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Concerns raised about immigration cases moving out of state

Aug. 15, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A plan to stop holding federal detention hearings in Connecticut's only immigration court is raising concerns among political leaders and immigrant rights advocates, who say the defendants, their families and lawyers will be unfairly forced to travel out of state to have their day in...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Aug. 15, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Learning the hard way: China is slow to understand Trump on trade Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Aug. 13 Sooner or later, China will get it. President Donald Trump last week threatened to impose another round of tariffs on Chinese...

Blumenthal says deal on bipartisan 'red flag' draft is near

Aug. 14, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says a draft of proposed, bipartisan federal legislation he's working on with Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham that would encourage states to adopt "red flag" protection order laws to remove guns from dangerous people is nearly finished. The Democrat...

Blumenthal hopes to pressure vote on election cybersecurity

Aug. 14, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he's hoping to pressure the Republican-led Senate to pass election security legislation before the 2020 election. Appearing Wednesday with Democratic Secretary of the State Denise Merrill of Connecticut, the Democratic senator said the nation is at...

Biden: Trump 'fanning the flames of white supremacy'

Aug. 8, 2019 12:28 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden on Wednesday accused President Donald Trump of "fanning the flames of white supremacy" in his most aggressive attack yet on the character of the man he would like to defeat in 2020. "Trump offers no moral leadership," Biden declared in Burlington, Iowa. The president...

Bipartisan 'red flag' gun laws plan has support in Congress

Aug. 7, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite frequent mass shootings, Congress has proved to be unable to pass substantial gun violence legislation, largely because of resistance from Republicans. But a bipartisan proposal by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is gaining momentum following weekend...

Plan to boost 'red flag' gun laws gains momentum in Congress

Aug. 6, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite frequent mass shootings, Congress has proven unable to pass substantial gun violence legislation, in large part because of resistance from Republicans. But a bipartisan proposal by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is gaining momentum following weekend...

After shootings, Congress again weighs gun violence response

Aug. 5, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newtown. Charleston. Orlando. Parkland. And now after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, Congress again is confronted with the question of what, if anything, lawmakers should do to combat the scourge of gun violence afflicting the country. While both parties are calling...

Connecticut urges Washington follow state's lead in gun laws

Aug. 5, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut politicians and gun control advocates on Monday urged the U.S. Senate to return immediately to Washington, D.C., and follow the state's lead in passing stricter gun laws, including some with bipartisan support. Frustrated by news of more mass shootings since the 2012...

AP Explains: Congress' fight over election security bills

Aug. 3, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — While House Democrats are haggling over whether to consider impeachment of President Donald Trump, Senate Democrats are focusing on a different angle in former special counsel Robert Mueller's report — securing future elections from foreign interference. Democrats have tried to...