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Blumenthal, Murphy say White House briefing on North Korea revealed little

WASHINGTON — Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy on Wednesday joined all of their Senate colleagues on a bus to the White House for a classified briefing on North Korea, but they and other senators from both parties said they left without learning much new. Continue Reading →

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Trump tax overhaul would affect most CT taxpayers

WASHINGTON — The new tax plan released by the Trump administration Wednesday, would slash taxes for corporations and eliminate the estate tax, double the standard deduction and reduce the number of tax brackets from seven to three. If ever implemented, it would affect most Connecticut taxpayers. Continue Reading →

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Trump review of national monuments includes New England Coral Canyons

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s latest executive order threatens newly won protections for an underwater national monument located 150 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. The president ordered a review of “national monuments,” including the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts area, an ecosystem in the deep waters for the Atlantic Ocean. 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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CT rebellion against federal rail plan grows — and may have impact

WASHINGTON — A rebellion that began in Old Lyme and has spread along coastal Connecticut is pressing the federal government to make big changes in an ambitious plan to bring high-speed rail to the Northeast, and to turn the proposal into merely “aspirational” recommendations. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers: Trump must ask Congress for authority for Syria campaign

WASHINGTON — As they did when President Obama took action against ISIS in Syria, Connecticut’s Democratic lawmakers are calling for President Donald Trump to seek Congress’approval before taking any further military action against Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad. But Congress isn’t likely to take action. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal, Murphy face new Senate landscape after ‘nuclear’ deployment

WASHINGTON — While angered that the GOP “went nuclear,” changing Senate rules to win confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Sen. Chris Murphy said he will still try to work with Republicans on common interests, while Sen. Richard Blumenthal warned of “repercussions.” Continue Reading →

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Insurers lobbying to keep ACA payments the GOP hates

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WASHINGTON — The nation’s health insurers, who are key to the survival of the Affordable Care Act, are asking the Trump administration to keep a program congressional Republicans have sued to eliminate. What the president, who predicted the ACA would “explode,” does about that and several other things will determine the ACA’s future health. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal: Gorsuch unqualified over Roe ‘litmus test’

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal pledged Friday to oppose the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the  Supreme Court through all available means, saying the Harvard-educated, conservative jurist failed during his confirmation hearings to demonstrate he is not bound by an anti-abortion litmus test imposed by President Trump. Continue Reading →

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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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