Politics http://wnpr.org en 'We Don't Have A Strategy Yet' On Islamic State, Obama Says http://wnpr.org/post/we-dont-have-strategy-yet-islamic-state-obama-says President Obama says the U.S. doesn't "have a strategy yet" on how to deal with <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/321561054/isis" target="_blank">Islamic State </a>militants who now control vast swaths of territory across Iraq and Syria, but he added that the militant group was continuing to lose arms and equipment because of targeted U.S. strikes against its members in Iraq.<p>"I don't want to put the cart before the horse," Obama said at a White House news conference Thursday. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:29:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 27708 at http://wnpr.org 'We Don't Have A Strategy Yet' On Islamic State, Obama Says Obama Blames Russia For Violence In Ukraine; Calls Moves 'Incursion' http://wnpr.org/post/obama-blames-russia-violence-ukraine-calls-moves-incursion <strong>Updated at 4:47 p.m.</strong><p>President Obama blamed Russia for the violence in Ukraine and said its "incursion" into the former Soviet state will only carry additional costs.<p>"Russia has deliberately and repeatedly violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and the new images of Russian forces inside Ukraine make that plain for the world to see," Obama said at a White House news conference on Thursday.<p>The comments came on the day Ukrainian <a href="http://www.president.gov.ua/en/news/31102.html">President Petro Poroshenko said</a> Russian troops entered his Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:13:00 +0000 editor 27663 at http://wnpr.org Obama Blames Russia For Violence In Ukraine; Calls Moves 'Incursion' Congressional Corner With Chris Murphy http://wnpr.org/post/congressional-corner-chris-murphy <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201408/chrismurphy.jpg" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/08/congo-cmurphy2.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;&#160;</span>College costs have reached emergency status for many Americans.<p>In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the industry needs a paradigm shift.<p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:30:16 +0000 Alan Chartock 27677 at http://wnpr.org Congressional Corner With Chris Murphy The Future of American Think Tanks http://wnpr.org/post/future-american-think-tanks <p>Founded in 1916, the Brookings Institution became America’s first think tank -- an organization that devoted itself to the study of national public policy. Today, Brookings is just one of some 1,800 think tanks operating across the United States.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 27662 at http://wnpr.org The Future of American Think Tanks Malloy, Foley Spar in First Debate of 2014 http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-foley-spar-first-debate-2014 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The first debate between Connecticut’s two major party candidates for governor produced few surprises, as Tom Foley and Dannel Malloy tackled recurring issues, including gun control and economic development.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:56:32 +0000 Harriet Jones & Heather Brandon 27644 at http://wnpr.org Malloy, Foley Spar in First Debate of 2014 Connecticut Utility Rate Increases Discussed at Hearing http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-utility-rate-increases-discussed-hearing <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A fight is brewing over a request by Connecticut's largest utility to raise rates by $232 million to upgrade equipment following destructive storms. The first of three related public hearings took place on Wednesday</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:56:13 +0000 Heather Brandon & Ray Hardman 27607 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Utility Rate Increases Discussed at Hearing The Wheelhouse: DC Weighs in on CT http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-dc-weighs-ct <p>Access Health CT CEO Kevin Counihan is leaving Connecticut to join John Dankosky in Washington, DC. Actually, Counihan&nbsp;will be the CEO of HealthCare.gov and Dankosky will be back tomorrow.</p><p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 27604 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: DC Weighs in on CT U.S. Officials Try To Gauge Threat From American Fighters In Syria http://wnpr.org/post/us-officials-try-gauge-threat-american-fighters-syria <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9CfIXEVqw8</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:39:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 27594 at http://wnpr.org U.S. Officials Try To Gauge Threat From American Fighters In Syria Head of Access Health CT to Leave for Federal Job http://wnpr.org/post/head-access-health-ct-leave-federal-job <p>With open enrollment for the next round of the Affordable Care Act just three months away, the Department of Health and Human Services has a picked a new CEO for healthcare.gov, and he comes from Connecticut. &nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:13:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen 27552 at http://wnpr.org Head of Access Health CT to Leave for Federal Job Hamas, Israel Reach Long-Term Cease-Fire Deal http://wnpr.org/post/reports-hamas-says-it-has-reached-cease-fire-deal-israel <h6><strong>(This post was last updated at 12:47 p.m. ET.)