Richard Blumenthal

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Murphy, Malloy say Trump to blame for white supremacist violence at UVA

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Murphy on Saturday accused President Trump of giving license to “racism, anti-Semitism and homophobia” that fueled passions at violent white supremacist and neo-Nazi protests at the University of Virginia on Saturday. Meanwhile GOP lawmakers criticized Trump for failing to condemn white supremacists at the rally. Continue Reading →

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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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Blumenthal: North Korea strike near Guam would put military action on the table

“Military action would have to be considered in response to an attack,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal said in Hartford Thursday. “I’m not going to predict what that action should be, but every step should be used to convince the North Koreans that they face devastation and destruction.” Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal: Raid on Manafort home indicates ‘probable cause’ of criminality

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Thursday said an FBI raid on New Britain native Paul Manafort’s home last month is an indication of criminal wrongdoing. Manafort is a key figure in the investigation into whether there are any ties between the Trump campaign and Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential elections. Continue Reading →

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Trump attacks on Blumenthal may have political and personal roots

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has disparaged other U.S. senators, but no one has been targeted more than Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who, perhaps for a number of reasons  — both political and personal  — has gotten under the president’s skin. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal calls Trump’s new Vietnam tweets about him ‘slurs’

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President Donald J. Trump took to Twitter Monday morning – and again in the afternoon – to renew his attacks on U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., bringing up the senator’s misstatements about service in Vietnam for the third time. Trump called him a “phony Vietnam con artist.” Continue Reading →

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CT business group likes Trump focus on skilled immigrants, but not limits

WASHINGTON — President Trump has embraced a bill that would drastically cut legal immigration to the United States, but it has drawn criticism from labor, business and immigrant advocates who say it would hurt Connecticut’s economy. The legislation has little chance of congressional approval, but has opened a new front in the debate over immigration. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal, Murphy join Dem chorus on bipartisan ACA fix, but that may be elusive

WASHINGTON — After the collapse of GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare, Democrats, including Connecticut Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, called for bipartisan efforts to shore up the ACA. “Now we have an amazing opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to actually work together …” Murphy said. But whether bipartisanship can grow out of the bitter partisan fight over Obamacare remains to be seen. Continue Reading →

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Senate clears first test on Obamacare repeal, but final victory not assured

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans and the White House had a win Tuesday on a procedural vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but a final victory is not guaranteed. It was just a first step in a series of dozens of votes that will determine whether Senate Republicans can pass a health care bill. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal backs Wray, foresees ‘a firestorm’ for FBI

Wray, 50, told senators on the Judiciary panel that he would quit if Trump asked him to do anything illegal. He also said he did not consider special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into whether there were Russian ties to the Trump campaign “a witch hunt.” Continue Reading →

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Trump Jr. emails about Russia offer rock Washington

WASHINGTON – Connecticut’s senators joined most Democrats Tuesday in condemning Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian attorney with connections to the Moscow government who offered to give him incriminating information about Clinton. Republicans deflected questions or downplayed the disclosures. Continue Reading →

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‘Connecticut in the Capitol’ focuses on health care, attacks on the press

WASHINGTON — Dozens of Connecticut officials, business executives, policymakers and leaders of non-profits are here for two days to network and try to figure out what Congress and the federal government are doing, which is stumping even the most knowledgeable insiders lately. Continue Reading →

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GOP still trying, but Blumenthal says Obamacare repeal in ‘total disarray’

WASHINGTON — The Senate returns from its Fourth of July break this week without a firm strategy on how to move forward on a health care bill that has little public support and has split Republicans. GOP leaders hope to fashion a bill that would win 50 votes, but that appears harder than ever now. Continue Reading →

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Obamacare repeal would roll back dozens of federal taxes

WASHINGTON — The Senate health care bill, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act, would roll back nearly $1 trillion in diverse taxes imposed by the Affordable Care Act to expand coverage to poor and middle-income individuals. But analysts say 40 percent of the tax breaks would benefit 1 percent of the nation’s richest people, giving critics ammunition against GOP efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. Continue Reading →

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