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'Sanctuary Cities' Promise Legal Fight After Sessions Threatens Funds

Officials in New York, California and elsewhere say they'll fight Attorney General Jeff Sessions' move to cut off billions in federal grant money to cities that don't share the Trump administration's strict approach to enforcing immigration laws. "The Trump Administration is pushing an unrealistic and mean spirited executive order," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted Monday night . "If they want a fight, we'll see them in court." In Seattle, Mayor Ed Murray said, "I'm willing to risk...

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Insurance

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President Trump Says Obamacare Will Explode, But Connecticut Official Says Otherwise

Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare have officially failed, and President Donald Trump said he's waiting for the health insurance marketplace to explode. But what will that mean for Connecticut?

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Environment

Trump Takes Aim At A Centerpiece Of Obama's Environmental Legacy

President Trump will sign sweeping executive orders Tuesday that take aim at a number of his predecessor's climate policies. The wide-ranging orders and accompanying memorandums will seek to undo the centerpiece of former President Obama's environmental legacy and national efforts to address climate change. It could also jeopardize America's current role in international efforts to confront climate change. A senior White House official says the goal is to make the U.S. energy-independent and...

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Millions Of Dollars In Federal Grants At Risk In Connecticut Sanctuary Cities

This fiscal year Connecticut received 44 grants from the Department of Justice totaling more than $44 million . It's this funding which could be partially at risk under Attorney General Jeff Sessions new directive on sanctuary cities.

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Connecticut is stepping up efforts to collect state sales taxes not being paid by online and out-of-state retailers.

Current state law requires out-of-state sellers with a substantial economic presence in the state to collect and remit Connecticut sales tax.

But the Department of Revenue Services estimates at least $70 million is being evaded annually.

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Each year billions of pounds of food go to waste. That means billions of dollars, too. The Environmental Protection Agency says more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other one material in our trash. And for supermarkets, that leftover food equates to lost dollars.

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Municipalities in Connecticut and across the country have taken steps to protect undocumented immigrants. But what makes a so-called sanctuary city? 

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This fiscal year Connecticut received 44 grants from the Department of Justice totaling more than $44 million. It's this funding which could be partially at risk under Attorney General Jeff Sessions new directive on sanctuary cities. 

Attention is on President Trump’s failed health care plan and possible ties to Russia. But U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn., says the Trump administration is quietly sending hundreds of new troops to Syria. Murphy took issue with the troop increase in an op-ed for the Huffington Post and the Hartford Courant.

President Trump will sign sweeping executive orders Tuesday that take aim at a number of his predecessor's climate policies.

The wide-ranging orders and accompanying memorandums will seek to undo the centerpiece of former President Obama's environmental legacy and national efforts to address climate change.

It could also jeopardize America's current role in international efforts to confront climate change.

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Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare have officially failed, and President Donald Trump said he's waiting for the health insurance marketplace to explode. But what will that mean for Connecticut?

The Justice Department is following through on an executive order to withhold as much as $4.1 billion in federal grants from so-called "sanctuary cities," generally defined as places where local law enforcement limit their cooperation with federal authorities on immigration enforcement.

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Connecticut activists who oppose President Donald Trump's agenda say they're energized by the defeat of the Republicans' health care overhaul, and ready for the next fight.

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The head of the House Intelligence Committee secretly went to the White House grounds to meet with a source, before he surprised his colleagues by briefing the president — and the press — on information they hadn't seen.

The revelation, first reported by CNN and later confirmed by a spokesman for the chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, is the latest twist in the strange saga of Nunes' unorthodox actions last week.

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Politics

Police Videos Aren't Going Away. How Can We Learn From Them?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysGtZdeZT0k Editor's Note: This story includes videos and descriptions of violent encounters between police and civilians, as well as language that may not be appropriate for all readers. For three days last summer, many of us watched as TV and computer screens showed violence between police and civilians. Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were shot and killed by police. Then a gunman killed five police officers in Dallas . That week made clear just how much...

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Hartford, East Haven Cited By ICE For Non-Cooperation

East Haven and Hartford are the only two Connecticut cities named in the first list issued by the federal government of jurisdictions that limit cooperation with immigration enforcement. But the governor’s office has called into question the credibility of the whole exercise.

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The Beaker

Paying Back Our Debt To The Natural World

An artist suggests using "reciprocal biomimicry" to help stressed species.

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Along Highways, Wildlife Appears To Be Breaking Evolutionary Speed Limits

When you think of evolution, you might picture the classic textbook illustration "March of Progress" by Rudolph Zallinger. It shows how, over 25 million years, our human ancestors slowly transform from hunched apes into modern homo sapiens. But now, thanks in part to roads and highways, lots of evolution happens much quicker than that.

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The nation is in the midst of a opioid crisis, and so is Connecticut.

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Hartford Residents Discuss District's Plan To Address Abuse And Neglect In Schools

Hartford residents gathered Thursday at a city school to talk about a report that found the school district failed to protect students from abuse and neglect for the last decade. District leaders have a plan in place to address this longstanding problem.

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