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  • January 19, 2024 — by Christine Butterfield
    U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and other members of Congress will introduce a bipartisan resolution in support of the United States Soccer Federation's bid for the 2027 FIFA Women's World Cup, which would be hosted by both America and Mexico. "Women's soccer is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and no country is better positioned to showcase... Read More
  • January 19, 2024 — by Carmen Paun, Daniel Payne, Erin Schumaker, and Ruth Reader
    Governments should assess and approve advanced AI models intended for use in health care and medicine if their resources allow, the World Health Organization said in a set of artificial intelligence ethics and governance recommendations released Thursday. Even so: The resources question is a big one. While rich countries such as the U.S. and some... Read More
  • January 18, 2024 — by Sohrab Ahmari
    Senator Chris Murphy’s indispensable watchword is “conversation”. By my count, the Connecticut Democrat used the word no fewer than 20 times in a recent phone interview, or roughly once every 90 seconds. It dawned on me that he was doing this deliberately, and with good reason: Murphy, 50, believes his party’s political salvation lies in listening... Read More
  • December 06, 2023 — by Steve Inskeep
    Congress has yet to approve additional aid for Ukraine, and an effort to do that before years end seems to have fallen apart for now. Republicans have said they will not approve that aid unless the bill also includes money for an unrelated crackdown on migration at the U.S.-Mexico border. An administration briefing on Ukraine seems to have... Read More
  • December 06, 2023 — by Christine Butterfield
    U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut is reintroducing the College Athlete Right to Organize Act (CARO) legislation, a bill that will enable college athletes to unionize. The bill will amend the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to classify college athletes as employees who are entitled to the right to organize and collectively bargain for fair... Read More
  • December 05, 2023 — by Leigh Ann Caldwell and Theodoric Meyer
    Good morning, Early Birds. On this day in 1792, President George Washington was reelected to serve a second term. Tips: earlytips@washpost.com. Was this forwarded to you? Sign up here. Thanks for waking up with us. In today’s edition …  What we’re watching: Wray testifies … Liz Cheney, outspoken Trump critic, weighs third-party presidential run …... Read More
  • December 04, 2023 — by Andrew Restuccia, Doug Cameron, and Michelle Hackman
    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. will be unable to continue providing more weapons and equipment to Ukraine if Congress doesn't approve additional funding by the end of the year, the White House said, trying to prod lawmakers to quickly make progress in complicated negotiations on Capitol Hill."Cutting off the flow of U.S. weapons and equipment will kneecap... Read More
  • December 02, 2023 — by Yasmeen Abutaleb
    The Biden administration urgently hoped to use the recent pause in hostilities between Israel and Hamas to change the course of the war in Gaza. As the fighting began anew Friday, it was unclear whether those efforts were having any effect. Keeping up with politics is easy with The 5-Minute Fix Newsletter, in your inbox weekdays. In a marked... Read More
  • December 01, 2023 — by Colin McEnroe
    "Nobody knows, from sea to shining sea, why we are having all this trouble with our republic." That's the opening sentence of "Ninety-Two in the Shade," a 1973 novel by Thomas McGuane. The actual story is about a grudge between fishing guides in the Florida Keys. It's a widely acknowledged great first sentence, even if it’s also a bit of a bridge... Read More
  • November 29, 2023 — by Liz Goodwin and Jacob Bogage
    The fate of U.S. security assistance to Ukraine rests on the ability of lawmakers to broker a deal on an issue that has eluded their grasp for decades: immigration. After Republicans demanded border security changes to send billions of dollars more in aid to Ukraine, which is struggling to fend off a Russian invasion, as well as to Israel and... Read More
  • November 28, 2023 — by Eddy Martinez
    Connecticut’s rail passengers can expect to see shorter travel times to and from New York as a result of $2 billion in federal funds. That’s according to Senator Chris Murphy who joined several federal, state and local officials at a press conference by the Devon rail bridge in Milford Monday. “Within the next 10 years with this investment, we will... Read More
  • November 28, 2023 — by John Craven
    Millions of people are traveling this Thanksgiving week. If you're taking the train, the trip could get a lot faster in the next few years – thanks to $2 billion headed to Connecticut from Washington. If the trip over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house takes you on the train, you'd better pack some patience. "Sometimes there's a... Read More
  • November 28, 2023 — by Stephen Collinson
    The fragile pause in Israel’s onslaught against Hamas in Gaza, which has enabled the release so far of 58 hostages, has been surprisingly enduring given that neither side is in direct contact and each is bent on obliterating the other. The question now is how long the intersection of interests that led to the deal will prevail, allowing the return... Read More
  • November 28, 2023 — by Victoria Knight
    A bipartisan group of lawmakers is taking a first stab at building a uniform set of research standards to measure loneliness and isolation. Driving the news: The effort builds on growing recognition that social isolation is a behavioral health concern after Surgeon General Vivek Murthy declared loneliness a public health crisis earlier this... Read More
  • November 28, 2023 — by Victoria Knight
    A bipartisan group of lawmakers is taking a first stab at building a uniform set of research standards to measure loneliness and isolation. Driving the news: The effort builds on growing recognition that social isolation is a behavioral health concern after Surgeon General Vivek Murthy declared loneliness a public health crisis earlier this... Read More
  • November 28, 2023 — by Ellyn Santiago
    U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy along with local officials announced the city will get a $2.1 million annual grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to build a more cohesive and robust regional program to address the drug overdose crisis in New Haven County. In 2022, 490 New Haven County residents suffered... Read More
  • November 28, 2023 — by Molly Ingram
    Legislators and housing advocates convened for the fourth annual Connecticut Affordable Housing Conference on Monday and Tuesday. The conference explores policy solutions at the state and local level. Chelsea Ross is the director of special projects for Partnership for Stronger Communities, the company that organizes the event. She said the... Read More
  • November 28, 2023 — by Molly Ingram
    U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have introduced legislation to keep domestic abusers from buying and possessing guns. It’s called the Lori Jackson-Nicolette Elias Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act, named after two women who were killed by their abusers. Blumenthal said the bill could have protected Lori... Read More
  • November 15, 2023 — by Gail Collins
    A few things you can bet on when there’s been a terrible mass shooting in this country. One is that the heartbreaking stories about victims and chilling ones about the craziness of the shooter will not necessarily be followed by a strong bipartisan drive for significantly better gun laws. POP QUIZ After an assault-rifle-brandishing madman killed 18... Read More
  • November 15, 2023 — by Erin Schumaker
    Sen. Chris Murphy looks at us and doesn’t like what he sees. We don’t get out enough and it’s no wonder considering the amount of time we spend on our phones. We haven’t gotten back to our pre-pandemic social routines and it shows: While 1 in 2 Americans reported being lonely prior to 2020, Covid turbocharged the problem. The Connecticut Democrat... Read More

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