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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. 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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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 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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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.” Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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Murphy asks French president to stop selling warships to Russia

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and five other U.S. senators are trying to tell French President François Hollande what to do.
More specifically, Murphy has sent a letter to Hollande asking he halt the delivery of two French-made warships to the Russian Navy that cost about $1.6 billion each. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers hope to harness anger at Russia to help Sikorsky

Washington – Ignored by the Pentagon and State Department, Connecticut lawmakers hope increasing congressional anger towards Moscow will finally force the end of U.S. purchases of helicopters made by Russian state arms dealer Rosoboronexport destined for the Afghan armed forces. Continue Reading →

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