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Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang wants to give everyone a Universal Basic Income to offset the effects of automation. The plan resonates across a broad spectrum of voters from his "Yang Gang" to the alt-right and it has catapulted him to a spot in this week's Democratic primary debate alongside frontrunners Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Kamala Harris. Who is this guy

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The president suggests he can take information from a foreign adversary without reporting it to the FBI. Kellyanne Conway can violate the Hatch Act without repercussion. American allies aren't sure if they can believe Trump Administration claims about Iran aggression. The president now suggests his supporters may demand that he serve more than two terms. 

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In early 2017, The New York Times uncovered a program at the Defense Department which investigated unidentified flying objects. Then, at the end of May, the reporters published another article, getting navy pilots to talk on the record about their encounters with unidentified flying objects. 

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Bridgeport’s mayor has acknowledged that his city is having what he called  “strong conversations” with the state’s two tribal nations to develop a gaming facility in Connecticut’s largest city.

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The question of whether to allow a contested question about citizenship on the 2020 census is before the Supreme Court. How they decide may be altered by new and formerly secret files that show a long-standing relationship between the Republican Party and gerrymandering -- that includes a plan on how to use the census to boost the voting power of "Republicans and non-Hispanic whites." Basically, how to gerrymander through the census. 

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The city of Bridgeport may finally host a casino. But a new plan to bring a casino to Fairfield County might include the two tribal nations that currently operate gaming facilities in Connecticut, and not Las Vegas gaming giant MGM Resorts International.

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People crowded together on the top step of the Connecticut Supreme Court, shielded from the pouring rain under the building’s stone portico.

Kamora Herrington stood in the center of the group in front of a large white banner painted with the words “CT Black Women.” She spoke into a megaphone mic, her voice amplified over the street traffic and rain.

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A West Hartford man who sought refuge from deportation in a Meriden church has left sanctuary.

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The United States Senate has passed legislation that would provide Puerto Rico with more disaster relief money. But its ultimate passage has been delayed.

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In a time when thousands of jobs for skilled workers remain unfilled, Gov. Ned Lamont is saying to college graduates “we need you”.

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The 18th century Parisian cafe was an incubator for the liberal tradition as it was before liberalism became a politically-loaded and dirty word. The cafe brought people together to exchange ideas, talk, connect, argue, debate, and learn about humanity, empathy, and humility outside the control of the state; a place where civil society trumped tribal impulse. 

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The United States Attorney from Connecticut has been chosen to probe the origins of the Russia investigation.

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President Trump is working to block more than 20 separate Congressional investigations led by the Democratic-controlled House. Democrats say the Trump Administration has failed to respond to or comply with at least 79 requests for documents or other information. Are we in a Constitutional crisis, or not? 

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Sports betting and other gaming-related bills are not likely to come out of this legislative session, according to Governor Ned Lamont.

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Reality TV shows like the Discovery Channel's Doomsday Bunkers and National Geographic Channel's Doomsday Preppers perpetuate a stereotype of "preppers" that omits the wide swath of people who engage in preparedness in a less extreme and more varied way.

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Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal told Attorney General William Barr that history will judge him harshly for his role in the handling of the report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. That was just the beginning of a testy exchange between the two as Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

Faith-Based Pregnancy Center Files Federal Lawsuit Against City Of Hartford

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A faith-based pregnancy center in Willimantic has asked a federal judge for an injunction against a controversial Hartford ordinance that requires the religious facilities to disclose whether their staff carry medical licenses. The challenge to the local ordinance comes at the same time lawmakers are considering imposing similar rules on a statewide basis. 

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal said it’s not over yet – it’s only the beginning of a new chapter.

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Stop & Shop employees continue to strike in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, prompting some customers to fill their grocery carts elsewhere. 

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Between November of 2016 and June of 2018, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) saw it's membership jump from 5,000 to over 40,000

This hour we'll explore what socialism means today, and why the ideology is having a resurgence. Plus, why are more young people getting involved in the movement? 

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Monday was the deadline for Americans to file their 2018 tax returns, and it was also a day for many to commiserate about paying those taxes, particularly as changes to the tax code are now being realized.

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States across the country are passing gun control legislation in response to mass shootings, as groups like Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America gain political clout. In deep red states, though, activists must both temper their expectations and reckon with residents and lawmakers often hostile to any limitations on their right to bear arms.

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Federal legislators are fighting over additional disaster aid for Puerto Rico.

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Connecticut lawmakers want Congress to send more disaster relief dollars to Puerto Rico.

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New Department of Economic and Community Development commissioner David Lehman has begun raising his public profile, just days after his controversial nomination was confirmed by the state senate.

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Governor Ned Lamont is asking the federal government to recognize pardons handed down to residents by the state. Lamont wrote a letter to the secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security after the detention by ICE of an undocumented Hartford woman.

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Connecticut-based consumer rights advocate Ralph Nader lost his grand-niece in the recent crash of a Boeing 737 Max jet in Ethiopia. Now he’s gunning for the planemaker and federal safety regulators who allowed the aircraft to be certified. 

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Just days after the U.S. Attorney General released his summary of the long-anticipated Mueller report, we ask: What does his sum-up do -- or not do -- to trust in the country's election system? We talk with a panel of reporters and election experts, and we also hear from you. 

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Sports betting could soon be available at your fingertips.

Connecticut lawmakers could grant state residents the ability to gamble on their phones if they legalize sports betting.

Former WCCC-FM radio host "Sebastian" is now a handicapper, giving sports betting advice to customers. He was once arrested on illegal gambling charges.
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If you log onto some overseas website to bet on sports, or you do it through a bookie at the local bar, or even if you and your buddy have $20 riding on the Giants/Cowboys game, you’re betting illegally.

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