<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut Political News, NY and CT Politics, and More]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/politics http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usTue, 21 Feb 2017 00:10:07 -0500Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:10:07 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Trump Picks McMaster as National Security Adviser]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:36:46 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/trump-mcmaster-annoucement-148762365967200001.jpg
President Donald Trump announces Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his pick for national security adviser at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., Feb. 20, 2017.]]>
<![CDATA[Emails Show Kushner's Stricter Approach on Ethics Than Trump]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:25:58 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17023542554197.jpg
The Trump administration has struggled with ethics vetting for Cabinet nominees and faced criticism for the president's decision to remain invested in his business empire. When Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, prepared to enter the White House, however, the administration sought to do it by the book.

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<![CDATA[Bill Would Allow Hunters to Target Bears, Wolves in Alaska]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:22:36 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bearsinalaskafeuerherd.jpg
Hunters could once again go after bears, wolves and other predators in national wildlife refuges across Alaska if an Obama-era federal law is overturned by Congress and gets the president's approval, NBC News reported.Supporters of repealing the rule, which was issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in August, got a boost Thursday when the House voted 225-193, mostly along party lines, to undo the law.Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, is behind the resolution to strip away some of the federal government's control over Alaska's 76 million acres worth of federal wildlife refuges. Under the federal law, hunters are prohibited from shooting or trapping wolves while at their dens with cubs, using airplanes to scout for potential grizzly bear targets, trapping bears with wire snares and luring bears with food to get a point-blank kill.

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<![CDATA[‘I Am a Muslim Too’: Russell Simmons Headlines Unity March]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:05:14 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_101210146201.jpg
Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons is feeling "zen" about a multifaith and multiethnic unity rally he's headlining Sunday — organized in response to the uncertainty and anxiety that was created by President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban, NBC News reported.The entrepreneur has been trying to bridge religious and cultural divides for years, and said he is eager to lend his celebrity to the "I Am a Muslim Too" march through Times Square in his native New York City."Believing that people are the same takes you a long way," Simmons told NBC News this week. "I love doing this work. It's purposeful. It makes me happy."

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<![CDATA[DNC Race Shakeup: Ray Buckley to Exit, Endorse Keith Ellison]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:55:49 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dncshakeup.jpg
In the biggest shakeup of the Democratic leadership race in months, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley plans to drop his bid to be the party's national chairman and throw his support behind Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, NBC News reported.With just a week left before Democratic National Committee members gather in Atlanta to cast their ballots, the move could have far-reaching consequences both for the election and the future of the party."While it was a tremendous honor to run for DNC Chair over the past few months, I am proud to throw my support behind Keith so we can ensure that the next Chair of the DNC is dedicated to investing in and strengthening state parties and ensuring that the DNC is an accountable organization," Buckley said in a statement. "As I've talked to the DNC membership, it's clear Keith has widespread support, and I know as our next DNC Chair Keith will successfully unite and grow our party."

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<![CDATA[Here’s How Congress Is Handling Russia Investigations]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 04:35:30 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17048721312607-Sens-Comey-Secret-Meeting.jpg
At the end of a week's worth of new revelations and a resignation, FBI Director James Comey held a closed-door meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee Friday, NBC News reports. Members who emerged refused to say what the meeting was about or even to acknowledge that a meeting was happening — though reporters saw Comey enter the same room as the senators. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio did send out a tweet that hinted at Russia: "I am now very confident Senate Intel Comm I serve on will conduct thorough bipartisan investigation of #Putin interference and influence," the Florida senator said.

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<![CDATA[House Overturns Rule Protecting Planned Parenthood]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 02:18:59 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17010593540071-House.jpg
The Republican-led House this week overturned a regulation then-President Barack Obama put in place to protect Title X funding, prompting criticism from Democrats and others over the move's impact on women's health care.The House on Thursday scrapped a rule that barred state and local governments from withholding federal funds from family planning providers that offered full reproductive services, including abortion.“With this bill, Republicans are demonstrating that they will stop at nothing to limit women’s access to health care,” a spokeswoman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told NBC.The Republican-sponsored H.J. Res. 43 passed in a 230-188 vote, largely along party lines.

