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Health insurers: Trump continues key ACA payments, for now

WASHINGTON — America’s Health Insurance Plans said Tuesday that President Donald Trump has continued to make a controversial Affordable Care Act payment to insurers that lowers out-of-pocket health care costs for low- and moderate-income Americans. ConnectiCare and Anthem say the fate of these payments will factor into their decision to continue participating in Access Health CT. Continue Reading →

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Dems — including CT’s senators — plan to disrupt Senate over health care plan

WASHINGTON — Democrats, with the help of Connecticut’s senators, plan to jam up the Senate this week to bring attention to Republican attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care act. Meanwhile Connecticut Republicans are crying foul over Democrats attempts to save Obamacare. Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal: Let Judiciary panel take crack at close-mouthed Sessions

Washington – Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee had plenty of questions for Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, but few were answered. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who was not on the panel, said he wants a chance to to try to wrest information from the close-mouthed attorney general. Continue Reading →

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Trump transportation plan may not help Connecticut much

WASHINGTON – Lost in the clamor caused by former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony this week was President Donald Trump’s release of his long-awaited infrastructure plan. But the week-long rollout was thin on details, and what is known of the plan may not be of much help to Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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Pentagon wish list would be gift to CT defense industry

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has given Congress wish lists totaling more than $30 billion in additional weaponry and personnel that could substantially boost the number of F-35s and Sikorsky helicopters purchased this year. These requests are in addition to the $30 billion President Trump has sough in increased funding for the Pentagon this year. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal calls Comey’s tale ‘chilling;’ Murphy says Trump should testify

WASHINGTON – This city was transfixed Thursday by former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to Senate Intelligence Committee and Sen. Richard Blumenthal was among those had a front-row seat during the riveting three hours of questioning. He said Comey painted a “chilling picture” of his contacts with President Donald Trump. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal: Comey testimony shows Trump ‘disdain’ for rule of law

WASHINGTON — During Senate debate Wednesday on legislation that would tighten U.S. sanctions on Iran, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said former FBI Director James Comey’s accounts of meetings with Donald Trump may explain why the president is not pressing for tougher sanctions against Russia. Continue Reading →

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Himes says Comey testimony raises questions about Trump’s ability to enforce the law

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Himes said former FBI Director James Comey’s prepared testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee “should have us all asking a fundamental question about whether we can trust this president to uphold and enforce the laws of the United States.” Continue Reading →

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Trump transportation plan would privatize Bradley’s air traffic controllers

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is rolling out his infrastructure plan this week, and the first proposal would privatize the nation’s air traffic controllers, including the 17 that direct takeoffs and landings at Bradley International Airport. Continue Reading →

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U.S. House ready to gut Dodd-Frank Wall Street reforms

WASHINGTON — When Congress returns from its Memorial Day break next week, the U.S. House will take up a massive bill that will repeal much of the Dodd-Frank Act, a law aimed at reforming Wall Street after the 2008 collapse of the housing market that set off a free-fall in the stock market. Continue Reading →

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