</strong></h6><p>After seven weeks of intense fighting that's killed more than 2,000 people, Hamas and Israel have announced a long-term cease-fire deal.<p>Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made the announcement in Ramallah on Tuesday, saying both sides will return to the negotiating table to deal with other demands. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:29:35 +0000 editor 27554 at http://wnpr.org Hamas, Israel Reach Long-Term Cease-Fire Deal Reports: U.S. Authorizes Surveillance Flights Over Syria http://wnpr.org/post/reports-us-authorizes-surveillance-flights-over-syria President Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria, <a href="http://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/2014/08/26/top-general-needs-more-info-islamic-state/Tw1419H9LED5ZEEkZhO4ON/story.html">The Associated Press</a> and<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/26/world/middleeast/obama-syria-ISIS.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=LedeSum&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=1&gwh=CE071729AE9521AA7B10E7DB643E2690&gwt=pay&assetType=nyt_now"> The New York Times are reporting</a> this morning, citing unnamed U.S. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:49:00 +0000 editor 27543 at http://wnpr.org Reports: U.S. Authorizes Surveillance Flights Over Syria Ukraine's President Dissolves Parliament, Calls For New Elections http://wnpr.org/post/ukraines-president-dissolves-parliament-calls-new-elections Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko <a href="http://www.president.gov.ua/news/31081.html">announced today</a> on the presidential website that he was dissolving parliament and called for fresh elections on Oct. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 27520 at http://wnpr.org Ukraine's President Dissolves Parliament, Calls For New Elections Rival Leaders, Rival Governments In Libya As Crisis Deepens http://wnpr.org/post/rival-leaders-rival-governments-libya-crisis-deepens Libya's political crisis deepened today when the outgoing Parliament picked a new Islamist-backed government, leaving the country with two rival Parliaments and leaders, each with their own armed supporters.<p>The development comes just days after Islamist militias captured Tripoli's airport after weeks of fighting, and on the same day Libya's neighbors — despite calls for an intervention — urged the factions to sort out their differences three years after the ouster of President Moammar Gadhafi.<p>Outgoing lawmakers picked Omar al-Hasi as their new leader. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:46:47 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 27510 at http://wnpr.org Rival Leaders, Rival Governments In Libya As Crisis Deepens America's Middle East Scorecard: Many Interventions, Few Successes http://wnpr.org/post/americas-middle-east-scorecard-many-interventions-few-successes As the U.S. juggles multiple crises in the Middle East, it's a good time to look at the map.<p>Find Libya. Head east across North Africa through the Middle East and all the way to Pakistan in South Asia. The journey covers eight troubled lands, side by side. In seven, Sunni Islamists are pressing for power in various stages of revolt. The eighth is Iran, where Shiite clerics have long ruled.<p>The U.S. has opposed Muslim fundamentalists in every one of these cases, but American involvement has not produced any resolutions.<p>The U.S. approaches have run the gamut. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:56:06 +0000 editor 27499 at http://wnpr.org America's Middle East Scorecard: Many Interventions, Few Successes Jonathan Pelto Doesn't Expect to Make Ballot http://wnpr.org/post/jonathan-pelto-doesnt-expect-make-ballot <p>Since he launched his campaign for governor, Jonathan Pelto&nbsp;was criticized by Democrats for being a "spoiler" to Governor&nbsp;Dannel Malloy this November.&nbsp;Pelto admits, though, that it's "increasingly likely that we will fall short" of the 7,500 signatures needed to make the ballot.