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Connecticut's best journalists come out of the political trenches every Wednesday to join us on WNPR's weekly news roundtable, The Wheelhouse.

The Wheelhouse is a live, call-in show, so join us when we're on air at (860) 275-7266.

When we aren't on air, call us in the newsroom at (860) 275-7272.

The executive producer is Catie Talarski. The technical producer is Chion Wolf.

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There’s always a lot of last-minute action at the state capitol when the legislative session’s about to end. But in the middle of a budgetary crisis - that action has ramped up.

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With one week left in the legislative session, the pressure's on for lawmakers to come up with a budget. This week, Governor Dannel Malloy teamed up with Republican leader Len Fasano to come up with a plan. Malloy wrote a letter to lawmakers on Tuesday morning urging immediate action. 

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On Monday, 22 people died and more than two dozen were injured in a horrific terrorist attack at a concert in Manchester, England. President Trump took time out of his whirlwind international tour to respond to the tragedy. "I call them losers because that's what they are," he said, speaking about the ISIS-claimed attackers. "They are losers and we'll have more of them. But they're losers, just remember that."

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We started this week with revelations that President Trump -- while meeting with Russian officials in the White House -- spilled classified information from a Middle East ally, which we now know to be Israel. This was seen by Israel watchers as a breach of trust, which could endanger its intelligence personnel and increase a threat from Iran,  a close ally to Russia. 

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On Tuesday night, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. The reason given? Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal. Comey's job was praised by then-candidate Trump, and widely credited with helping to tip the election Trump's way. 

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The Office of Fiscal Analysis reports that tax revenues are plunging. The state's 100 largest-income tax payers paid 45 percent less this year than last. 

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Connecticut lawmakers failed to come to an agreement on a budget proposal Tuesday, with leaders from both parties blaming each other for their failure to act. This gridlock is new to the state legislature, a result of the most recent election: Parties are now evenly split in the Senate for the first time in over a century

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Governor Dannel Malloy made the official announcement that he's not running for re-election in 2018. Meanwhile, the list of folks interested the job seems to be growing: Lembo, Ganim, Kennedy, Boughton, Klarides, Harris? 

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, started with a warning to the U.S. - don't strike the Syrian regime again. 

Back home, the consensus among Connecticut's delegation in Washington is that President Trump should have informed Congress before sending missiles into Syria. 

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A leading economist said that Connecticut’s economy is in a “state of emergency.” This hour, we try to figure out if that's better - or worse - than Ben Barnes's "Permanent State of Fiscal Crisis."

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Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim is pleased with his first year back in office -- in fact he’s given himself a B-plus. 

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It's been 20 years since Connecticut's landmark Sheff v. O'Neill ruling, which said that segregation in Hartford schools was unconstitutional. This hour, we dive into an investigation by The Hartford Courant about how some neighborhood schools are still struggling, and how Sheff didn't solve the challenge of school integration. 

Fighting For The Vote

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Fifty-two years ago this week, 600 peaceful protesters gathered in Selma, Alabama for what would become known as The Bloody Sunday March. Their goal was to draw attention to the importance of protecting the vote, not just for African Americans, but all Americans. 

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This hour, we dissect President Trump's joint address to Congress -- what he's themed "the renewal of the American spirit."

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Welcome to the Wheelhouse -- WNPR’s Weekly News Roundtable -- as we celebrate our first week as “The Enemy of the American People!” 

It’s true that trust and confidence in the media has faltered over the years, as has confidence in every branch of government. But the “failing” New York Times, as President Trump calls the paper, has actually seen a gigantic surge in its readership.

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