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Richard Blumenthal

Time to Blow the Whistle on Sports TV Blackouts

Chris Meyer | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Chris Meyer

Back in 1975, the Federal Communications Commission put a rule in place that says cable companies can't carry games that have been blacked out locally, and that rule was eventually extended to satellite TV providers as well.

Asleep at the Wheel

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Sen. Ed Markey

In 2004, GM and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had a secret meeting in which the attendees inexplicably agreed that cars that stalled on the road all by themselves was not necessarily a safety problem.

Shahien Nasiripour

Seniors Forced Into Poverty As Education Department Demands Payment

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics

The Education Department is demanding so much money from seniors with defaulted student loans that it's forcing tens of thousands of them into poverty...

Code Pink Aims To Rally Public Against U.S. Airstrikes In Iraq

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine & Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Code Pink won national attention during the presidency of George W. Bush for its high-profile protests against the Iraq War. On Monday e...

Jennifer Bendery

Another Democrat Will Oppose Controversial Obama Nominee Michael Boggs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on Thursday became the latest Democrat to say he will vote against President Barack Obama's embattled ...

Laura Bassett

Gabby Giffords Touts First-Ever Senate Hearing On Guns And Domestic Violence

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has scheduled the first-ever Senate hearing on how to keep guns out of the hands of d...

Laura Bassett

Senate Considers Rare Bill Supporting Abortion Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Tuesday on a rare bill in support of abortion rights that would block states from passing laws that chip...

For Lori Jackson, and Thousands More

Sen. Richard Blumenthal | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Sen. Richard Blumenthal

The facts on domestic gun violence are harrowing: One in four women will be a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime, and further, more than three times as many women are murdered by guns used by their intimate partners than are murdered by strangers using a gun, knife, or any other weaponed combined.

Sen. Blumenthal: Obama ‘Should Seek A Vote' From Congress On Iraq

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 06.16.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

President Obama announced on Friday that he would be making a decision "in the days ahead" regarding military action in Iraq, but Sen. Richard Blument...

Laura Bassett

Dem Senators Slam George Will's 'Antiquated' Column On Campus Rape

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics

A group of Democratic senators penned a scathing letter to conservative Washington Post columnist George Will on Thursday, sharply rebuking Will for c...

Senators Urge Ban On E-Cigarettes On Airplanes

Reuters | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) - E-cigarette use should be banned on domestic flights and those to or from the United States, seven U.S. senators sai...

Republican Calls For Enhanced Gun Control Legislation

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) joined the charge of politicians calling for a review of gun control legislation on Sunday in the wake of a gunman's deadly r...

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Democrat Calls For Bringing Back Gun Control Bills

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Sunday that he plans to press Senate Democratic leaders to take another crack at passing gun cont...

Jennifer Bendery

Fate Of Obama's Embattled Judicial Nominee Rests With Democrats Now

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Michael Boggs, the Georgia judicial nominee whom progressive groups are determined to defeat, is finally receiving a confirmation hearin...

Tyler Kingkade

Lawmakers Say More Work Needed After White House Task Force On Campus Rape

HuffingtonPost.com | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.08.2014 | College

Three Senate Democrats are planning a series of round-table discussions with students, prosecutors, campus police and university administrators on col...

Dem Senator Wants To Hold CEOs Accountable For Fatal Mistake

Reuters | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, April 22 (Reuters) - Former General Motors Co chief executives should be called to testify to the U.S. Congress about the company's slo...

Dem Senator Demands Compensation Fund For Recalled Cars

Reuters | Posted 05.24.2014 | 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...