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Primary 2016: Fiorina protests debate snub

Sunday, February 7, 2016

ABC News helped Jim Hodge of Goffstown choose his candidate in Tuesday’s Republican primary, but the network’s news coverage wasn’t what did it. Hodge is voting for former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, in part because she was excluded from the network’s GOP debate Saturday night in New Hampshire. “I was pretty sure I was going to vote for her, but after seeing this and the disservice – it’s wrong,” Hodge …

Rubio under fire in GOP debate

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Marco Rubio, a first-term senator on the rise in the presidential race, faced a barrage of attacks in Saturday night’s Republican debate at Saint Anselm College, with rivals vigorously challenging his readiness to be president and the depth of his expertise as they sought to salvage their own White House hopes. Texas Sen. …

New Hampshire voters explain how they made up their minds in the 2016 primary

Sunday, February 7, 2016

A historic document dealer and a health care administrator. An Army veteran and a college professor. A retired fire chief and an unemployed professional, looking for work. They are six people with different stories – and different political preferences. But each one has been wrestling with a decision about Tuesday’s presidential primary for …

Republicans circle as stakes grow in New Hampshire

Saturday, February 6, 2016

On the rise in a tightening race, Marco Rubio shouldered intensifying attacks Friday from moderate-leaning Republicans who fear a strong Rubio showing in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary could spell the end for their frazzled presidential campaigns. Jeb Bush …

Former GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole says Ted Cruz is not a conservative, but ‘an extremist’

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Bob Dole, the 1996 Republican presidential nominee, has been publicly backing former Florida governor Jeb Bush since endorsing him back in November. But after Ted Cruz won the Iowa caucuses Monday, the former Kansas senator is growing more …

Where they stand: Planned Parenthood dispute and abortion rights

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade more than four decades ago, but in 2016, abortion remains a divisive issue. All of the Republican candidates oppose abortion and say they would defund Planned Parenthood. Of the eight remaining candidates, three – Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Ben …

Dems ready for long primary

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Just one week into primary voting, Democrats are preparing for a long and expensive head-to-head battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that could go deep into the spring or even beyond. Clinton and Sanders are both flush …

Republican-controlled Senate signs off on bills to combat substance abuse

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Republican-controlled Senate signed off on spending $4.6 million to combat New Hampshire’s drug crisis, which officials estimate claimed more than 400 lives last year. The chamber unanimously passed three bills Thursday that would use that money to fund a statewide drug court program, a policing initiative meant …

Health insurance participation through online site up slightly from a year ago

Friday, February 5, 2016

About 2,000 more people signed up for health insurance through the online Marketplace this year than last year. According to data released this week, 55,183 New Hampshire residents enrolled for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act through the Health Insurance Marketplace since November 2015, when the latest …

Political Monitor quiz for Feb. 5: The sprint to the finish line edition

Friday, February 5, 2016

With a handful of days left until the New Hampshire primary, the air is electric as candidates pound the pavement and saturate the airwaves. Who will win? Who will lose? Remember to vote and have your say! …

Texas: Anti-abortion activist rejects probation offer

Friday, February 5, 2016

An attorney for an anti-abortion activist said Thursday that his client does not plan to accept a proposed plea deal for charges related to making undercover Planned Parenthood videos. Terry Yates, the attorney for David Daleiden, who faces …

Grand jury indicts 16 people in Oregon

Friday, February 5, 2016

By MARK BERMAN and LEAH SOTTILE Washington Post A federal grand jury has indicted 16 people for their roles in the Oregon wildlife refuge standoff, charging them all with a count of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States. The group’s leader, Ammon Bundy, and 15 other …

Senate blocks energy bill over Flint water fight

Friday, February 5, 2016

A bipartisan energy bill more than a year in the making was blocked by Democrats on a procedural vote in the Senate, falling victim to disagreements over aid for the lead- poisoned water system of Flint, Michigan. The Senate voted 46-50, short of the 60 votes needed to …