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President Barack Obama shakes hands with former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi, as Connecticut State Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr., watches during the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston, Monday, March 30, 2015. The $79 million Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate dedication is a politically star-studded event attended by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and past and present senators of both parties. It sits next to the presidential library of Kennedy’s brother, John F. Kennedy. From left are, Lott, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, first lady Michelle Obama, the president, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Connecticut’s Kennedy shares stage with Obama

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It’s every New England liberal’s dream: Ted Kennedy Jr. and Elizabeth Warren sharing a stage with President Barack Obama. The so-called progressive wing of the Democratic Party got a taste of that scenario on Monday, with the freshman Connecticut state senator front and center at the dedication of a $79 million institute memorializing his iconic […] [Read More]
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Rep. Jim Himes praises cybersecurity bill approved by the House intelligence committee.

Himes hails bill to help thwart cyberattacks

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Rep. Jim Himes is praising a bipartisan measure that would lower barriers on information sharing between companies hit by cyberattacks such as Sony, Target, Home Depot and Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield.   “One of the key next steps for Congress to pass legislation that allows the private sector to share information with each other and […] [Read More]
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Blumenthal: Moratorium on NFL blackouts a victory for fans

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The camera-friendly persona of U.S. Sen Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is apparently rubbing off on the National Football League. On Monday, team owners voted to suspend the league’s controversial television blackout policy for the 2015 season, capitulating to fans and members of Congress such as Blumenthal who had introduced legislation that could threaten the NFL’s business […] [Read More]
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Rep. Esty introduces legislation to promote engineering education and manufacturing.

Esty sponsors engineering education grant program

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Rep. Elizabeth Esty is the lead sponsor of a bill to link engineering education to high-tech manufacturing through specific grants to colleges and universities with engineering programs.   The Manufacturing Universities Act would provide grants of up to $5 million annually over four years for college-level programs. It has some bipartisan support with Rep. Chris […] [Read More]
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Sikorsky's Black Hawk is a Pentagon work horse.

Pentagon monitoring Sikorsky future

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When United Technologies announced last week it might put Sikorsky Aircraft up for sale or spin it off, the Pentagon was silent.   Carlin Woog, deputy assistant for communications to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, offered a standard “no comment’’ as officials absorbed the news that the manufacturer of its signature Black Hawk helicopter might […] [Read More]
Former Gov. John G. Rowland leaves the Federal Courthouse after his trial in New Haven, Conn., on Friday Sept. 19, 2014. Rowland was found guilty on all seven federal counts of violating campaign laws.

Judge rejects Rowland’s motion for new trial

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Former Gov. John G. Rowland appears to have exhausted his legal options for overturning his latest felony conviction. A federal judge on Monday denied Rowland’s motion for a new trial, setting the stage for his sentencing to finally go forward at 10 a.m. Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New Haven after more than two […] [Read More]
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Former New Haven Mayor John C. Daniels, dies

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John Daniels, (photo from C-SPAN) a high school football star while at Hillhouse High, graduated from Villanova and served in the state Senate before becoming New Haven’s first African-American mayor in 1989. He was about 79. This from Gov. Malloy and Lt. Gov Wyman: “During a career spanning decades, John Daniels had an unrivaled dedication […] [Read More]
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Himes waffles: congressman harvests maple syrup

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Tapped the trusty Himes maples this pm. No sap flow yet. Thinking it’s still early. pic.twitter.com/mQcinRzZeZ — Jim Himes (@jahimes) March 12, 2015   The farm-to-table congressman is at it again. U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., who has made it a pastime brewing his own beer, canning his own pickles and going clamming with constituents, […] [Read More]
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