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11:03 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Passionate Politics: Syria and Local Elections

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addressing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday.
Ana Radelat (CT Mirror)

President Barack Obama has found some unlikely congressional support for his plan to intervene in the Syrian war. He’s got the backing of Republicans like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Senator John McCain, and House Speaker John Boehner.

"This is something that the United States as a country needs to do," said Boehner. "I’m going to support the president’s call for action. I believe my colleagues should support this call for action.

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Where We Live
11:34 am
Wed August 28, 2013

The Wheelhouse: Corruption Junction Edition

Matthew Kauffman, investigative reporter for The Hartford Courant
Chion Wolf

Robert Braddock is going to jail for 38 months for his role in the scandal surrounding the congressional campaign of Chris Donovan. The judge said the long sentence would send a message to others about corrupt political behavior. If nothing else, it seemed to send a message to Braddock himself, who told her: "You couldn't force me to work in politics ever again."

"If the judge really wanted to make it worse," Braddock said, "she could have sentenced me to work for another campaign."

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Where We Live
1:38 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

The Wheelhouse: Fiscal Flaming Bag of Doodie Edition

WNPR's Colin McEnroe
Chion Wolf

 

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Today, on our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse we have an all-star panel to pull apart the threads of our conversation yesterday with Governor Dannel Malloy about the 2014 race for governor, the state budget, and more.

We also talk about a big change coming at the top for NPR.

On Monday, NPR President Gary Knell announced he was leaving the news organization for the National Geographic Society.

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Where We Live
12:02 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Plane Crash, Sandy Recovery, Boughton Running, and Forbes Attacks CT

Chion Wolf

The New Haven area is still looking for answers after last week’s plane crash at Tweed Airport. Patrick Murray is in charge of the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation into what happened. "The airplane impacted the ground and the house upside down, in a 60 to 70 degree angle," he said shortly after the accident. 

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Where We Live
11:59 am
Wed July 31, 2013

The Wheelhouse: What Happened to Slow News Summers?

Chion Wolf

Secretary of State John Kerry is only six-months into his new job - and he’s brought two major opponents together in Washington.

"We’re here today because the Israeli people and the Palestinian people both have leaders willing to heed the call of history," said Kerry yesterday.

Today, it’s our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse and we talk with NPR’s longtime Political Junkie Ken Rudin about the peace talks, Congressional support for the NSA surveillance program, gridlock and more.

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Where We Live
11:17 am
Wed July 24, 2013

The Wheelhouse: You Mean There Was News Other Than The Royal Birth?

Thomas Good, Wikimedia Commons; SROPhotos, Flickr Creative Commo

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

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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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Where We Live
2:33 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Sexual Assault Allegations at UConn, Corruption in Connecticut, and a New Cheshire Murder Film

Springfield voters have approved the MGM casino plan ...UConn is conducting an investigation into how the university handled allegations of sexual abuse by one of their professors...and last week, the Eastern League All-Star Game was held at New Britain Stadium and Governor Dannel Malloy received a less-than-warm welcome.

Turns out national political observers have their eyes on Malloy, too...he’s on a Washington Post list of “governors likely to lose their seats.”

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Where We Live
11:28 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Newtown, Guns, DCF, Energy, Casinos and ADA Compliance at the XL Center

Tom Baden, Editor of the Danbury News-Times and Mark Pazniokas from The Connecticut Mirror join us in The Wheelhouse.
Chion Wolf

Once again this week, there’s news coming from the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings in December.

On Sunday, the Danbury News-Times ran a story where a “source close to the police investigation” suggests that Newtown police delayed before entering the school. It’s the latest in a series of stories trickling out as we await an official report from the state.

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Where We Live
10:08 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Did Newtown Police Respond Quickly Enough?

That's the question being asked after a report from the Danbury News-Times says 10 rounds were fired  before officers entered the school. Their source says there was a delay in how quickly the officers entered the building but, "The question is whether it was significant or justified."

On the latest edition of our weekly news roundtable, The Wheelhouse we talk with the paper's editor, Tom Baden about the report.

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Where We Live
11:11 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Political Turmoil In Egypt, Educational Turmoil In Bridgeport And New Details On Adam Lanza

Chion Wolf

Egyptian military officials have set a deadline of today for President Mohammed Morsi to agree to share power, or face a coup.

Sharif Abdel Kouddous is an Egyptian-American journalist and correspondent for the program Democracy Now!

When he was on Where We Live earlier this year, he spoke about the unrest in the country - a year after democratic elections that brought Morsi to power.

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Where We Live
11:32 am
Wed June 26, 2013

The Wheelhouse On Massachusetts' New Senator, SCOTUS, and New Haven Politics

Mark Fischer (Flickr Creative Commons)

Massachusetts elects a new senator, the Supreme Court makes landmark rulings, and the race for New Haven mayor gets smaller.

Today, the political news roundtable “The Wheelhouse” is back on a very busy day in the news.

We’ll start with Ed Markey making history in Massachusetts. The Democrat won a special election there yesterday to fill John Kerry’s seat. And it marks the first time in a long time that the Commonwealth hasn’t elected a big, star name like Kerry, Ted Kennedy or Elizabeth Warren. 

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Where We Live
10:43 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Balancing Privacy & Security, Fate of the Office of Early Childhood, and Welcome Rick Perry?

Ian Britton, "Photo Phiend",Ed Schipul (Flickr Creative Commons)

Today, it’s another edition of “The Wheelhouse” - our weekly Wednesday wade into the news and politics. What’s on tap?

Well, your phone for one...Bill Curry and Glenn Sulmasy debate the NSA surveillance program and privacy vs. security.

We’ll clean up a few of the messes left behind after the state legislative session, including the spending cap that’s more of a spending “suggestion” - and the Office of Early Childhood that has funding, but doesn’t yet exist.

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