Richard Blumenthal

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Blumenthal presses Gorsuch on key cases, but judge won’t be pinned down

WASHINGTON — On Day 3 of the Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Neil Gorsuch, Sen. Richard Blumenthal tried to do what other Democrats have tried, and failed, to do – pin down the nominee’s opinion on a hot-button issue. Gorsuch deftly avoided giving his views – and Blumenthal said it leaves doubt in the minds of Americans about the nominee. Continue Reading →

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Gorsuch tells Blumenthal he’s offended by Trump’s attacks on judges

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Tuesday confirmed he found President Donald Trump’s criticism of federal judges who ruled to block his travel ban “disheartening and demoralizing” – statements Trump said had been “misrepresented” by Sen. Richard Blumenthal. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal to grill Gorsuch on independence from Trump

WASHINGTON — While showing sympathy for the embattled nominee, Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Monday laid out his strategy for questioning Judge Neil Gorsuch, saying he would press him on his relationship with the man who appointed him to the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal wants Gorsuch emails to private address used by former WH official

WASHINGTON — Foreshadowing the partisan fight that will break out during Judge Neil Gorsuch’s impending Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Thursday asked the George W. Bush presidential library for any emails between the nominee and private email addresses of White House officials. Continue Reading →

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CT Dems say CBO report shows GOP health plan should be scrapped

WASHINGTON — As soon as the Congressional Budget Office released its long-awaited report Monday afternoon on the impact of the GOP’s American Health Care Act, Connecticut Democrats joined party colleagues in saying the analysis proved the health plan should be scrapped. The CBO estimated the American Health Care Act would result in 24 million Americans losing their health insurance. Continue Reading →

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Defunding Planned Parenthood? Not so easy

WASHINGTON — Cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood is a priority for many congressional Republicans, but that effort is likely to stumble because other GOP lawmakers are hesitant to take aim at health clinics that are popular with their constituents. Nevertheless, the GOP is moving forward on a promise it has made to defund Planned Parenthood. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers grow louder in criticisms of Sessions

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to recuse himself in any Justice Department investigation of ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, but that’s not good enough for Rep. Jim Himes, who on Friday joined other Connecticut lawmakers in calling for Session’s resignation. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers call for Sessions’ resignation

Updated at 5:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Connecticut Democratic lawmakers joined a growing chorus of their colleagues Thursday calling for the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, citing his testimony under oath denying he had contacts with Russian officials during the presidential campaign. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers’ guests for Trump’s speech intended to send message

WASHINGTON – Connecticut lawmakers have joined other Democratic colleagues in inviting guests to President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress Tuesday — people who will serve as symbolic rebukes to the new president’s policies. Among them: Constituents from seven Muslim countries that were subject to a presidential travel ban and advocates for public schools and the Affordable Care Act . Continue Reading →

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Senate gives McMahon valentine with vote to make her new SBA chief

WASHINGTON – Despite a lack of government experience, World Wrestling Entertainment co-founder Linda McMahon was easily confirmed by the Senate Tuesday to head the Small Business Administration. More than half of Senate Democrats joined Republicans in the 81-19 vote for McMahon’s confirmation. Continue Reading →

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Trump attacks Blumenthal over Gorsuch comments – others confirm them

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump put Sen. Richard Blumenthal in the bulls-eye Thursday, attacking the Connecticut senator’s credibility in description of a private meeting with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. But others, including a Nebraska Republican, confirm the nominee took issue with Trump’s attack on the federal judiciary. Continue Reading →

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Gorsuch tells Blumenthal Trump’s attacks on judge are ‘disheartening’

WASHINGTON — Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s pick to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, told Sen. Richard Blumenthal that the president’s attacks on the federal judiciary are ‘‘disheartening” and “demoralizing.” Continue Reading →

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With Pence casting historic vote, DeVos is confirmed by Senate

Updated at 4:45 p.m.
WASHINGTON — With the help of Vice President Mike Pence, the Senate on Tuesday confirmed charter school advocate Betsy DeVos to head the U.S. Department of Education. As a lightning rod candidate, DeVos’s confirmation provoked mixed reactions from school groups in Connecticut. . Continue Reading →

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