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September 14, 2018

Murphy Blasts Pompeo on Saudi ‘Certification’

by Peter Urban | Sep 14, 2018 3:00pm
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Congress | DC News Junkie | White House

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Chris Murphy dismissed as a “farce” a statement that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent to Congress this week certifying that the governments of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are taking steps to avoid civilian casualties in their war with Yemen.

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Keeping Score

by Peter Urban | Sep 14, 2018 1:30pm
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Congress | DC News Junkie | Education | Environment | Federal Budget | Taxes | Veterans Affairs | White House

How Connecticut’s congressional delegates voted on key legislation for the week ending Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

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September 7, 2018

OP-ED | Oh, It Can Still Get Much Worse

by Susan Bigelow | Sep 7, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Analysis | US Foreign Policy | Congress | Courts | Opinion | White House

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This is one of those weeks in which I’m amazed we’re not all out in the streets, shouting our heads off for the preservation of democracy and the republic. I guess we really do get the government we deserve.

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Blumenthal, DeLauro Decry Latest Trump Action on Child Detention

by Peter Urban | Sep 7, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Child Welfare | DC News Junkie | Immigration

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A Trump administration proposal this week to lift court-ordered limits on the length of time it can detain immigrant children drew swift rebukes from U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro.

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August 31, 2018

Murphy Wants U.S. Military Out of Yemen

by Peter Urban | Aug 31, 2018 11:55am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | DC News Junkie | Military Spending

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U.S. Senator Chris Murphy this week called for the United States military to withdraw from Yemen, citing a newly released report from the United Nations claiming it is likely that war crimes are being committed with U.S. weapons and supervision.

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August 23, 2018

U.S. Airman John Chapman Posthumously Awarded Medal of Honor

by Peter Urban | Aug 23, 2018 10:57pm
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Congress | DC News Junkie | Veterans Affairs | White House | Windsor Locks

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WASHINGTON — At a White House ceremony this week, the widow of U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant John A. Chapman accepted from President Trump the Medal of Honor awarded to her late husband, a 1983 graduate of Windsor Locks High School who was killed in battle in Afghanistan in 2002.

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July 31, 2018

DOJ Warned of ‘Zero-Tolerance’ Harm to Children

by Peter Urban | Jul 31, 2018 5:02pm
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Immigration | Poverty | Public Safety | White House

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WASHINGTON — Before launching its “zero-tolerance” policy in April, the Trump Administration was warned that it could do serious harm to children separated from their parents at the border.

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July 13, 2018

OP-ED | ‘Most Republicans Won’t Believe This’ and Other Media-Literacy Challenges

by Barth Keck | Jul 13, 2018 4:15am
Posted to: Analysis | US Foreign Policy | Child Welfare | Education | Immigration | Media Matters | Opinion | White House

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If you’re a Republican, you probably think this op-ed is “fake news.” Indeed, a full 92 percent of Republicans believe that news sources “report news they know to be fake, false, or purposely misleading” either “a lot or sometimes,” according to a recent Axios/SurveyMonkey poll.

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June 29, 2018

Blue Water Bill Passes

by Peter Urban | Jun 29, 2018 4:20am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Congress | DC News Junkie | Ethics | Federal Budget | Health Care | Military Spending | Public Health | Veterans Affairs

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The House easily approved legislation that will broaden the list of veterans and family eligible for V.A. benefits who suffer from diseases associated with exposure to herbicides like Agent Orange during the Vietnam War as well as those who served in the Korean DMZ.

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SCOTUS Term Ends Big

by Peter Urban | Jun 29, 2018 4:15am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Immigration | Labor | National Security | Public Health | Public Safety | White House

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The U.S. Supreme Court ended its term this week with a bang as Justice Anthony Kennedy — known as a swing vote between the four conservative and four liberal justices — announced his retirement.

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