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August 17, 2018

OP-ED | Reveling In The Agony Of Social Media Titans

by Terry Cowgill | Aug 17, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Corporate Watch | Ethics | Media Matters | Opinion

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Ask anyone who knows me. I’m generally supportive of the business community. After all, hundreds of businesses in my area support my efforts here at CT News Junkie and at my day job in the Berkshires. And businesses bear an enormous share of the tax burden that allows us to have the kinds of government services we want and deserve.

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Keeping Score

by Peter Urban | Aug 17, 2018 1:42am
Posted to: Congress | Courts | DC News Junkie

How Connecticut’s congressional delegates voted on key legislation for the week ending Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.

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August 16, 2018

Courtney Opposes Pentagon Change to GI Bill

by Peter Urban | Aug 16, 2018 9:19pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Education | Veterans Affairs

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WASHINGTON — Congressman Joe Courtney this week voiced his opposition to the Pentagon’s recently announced change in policy that would prevent soldiers with more than 16 years of service from transferring their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to eligible family members.

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Murphy, DeLauro Oppose Dropping ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule for Higher Ed Funds

by Peter Urban | Aug 16, 2018 9:01pm
Posted to: Congress | Consumer Protection | DC News Junkie | Education

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Chris Murphy and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro this week spoke out against a Trump administration proposal to repeal an Obama-era rule aimed at ensuring for-profit colleges don’t saddle students with massive debt for degrees that offer meager earning potential.

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Unanimous Senate Affirms Press is Not ‘Enemy of the People’

by Peter Urban | Aug 16, 2018 8:43pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Media Matters | White House

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The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution this week condemning attacks on news media as hundreds of newspapers — led by the Boston Globe — published editorials speaking up for a free press and against President Donald Trump’s attacks on journalists as enemies of the people.

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Primary 2018 Turnout

by Susan Bigelow | Aug 16, 2018 4:00pm
Posted to: Election 2018 | Data

Two maps of the turnout percentage by town for both Democrats and Republicans. Statewide turnout was 28.71% for Democrats, and 31.72% for Republicans.

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Democratic Nominee Wants To Talk About More Than The Economy

by Christine Stuart | Aug 16, 2018 3:05pm
Posted to: Election 2018

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HARTFORD, CT — Ned Lamont, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, was outside the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective Thursday calling on his Republican opponent to reject an endorsement his running mate received from the Family Institute of Connecticut.

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Sales Tax Free Week Starts This Weekend

by Jack Kramer | Aug 16, 2018 12:00pm
Posted to: Taxes

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HARTFORD, CT— August means back-to-school shopping, and once again, the state will forego millions in sales tax revenue in order to give families a break on clothing and footwear.

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Lawsuits Seeking To Block Citizenship Question Advance

by Brian Woodman Jr. | Aug 16, 2018 9:00am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | Courts | Immigration | White House

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For the first time since 1950, the U.S. Census Bureau wants to ask everyone whether they are a U.S. citizen. It may seem to some like an innocent enough question, but it could have a big impact and it’s why states like Connecticut have joined a multi-state lawsuit to block it.

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OP-ED | Primary 2018: What We Learned

by Susan Bigelow | Aug 16, 2018 3:59am
Posted to: Analysis | Election 2018 | Opinion | 5th CD

The dust has settled, the primary is done, and the general election contests are now fixed. What, if anything, did we learn?

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