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CT lawmakers differ on airstrikes on Syria, agree Trump needs approval from Congress

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Murphy on Saturday had some of Capitol Hill’s the harshest criticism of U.S. airstrikes on Syria, calling them “illegal,” and counterproductive, leading to more attacks by Bashar al-Assad on the Syrian people and “a bloodier, more brutal war.” Other Connecticut lawmakers were more supportive of the strikes, but called on the White House to seek authorization from Congress for further military action and devise a “comprehensive” strategy on Syria. Continue Reading →

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U.S. Ed Dept. comes to aid of CT students of shuttered for-profit school

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Education has come to the aid of hundreds of Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute students whose education came to an abrupt end last week when the school shut down without warning. The help includes allowing students file claims to have their student loans discharged. Continue Reading →

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Senate attempt to protect Mueller gets a boost

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s angry tweets this week about the growing Russia investigation and the federal raid of the president’s personal lawyer has jump-started an effort backed by Sen. Richard Blumenthal and a growing number of senators to try to prevent Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s firing. Continue Reading →

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Zuckerberg apologizes, Blumenthal says that’s not enough

At a hearing Tuesday, Blumenthal plans to press Zuckerberg to commit to broad changes to protect user privacy, including requiring users to “opt in” rather than “opt out” of tracking by data-mining companies. Blumenthal also wants Facebook users to be able to see all the information collected about them. Continue Reading →

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Boost in federal transportation money unexpected, but welcomed in CT

WASHINGTON — The massive federal omnibus spending bill increased transportation spending by $10 billion, a windfall for Connecticut’s struggling transportation system, which will benefit from Washington’s unexpected generosity. Continue Reading →

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Omnibus has millions to strengthen CT voting system against cyber attacks

WASHINGTON — The massive omnibus spending bill President Donald Trump has signed into law contains $380 million — including up to $5 million for Connecticut — to protect digital voting systems from cyberattacks. Connecticut was one of 21 states targeted by Russian hackers in the 2016 election cycle, but they failed to breach the state’s electoral system. Continue Reading →

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New calls for Congress to protect Mueller may not result in action

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s twitter attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller are expected to renew debate on bills aimed at protecting Mueller that have lain dormant for months. But while there may be a lot of talk about the legislation, especially among chief promoters like Sen. Richard Blumenthal, whether there will be action is unclear.
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Murphy to Trump: Don’t pick secretaries of state with no diplomatic experience

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Murphy, who as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vet the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to head the State Department, said he willing to consider the candidate’s qualifications, but slammed President Donald Trump for failing to choose someone with diplomatic experience for the job. Continue Reading →

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Rubio to introduce ‘red-flag’ bill, as will Blumenthal

WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday said he is introducing a bill that would provide federal grants to states for establishing gun violence restraining orders – and said he doubted a broader one Sen. Richard Blumenthal plans to introduce Thursday would pass the Senate. Continue Reading →

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Senate fails to protect ‘dreamers’

WASHINGTON — Congress proved it is as stalemated on immigration as it is on gun control Thursday, as the Senate failed to advance any of three bills that would protect young immigrants known as “dreamers” from deportation. Sen. Chris Murphy blamed his Republican colleagues for the failure to prevent a looming immigration crisis. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal writes FBI over White House security clearances

WASHINGTON — Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Wednesday joined five other Democratic senators in asking the FBI to provide them with the name and status of all individuals who currently hold interim security clearances at the White House, and asking the agency whether any of them have access to classified information. Continue Reading →

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CT Dems pan Trump infrastructure plan

WASINGTON – President Donald Trump rolled out his long-awaited infrastructure plan on Monday, which was quickly panned by Connecticut’s Democratic lawmakers, who are backing a rival proposal. Both plans face major challenges on the road to becoming reality. Continue Reading →

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