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April 20, 2018

OP-ED | Property Tax Armageddon Comes for Connecticut

by Susan Bigelow | Apr 20, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Congress | Consumer Protection | Town News | Housing | Opinion | Taxes | White House | Real Estate

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Rejoice, it’s tax week! Unfortunately if you live in Connecticut or another state that’s heavily dependent on property taxes you might find yourself socked with a much, much larger bill next year — or even this year. Just another benefit of living here in the Happiest Place on Earth.

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April 18, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Murphy Remains Opposed to Pompeo

by Peter Urban | Apr 18, 2018 9:01pm
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Congress | DC News Junkie | National Security | White House

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Chris Murphy on Wednesday reaffirmed his opposition to President Trump’s pick for secretary of state even as the White House argued that derailing CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s confirmation could jeopardize diplomatic efforts to end North Korea’s nuclear missile program.

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April 16, 2018

OP-ED | With a National Popular Vote, Every Vote Will Be Counted

by James Glassman | Apr 16, 2018 9:35pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Election Policy | Equality | Opinion | White House

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I’m now a resident of Washington, D.C., but I lived for 10 years in the beautiful Litchfield County town of Canaan, also known as Falls Village, population 1,081. I am a long-time Republican, having served as Under Secretary of State in the administration of George W. Bush.

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April 13, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Blumenthal Wants Facebook Regulated; Murphy Grills Pompeo

by Peter Urban | Apr 13, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Business | Congress | Consumer Protection | DC News Junkie | National Security | White House | New London | Technology sector

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat through hours of questioning this week from a jumbo-sized panel of U.S. senators — including Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal — eager to get their two cents in on how the social media platform handles the personal information of its users.

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March 23, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Congress Approves Budget; Trump Threatens Veto Then Says He’ll Sign It

by Peter Urban | Mar 23, 2018 5:00am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Health Care | Iraq at Home | Law Enforcement | Manufacturing | Public Health | Public Safety | Veterans Affairs | White House | Portland

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(UPDATED Friday, 6:45 p.m.) Looking to avoid a third government shutdown in three weeks, Congress sent President Donald Trump a $1.3 trillion spending bill early Friday morning that will keep federal doors open through September.

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March 21, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | DeLauro Clashes With DeVos on Student Loans

by Peter Urban | Mar 21, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Congress | 3rd CD | Consumer Protection | DC News Junkie | Education | White House

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WASHINGTON — In a testy exchange Tuesday, Representative Rosa DeLauro sharply criticized Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over her decision to pre-empt states from any oversight of private companies that service federal college loans.

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March 20, 2018

Trump’s Tough Talk On Opioids Praised and Panned

by Jack Kramer | Mar 20, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | Federal Budget | Law Enforcement | White House

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President Donald Trump traveled Monday to New Hampshire — one of the states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic — to unveil his latest plan to beat back the drug scourge including seeking the death penalty for what he termed “big pushers.”

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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 15, 2018

Work Requirements For Medicaid Exposes Ideological Divide

by Christine Stuart | Mar 15, 2018 3:04pm
Posted to: DC News Junkie | Health Care | Insurance | Jobs | Public Health | White House

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HARTFORD, CT — There are 800,000 Medicaid recipients in Connecticut, but 72 percent of them would not be impacted by a Medicaid work waiver because they are children under 19, adults over 65, persons with disabilities, or employed. 

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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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