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May 24, 2018

Trump ‘Terminates’ North Korea Summit

by Peter Urban | May 24, 2018 11:13pm
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Congress | DC News Junkie | National Security | White House

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President Donald Trump walked away this week from a scheduled June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un aimed at ending Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program saying he was disturbed by recent statements out of North Korea that displayed “tremendous anger and open hostility.”

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March 16, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Congress Takes ‘Incremental’ Step on School Safety

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

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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.

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December 15, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE | GOP Readies Higher Ed Overhaul; Sandy Hook Remembered; Net Neutrality Repealed

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

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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.

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March 1, 2017

Trump Gets Good Grades For His Speech From Two Connecticut Professors

by Jack Kramer | Mar 1, 2017 6:30am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Congress | Health Care | Immigration | Insurance | White House

REUTERS / Carlos Barria 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.

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November 12, 2015

OP-ED | Pay Attention To the Man Behind the Curtain - It’s Time for H1B Visa Reform

by Sarah Darer Littman | Nov 12, 2015 6:23pm
Posted to: International Trade | Congress | Jobs | Labor | Opinion

While millions of SuperPAC dollars are being spent to convince voters that job losses in Connecticut are all the fault of greedy unions and high taxation, I’d like to draw your attention to the “man behind the curtain” — a program they’d rather we don’t look at, which has contributed to a loss of thousands of jobs in our state and depressed middle class incomes: namely, H1B visas being used by outsourcing companies to export American jobs.

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November 5, 2015

OP-ED | CUBA – Lift the Embargo

by Patty McQueen | Nov 5, 2015 11:00am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Congress | Economic Development | The Economy | Opinion | White House

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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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October 5, 2015

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

by Jordan Fenster | Oct 5, 2015 11:30am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Congress | White House

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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 8, 2015

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

by Christine Stuart | Sep 8, 2015 12:09pm
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Congress | Public Safety | White House

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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July 15, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Connecticut Delegation Reacts to News of Deal with Iran

by Jordan Fenster | Jul 15, 2015 5:30am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Congress | Military Spending | White House


While they praised the long-term diplomacy that brought the United States and Iran to a deal on nuclear weapons, members of Connecticut’s Washington delegation said more review is necessary before Congress grants its approval.

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June 23, 2015

More Connecticut Companies Export, As Congress Moves To Approve Trade Deal

by Cara Rosner | Jun 23, 2015 2:43pm
Posted to: Business | International Trade | Congress | White House

Christine Stuart file photo As Congress moves toward “fast-tracking” approval of large international trade bills, a growing number of Connecticut companies are exporting products to other countries, according to a recent survey by the Connecticut Business & Industry Association.

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