Politics

The Wheelhouse Digest
12:39 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Marijuana and Energy

While we're busy being distracted by fake marriage proposals on ballfields, plants are growing in Connecticut, or will be if some in the state have their say. Those stories and more you might have missed.

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA GROWER APPROVED IN MIDDLETOWN
Former factory space may become quite "green."

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Where We Live
11:18 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Edith Prague's New Job, Rosa DeLauro's Ongoing Fight, and Rinku Sen on Health Equity

Mark Pazniokas/CT Mirror, Chion Wolf/WNPR, Kris Krüg/PopTech

Earlier this year, Governor Dannel Malloy named Edith Prague the Commissioner of the state’s Department on Aging.

The 87-year-old previously served as state representative, state senator and was even the commissioner of aging once before under Governor Lowell Weicker.

We sat down with Edith Prague to talk about her new job, her political career, and one job she doesn’t want.

"I wouldn’t go to Washington if my life depended on it," said Prague.

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The Wheelhouse Digest
2:42 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Water and Guns

Summer feels like it's winding down this week, what with cooler temperatures and earlier sunsets. That has us thinking about school, which of course makes us think about UConn students needing a lot of water. That and more in today's not-to-miss stories.

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UCONN'S WATER WILL COME FROM CONNECTICUT WATER CO.
Controversial plan dropped to draw from MDC supply.

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Where We Live
10:46 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Surviving Political Scandal

Thomas Good, Wikimedia Commons

Anthony Weiner is definitely not the first U.S politician to find himself wrapped up in a sex scandal. But being implicated in a political scandal may no longer be a career death sentence. Newt Gingrich and Mark Sanford are just two examples of politicians who have gone on to have successful political careers despite past infidelities.

So, what does this say about the American electorate? Do we really not care about the private lives of politicians, as long as they do their jobs?

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The Wheelhouse Digest
2:19 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Exchanges and Gifts

Credit Sage Ross, Wikimedia Commons

Got time for a little news diversion while you wait to find out if A-Rod will play in Chicago tonight? You're at the right place. Here are a few stories you should know about today.

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NO INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE FOR YOU
Aetna withdraws from Access Health CT.

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Where We Live
2:00 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Connecticut's Criminal Justice System

Kudumomo on Flickr Creative Commons

We talk this hour about the case of Bonnie Foreshaw, serving the longest sentence of any Connecticut woman for the death of a pregnant woman. Her case is back in the news because of new revelations and high profile support.  

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News
5:07 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Washington Stresses Seriousness Of Terrorist Threat

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 7:29 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

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The Two-Way
12:18 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Whitey Bulger Decides Not To Take The Stand

James "Whitey" Bulger, in an image released by the U.S. Marshal's Service in August 2011.
EPA /Landov

One of the most anticipated testimonies in a criminal trial will not happen: James "Whitey" Bulger, the notorious Boston gangster, decided not to testify in his own defense, today.

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10:45 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Hartford Officials Call UConn Campus Proposal Inadequate

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Wanting to avoid "past development mistakes," Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and City Council President Shawn Wooden wrote a shrewd letter to UConn President Susan Herbst.
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10:35 am
Fri August 2, 2013

U.S. Disparages Russia's Offer of Asylum to Edward Snowden

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An already tenuous relationship between the US and Russia was made more so by the latter's recent offer of asylum to a US fugitive.
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has received asylum for a year in Russia and has left Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, his lawyer said, raising U.S. lawmakers' ire
The Two-Way
7:10 am
Fri August 2, 2013

U.S. Embassies To Close Sunday, And Possibly Beyond, For Safety

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 4:46 pm

Few details have emerged about the U.S. plan to shut down embassies that would normally be open this Sunday. A senior State Department official says that the U.S. facilities may be closed for more days, as well. The closures are being described as "precautionary steps" that are being taken "out of an abundance of caution."

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News
10:23 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Snowden Leaves Moscow Airport

Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum by Russia and has left the transit zone at Moscow's airport where he has been holed up for more than a month. Morning Edition host Renee Montagne talks to NPR's Corey Flintoff in Moscow and Pentagon correspondent Larry Abramson.

The Wheelhouse Digest
1:17 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Bargains and Ballots

Have you been spending too many hours playing outside? Working on those tan lines? We don’t blame you, the weather’s been gorgeous.

