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November 13, 2017

Congress Nears Completion of Defense Bill

by Peter Urban | Nov 13, 2017 2:40pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Jobs | Manufacturing | Military Spending | National Security

Michael Candelori via Shutterstock Congress may complete work this week on its annual National Defense Authorization Act, which establishes a blue print for military spending over the fiscal year.

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September 29, 2017

OP-ED | Words Matter: ‘Patriotism’ and ‘Racism’ in the National Anthem Controversy

by Barth Keck | Sep 29, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | Election 2016 | Military Spending | Opinion | Sports | Veterans Affairs | White House

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Words matter. Two words that matter a great deal right now are “patriotism” and “racism,” the critical concepts surrounding NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem. Thanks to Donald Trump’s incendiary criticism of that activity, the heated issue got much hotter last weekend.

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August 28, 2017

Connecticut Sends Airmen To Help with Hurricane Harvey Response

by Staff Report | Aug 28, 2017 4:02pm
Posted to: Military Spending | Weather

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HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut sent eight airmen from the Connecticut National Guard with a C-130H cargo plane to help with the Hurricane Harvey response.

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August 10, 2017

OP-ED | Ending the Threat from North Korea

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

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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.

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July 20, 2017

Connecticut Adds Jobs In June; Officials Say State Could See Full Recovery By 2018

by Christine Stuart | Jul 20, 2017 2:00pm
Posted to: The Economy | Jobs | Labor | Manufacturing | Military Spending

Jon Bilous via Shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut’s economy added an estimated 7,000 jobs in June, according to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Pratt & Whitney Flying High With New Commercial Engine

by Peter Urban | Jul 20, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | The Economy | Manufacturing Sector | Trade, Transportation, Utilities Sector | Jobs | Labor | Manufacturing | Military Spending | East Hartford | Middletown | Aviation

Peter Urban / CTNewsJunkie WASHINGTON — Pratt & Whitney President Bob Leduc was all smiles Wednesday standing in front of the company’s future — a shiny new “PurePower Geared Turbofan Engine” or GTF — on display on Capitol Hill. The engine, which took the company 20 years and $10 billion to take from idea to reality, drew a steady stream of sweaty lawmakers and staff into the July heat.

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May 5, 2017

House Republicans Approve Repeal And Replace Of Obamacare

by Peter Urban | May 5, 2017 5:00pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | 2nd CD | 5th CD | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Military Spending | National Security | Public Safety | White House

peter urban / dc news junkie House Republicans this week narrowly approved a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, drawing harsh criticism from Democrats who claim the alternative will jeopardize coverage for millions of Americans receiving health insurance under Obamacare.

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April 3, 2017

Connecticut Senators Aim To Help Veterans With Mental Health Challenges Get Services

by Jack Kramer | Apr 3, 2017 3:30pm
Posted to: Congress | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Military Spending | Veterans Affairs

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie NEW HAVEN, CT — Recent investigations show that the Department of Defense has issued thousands of other-than-honorable (OTH) discharges to veterans, including hundreds in Connecticut, with mental health and behavioral health diagnoses.

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February 21, 2017

Murphy: Muslim Ban, Trump’s Coziness With Russia Discussed At Length During Security Conference

by Jack Kramer | Feb 21, 2017 4:11pm
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Congress | Military Spending | National Security | White House

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie 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.

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February 15, 2017

OP-ED | When the Russians Come Calling

by Susan Bigelow | Feb 15, 2017 6:07pm
Posted to: Analysis | US Foreign Policy | Congress | Military Spending | Opinion | White House | Groton

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It suddenly feels like the bad old days of the Cold War around here, and for good reason. Russia, led by President Vladimir Putin, is constantly and aggressively testing the strength and resolve of the NATO alliance. But unlike the 1980s, the United States has no clear policy on Russia, has weak and vacillating leadership, and is entirely unpredictable.

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