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‘Enough is Enough,’ CT marchers tell Washington

WASHINGTON — The March for Our Lives attracted thousands of students and supporters from Connecticut and hundreds of thousands from across the nation demanding change – not only in the nation’s gun laws but the makeup of Congress. Organized by students after 17 people were killed at a Parkland, Fla., high school last month, it also mobilized activists who have been fighting gun violence since 20 schoolchildren and six educators were slaughtered in Newtown a little more than five years ago. Continue Reading →

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CT colleges pay to play in Washington

WASHINGTON — Universities across the United States spend hundreds of thousands of dollars every year lobbying in Washington, including the University of Connecticut and Yale. A main reason: They are in a tight competition for a dwindling pot of federal research money. Continue Reading →

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CT Dems pan Trump infrastructure plan

WASINGTON – President Donald Trump rolled out his long-awaited infrastructure plan on Monday, which was quickly panned by Connecticut’s Democratic lawmakers, who are backing a rival proposal. Both plans face major challenges on the road to becoming reality. Continue Reading →

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Community health centers, facing fund cutoff, get short reprieve

Despite congressional inaction, the federal agency that oversees community health centers has sent money to some centers in Connecticut and committed this week to send funding to more, giving them a temporary reprieve from potential layoffs and cuts to services. Continue Reading →

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Despite shutdown deal’s promise, CT immigrant youth still in limbo

WASHINGTON — A deal that ended the brief government shutdown included a promise to hasten a debate in Congress over immigration, but good intentions have run into political realities that are putting the fate of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants in Connecticut in doubt. Continue Reading →

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CT extends HUSKY B coverage for kids again, now through March

Connecticut officials have again extended health care coverage for more than 17,000 children and teenagers in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), this time through March 31. The program is known as HUSKY B in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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Shays wrote the law, but wants reform of Congress’s sexual harassment policy

Former Connecticut Rep. Chris Shays, who sponsored the House bill that established the Office of Compliance 20 years ago, said secret settlements weren’t the goal of his legislation. He wants the House rules changed to increase transparency and shift responsibility for payouts to the accused. Continue Reading →

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Internet giants say they are open to new political-ad rules

WASHINGTON — When it comes to disclosures about political ads, the Internet was like the Wild West, with few regulations that required them to lift the veil on those using social media to influence voters, a situation that allowed Russian operatives to meddle in U.S. elections last year. But that may be changing thanks to political pressure from lawmakers, including Sen. Richard Blumenthal. Continue Reading →

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Murphy presses Congress to curb Trump ability to strike North Korea

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy on Tuesday introduced a resolution that would prevent the United States from launching a pre-emptive strike against North Korea, saying he was prompted to do so by the Trump administration’s increasingly belligerent tone toward Pyongyang. Continue Reading →

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401(k) plans in play as GOP moves ahead on tax overhaul

WASHINGTON — As Congress took a major step towards a massive tax overhaul on Thursday — with no help from Connecticut’s Democratic lawmakers — the future of the popular 401(k) retirement plan was in question. Key GOP lawmakers want to offset some of their proposed tax cuts by limiting the maximum pre-tax contribution to workplace saving plans such as the 401(k). That could make big changes in they way Americans save for retirement. Continue Reading →

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Trump tax plan would help CT businesses, but eliminate many personal tax breaks

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s tax plan, which he unveiled in Indiana Wednesday, would aid affluent individuals in Connecticut and lower the corporate income tax rate paid by many businesses in the state. But its impact on the state’s middle- and lower-income filers is unclear, in part because the tax plan would eliminate a number of popular deductions. Continue Reading →

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