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Senate panel to hold hearing for Kentucky nominees
Two attorneys from Kentucky nominated for positions on the federal bench are set for a hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Overnight Tech: Eyes on Leahy for new Nsa reform bill
THE LEDE: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy is expected to unveil his bulked-up version of the USA Freedom Act on Tuesday, which would place new limits on the National Security Agency and reform the secretive federal surveillance court.
Blumenthal, Murphy, Esty Announce $358,625 Grant for the Northfield Volunteer Fire Company
On Friday, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty announced that the Northfield Volunteer Fire Company received an Assistance to Firefighter Grant in the amount of $358,625 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency .
Marine Corps Times
After 6 weeks, finally a deal on VA health care
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speaks during a news conference Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington.
New York Daily News
VA deal near
House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller has reached a deal with his Senate counterpart, Bernie Sanders .
Daily Press & Argus
GM and Barra taking negative route
<![CDATA[Just months ago, when General Motors Co. was fighting for its life, CEO Mary Barra sounded every bit the reformer. She said that GM has "civic responsibilities," not just legal ones, that GM would "do the right thing" for customers and be "fully transparent." Despite these pledges of openness, GM is starting to sound as if it is taking cues from former first lady Nancy Reagan's anti-drug playbook: "Just say no." At a recnt Senate hearing, Barra and GM's top lawyer used "no" more often than you'd expect from leaders asserting that GM has made a clean break from the company that left a defective ignition switch in cars for a decade, killing at least 13 people. On several issues in which senators sought agreement, they got just the opposite: * No, GM will not unseal confidential settlements reached with families of victims who died in cars with faulty switches. Those settlements, said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., "could have saved lives" had they been made public earlier. * No, GM will not release documents and interviews that were part of an internal investigation by a handpicked former prosecutor. The report, released last month, slammed GM for a string of failures but helpfully cleared Barra and concluded that the company did not conspire to cover up the Cobalt's deadly defect. * No, GM will not waive a shield against lawsuits won in its 2009 bankruptcy reorganization, which provides immunity for pre-2009 sales of millions of defective cars. * No, GM will not support making executives criminally culpable when they hide a defect that kills or injures. * And no, GM won't dismiss the lawyer who ran the legal department that secretly settled Cobalt claims and says he was unaware of the car's deadly problem until this year. All this negativity threatens to undermine the careful path Barra has since charted for GM after the scandal exploded in February. She ordered the internal investigation, which was not the whitewash many critics predicted. She created a fund, with no cap, to compensate victims. GM has recalled a stunning 26 million vehicles, including nearly 718,000 more Wednesday, and named an executive to take charge of safety issues. These are all good moves. But new and troubling revelations suggest the work of fixing GM is far from done, and the company can't simply ride out the storm amid remarkably stable sales. Last month, for example, GM recalled 7.6 million more vehicles for ignition switch failures similar to those in the Cobalt. GM said it is aware of eight injuries and three deaths in these models. Also, The New York Times this month reported that GM repeatedly dodged safety regulators' inquiries about fatal crashes involving the vehicles in which airbags failed. This raises fresh questions about what executives knew, and when they knew it. For Barra, a GM "lifer" who became CEO just weeks before the Cobalt scandal broke, the debacle is an opportunity to get everything out and begin a new era. It's too bad she seems to be settling for so much less.
Don't overreact to recalls
General Motors Corp. issued yet another recall this week - more than 800,000 vehicles worldwide, including 718,000 in the United States.
Book-signing shows ethical rules lacking
The July 20 front page of The Day pictured Hillary Clinton at a book signing, accompanied by Connecticut Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal.
The Hartford Courant
Help On The Way For Metro-North River Crossing
Still hoping for federal aid to pay for a long-term solution, the state agreed Friday to put another $3 million toward short-term repair of the antiquated railroad bridge over the Norwalk River.
Longer and Longer Wait Times at VA Facilities
As veteran patients wait longer and longer for health care in Connecticut, at least one senator's patience is running out.
Minute: AZ Mom, Shanesha Taylor, Finally Speaks Out
Shanesha Taylor, the woman who has captured the attention of much of the nation for leaving her children in a hot car while she interviewed for a job in Scottsdale, said her decision was made in a true moment of desperation.
Senator wants GM to explain $400M compensation estimate
Sen. Richard Blumenthal wants General Motors to explain how it estimates that it will spend $400 million to $600 million pay claims linked to its recall of 2.6 million older cars for ignition switch problems.
Senate Dems stand behind Walsh
Senate Democrats went into full-fledged damage control Thursday to protect embattled Montana Sen. John Walsh, a day after plagiarism revelations that imperil his election hopes this fall.
House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 24, 2014, on the Veterans Administration.
Probably a Fatal Blow for Democrats in Montana
First Read sees the plagiarism scandal severely hurting Sen. John Walsh's ability to hold on to his seat for Democrats this fall.
Fairness to Pet Owners Act brewing in Senate
U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Richard Blumenthal are preparing to introduce a companion bill to the U.S. House's Fairness to Pet Owners Act filed in February.
Senators Call On GM Ceo To Fire Top Lawyer
Lawmakers demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and do more to help crash victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into GM's mishandling of the recall of small cars with defective ignition switches.
How to Beat Hobby Lobby
In the three weeks since the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, the main congressional response has already sputtered in the Senate.
A deserved '2nd bite at the apple'
The state of Connecticut's opposition to the Department of the Interior 's initial proposed changes to the federal regulations on tribal acknowledgment are particularly destructive with regard to the rights of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation of North Stonington, who were acknowledged by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 2002 after rigorous review of ... (more)
Dem Senators Aim to Block State Restrictions on Abortion
The Senate Judiciary Committee returned to an age-old issue that shows no indication of going away last week, considering legislation prohibiting states from implementing laws intended to hinder a woman's access to an abortion.