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Murphy’s Yemen measure advances as lawmakers seek tougher sanctions on Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy inched closer to victory Wednesday in his longstanding campaign to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen as the Senate took a historic vote to begin debate on a measure that would end that relationship. Other lawmakers want to go further and end arms sales to the kingdom as punishment for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal calls for hearing on whether Whitaker violated Hatch Act

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal continued his campaign against acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Monday, requesting a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing into whether Whitaker violated the Hatch Act, a federal law that prohibits government employees from participating in political activities. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal sues to block Whitaker serving as U.S. Attorney General

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal joined two other Senate Democrats on Monday in suing to block Matthew Whitaker from serving as President Donald Trump’s acting attorney general. The lawsuit argues that the Constitution’s Appointments Clause requires that the Senate confirm high-level federal government officials, including the Attorney General, before they exercise the duties of the office. Continue Reading →

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Blue wave that swamped New England endangers Yankee Republicans

Buffeted by political ill winds, New England’s Republicans in Congress moved toward the brink of extinction in last week’s midterm election, while Democrats made huge gains at all levels of state government offices. The “Trump effect” weakened the GOP in a region that was once known for a special brand of Republicanism, analyst say. Continue Reading →

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Hayes not your typical freshman, will join group of black lawmakers with growing influence

WASHINGTON – When she’s sworn into the next Congress, Rep.-elect Jahana Hayes will not be your typical freshman lawmaker with limited influence. Instead, she will be joining a group with the outsized clout — and the ability to potentially block Nancy Pelosi’s bid to be re-elected Speaker of the House. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal: Sessions ‘resignation’ a ‘breaking glass’ moment

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who has sponsored legislation aimed at protecting special counsel Bob Mueller, angrily denounced President Donald Trump’s replacement of Attorney General Jeff Session with Matthew Whitaker, a Justice Department employee who thinks Mueller has exceeded his powers. Continue Reading →

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Midterm propels CT Dems into power, key roles in House ‘stop Trump’ efforts

WASHINGTON – The Democratic takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives has propelled Connecticut’s lawmakers into positions of power that may help them further their agendas and give them new roles in the effort to block President Donald Trump’s initiatives. Continue Reading →

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Conn. Dems close on heath care, the economy — and Trump

WASHINGTON – The closing argument Connecticut’s congressional delegation is making in this historic midterm election hews closely to Democratic messaging about health care and the economy — but they are also making President Donald Trump a focus of their last-minute campaigning. Continue Reading →

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Murphy says vote for Griebel is vote for Trump, others ask him to drop out

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy on warned Connecticut voters that casting a ballot on Tuesday for independent gubernatorial candidate Oz Griebel was “as good as a vote for Donald Trump.” Meanwhile, a coalition of progressive groups in Connecticut asked Griebel, and his running mate Monte Frank, to drop out of the race because he’s pulling support from Democratic candidate Ned Lamont. Continue Reading →

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Murphy, Corey in a quiet contest for U.S. Senate in contentious midterm

WASHINGTON – Connecticut’s race for U.S. Senate gives voters a clear ideological choice between Chris Murphy, a progressive Democrat seeking re-election to that chamber for the first time, and Matthew Corey, a conservative Republican who has never held public office and is running on his “outsider” status. Continue Reading →

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CT GOP candidates weigh Trump’s plan for immigration crackdown

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump plans to announce a sweeping border crackdown this week, days before the mid-term elections, in a “red meat” speech aimed at firing up the GOP base. While that speech may help GOP candidates in other states, a tough approach to immigration is likely to provide less of a boost to Republican candidates in Connecticut,  although some embrace the plan. Continue Reading →

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