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June 22, 2018

Senate Approves Military Spending Blueprint

by Peter Urban | Jun 22, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Jobs | Military Spending | National Security | White House | Manufacturing Sector

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The Senate passed a $716 billion defense policy bill for the next fiscal year that would continue to support Connecticut defense contractors including Electric Boat, Pratt & Whitney, and Sikorsky.

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June 5, 2018

Spartan Aerospace Shows Off F-35 Simulator in Manchester

by Jack Kramer | Jun 5, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Congress | CT Tech Junkie | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Jobs | Military Spending | National Security | White House | Manchester | Manufacturing Sector

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MANCHESTER, CT — Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II interactive cockpit demonstrator was the highlight of a Spartan Aerospace press conference Monday to demonstrate the fighter jet’s stealth technology and the positive impact building it has had on Connecticut’s economy.

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June 1, 2018

Larson Pushing Natural Gas as Transportation Fuel

by Peter Urban | Jun 1, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: International Trade | Congress | 1st CD | DC News Junkie | The Economy | Energy Sector | Energy | Environment

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Congressman John Larson recently teamed up with Oklahoma Republican Markwayne Mullin to propose legislation aimed at encouraging the use of natural gas to fuel cars, trucks, buses, and planes.

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May 29, 2018

Democrats Take A Play From Republicans On Gas Prices

by Christine Stuart | May 29, 2018 3:16pm
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Congress | The Economy | Transportation | White House

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HARTFORD, CT — Gas prices are now 25 percent higher than they were last year and Democrats in Congress are borrowing a play from Republicans by blaming the occupant of the White House.

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May 24, 2018

Trump ‘Terminates’ North Korea Summit

by Peter Urban | May 24, 2018 11:13pm
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Congress | DC News Junkie | National Security | White House

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President Donald Trump walked away this week from a scheduled June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un aimed at ending Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program saying he was disturbed by recent statements out of North Korea that displayed “tremendous anger and open hostility.”

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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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December 15, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE | GOP Readies Higher Ed Overhaul; Sandy Hook Remembered; Net Neutrality Repealed

by Peter Urban | Dec 15, 2017 5:11pm
Posted to: Business | US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | DC News Junkie | Education | Media Matters | White House | Newtown | Technology sector

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The House Education and Workforce Committee met over a span of 11 hours on Tuesday as Democrats sought to block approval of a Republican-sponsored bill that Representative Joe Courtney described as taking a “wrecking ball” to higher education.

In the end, Republicans passed their bill 23-17 with no Democrats in support, putting in jeopardy a popular student loan forgiveness program and leaving in place a prohibition on refinance federal student loans to a lower rate.

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March 1, 2017

Trump Gets Good Grades For His Speech From Two Connecticut Professors

by Jack Kramer | Mar 1, 2017 6:30am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Congress | Health Care | Immigration | Insurance | White House

REUTERS / Carlos Barria WASHINGTON — Two experts on relations between presidents and Congress gave Republican President Donald Trump good grades for his first speech Tuesday, and both agreed Democrats made the night tense.

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November 12, 2015

OP-ED | Pay Attention To the Man Behind the Curtain - It’s Time for H1B Visa Reform

by Sarah Darer Littman | Nov 12, 2015 6:23pm
Posted to: International Trade | Congress | Jobs | Labor | Opinion

While millions of SuperPAC dollars are being spent to convince voters that job losses in Connecticut are all the fault of greedy unions and high taxation, I’d like to draw your attention to the “man behind the curtain” — a program they’d rather we don’t look at, which has contributed to a loss of thousands of jobs in our state and depressed middle class incomes: namely, H1B visas being used by outsourcing companies to export American jobs.

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November 5, 2015

OP-ED | CUBA – Lift the Embargo

by Patty McQueen | Nov 5, 2015 11:00am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Congress | Economic Development | The Economy | Opinion | White House

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In the south central Cuba, where giant sugar plantations once dominated the landscape, vendors make a living today selling hand crocheted and embroidered clothing and linens, carved wooden jewelry and gifts, like dolls that flip over, one side light-skinned and on the other side, dark, and model American cars shaped from soda cans.

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