The Talk of Connecticut
Show Rundown for Monday, November 22, 2015
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DAVID LIGHTMAN (National Correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers)

  • 47 Democrats sided with Republicans last week in a House vote regarding Syrain refugees. Also, California Democratic Sen. DIANNE FEINSTEIN is openly disagreeing with the White House on the president's ISIS policy. Does the president care? Could this be a trouble spot for Hillary Clinton? Is that why she's sounding very "hawkish" in ISIS?

  • Democrats unexpectedly won a governor's seat in the Deep South on Saturday, in Louisiana. Can they build on that for 2016?

Dr. RUSSEL SKINNER (Medical expert) DRINK TO YOUR HEALTH: STUDY LINKS DAILY COFFEE HABIT TO LONGEVITY If you have a daily coffee habit, here's something to drink to: A new study finds those cups of joe may help boost longevity. "In our study, we found people who drank three to five cups of coffee per day had about a 15 percent lower [risk of premature] mortality compared to people who didn't drink coffee," says one of the study authors, nutrition researcher Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health. Decaf drinkers also saw benefits. The findings, published in the journal Circulation, build on a body of evidence linking a coffee habit to potential health benefits. As we've reported, previous research has pointed to a decreased risk of stroke. And, there's some evidence that a coffee habit cuts the risk of Type 2 diabetes, too. Now, of course, it's possible to overdo it with caffeine. Research has shown that consuming more than 400 milligrams of caffeine can interfere with sleep and create feelings of unease. And some of us are even more sensitive. What's the science? How does coffee work to lengthen your life? How much coffee is too much coffee?

PAT WRICE (Executive director of Operation Fuel) Non-profit Operation Fuel and its statewide network of fuel banks will begin taking applications for energy assistance on Monday, November 30, from Connecticut households that are struggling to pay their heating bills. Energy affordability is a year-round problem for nearly 305,000 Connecticut households. “We know the need for emergency energy assistance will exceed our available funding this winter, but we are going to make every effort to help the most vulnerable households,” explains Executive Director Patricia Wrice. “We hope people will consider donating whatever they can afford so we can assist more families and individuals. Many of the people we help are children and the elderly,” added Wrice. During the winter, Operation Fuel’s emergency energy assistance program helps households that heat with all energy sources and focuses on families and individuals who have nowhere else to turn. Hardship households that heat with gas or electricity can be protected from utility shutoffs from November 1 through May 1 if they apply to their utility provider -- and are approved -- for winter shutoff protection. There isn’t similar protection, however, for homes that heat with oil and other deliverable fuels. Operation Fuel needs donations throughout the year and, on December 1, will participate in the fourth annual #GivingTuesday, a worldwide event that kicks off the charitable giving season.

JEFF BIRNBAUM (Fox News political analyst, Washington Times columnist and president of BGR Public Relations) NEW OBAMACARE ANGST AS TOP INSURER THREATENS TO BAIL A threat by the nation's largest health insurer to pull out of ObamaCare is a sign of the industry's growing angst about the viability of the federal exchanges, sources close to the industry say. UnitedHealthcare's warning sent new shockwaves across the healthcare sector after weeks of mounting anxiety among private insurers, whose participation in the exchanges is critical to the viability of the president's signature law. In the last month alone, insurers have learned that the Obama administration has significantly lowered its expectations for new customers and will have far fewer federal dollars to help cushion insurer losses. "We've been very clear with the Administration about the serious challenges facing consumers and health plans in this exchange market," Marilyn Tavenner, the CEO of the powerful insurer group America's Health Insurance Plans, wrote in a statement. While other insurers have pulled out of ObamaCare plans because of financing concerns, UnitedHealth would be by far the largest.

Dr. RACHEL EHRENFLED (Terror analyst and founder & CEO of the American Center for Democracy and the Economic Warfare Institute. She's the author of "FUNDING EVIL: How Terrorism Is Financed - And How To Stop It") THE EVOLVING TERRORISM SITUATION

  • Heavily armed gunmen on Friday fired indiscriminately at guests at a hotel hosting diplomats and others in Mali's capital. At least 21 people were killed in the attack in which an al Qaeda-affiliated group is taking partial responsibility. One witness said, "These people started shooting. They were shooting at everybody without asking a single question. They were shooting at anything that moved."

  • Belgian police have made 16 arrests in anti-terror raids but suspected Paris attacks gunman Salah Abdeslam remains at large. A total of 22 raids were carried out on Sunday across Brussels and Charleroi, Belgian prosecutor Eric van der Sypt told a news conference. Police fired two shots at a car during an operation in Molenbeek, injuring one suspect who was later arrested. More than 130 people died and some 350 were injured in the attacks in Paris.

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