While you were out, political news has continued to churn. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

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OBAMA TRIES TO BARGAIN
The President attempts a new deal on jobs and taxes.

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The Two-Way
12:37 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

U.S. Declassifies Documents About Surveillance Programs

A new National Security Agency data center is set to open in Bluffdale, Utah, in the fall.
George Frey Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 3:01 pm

The National Security Agency declassified more documents that shed light on formerly secret programs that collect a vast amount of metadata on the phone calls made in the United States, as well as the electronic communication of foreigners.

In a statement, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the release was "in the public interest."

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Here & Now
2:49 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Obama Proposes Cuts In Corporate Tax Rates

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 3:44 pm

U.S. home prices continue to surge. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index out today shows a 12 percent increase in May compared to a year ago.

Low interest rates and an improving job market are boosting demand for homes and driving prices up.

President Obama is out with a plan that he says will improve the job market even more. The president is touring an Amazon distribution center in Chattanooga, Tenn. to announce a so-called “grand bargain” to overhaul the corporate tax system.

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Non-Profit Minute
8:23 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Chrysalis Center

News
1:51 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

FBI: Operation Rescues 105 Sexually Exploited Children

A screenshot from video of an FBI sting.
FBI

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 2:13 pm

During a 72-hour operation that spanned 76 cities in the United States, the FBI says, agents rescued 105 sexually exploited children and apprehended 150 alleged pimps.

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The Two-Way
7:15 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Barrage Of Car Bombings Kills Dozens In Iraq

Iraqis walk past a wall that a car bomb destroyed, next to the Ahl al-Bayya' mosque in southeastern Baghdad Monday. At least 10 bombings were reported in the city today.
Ali Al-Saadi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 10:22 am

More than a dozen car bombs exploded in Iraq early Monday, killing more than 50 people in Baghdad and other areas. At least 10 explosions were reported in the Iraqi capital during the morning rush hour.

Monday's bombings wounded more than 100 people, the BBC reports.

"Police and medical sources said the attacks, which appeared to be coordinated, were concentrated on towns and cities in Iraq's predominantly Shi'ite south," Reuters reports, "and districts of the capital where Shi'ites reside."

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News
6:16 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Public Opinion May Give Russia An Edge In Snowden Case

Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena is representing NSA contractor Edward Snowden, said Russia has three months to consider his request for temporary asylum.
Alexander Zemlianichenko AP

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 8:25 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin keeps insisting that he doesn't want the case of a fugitive American intelligence contractor to harm relations between Russia and the United States.

But Edward Snowden remains an irritant, stuck in diplomatic limbo in the transit area of a Moscow airport.

A Putin spokesman said Friday that the issue is being discussed by the Russian federal security service — the FSB — and the FBI, but it may be that Snowden has become a problem that can only be solved at the top of the two governments.

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News
5:47 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Emergency Summit On Urban Violence Opens In Chicago

A sidewalk memorial in Chicago remembers Eugene Clark, 25, who was shot and killed last weekend. In the same weekend, the city had at least 6 people killed and 22 wounded by gunfire. This weekend, the Congressional Black Caucus held a summit in Chicago to discuss violence in urban areas.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 12:59 pm

Rep. Robin Kelly, one of the hosts of the urban violence summit in Chicago, said at the outset Friday that this wouldn't be just another summit.

"Maybe just some of you are tired of having your leaders hold summits that are long on talk and short on action," she told attendees. "Today's summit aims to be different."

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The Two-Way
3:05 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

In Closing Arguments, Defense Argues Manning Is A Whistleblower

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted from court on Thursday in Fort Meade, Maryland.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 8:58 pm

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was not aiding the enemy when he leaked the largest cache of classified information in the history of the United States, the defense argued today during closing arguments of his military trial in Fort Meade, Maryland, today. Instead, he released the information in an attempt to spark debate about things he found troubling about war and American diplomacy.

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Parallels
2:30 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

A Tale Of Two Massive Rallies In Egypt

Muslim Brotherhood supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi attend a protest near Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo on Friday.
Mohammed Saber EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 2:59 pm

At the request of Egypt's army chief, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, many Egyptians took to the street Friday to give him a mandate for what he calls a "war against terrorism" on Islamists.

