International sympathy for Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion should apply to all refugees, no matter their color or country.
Here’s what you need to know about Russia, Ukraine and your oil and gas
Russia’s stash of oil and natural gas has folks in the U.S. and Europe on edge as the invasion of Ukraine spills into its fifth day.
Himes: Trump’s treatment of intelligence chief puts nation in a ‘very, very bad place’
Rep. Jim Himes attended a controversial briefing last week in which a senior U.S. intelligence official reportedly said Russia wants President Donald Trump re-elected.
Murphy: Russia denied visa for visit
A second member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., also said he was denied a visa for the trip.
State delegation affirms NATO support
WASHINGTON – While President Donald Trump had harsh words for NATO on Wednesday, congressional lawmakers stood up for the nearly 70-year-old trans-Atlantic alliance. But lawmakers split largely along party lines when it came to Trump’s relationship with Vladimir Putin.
Murphy: Europeans worried about ‘incoherent’ U.S. foreign policy
WASHINGTON – Back from a quick trip to the nation, Sen. Chris Murphy on Monday said officials in Estonia are concerned the Trump administration has “downgraded” the nation by naming an acquaintance of former White House adviser Steve Bannon to replace its current U.S. ambassador.
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.
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.
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.
‘Spy ship’ off Groton fuels Democratic calls for probe of Trump Moscow ties
WASHINGTON — As news of the Russian “spy ship” loitering 30 miles from Groton made the rounds of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, Democrats wove the incident into their demands for investigations of President Trump’s relationship with Russia.
Murphy questions Tillerson on Russian dossier, says nomination in trouble
WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy, who says the nomination is in trouble, on Wednesday questioned Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s pick to head the State Department, about a dossier of unverified allegations that Russian operatives have been helping the president-elect for years and have compromising information about him. “The report is as earth-shattering as it is thinly sourced,” Murphy said. “We all pray it is untrue.”
Himes: Trump ‘unhinged’ and Electoral College should block him
WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Himes said President-elect Donald Trump’s dismissal of U.S. intelligence agencies was “the last straw” that prompted the lawmaker to send out an incendiary tweet Sunday night saying Trump is “unhinged’‘ and the Electoral College should stop him from becoming president.
Analysts: Manafort departure won’t right floundering Trump campaign
WASHINGTON — The departure of New Britain native Paul Manafort from Donald Trump’s campaign on Friday isn’t likely to help revive a candidate who is plagued by problems, analysts say, but it will tone down distracting noise.
Q&A: Outgoing Navy chief talks submarines, F-35s and his legacy
In a recent wide-ranging interview over lunch, The Connecticut Mirror pressed outgoing Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, the longest serving naval chief in 100 years, about the future of submarine warfare, delays in the F-35 joint strike fighter program and why the Pentagon wants another round of base closings.
Himes: Ukraine wants U.S. to provide ‘defensive’ weapons
WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District, said Ukrainian officials told him and other members of a visiting congressional delegation that the country could use more help from the United States — in the form of “defensive” weapons — to help defeat Russian-backed rebels.