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We talk to New York Times op-ed columnist Gail Collins about the Department of Health and Human Services decision Friday to give employers and corporations a reason to deny contraception coverage to their female employees. All they need is to hold a "sincerely held" religious or moral objection to birth control. 

Some civil rights advocates have raised concerns that U.S. Border Patrol may be infringing on people's civil rights as it carries out stops in its vast jurisdiction.

At the marathon Senate Budget Committee hearing this week, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., strolled in like a man who had just quit his job and was ready to tell the boss what he really thinks.

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Connecticut’s secretary of the state says she’s wary of too much federal control of election systems. Denise Merrill says the states are currently in talks with the Department of Homeland Security over how much regulation should be imposed. 

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Russian hacking, fake news--if the last election  taught us anything, it’s that your vote is a valuable commodity.

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A massacre at a country music festival in Las Vegas over the weekend left 59 dead and more than 500 injured. It reignites the frustrating debate over gun regulations, a fight largely led by Congressman Chris Murphy

President Donald Trump made his long-awaited trip to Puerto Rico on Tuesday; and the Supreme Court took up a case on partisan gerrymandering.

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Governor Dannel Malloy's veto of the Republican budget remains unchallenged. 

Updated at 8:24 p.m. ET

President Trump traveled Tuesday to devastated Puerto Rico following his administration's maligned response to Hurricane Maria. But as soon as he stepped off the plane, the president was in a self-congratulatory mood.

In a hurricane briefing Trump praised his Cabinet, contrasted the devastation with "a real catastrophe like [Hurricane] Katrina," threw in an aside about how much Puerto Rico recovery was costing the U.S., and later was filmed throwing paper towels into a crowd as part of efforts to distribute supplies.

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The first year of Hartford’s new minor league baseball stadium is complete, but the legal fights concerning the land surrounding it are far from over. On Monday, the city announced that it formally terminated Centerplan from further work. 

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Many Puerto Ricans in Connecticut have been collecting supplies for the island in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. But getting those supplies to where they’re needed remains very difficult.

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Bipartisan budget talks restart Monday, with legislators on notice that they may be called for a potential special session later this week. What they don’t know is whether they’ll be asked to vote on a whole new budget, to rework a hospital tax, or to override the governor’s recent veto. 

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Members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation have renewed calls for gun legislation in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, where at least 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured.

Updated at 5:28 p.m. ET

President Trump solemnly addressed the nation Monday morning about Sunday night's mass shooting in Las Vegas, saying Americans are "joining together in sadness, shock and grief."

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A gunman opened fire on a crowd assembled for an outdoor concert festival Sunday night, killing more than 50 people and wounding hundreds, from a high floor within the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

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President Trump heads to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico on Tuesday and, in a series of tweets early Saturday morning, defended his administration's handling of the recovery effort while hitting back at Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan.

"The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump," he wrote.

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