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  Connecticut lawmakers ended their regular legislative session at midnight Wednesday night without passing a budget. Lawmakers have decided to return to Hartford before the end of the month for a special session to deal with the budget.

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U.S. Sen. Jack Reed called FBI Director James Comey’s Thursday testimony a persuasive indictment of President Donald Trump’s efforts to influence the direction of the Bureau’s Russia investigation.

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A bill to begin the phaseout of the state’s car tax is expected to be introduced Tuesday. Eliminating the tax is the top priority for House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

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Irresponsible, immoral and reckless. Those are just a few of the terms Rhode Island’s congressional delegation is using to criticize President Donald Trump’s budget proposal.

The budget would reduce funding for social service programs including Medicaid, food stamps and education, while increasing military spending.

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On Tuesday Providence City Councilman Kevin Jackson faces a vote that could remove him from office. The longtime Providence politician has served for more than 20 years on the council.

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Debate over gun-related legislation will return to the Statehouse later Tuesday.

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Voters in Kent County are closely divided on President Donald Trump and his policies. That’s according to a new Brown University poll, out Wednesday.

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The state Board of Elections may consider issues Tuesday related to the recall of Providence City Councilor Kevin Jackson.

Jackson hopes to challenge part of the basis for the recall election in Ward 3 scheduled for May 2.

The Elections Board may also hear from two of the organizers of the recall.

Resurgent Russia in the Time of Trump - With Corey Flintoff
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NPR correspondent Corey Flintoff spent four years as NPR's bureau chief in Moscow, where he reported as Russian President Vladimir Putin cracked down on dissent, seized Crimea, and led Russia into war in eastern Ukraine. Since his recent return to the U.S., Flintoff has been following the revelations of the Trump administration's ties to Russia, and what that could mean for the future of relations between two of the world's most potently armed nations.

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Gov. Gina Raimondo’s campaign organization says it’s donating to charity contributions from a man convicted of running a Ponzi scheme.

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Ranking member Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and chair of the Senate Judiciary’s subcommittee on crime and terrorism Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, have asked the head of the FBI and the acting Attorney General to release information on the alleged wiretapping of then-candidate Donald Trump and his residence, Trump Tower.

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Reaction to President Donald Trump’s address to Congress on Tuesday night is breaking along partisan lines.

President Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday evening at the Capitol, around 9:00 PM Eastern Time. The address comes a day after Trump gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs. Following tradition, House Speaker Paul Ryan invited the president to make the speech to lay out his agenda in the early days of his new administration.

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Inside a cavernous glass-and-steel chamber that overlooks Portland's busy waterfront, dozens of immigrants are about to become U.S. citizens.

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Muslims in America are the subject of heated political debate. But they account for a very small number of elected politicians in New England.

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