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Trump drug czar nominee meets with CT officials after K2 crisis

President Donald Trump’s nominee for “drug czar” visited New Haven on Monday, prompted by the massive medical emergency caused by the synthetic cannabinoid K2, to discuss the ongoing and deadly addiction epidemic that continues to grip Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal calls on colleagues, Trump to act on soaring drug costs

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal called on his federal colleagues and President Donald Trump to do more now to control the costs of skyrocketing prescription drug costs. “There is no way that America can stand idle and allow these prescription drug costs to continue increasing at the present rate,” said Blumenthal at a press conference on Monday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers join Congress’ outcry over Trump-Putin summit

WASHINGTON — Connecticut lawmakers on Monday added to the bipartisan outrage at President Donald Trump’s summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. During that summit in Helsinki, Trump refused to support the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. Continue Reading →

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Community health centers, facing fund cutoff, get short reprieve

Despite congressional inaction, the federal agency that oversees community health centers has sent money to some centers in Connecticut and committed this week to send funding to more, giving them a temporary reprieve from potential layoffs and cuts to services. Continue Reading →

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Trump touts cut to corporate tax rate, but many CT companies already pay less

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s framework for a tax overhaul would cut the top rate corporations pay from 35 to 20 percent, but many corporations – including some headquartered or with a large presence in Connecticut – already are paying less than the corporate rate. There are also questions about Trump’s pitch that cutting the corporate rate would help American families. Continue Reading →

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Bridgeport resident weathers Maria in San Juan, but worries about recovery elsewhere

WASHINGTON — Concerned about his family and friends, Julio López Varona rushed from Bridgeport to Puerto Rico a few days before Hurricane Maria crushed the island. A day before President Donald Trump visits his homeland, López Varona says he’s disappointed by the U.S. response, and worries about the fate of millions who don’t live in the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan, which he calls “an oasis” because of its access to U.S. aid. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal votes against Justice nominee over Russia probe

WASHINGTON —Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Tuesday was in a small minority of senators to vote against the confirmation of Rod Rosenstein to the No. 2 job at the Justice Department. He said Rosenstein’s failure to commit to appointing a special prosecutor to investigate ties between the Trump administration and Russia forced him to vote against the nomination. Continue Reading →

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