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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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March 9, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Dooley Sails Through Confirmation Hearing Despite Nor’easter

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

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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.

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March 7, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Courtney Urges Navy to Rev Up Sub Building

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

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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.

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March 2, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Trump Calls For Action On Gun Safety, Mental Health

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

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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.

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February 16, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Mueller Indicts 13 Russians in Scheme to Rig 2016 Election

by CTNewsJunkie | Feb 16, 2018 2:59pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Election 2016 | Election Policy | Law Enforcement | National Security | White House

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The office of special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies in an organized scheme to rig the 2016 presidential election.

The indictment, available for download below, includes charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

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February 2, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Himes Blasts GOP Over Intel Memo Release

by Peter Urban | Feb 2, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Election 2016 | Law Enforcement | Media Matters | National Security

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WASHINGTON — Representative Jim Himes, the second-leading Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, voiced growing anger this week as President Donald Trump appeared ready to release a Republican-drafted memo alleging serious misconduct by the FBI and Justice Department in handling the Russian investigation.

“It is full of falsehoods. It is a shoddy and poorly written memo that will be very rapidly refuted by the facts and by the 10-page memo that the Democrats wrote when we saw it,” Himes said during an interview Thursday on CNN.

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January 5, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Himes Troubled by Trump’s ‘Nuclear Button’ Taunt

by Peter Urban | Jan 5, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Congress | DC News Junkie | National Security | White House

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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.

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November 17, 2017

Defense Authorization Bill Clears Congress

by Peter Urban | Nov 17, 2017 5:49pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Jobs | Military Spending | National Security | White House | Manufacturing Sector

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The House and Senate this week sent a final version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act to the President’s desk.

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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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August 15, 2017

Murphy Reaches Halfway Point In 103 Mile Trek

by Jack Kramer | Aug 15, 2017 2:46pm
Posted to: Congress | Federal Budget | Health Care | National Security | Meriden

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie MERIDEN, CT — One of the big reasons why U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy does his “Walk Across Connecticut” tours, he said, is that he gets the kind of interaction and conversation with constituents that he never has sitting behind his desk in Washington.

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