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Dem Senator Demands Compensation Fund For Recalled Cars

Reuters | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON, March 24 (Reuters) - Pressure built on General Motors on Monday to take steps to get 1.6 million of ...

How Judi Dench Is Impacting Adoption Laws

AP | Posted 01.31.2014 | Entertainment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Philomena Lee wistfully described losing her son to adoption and her search for him 50 years later, a quest depicted in the Oscar-...

Fifty Years After First Surgeon General Report on Smoking, E-Cigarettes Pose Latest Threat to Public Health

Sen. Richard Blumenthal | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Sen. Richard Blumenthal

Proposed laws that would regulate e-cigarettes are met with opposition from those who dismiss e-cigarettes as products that present little or no risk. They claim e-cigarettes are a great way for smokers to quit smoking without exposing innocent bystanders to hazardous vapor. What they don't tell you is the impact that e-cigarettes are having on people who have never smoked before.

Senators Slam 'Glamorization' Of E-Cigarettes At Golden Globes

Reuters | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - A group of U.S. senators is taking the Golden Globes to task for showing celebrities puffing on electronic cigarettes...

Dems Signal Willingness To Wait On Key Sanctions

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure from the Obama administration, Senate Democrats who favor a new batch of sanctions on Iran signaled a willingness t...

Offsides: A Better Bargain for the American Football Fan

Sen. Richard Blumenthal | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Sen. Richard Blumenthal

Created with the intent of making the league sustainable, blackout policies today punish fans rather than encouraging attendance. With the average NFL ticket costing about $80, many fans who have not recovered from the recession simply cannot afford to attend. It is time to improve the deal for fans.

Obama Again Nominates Jeffrey Meyer To Federal Bench

The Hartford Courant | Edmund H. Mahony | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama on Monday again nominated law professor and former federal prosecutor Jeffrey Meyer to a federal judgeship in Connecticut. Mey...

Senator Pushes Energy Drink Makers To Stop Questionable Advertising

AP | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is calling on energy drink makers Red Bull and Rockstar to remove toys with the companies' logos...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Connecticut Lawmakers Vow To Reverse 'Shame' Of Gun Control Failure

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Elizabeth Esty spent the morning of Dec. 14, 2012, in a Boston briefing for newly elected members of Congress until a phone call interru...

Senators Push To Put Cameras On Tracks, Engineers After Train Derailment

AP | VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — A week after four people died in a New York commuter train derailment, two federal lawmakers proposed Sunday that trains nationwide ...

Tough News From Texas -- But the Fight Is Far From Over

Cecile Richards | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Cecile Richards

Access to reproductive health care should never depend on your zip code -- and from statehouses to courthouses to the ballot box, we are going to continue the fight to make sure it doesn't.

Friday Talking Points -- A 'Regular Disorder' Rant

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

After pointing out one story which was strangely ignored in the pile-on in the media this week, it seems the profits for the company contracted to build the Obamacare site are way up. How nice for them, eh? Sigh.

Matt Sledge

Four Senators Push 'Real, Not Cosmetic' NSA Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

A bipartisan group of senators announced a comprehensive surveillance reform bill on Wednesday, but their effort may encounter resistance from the pow...

Friday Talking Points -- Congress Slinks Out Of Town

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It was a busy week in Washington, since all the congresscritters were eager to get out of town for their not-so-well-earned five weeks of vacation. It'll take awhile for the dust to settle, so let's take a look at some of what's been happening while it does.

Danielle Schlanger

20-Week Abortion Ban DOA In Senate, Dems Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics

A group of Democratic Senators made clear on Wednesday that a House Republican bill prohibiting women from having abortions 20 weeks after conception ...

Lawmakers Renew Gun Control Push Six Months After Newtown

Reuters | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

By Paige Gance WASHINGTON, June 13 (Reuters) - Gun-control advocates renewed their push for stricter measures on Thursday, a day befo...

Immigration Reform: Building Fences With Shadows or Bridges of Hope and Dreams?

Bruce Lesley | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

The Southwest is a place of great opportunity, enchantment, and grandeur, and yet, also a place of poverty and inequality in the United States. Through its children, it is also a place that will play an expanding and critically important role in either the successes or failures of our nation.

24 Million Reasons to Protect Immigrant Whistleblowers

Saket Soni | Posted 07.20.2013 | Business
Saket Soni

When guestworkers can stand up against employer abuse, they help lift the floor for all workers. Wages and conditions are more secure.

The Power of Collaboration and Good Works: A Park Is Born in Stamford

George Bradt | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics
George Bradt

Putting aside any doubt that people in this country can collaborate to do good things, the Mill River Collaborative opened a new park in the center of...

Elise Foley

Senator Plans Amendment To Help Undocumented Kids

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) will push for an amendment to give undocumented children -- or "little Dreamers," as advocates call th...

Michael McAuliff

Senators: FAA Delays Are Political

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senators moved Tuesday to give President Barack Obama options to ease growing air travel delays sparked by Congress' budget sequestratio...

Lawmakers Urge Delay For Airport Furloughs

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — As airport delays spread across the country, members of Congress on Tuesday urged the administration to postpone the furloughing of...

Newtown Families: Gun Vote Was Disappointing

AP | SUSAN HAIGH | Posted 04.18.2013 | Politics

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Emotionally drained and weary family members of the Newtown shooting victims, thrust into a new role as gun control lobbyists, said...

Connecticut Senator: 'It's A Sad Day' For U.S. Senate

HuffPost Live | Posted 04.17.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

The Senate failed to muster sufficient support Wednesday for a gun-buyer background check bill that's supported by nearly 90 percent of Americans, vot...

It's CEO Pay Shock, Not Premium Rate Shock, That We Should Be Outraged About

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.15.2013 | Business
Wendell Potter

If Aetna does, in fact, hike premiums by more than 100 percent for some of its customers, as CEO Mark Bertolini suggested, no doubt part of that money will go to covering his shockingly lucrative paycheck.