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Posted inPolitics

As former colleagues pay tribute, Lieberman mourns John McCain privately

WASHINGTON – As colleagues and friends gave emotional tributes to John McCain this week, former  Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman, has chosen instead to mourn his “amigo” more privately. Lieberman will speak at the memorial service for McCain in Washington on Saturday, but has declined to speak to the press about his friend and former Senate ally.

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Why Connecticut Dems love John McCain

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal plans to attend Sen. John McCain’s funeral services here later this week and Sen. Chris Murphy will likely attend the invitation only  ceremony, too. The adulation of McCain by Democrats is based on his heroic military service and his willingness to cross party lines. But McCain’s feud with President Donald Trump made him more likeable among Democrats, too.

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CT senators split over Jerusalem policy

WASHINGTON — Connecticut’s Democratic senators differed on Wednesday over President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reversing decades of U.S. foreign policy. Sen. Richard Blumenthal supported the move, but Sen. Chris Murphy said he’s concerned it might lead to new violence in the Middle East.

Posted inHealth, Politics

GOP revises health care bill, but it still falters

WASHINGTON — The latest GOP attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would continue to ban insurers from rejecting people with pre-existing conditions, but make it easier for insurers to jack up the rates for those customers and for states to roll back other consumer safeguards. It would boost Medicaid money to a handful of states home to key GOP senators. But In what may be the biggest blow to the bill, Maine Sen. Susan Collins said late Monday she would oppose it.

Posted inHealth, Money

CT says it would lose $7 billion under teetering ACA overhaul plan

Federal healthcare funding to Connecticut would be reduced by about $7 billion,  and “dramatic numbers” of individuals would lose coverage or have it reduced between 2020 and 2026 under the latest Republican proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, state officials said Friday. But the legislation suffered a potentially fatal blow Friday when Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona announced his opposition.

Posted inJustice, Politics

CT ‘dreamers’ march in D.C. as Trump punts DACA to Congress

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday ended a program that protected thousands of immigrant youth in Connecticut from deportation, placing the fate of those undocumented immigrants, brought to the United States as children, in the hands of a fractious Congress. Immigrant youths from Connecticut joined those from other states in converging on Washington in protest.

Posted inJustice, Politics

McCain ‘disappointed’ by reports Lieberman no longer in running for FBI

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Wednesday he is “disappointed” by reports former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman is no longer under consideration to head the FBI. He said Democrats’ rejection of Lieberman, a former Democrat who was Al Gore’s vice presidential running mate, would make anyone “cynical” about Washington.