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US Foreign Policy

October 12, 2018

Murphy Renews Call for an End to US Military Support to Saudi Arabia

by Peter Urban | Oct 12, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | DC News Junkie | Media Matters | White House

(Updated Saturday) U.S. Senator Chris Murphy on Thursday called for an immediate suspension of military support for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen as news reports say a missing journalist and Washington Post columnist was killed at the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

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October 5, 2018

OP-ED | What We’re Not Talking About: The Environment

by Susan Bigelow | Oct 5, 2018 3:00am
Posted to: Analysis | US Foreign Policy | Child Welfare | Congress | Election 2018 | Energy | Environment | Opinion | Weather | White House | Energy Sector

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Credit: NASA Scientific Visualization Studio

Maybe you missed the expiration date for our civilization during all the other news that broke this week, but here it is: according to the Trump administration the world will warm a catastrophic 7 degrees Fahrenheit (~4 degrees Celsius) by 2100. The Trump administration plans to take zero action.

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September 27, 2018

OP-ED | Elephant In The Room: Job Losses From Automation

by Terry Cowgill | Sep 27, 2018 3:17pm
Posted to: Analysis | Business | US Foreign Policy | The Economy | Technology sector | Manufacturing Sector | Retail Sector | Jobs | Labor | Manufacturing | White House

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By most accounts, the economy is roaring along. As my quarterly TIAA-CREF reports remind me, the stock market is performing well enough for me to retire on time—which is a great relief after precipitous losses set me on edge as the great recession took hold 10 years ago.

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September 14, 2018

Murphy Blasts Pompeo on Saudi ‘Certification’

by Peter Urban | Sep 14, 2018 2:00pm
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 12:30pm
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 3:00am
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 3:00am
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 10:55am
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 9:57pm
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 4:02pm
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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