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Once reticent, Erin Stewart visits Trump in Oval Office

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart, a Republican who had kept her distance from President Trump, accepted an invitation Wednesday to the Oval Office to publicize the administration’s new “Opportunity Zones.” She quickly found herself attacked by Democrats and sighing loudly as the president delivered a zinger over General Electric moving its headquarters from Fairfield to Boston. Continue Reading →

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Democrats hoping that, thanks to Trump, not all politics are local

NEW BRITAIN — This racially diverse, blue-collar city of 73,000 and its young Republican mayor, Erin Stewart, offer a test and a target for Democrats exploring whether anger at President Trump can be constructively harnessed, first in Tuesday’s municipal elections and then next year in the fight over control of state government in Connecticut. It is one of 32 contests for mayor, 93 for first selectman and scores of down-ballot races. Continue Reading →

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Competing with Trump, a social worker speaks for Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria announced its landfall near Yabucoa, P.R., with a terrible wailing. Sustained winds of 155 miles per hour shredded the electric grid, flattened trees, scoured gardens and ruined the back of the sturdy cement home of a retired Hartford school social worker, Janette Hernandez. “I still hear that sound in my head,” she said. Hernandez is back in Connecticut, giving voice to the stories of people she left behind. Continue Reading →

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CT Republicans fault Trump’s mixed message on hate groups

Connecticut Republicans unequivocally denounce the torch-wielding white supremacists and neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville, Va., while their criticism of President Trump’s insistence he saw “blame on both sides” of the violent protests and counter-protests was more muted. Continue Reading →

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Tweet, Facebook post generate blowback at GOP

President Trump retweeted a cartoon image of a train running over a CNN reporter to his 35.9 million Twitter followers. Kyle Reyes, owner of a self-described “outrageous” Manchester marketing company, questioned in a Facebook video seen 36,000 times if the white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., actually were actors hired by the political left. Both caused problems for the GOP. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal calls Trump’s new Vietnam tweets about him ‘slurs’

Updated at 5:57 p.m.
President Donald J. Trump took to Twitter Monday morning – and again in the afternoon – to renew his attacks on U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., bringing up the senator’s misstatements about service in Vietnam for the third time. Trump called him a “phony Vietnam con artist.” Continue Reading →

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Homelessness fell 24% in three years. How did Connecticut do it?

Advocates fighting to bring an end to homelessness altogether say their once-seemingly unrealistic goal may at last be reachable in Connecticut, a state that not long ago was a laggard nationally but has emerged as a model. Continue Reading →

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CT environmentalists vow to go it alone after Trump’s Paris exit

WASHINGTON — Connecticut environmental groups and the state’s Democrats decried President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris agreement on climate change and vow to keep up their efforts in the state to cut greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. Continue Reading →

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Trump turns Coast Guard address into a rally

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NEW LONDON — It began as a traditional commencement address, but by the end of his speech, President Donald Trump had turned it into a combination rally and commentary on his present adversity. “No politician in history – and I say this with great surety – has been treated worse or more unfairly,” Trump said. Continue Reading →

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Trump is finally almost done resigning from his businesses

Before he took office, then-President-elect Donald Trump said he had signed paperwork “turning over complete and total control” of his business empire to his sons; and his lawyer said the more than 400 businesses would be placed in a trust by Inauguration Day. Now, more than 100 days later, he’s nearly fulfilled this promise. Continue Reading →

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