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Posted inMoney, Politics

CT lawmakers weigh revival of earmarks

WASHINGTON — Reviled as corrupting and anti-democratic, congressional earmarks may have a revival because of recent comments from President Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers’ growing frustration with the budget process. Their return is fine with Connecticut lawmakers who have used the process to steer tens of millions of dollars to special projects in the state.

Posted inJustice, Politics

Blumenthal, Democrats sue to force Trump to disclose foreign deals

WASHINGTON — Sen. Richard Blumenthal wants a federal court in Washington, D.C., to compel President Donald Trump to ask Congress for permission when he benefits from business dealings with foreign governments. The lawsuit is based on the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which requires the nation’s presidents to clear any gift or payment from a foreign leader with Congress.

Posted inPolitics

An old FBI agent gets the last word on Rowland, Wilson-Foley

It was April 30, 2012, just minutes before a congressional debate in Torrington. An angry Lisa Wilson-Foley accused Mike Clark of slandering her by questioning former Gov. John G. Rowland’s role in her campaign. “Then the debate started and we never got to complete the conversation,” Clark said Tuesday. “I guess the conversation was completed yesterday in court.”