His call drew a huge response from those opposed to Mohammed Morsi, but it also brought out large numbers of supporters of the ousted president who is allied with the Muslim Brotherhood.

As the following photographs show, anti-Morsi protesters rallied in Cairo's Tahrir Square ...

... while those allied with Morsi gathered near the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque.

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It's All Politics
9:54 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Why The Justice Department's Eyes Are Upon Texas

Despite a Supreme Court ruling that gutted a key part of the Voting Rights Act, Attorney General Eric Holder wants a court to use another section of the 1965 law to require Texas to get the federal government's approval before changing its voting laws.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 8:48 pm

In the war over the right to vote in the U.S., the Justice Department's choice of Texas as the battleground for its first legal action following the Supreme Court's weakening of the Voting Rights Act has a feeling of inevitability.

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Code Switch
4:56 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Key Witness Against Emmett Till's Killers Led A Quiet Life

Willie Reed (right) testified against the men accused of murdering 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955. He changed his last name to Louis after fleeing to Chicago and hardly spoke of the trial.
Charles Knoblock AP

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 5:43 pm

Willie Louis may be one of the most celebrated but least-known figures in a pivotal point in American history: He testified against the men accused of kidnapping and murdering 14-year-old Emmett Till. He died July 18, but his wife, Juliet, announced his death this week.

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The Wheelhouse Digest
12:02 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Harp and Hedge Funds

Toni Harp won her party's endorsement, but she may still have to petition her way onto the ballot.
Credit Thomas Macmillan/New Haven Independent

Did you just get back from a vacation on a remote island? Did you just finish watching all six seasons of "Lost" immediately followed by all 54 episodes of "Breaking Bad"?

Here are the stories you may have missed. 

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TONI HARP WINS DEMS' ENDORSEMENT
But she still has to petition to get on the ballot for New Haven Mayor.

Democrat Toni Harp was endorsed by the Democratic Town Committee on Tuesday. But the DTC failed to file paperwork on time to have her name on the ballot.

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U.S. Senate
8:10 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Connecticut’s bell man runs for U.S. Senate…in Kentucky

Remember Matt Bevin? He’s the owner of East Hampton, Connecticut’s Bevin Brothers bell factory. It burned down last year and received tons of support from the community – both emotional and financial support.

Some of that financial support may come back to bite Matt Bevin.

After the fire, Bevin’s bell factory and its sister company, PSI Plus received $200,000 from the state of Connecticut to help it rebuild. The problem? Bevin is running as a Tea Party candidate.

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Campaigns
4:12 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Connecticut's Bell Man Runs for Senate...in Kentucky

Tucker Ives

Matt Bevin is running a Republican primary campaign against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Bevin lives in Kentucky, but he owns the Bevin Brothers Bell Factory in East Hampton, Connecticut - the one that was burned down in a fire last year.

After months of speculation, he officially announced his candidacy at a rally in Kentucky's state capitol.

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Transportation
10:28 am
Wed July 24, 2013

New U.S. Transportation Secretary Meets State Lawmakers About Rail Investments

Gov. Dannel Malloy's office

In his first official visit to any state since his confirmation, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx visits Union Station in New Haven to talk about rail investment, safety and economic growth. 

“We are thinking about jobs, economic opportunity and safety. We’re putting people to work by fixing bridges and installing new high-level platforms. We’re revitalizing train stations. The time has come to put rail on par with our highways and other modes of transportation.”

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Where We Live
10:15 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Wait, The Royal Birth Wasn't The Only News Of The Week?

Thomas Good, Wikimedia Commons; SROPhotos, Flickr Creative Commons

Are you ready for the 2014 gubernatorial election? I don't think we are, but we waded into it anyway after Senate Minority Leader John McKinney announced his bid for the governor's mansion.

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9:55 am
Wed July 24, 2013

State Senator John McKinney Will Run for Governor

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John McKinney is the Senate Republican leader, and is the first to announce formally in the race.
Fairfield - John P. McKinney entered the 2014 race for governor Tuesday as a moderate Republican who hopes to reach beyond Connecticut's limited GOP base and as a convert to the public financing of campaigns. "I am doing the public financing, because it is the right direction for the campaign," said McKinney, who voted against the law creating public financing in 2005.

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