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September 16, 2016

Is There Hope for Afghanistan? Afghan Visitor Shares Perspective in Bristol

by Kristi Allen | September 16, 2016 1:36pm

kristi allen / ctnewsjunkie Edrees Kakar has lived a life few people in America can imagine: He has walked through war zones, lived as a refugee for 10 years, and survived a terror attack that killed more than a dozen people.

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August 26, 2016

Republican Seeks To Leverage Local Experience In Run For Congress

by Max Moran | August 26, 2016 12:55pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo The 41 cities and towns in the 5th Congressional District last elected a Republican in 2006, but Sherman First Selectman Clay Cope is hoping to end his party’s losing streak.

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November 28, 2015

Refugee Question Draws Both Sides of Issue to Capitol, Governor’s Mansion

by Doug Hardy | November 28, 2015 6:03pm

Doug Hardy / ctnewsjunkie A steady rain did not deter people from gathering Saturday for a pair of political events on opposites sides of the State Capitol, and opposite sides of the Syrian refugee issue.

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November 27, 2015

OP-ED | Syrian Refugee Policy Exposes Rare Rift In State’s DC Delegation

by Terry Cowgill | November 27, 2015 5:30am

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While I’m inclined to disagree with them on a range of issues, I’m glad to see Connecticut’s congressional delegation, along with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, has come down on the right side of the Syrian refugees crisis.

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November 5, 2015

OP-ED | CUBA – Lift the Embargo

by Patty McQueen | November 5, 2015 10:00am

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In the south central Cuba, where giant sugar plantations once dominated the landscape, vendors make a living today selling hand crocheted and embroidered clothing and linens, carved wooden jewelry and gifts, like dolls that flip over, one side light-skinned and on the other side, dark, and model American cars shaped from soda cans.

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November 3, 2015

Thursday Panel Will Tackle Syrian Refugee Crisis

by Christine Stuart | November 3, 2015 1:59pm

David Eric Paradine photo A panel of experts on Syria and international affairs will gather 6 p.m. Thursday at Center Church in Hartford for a robust discussion on how Hartford can assist with the refugee crisis.

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October 5, 2015

As Syria Crisis Continues, Blumenthal Proposes Expanding and Improving Refugee Intake Process

by Cara Rosner | October 5, 2015 5:57pm

Jordan Fenster / CTNewsJunkie file photo Refugees seeking to enter the United States would undergo a streamlined and expedited process to do so under a plan announced Monday by Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Blumenthal Co-Sponsors Bill to Strengthen Iran Oversight

by Jordan Fenster | October 5, 2015 10:30am

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Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal is among a group of senate Democrats pushing a bill that would increase oversight of Iran’s nuclear development program and increase military assistance to Israel.

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September 19, 2015

OP-ED | GOP Presidential Debates - Another Dismal Night for Progress

by Kiernan Majerus-Collins | September 19, 2015 1:00pm

This week’s Republican presidential debates supplied plenty of evidence that the GOP candidates are still pandering to the extreme right-wing factions in their party. For women and people of color, for students and seniors, for middle class Americans of all stripes, the 15 Republican candidates offered little reason to be enthusiastic.

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September 8, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Blumenthal Says ‘Yes’ To Iran Nuclear Deal

by Christine Stuart | September 8, 2015 11:09am

Christine Stuart photo U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is no longer on the fence regarding the nuclear deal with Iran. “While this is not the agreement I would have accepted at the negotiating table, it is better than no deal at all,” Blumenthal said Tuesday.

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