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Crisis, what crisis? U.S. economy steams along

Friday, August 28, 2015

A funny thing happened while the world financial markets shuddered in panic this week. A range of indicators about the U.S. economy, the world’s largest, showed a recovery that’s continuing to gain steam. Even as stocks whipsawed, data on housing, consumer confidence, the labor market and economic growth all showed the economy flexing its growing muscle. The latest data came Thursday when the Bureau of Economic Analysis said the U.S. …

Across U.S., many utilities are battling net metering

Friday, August 28, 2015

Net metering, which allows customers to sell excess electricity back to their local utility, was created in the 1990s and became a key component in launching the solar industry, especially for homes and small business. But in some ways, the practice is under attack as the boom in solar power makes it more …

PolititFact NH: Americans for Prosperity calls Gov. Maggie Hassan’s budget proposal a tax increase

Friday, August 28, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan’s budget proposal “raises taxes on small businesses and increases taxes and fees by $100 million.” — Americans for Prosperity on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 in TV ad -------------- What’s a tax increase? In examining the big claims about New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan’s budget proposals made by the state chapter …

Clinton likens GOP’s views to terrorist’s

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hillary Clinton on Thursday drew parallels between terrorist organizations and the field of Republican candidates for president when it comes to their views on women, telling an Ohio audience her potential GOP rivals were pushing “out-of-date” policies. “Now …

60 years later, Emmett Till not forgotten

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sixty years after a black Chicago teenager was killed for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi, relatives and civil rights activists are holding church services and movie screenings to remember Emmett Till. They’re also trying to continue …

Political Monitor quiz for Aug. 28: The Joe’s Biden his time edition

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Joe Biden might run for president! Donald Trump still leads the GOP pack! And there’s plenty of talk about medical marijuana and Planned Parenthood to go around for state politicos. That’s right, it’s time for our weekly quiz. …

Political Monitor podcast: Joe Biden decides, Martin O’Malley strives and Democrats weigh options

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Concord Monitor political enthusiasts Clay Wirestone, Casey McDermott and Jonathan Van Fleet take on the left side of the political spectrum this week, with a podcast focused on the Democrats. Will Joe Biden run? How is Martin O’Malley …

Maine state police create unit to examine drug trends

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Maine’s top law enforcement and emergency medical officials announced Wednesday that a special state police unit and three working groups will be created to address the state’s drug epidemic. Participants of a summit convened by Republican Gov. Paul LePage made the announcement at a news conference after the …

Suspect in killing of Virginia TV crew had history of work troubles

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The man gripped a gun as he stood behind the news crew, watching them do a live broadcast. The journalists didn’t seem to notice that he had pointed the weapon right at them. On Wednesday morning, as southwestern …

Residents of New England town reluctantly reckon with Cosby

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Deep in the rolling farmland of western Massachusetts, Bill Cosby’s compound has for decades provided quiet refuge for the comedian and his family. Most in the normally reserved Shelburne Falls are content to leave the typically low-key Cosbys …

Possible Biden run puts Obama fundraising network on high alert

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The possibility that Vice President Biden may jump into the 2016 presidential campaign is convulsing the network of wealthy Democrats that financed President Obama’s two White House bids, galvanizing fundraisers underwhelmed by Hillary Clinton’s performance. A wide swath …

Colorado theater gunman’s sentencing caps grueling trial

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Belittled by the judge and jeered by spectators, James Holmes was sent to prison for the rest of his life Wednesday, while the survivors of his murderous attack on a Colorado movie theater wondered aloud how they would …

U.S. stocks surge, snapping 6-day losing streak

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Dow Jones industrial average rocketed more than 600 points Wednesday, its biggest gain in seven years, snapping a six-day losing streak that had Americans nervously checking their investment balances. While the surge came as a relief to …