by Peter Urban | Mar 16, 2018 5:29am
Posted to: Business | US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Child Welfare | Congress | DC News Junkie | The Economy | Military Spending | National Security | White House
As thousands of high school students protested Congress’s lack of action on gun safety measures a month after the Parkland high school mass shooting, the House on Wednesday approved spending additional money for training to recognize mental health issues, threat reporting systems, and security equipment.
Continue reading "DC NEWS JUNKIE | Congress Takes ‘Incremental’ Step on School Safety" »
by Peter Urban | Mar 9, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Civil Liberties | Congress | Courts | DC News Junkie | Military Spending | National Security | Public Health | Public Safety | Social Security
The Nor’easter that crippled Connecticut this week left Waterbury Superior Court Judge Kari A. Dooley without her family at her side during a confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
Continue reading "DC NEWS JUNKIE | Dooley Sails Through Confirmation Hearing Despite Nor’easter" »
by Peter Urban | Mar 7, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Business | US Foreign Policy | Congress | 2nd CD | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Jobs | Manufacturing | Military Spending | National Security | Groton | New London | Manufacturing Sector
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney urged the Navy on Tuesday to find ways beyond what is already in its budgeted plans to speed construction of the U.S. submarine fleet so that it can achieve the 66-boat level called for in its recently released long-term Force Structure Assessment.
Continue reading "DC NEWS JUNKIE | Courtney Urges Navy to Rev Up Sub Building" »
by Peter Urban | Mar 2, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Law Enforcement | National Security | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | White House
President Donald Trump this week called on Congress to swiftly approve “one great piece of legislation” to prevent gun violence during a televised White House meeting with lawmakers that included Connecticut’s Chris Murphy and Elizabeth Esty.
Continue reading "DC NEWS JUNKIE | Trump Calls For Action On Gun Safety, Mental Health" »
by Peter Urban | Jan 5, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Congress | DC News Junkie | National Security | White House
Describing it as a “terrifying” tweet, Representative Jim Himes criticized President Donald Trump for using social media in a way that could potentially provoke a nuclear war with North Korea.
“Why would you want to goad this unpredictable leader of North Korea to maybe demonstrate his capabilities? That would get real very quickly,” Himes told CNN’s Anderson Cooper earlier this week.
Earlier in the day, Trump took to Twitter to respond to Kim Jong-Un’s New Year’s Day address, in which he said the world should accept North Korea’s status as a nuclear-armed country — noting that he had a nuclear launch button at his desk.
Continue reading "DC NEWS JUNKIE | Himes Troubled by Trump’s ‘Nuclear Button’ Taunt" »
by Peter Urban | Dec 15, 2017 5:11pm
Posted to: Business | US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | DC News Junkie | Education | Media Matters | White House | Newtown | Technology sector
The House Education and Workforce Committee met over a span of 11 hours on Tuesday as Democrats sought to block approval of a Republican-sponsored bill that Representative Joe Courtney described as taking a “wrecking ball” to higher education.
In the end, Republicans passed their bill 23-17 with no Democrats in support, putting in jeopardy a popular student loan forgiveness program and leaving in place a prohibition on refinance federal student loans to a lower rate.
Continue reading "DC NEWS JUNKIE | GOP Readies Higher Ed Overhaul; Sandy Hook Remembered; Net Neutrality Repealed" »
by Peter Urban | Dec 11, 2017 1:30pm
Posted to: Business | US Foreign Policy | Congress | DC News Junkie | Election 2017 | Ethics | Federal Budget | White House
House and Senate Republican leaders are looking to quickly reach consensus on an overhaul of tax policy this week in hopes of sending a final bill to President Donald Trump before year’s end.
Both chambers have approved separate tax measures and must now negotiate a final bill that would be brought before the House and Senate — without amendment — for a final up-or-down vote.
Continue reading "DC NEWS JUNKIE | GOP Seeks Tax Cut Deal; Himes Presses for Trump Jr. Subpoena; Senators Split" »
by Scott Bates | Aug 10, 2017 5:35am
Posted to: Analysis | US Foreign Policy | Congress | DC News Junkie | Military Spending | National Security | Opinion | White House
For 25 years, America has sought to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of one of the world’s most brutal regimes. We worked to ensure that North Korea would never have the ability to launch a nuclear warhead that could reach the American homeland. Those efforts have been unsuccessful, and now judgment day is at hand.
Continue reading "OP-ED | Ending the Threat from North Korea" »
by Jack Kramer | Mar 1, 2017 6:30am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Congress | Health Care | Immigration | Insurance | White House
WASHINGTON — Two experts on relations between presidents and Congress gave Republican President Donald Trump good grades for his first speech Tuesday, and both agreed Democrats made the night tense.
Continue reading "Trump Gets Good Grades For His Speech From Two Connecticut Professors" »
by Jack Kramer | Feb 21, 2017 4:11pm
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Congress | Military Spending | National Security | White House
HARTFORD, CT — U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, just back from an annual security conference in Munich, said “it is hard to over-hype how badly America’s image and influence has been damaged” since President Donald Trump took office.
Continue reading "Murphy: Muslim Ban, Trump’s Coziness With Russia Discussed At Length During Security Conference" »