</p><p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:25:38 +0000 Tucker Ives 27494 at http://wnpr.org Jonathan Pelto Doesn't Expect to Make Ballot Malloy Calls Hartford Police Officer's Use of Taser "Inappropriate" http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-calls-hartford-police-officers-use-taser-inappropriate <p>Hartford Police are still investigating an incident from last week in which a police officer used a stun gun on a city teenager. The family has called the use of force unnecessary.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Members of community gathered to discuss the incident on Friday night, and Governor&nbsp;Dannel Malloy said he thought the use of the Taser was inappropriate.&nbsp;</p><p> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:08:21 +0000 Jeff Cohen 27415 at http://wnpr.org Malloy Calls Hartford Police Officer's Use of Taser "Inappropriate" Obama Orders Review Of Transfers Of Military Surplus To Local Police http://wnpr.org/post/obama-orders-review-transfers-military-surplus-local-police President Obama has ordered a review of federal programs that supply local law enforcement agencies with military weapons and equipment after concerns over how the police handled unrest in Ferguson, Mo., in the aftermath of the shooting death of Michael Brown.<p>A senior Obama administration official says the president "whether state and local law enforcement are provided with the necessary training and guidance; and whether the federal government is sufficiently auditing the use of equipment obtained through federal programs and funding."<p>The official also says the review would include inpu Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:24:00 +0000 Scott Neuman & Steve Mullis 27441 at http://wnpr.org Obama Orders Review Of Transfers Of Military Surplus To Local Police Hartford Stadium Gathering May Have Violated State Public Meeting Laws http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-stadium-gathering-may-have-violated-state-public-meeting-laws <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials from the city of Hartford held a meeting Thursday to discuss proposals to build a new baseball stadium. That gathering, however, appears to have violated the state's laws governing public meetings.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:53:31 +0000 Jeff Cohen 27391 at http://wnpr.org Hartford Stadium Gathering May Have Violated State Public Meeting Laws Smiley Ends Mayoral Campaign and Puts Support Behind Elorza http://wnpr.org/post/smiley-ends-mayoral-campaign-and-puts-support-behind-elorza <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Smiley, right, offering his endorsement to Elorza at Prospect Park." data-attribution="Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrni/files/styles/card_280/public/201408/Jorge_Elorza_%2B_Smiley_08-22-14.jpg" alt="" /><p>Brett Smiley ended his Providence mayoral campaign Friday and threw his support behind fellow Democrat Jorge Elorza. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:49:42 +0000 Ian Donnis 27388 at http://wnpr.org Smiley Ends Mayoral Campaign and Puts Support Behind Elorza Russian Convoy Crosses Ukraine Border Despite Kiev's Protests http://wnpr.org/post/russian-convoy-crosses-ukraine-border-despite-kievs-protests <em><strong>Update at 5:00 p.m. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:55:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27369 at http://wnpr.org Russian Convoy Crosses Ukraine Border Despite Kiev's Protests Islamic State 'Beyond Anything We've Seen,' Hagel Says http://wnpr.org/post/islamic-state-beyond-anything-weve-seen-hagel-says Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel describes <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/08/20/341997009/recent-u-s-mission-aimed-to-rescue-foley-other-hostages-in-syria">a failed U.S. mission into northern Syria earlier this summer to rescue Americans</a> believed held there — including a journalist who was executed earlier this week — as "flawless" despite not recovering the hostages.<p>"This was a flawless operation, but the hostages weren't there," Hagel told journalists at a Pentagon briefing with Gen. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27350 at http://wnpr.org Islamic State 'Beyond Anything We've Seen,' Hagel Says New Britain Says Rock Cats Have Paid Back Taxes http://wnpr.org/post/new-britain-says-rock-cats-have-paid-back-taxes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Josh Solomon, the owner of the minor league New Britain Rock Cats, has paid the city $164,569.26 in back taxes for its baseball stadium, the city said in a press release.</span></p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:28:57 +0000 Jeff Cohen 27266 at http://wnpr.org New Britain Says Rock Cats Have Paid Back Taxes Biden, in East Hartford, Says Manufacturing Jobs Are Coming Back http://wnpr.org/post/biden-east-hartford-says-manufacturing-jobs-are-coming-back <p>Vice President Joe Biden said manufacturing jobs are coming back to the U.S., but workers need the right training to fill those positions.