University | 1:05 pm | October 4, 2012 | By Yuval Ben-David

First Reactions: Presidential Debate

U.S. President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney

I caught the second half of the presidential debate last night. But even then, after a long day of classes, I caught myself unable to focus on anything but Romney’s hair. Generally, I’m a more political creature, but last night, maybe because of its statistics-heavy topic — the economy — my mind wandered away from »

University | 5:10 pm | August 31, 2012 | By Gavan Gideon

Outrage Alert: Rick Santorum coming to campus on Tuesday

Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum will speak in Woolsey Hall this Tuesday at the first Yale Political Union debate of the year. A former senator from Pennsylvania, Santorum is well-known for his socially conservative views on issues such as abortion and homosexuality. His visit to Yale is part of the Wendy P. McCaw Lecture Series, »

City | 5:17 pm | August 2, 2012 | By Nick Defiesta

Murphy leads Bysiewicz ’83 in new poll

Susan Bysiewicz '83, Connecticut's former secretary of state, trails far behind U.S. Rep Chris Murphy in the Connecticut Senate election, a new poll shows.

A new poll reveals U.S. Rep Chris Murphy to be a strong favorite to win the November election to fill the Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman ’64 LAW ’67. The poll, released this week by Public Policy Polling, shows Murphy leading former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz ’83 in the »

City | 6:14 pm | August 1, 2012 | By Nick Defiesta

Conn. federal judge rules DOMA unconstitutional

At the Abraham Ribicoff Federal Building in Hartford, District Judge Vanessa Bryant ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples, is unconstitutional.

A Connecticut judge ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act violates the constitutional right to equal protection, the latest in a string of setbacks against the 1996 law. In a suit against the federal government, U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant issued a 104-page decision Tuesday that found the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage »

City | 2:39 pm | July 4, 2012 | By Nick Defiesta

Murphy sweeps New Haven endorsements

U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy picked up a slate of endorsements from New Haven politicians Monday, further solidifying his status as the front-runner in the race for U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman's '64 LAW '67 seat.

New Haven’s Democratic Party coalesced around U.S. Senate candidate Chris Murphy with a nearly unanimous endorsement Monday. The city’s entire state delegation, Mayor John DeStefano Jr., 27 of New Haven’s 30 aldermen and the entire Democratic Town Committee announced their endorsement of Murphy over Susan Bysiewicz ’83, his rival in the race for the seat »