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Author: David McCumber, Washington Bureau Chief

Himes, Esty back new rail-crossing safety measure

The recent Metro-North rail-crossing disaster at Valhalla, N.Y., has spurred a House bill that aims to help states and communities make such crossings safer. Among the bill’s five cosponsors are

Malloy: Giuliani’s statement about Obama ‘despicable’

Gov. Dannel Malloy Friday called Rudy Giuliani’s statement that President Obama doesn’t love America “despicable,” and said the fact that Republican presidential candidates haven’t “rejected it

Himes: Egypt “balancing on a knife’s edge’

Egypt, Rep. Jim Himes says, is “balancing on a knife’s edge.”

The Democrat from Greenwich just returned from an official visit to Egypt, Morocco and Chad last week with fellow members of the House Intelligence Committee.

Malloy, Jindal slug it out at White House press conference

After lunching with President Obama and Vice-President Biden, the governors emerged mostly in a harmonious frame of mind _ but Louisiana Republican Bobby Jindal stirred things up when he stood at the “stakeout” outside the briefing room and ripped the Obama administration for trying to raise the federal minimum wage.

Blumenthal seeks Metro-North safety records from Federal Railway Agency

Saying, “Riders have lost their patience with this railroad and so have I,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal has requested 10 years of Metro-North safety-inspection and enforcement records from the Federal

SOTU excerpt shows Obama will focus on inequality as theme

In excerpts from the prepared text of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech released by the White House two and a half hours beforehand, it’s clear the President is focusing on economic opportunity, and aims to reverse the income inequality trend and provide more middle-class opportunities.

Himes, Blumenthal weigh in on Obama’s NSA speech

Two Connecticut lawmakers closely involved in intelligence matters _ Sen. Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes _ had mixed reactions to President Obama’s Friday speech on the NSA and its

Blumenthal makes another anti-gun violence speech on floor, memorializing New Haven high school student Javier Martinez

Sen. Richard Blumenthal isn’t giving up the fight against gun violence. Thursday, he gave another in a series of speeches on the floor of the Senate, urging his colleagues to take action on the issue. Thursday’s speech memorialized New Haven high school senior Javier Hernandez, 18, who was shot and killed Dec. 28 as he walked from his house to a friend’s house.

Unemployed CT woman introduces Obama at White House event

Just minutes after the Senate voted to advance a measure to extend unemployment benefits Tuesday morning, Katherine Hackett of Moodus introduced President Obama at a White House event designed to urge

Santorum: Mandela’s fight for freedom like the fight against Obamacare

Well, you can’t say the GOP isn’t staying on message. These days it seems like if a Republican is asked to comment on anything even remotely negative – from crabgrass to toenail fungus – it’s all about Obamacare. Sometimes, they can even make it work if asked to comment about something incredibly positive – like […]