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As Blumenthal ups Trump emoluments battle, Grassley asks ‘What about Clinton?’

WASHINGTON — Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who is leading a group of Democratic lawmakers in a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of violating the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, has been chided by Sen. Charles Grassley for not taking possible violations of that clause by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton into consideration. Continue Reading →

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CT joins suit against DeVos’ delay of rule protecting student borrowers

WASHINGTON — Connecticut joined 17 other states and the District of Columbia Thursday to sue the U.S. Department of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos for delaying implementation of a new regulation aimed at protecting student borrowers. It was to become effective on July 1. 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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AMA ‘alarmed’ political influence could sway DOJ on Anthem-Cigna merger

This is a picture of the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield logo at the company's Wallingford headquarters

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WASHINGTON — The American Medical Association, says it is “alarmed” Anthem may be taking advantage of changes in leadership in the Justice Department that would “bend antitrust laws” and result in a settlement of the federal case that has blocked its merger with Cigna. Continue Reading →

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In legal soap opera, Cigna and Anthem trade charges of sabotage

WASHINGTON – In a vicious legal battle laid out in court papers unsealed Friday, Cigna accuses Anthem of undermining its business by stealing confidential information and soliciting its customers. Anthem counters in a rival filing that Cigna worked to sabotage the companies’ proposed merger after its executives were not promised the positions they wanted in the merged company. Continue Reading →

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Anthem will appeal judge’s decision to block merger with Cigna

WASHINGTON — Anthem said Thursday it will appeal a federal court’s decision to block the health insurer’s planned merger with Cigna. The decision to appeal came quickly on the heels of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson’s ruling late Wednesday that the $54 billion merger would reduce competition in dozens of insurance markets across the nation. Continue Reading →

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AMA says Anthem-Cigna deal would shrink insurer choices in CT

WASHINGTON — The American Medical Association, strongly opposed to the merger of Anthem and Cigna, said the deal would greatly limit competition in Connecticut and nine other states, leading to premium increases and fewer choices of doctors and hospitals for the state’s patients. Continue Reading →

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Aetna offers divestitures, Cigna looking at its options

WASHINGTON — Aetna and Humana said Tuesday they have an agreement to sell Medicare Advantage business covering 290,000 people to rival insurer Molina if their planned merger is allowed to be completed. Aetna also said it is halting 2017 plans to expand participation on public exchanges and is reviewing all of its current participation on Affordable Care Act exchanges. Continue Reading →

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Sandy Hook decision focuses attention on gun liability law

WASHINGTON — A Connecticut state judge’s decision Thursday allowing a lawsuit to go forward against the maker of the Bushmaster rifle used in the Sandy Hook killings focused attention on a law that Connecticut lawmakers hope to repeal and that is now an issue in the Democratic presidential primary. Continue Reading →

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Disclosures show Esty rich, Greenberg richer

WASHINGTON – Financial disclosure forms show Mark Greenberg, a Republican s vying for the 5th District congressional seat, has paid a $610,000 judgment leveled against him by a Canadian court for a real estate dispute and Rep. Elizabeth Esty, his Democratic rival, received between $30,000 and $100,000 from her interest in an Iowa tool and dye company last year.

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