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January 19, 2018

Federal Government Shutdown Looms; FEMA to End Aid to Displaced Puerto Rican Families in Connecticut

by Peter Urban | January 19, 2018 5:30am

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WASHINGTON — Congress struggled this week to reach agreement on a short-term spending bill needed to avoid a partial shutdown of government services at midnight Friday.

The House voted 230-197 Thursday evening in favor of a “continuing resolution” that would fund the government for another month. The issue is now in the Senate where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he is prepared to keep members working through the weekend to avoid a shutdown.

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OP-ED | As a Father and Teacher, I Find Donald Trump Extremely Disturbing

by Barth Keck | January 19, 2018 5:30am

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I am a father and teacher. I am deeply disturbed by President Donald Trump.

My dismay is not political. Instead, it involves his narcissistic and boorish behavior, underscored most recently by his characterization of Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as “shithole countries.”

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January 10, 2018

Courtney Cheers ACA Open Enrollment Results

by Peter Urban | January 10, 2018 11:30am

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WASHINGTON — Three months after President Donald Trump declared the death of Obamacare, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney was on the House floor pointing to enrollment gains in Connecticut’s health insurance exchange as evidence that the Affordable Care Act is stable and growing.

“Well, as the famous resident from the state of Connecticut — Mark Twain — once said: rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” Courtney said.

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January 8, 2018

Exchange Enrollment Exceeds ‘Internal Expectations’

by Christine Stuart | January 8, 2018 3:31pm

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HARTFORD, CT — In a year in which there were more challenges to overcome Connecticut’s health insurance exchange, Access Health CT, enrolled 2.3 percent more residents than it did the previous year.

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Connecticut Officials Confident Medical Pot Is Safe From Feds

by Jack Kramer | January 8, 2018 5:30am

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HARTFORD, CT — While many believe states that have legalized recreational marijuana are being targeted by the Trump administration, what isn’t clear is whether states with medical pot programs, such as Connecticut, are also on the president’s radar screen.

Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions rescinded the Cole memo, an Obama-era policy that took a hands-off approach to marijuana in states where it was legal. Instead, federal prosecutors, Sessions wrote, should decide for themselves whether to crack down on marijuana businesses.

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January 5, 2018

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

by Peter Urban | January 5, 2018 5:30am

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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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January 2, 2018

Connecticut Lawmakers Brace Themselves For Revenue Estimates

by Christine Stuart | January 2, 2018 5:29am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut lawmakers are trying to find the silver lining in the tax package passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump before Christmas.

But will it impact January revenue estimates?

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December 28, 2017

OP-ED | The Year of Constant Loss

by Susan Bigelow | December 28, 2017 7:26am

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Has it only been a year? It feels like a decade has passed, or a lifetime. How can so much have changed in so short a time? But it has. If we look behind us, we can see the crack in the ground where one era of our history shook free from another.

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December 23, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Keeping Score

by Peter Urban | December 23, 2017 12:10am

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December 22, 2017

OP-ED | Connecticut Republicans Can’t Run From the National GOP Anymore

by Susan Bigelow | December 22, 2017 10:00am

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Republicans in Connecticut have long perfected the art of holding two contradictory thoughts in their minds at once: they are Republicans, but they are also not Republicans, if you know what I mean.

It’s a convenient way of thinking, and it serves them well. Maybe it serves all of us well. Here are all these folks, these friends and neighbors, these decent and kind people, whose political party both is and isn’t the monster down in D.C. enabling a dangerous loose cannon of a president as he — and they — gleefully undermine small-d democratic norms.

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