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:20:46 +0000 Heather Brandon 27260 at http://wnpr.org Biden, in East Hartford, Says Manufacturing Jobs Are Coming Back President Obama Says Militants Who Beheaded American Are 'Cowardly' http://wnpr.org/post/president-obama-says-militants-who-beheaded-american-are-cowardly The extremist group that carried out the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley engages in "cowardly acts of violence" and "has no place in the 21st century," President Obama said Wednesday, referring to the videotaped execution carried out by militants with the Islamic State.<p>Obama also said the group attacks women and minorities, "for no other reason than they practice a different religion."<p>The president delivered a short address about the killing just hours after U.S. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:17:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 27264 at http://wnpr.org President Obama Says Militants Who Beheaded American Are 'Cowardly' President Obama "Appalled" by Islamic State Murder of U.S. Photographer http://wnpr.org/post/president-obama-appalled-islamic-state-murder-us-photographer <p>President Barack Obama said the United States will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:11:17 +0000 Associated Press 27262 at http://wnpr.org President Obama "Appalled" by Islamic State Murder of U.S. Photographer The Wheelhouse: It's Not Just Ferguson http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-its-not-just-ferguson <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With all eyes on Ferguson, Missouri, many people are also taking a step back to look at their own communities. What many of us see is a problem not restricted to Ferguson. Earlier this week, we had a conversation about urban policing and the </span>militarization<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;of police forces.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 27207 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: It's Not Just Ferguson Gov. Perry Gets Booked At Texas Courthouse After Indictment http://wnpr.org/post/gov-perry-gets-booked-texas-courthouse-after-indictment Texas Gov. Rick Perry went to a courthouse to be booked after being <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/08/15/340727667/texas-gov-rick-perry-indicted-on-abuse-of-power-charges">indicted by an Austin grand jury</a> on Friday for alleged abuse of power.<p>As we've reported, critics say Perry overstepped his authority by <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/08/16/340882519/whats-behind-those-abuse-of-power-charges-against-perry">carrying out a threat to veto funding</a> for a public corruption office. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:23:00 +0000 editor 27237 at http://wnpr.org Gov. Perry Gets Booked At Texas Courthouse After Indictment Public, Private Unions Form Coalition to Back Taveras for Governor http://wnpr.org/post/public-private-unions-form-coalition-back-taveras-governor <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Paul Reed (center) with Taveras last year." data-attribution="Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrni/files/styles/card_280/public/201408/Angel_Taveras_FF_10-30-13.jpg" alt="" /><p>A new coalition of public and private unions, banding together under the name Working Families for Angel, on Monday announced their support for Angel Taveras' gubernatorial campaign.<p>Working Families for Angel says it plans to communicate with more than 16,000 union households through door Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:24:02 +0000 Ian Donnis 27197 at http://wnpr.org Public, Private Unions Form Coalition to Back Taveras for Governor Joe Visconti Looks for Traction in Connecticut Governor's Race http://wnpr.org/post/joe-visconti-looks-traction-connecticut-governors-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican Joe </span>Visconti<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a petitioning candidate for Connecticut governor, said he's an insider with the ability to get traction this season,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and that he has enough signatures to get onto the November ballot.</span></p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:16:43 +0000 Heather Brandon 27193 at http://wnpr.org Joe Visconti Looks for Traction in Connecticut Governor's Race Where We Vote 2014: Joe Visconti http://wnpr.org/post/where-we-vote-2014-joe-visconti <p>We continue our Where We Vote series with third party candidate for governor, Joe Visconti. He’s confident that he collected enough signatures to make it onto the November ballot - and many of those signatures came from a key demographic for him: gun owners. We’ll be joined in-studio by Visconti to talk about his candidacy and where he stands on the issues.</p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 27153 at http://wnpr.org Where We Vote 2014: Joe Visconti