Yale Law professor bolsters Kavanaugh at confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON – Yale Law School professor Akhil Reed Amar warned Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee Friday to rethink their opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s candidacy to the Supreme Court. As a graduate of Yale Law School, Kavanaugh’s nomination has kicked up a duststorm of controversy at the school.
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Blumenthal releases ‘confidential’ emails, grills Kavanaugh on ACA, Mueller probe

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Thursday joined frustrated Democratic colleagues in releasing documents once designated as “committee confidential” as a way of exposing what they say are Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s true positions on abortion, affirmative action and other issues. Blumenthal also tried again to pin down Kavanaugh with questions about the Affordable Care Act, Robert Mueller’s investigation and President Donald Trump’s insults of sitting judges. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal: ‘Sparks will fly’ at Kavanaugh hearing

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal will be at the center of what is expected to be a historic partisan firefight this week over the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Blumenthal plans to use his skills as a former litigator and what he knows as a former Supreme Court law clerk to persuade colleagues Kavanaugh is out of the mainstream when it comes to legal thought and would set the high court on a rightward course for decades. Continue Reading →

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FDA nominee Gottlieb says he’d challenge Trump on vaccines

WASHINGTON — Scott Gottlieb, a Westport doctor, calmly defused tough questions from Democrats during the confirmation hearing Wednesday on his nomination to head the Food and Drug Administration, promising to safeguard the agency’s rigorous review of drug and medical devices. 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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Unlike other Trump picks, McMahon sails through confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON — Introduced by two Connecticut senators who crushed her political hopes in Connecticut, Linda McMahon on Tuesday sailed through a confirmation hearing, placing her a step closer to becoming the next head of the Small Business Administration. Continue Reading →

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Malloy: ‘Serious concerns’ about DeVos

WASHINGTON — Gov. Dannel Malloy on Wednesday joined the group of Democrats panning Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trumps’s choice to head the U.S. Department of Education. He said her testimony at a confirmation hearing “causes me to have serious concerns.” Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers vote against waiver for defense secretary nominee Mattis

WASHINGTON — Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Thursday voted against granting retired Marine Gen. James Mattis a waiver that would allow him to serve as President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of defense. Blumenthal was only one of three members of the Senate Armed Services Committee to vote against a waiver. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal presses Sessions on his links to controversial groups

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal provoked one of the liveliest exchanges in the day-long confirmation hearing of Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for attorney general, by pressing him on his links to controversial groups who have given him awards. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal vows to grill Sessions on gun stance

WASHINGTON — Sen. Jeff Sessions will face scrutiny on his civil rights, immigration and reproductive health issues during his confirmation hearing on his nomination to be the next U.S. attorney general, but Sen. Richard Blumenthal also plans to ask the Alabama lawmaker about this record on gun issues. Continue Reading →

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