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<![CDATA[Trump Emphasizes Military Spending at Boeing]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:44:34 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Trump_Boeing-148736146912200001.jpg
 President Donald Trump reiterated his emphasis on rebuilding the military in a Friday visit to Boeing in South Carolina, a day after he made the same promises in a White House news conference. "We are looking seriously at a big order," he said.]]>
<![CDATA[Groups Oppose Governor's Proposal to Raise Pistol Permit Fees]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:21:05 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Gun-owners.jpg
Gov. Dannel Malloy has proposed raising the pistol permit fee by $230 and some gun rights supporters are voicing their opposition to the plan.The NRA, Connecticut Citizens Defense League and the National Shooting Sports Foundation held a news conference this afternoon in response to Malloy's proposal to raise the fee from $70 to $300 for a five-year pistol permit and they argued that they're the political target of a governor who is known for being in support of gun control.

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<![CDATA[Calls for 9/11 Commission-Style Probe Into Russia Meddling ]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:57:03 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/representative+elijah+cummings.jpg
A senior Democratic lawmaker said the creation of a 9/11-style commission to investigate Russian interference in the presidential election has gained bipartisan support.Rep. Elijah Cummings told msnbc the creation of the commission was necessary "to really get into how all of this happened, what was the relationship between the Trump campaign and the Russians, and try to figure out how to make sure that this does not happen again."Cummings, the ranking member on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said the Republican co-sponsor of a bill to create the commission is "a congressman from North Carolina" whose name would be made public Friday.Sen. Ben Cardin, the leading Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has previously called for an independent commission into election meddling.

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<![CDATA[Conservative Media Firm Founder Joins White House Team]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:38:30 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tru7GettyImages-642085400.jpg
Donald Trump has named Mike Dubke, founder of conservative media firm Crossroads Media, to be head of the White House communications team, NBC News reported. Dubke is expected to start in his new role as early as Friday, an administration official told NBC. Crossroads Media is a conservative media firm "specializing in advertising strategy and placement for political candidates, issue advocacy organizations and trade associations," according to their website.

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<![CDATA[America Is the 'Problem Now': Asylum Seekers Flee to Canada]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:33:49 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/refugeesescapetocanada.jpg
A Somali man trekked 21 hours as temperatures hovered around 0 degrees Fahrenheit to make it across the northern U.S. border into Manitoba, Canada, CBC, a Canadian news agency reported.The freezing and exhausted man shared his story with a CBC news reporter at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday."I have a problem. America is [the] problem now," he said, according to the report.

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<![CDATA[Trump Taps NY Billionaire to Review Intelligence Agencies]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:52:39 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Feinberg_Trump_15519367-148727880542900001.jpg
 President Donald Trump said Thursday his administration has asked a New York-based private equity executive to lead a review of the U.S. intelligence community as he moves to crack down on "illegal leaks" of classified information.]]>
<![CDATA[Guiterrez: Hispanic Dems Barred From Meeting With ICE Director]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:32:36 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/luis+gutierrez+GettyImages-580956024.jpg
Rep. Luis Gutierrez was among a group of Hispanic congressmen barred from a meeting Thursday with a top federal immigration enforcement official.According to Gutierrez, a Democrat from Illinois, he and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus were scheduled to meet Tuesday with acting Immigration and Custom Enforcement Director Thomas Homan to discuss President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order on deportation.

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<![CDATA[Trump: Flynn 'Was Just Doing His Job']]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:47:45 -0500 //media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/FLYNN_Trump_Full-148727036175000001.jpg
President Donald Trump said he believed Michael Flynn "was just doing his job" as a then-incoming national security advisor to the White House when he called a Russian minister. Trump maintained that Flynn was fired for misleading Vice President Mike Pence. ]]>