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Perks for former presidents: Congress tried to curb them before Trump

The presidency comes with a lot of perks: a house, a private jet, a vacation spot next to Maryland’s world-famous Catoctin Mountain (elevation: 1,900 feet), butlers, chefs and, for a lucky few, a bottomless supply of loyalty in Congress.

FBI tracking 'extensive' online chatter about armed protests

FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks during a briefing about the upcoming presidential inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, at FEMA headquarters, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)

The FBI is tracking an “extensive amount of concerning online chatter,” including calls for armed protests leading up to next week’s presidential inauguration

Lingering questions about how Trump will finish out his term

A U.S. Secret Service guard stands post at the North Portico of the White House, after the U.S. House impeached President Donald Trump in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert )

As President Donald Trump’s term comes to a close, his unconventional approach to the office lingers over the usually carefully choreographed transfer of power

Trump impeachment trial to focus on his attacks on election

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., signs the article of impeachment against President Donald Trump in an engrossment ceremony before transmission to the Senate for trial on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump’s impeachment now heads toward a historic Senate trial, perhaps as soon as next week

National Guard troops flooding in as Washington locks down

Members of the National Guard walk past the Dome of the Capitol Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Officials say the number of National Guard troops coming to Washington to assist with security has so far grown to 21,000

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Watchdog: DOJ bungled 'zero tolerance' immigration policy

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, David Xol-Cholom, of Guatemala, hugs his son Byron at Los Angeles International Airport as they reunite after being separated during the Trump administration's wide-scale separation of immigrant families, in Los Angeles. A court-appointed committee has yet to find the parents of 628 children separated at the border early in the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

Justice Department leaders under President Donald Trump knew their 2018 “zero tolerance” border policy would result in family separations but pressed on with prosecutions

Biden taps Jaime Harrison to serve as Democratic chairman

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2020, file photo then-Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jaime Harrison speaks at a campaign rally in North Charleston, S.C. Harrison, the failed South Carolina Senate candidate and longtime Democratic Party official, is President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to lead the national party, according to multiple party officials. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard, File)

Jaime Harrison, a longtime Democratic Party official and fundraising powerhouse in his failed bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, is President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to lead the national party, according to multiple party officials

McConnell open to convicting Trump in impeachment trial

In this image from video, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks as the Senate reconvenes after protesters stormed into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (Senate Television via AP)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is not ruling out that he might vote to convict the now twice-impeached President Donald Trump

McConnell racing away from Trump as impeachment vote nears

Hundreds of National Guard troops hold inside the Capitol Visitor's Center to reinforce security at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. The House of Representatives is pursuing an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump for his role in inciting an angry mob to storm the Capitol last week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The debate is heated almost from the start as House sets up a vote to impeach President Donald Trump

Trump impeached after Capitol riot in historic second charge

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., returns to her leadership office after opening debate on the impeachment of President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, The House of Representatives is pursuing an article of impeachment against Trump for his role in inciting an angry mob to storm the Capitol last week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A majority of the U.S. House has voted to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time, just a week after he encouraged loyalists to “fight like hell” against election results — a speech that was followed by a mob of his...

Census decision deals blow to Trump efforts on House seats

U.S. Census Director Steven Dillingham pauses as he listens to a question at a census news conference to urge Arizonans to participate in the nation's once-a-decade census population count Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Phoenix. Ending the 2020 census at the end of September instead of the end of October, could cost Florida and Montana congressional seats and result in Texas, Florida, Arizona, Georgia, and North Carolina losing $500 million in federal funding for healthcare for its neediest residents. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

President Donald Trump’s effort to exclude people in the U.S. illegally from being counted in the process for divvying up congressional seats has been dealt another blow

Enduring 2nd impeachment, Trump stands largely silent, alone

President Donald Trump walks down the steps before a speech near a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Alamo, Texas. (Delcia Lopez/The Monitor via AP)

Donald Trump's place in the history books has been rewritten and on Wednesday, as the House voted to impeach him, the president faced his unprecedented second impeachment largely alone and silent

Hawley, facing fallout, blames media, D.C. 'establishment'

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021 file image from video, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., speaks at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. At least four additional companies that have donated to Hawley have announced they are suspending campaign contributions. The announcements by Cerner Corp. in Kansas City, Ameren Corp. and Edward Jones in St. Louis and the Chicago law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner adds to a growing list of donors who have cut ties to the Missouri Republican senator since the attack on the Capitol last week. (Senate Television via AP File)

Facing waning support from longtime backers and donors in the wake of the attack at the U_S_ Capitol last week, Republican Missouri Sen_ Josh Hawley has defended himself in a newspaper column, accusing the media and the “Washington...

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Gov. Lamont suggests the city is ungrateful about plans that it host, with no compensation, a...

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Judge, former state senator charged with DUI in Stonington

Superior Court Judge and former state senator Steven Spellman, of Noank, was charged on Wednesday with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Stonington, according to police.

State police dog helps find alleged car thief, then woman with dementia

State police at Troop E said K-9 Yorik and his handler found a man who allegedly tried to break into a woman's car Wednesday night, and a woman with dementia who wandered off Thursday morning.

Hartford man charged with using counterfeit money at Niantic CVS

Officers found $560 in counterfeit bills in Anthony Woods’ possession, police said.

Fire damages New London duplex

A fire late Tuesday severely damaged a multifamily home on Colman Street, displacing the residents.

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Ledyard Middle School Trimester 1 Honor Roll

Ledyard Middle School Trimester 1 Honor Roll

Kindness in Real Life: Norwich Human Services receives large donation from church

A donation of $15,000 was made during the summer; another $15,000 contribution was made in November.

A trip to Stonington playground offers a break from school

Brothers Emmett Boyle, front, 11, and Elliott, 8, of Stonington try to see who can go higher on the swings Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, at the Stonington Borough Playground.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Brothers Emmett Boyle, front, 11, and Elliott, 8, of Stonington were trying to see who can go higher on the swings Thursday at the borough playground.

State police promote 2 troopers with local ties

Connecticut State Police on Thursday announced the promotion of two troopers who formerly served as commanding officers at Troop E in Montville.