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The Wheelhouse

Wednesdays 9:00 am and 7:00 pm

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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Can you believe President Trump’s transgender military ban "tweetstorm" was one week ago today? That attempt at tweets-as-policy-change didn’t quite work, and was soon overshadowed by John McCain’s rogue “thumbs down” on the critical GOP health care vote.  And as soon as we got used to the foul-mouthed Anthony Scaramucci, he’s out. 

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Republicans in Washington finally got closer to the goal they’ve had for about seven years - the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Well, at least the repeal part.

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It was a big week for Trumpcare. The GOP-led health care bill collapsed on Monday, when Republican's Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah said they wouldn't support the bill. Soon after, the Republican's "Plan C" -- repeal without a replacement -- was dead as soon as it hit the ground, losing support from GOP Senators almost immediately

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All along, we knew it was all about the emails. We just didn't know it was going to be these emails. 

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Last year’s election was exhausting, for a lot of reasons. Not the least of which was the endless stream of narratives trying to explain the motivation of voters who, to be frank, seemed pretty pissed off. 

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We’re inching closer to the end of the fiscal year and Connecticut lawmakers at the state capitol still haven’t been able to reach a budget agreement. Meanwhile at the nation’s capitol, Senate Republicans are postponing a vote on their controversial health care bill.

This hour: a tale of gridlock in Hartford and Washington. 

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A special election in Georgia has been called the "most expensive, highest profile, most hyped special election" for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. So with the Republican win, does it really tell us anything about the state of the electorate during the Trump administration? 

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This hour, we pull apart Attorney General Jeff Sessions's testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee

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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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