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Fact check: Obama’s stance on executive authority has changed

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The statement “My position hasn’t changed” on using executive authority to address immigration issues. — Barack Obama on Sunday, November 16th, 2014 in a press conference in Australia. The ruling Obama has been asked about his ability to use his office to change immigration rules in the U.S. in many ways throughout the years. Sometimes, he has been asked broadly, but other times, he was asked about very specific measures, such as not splitting up families or freezing deportations for parents of DREAMers. In answering those questions, Obama’s position has clearly changed. Whereas he used to say his ability to take action ended at deferring …

Southern NH becoming preferred route for gas pipeline

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Developer Kinder Morgan says a plan to run 80 miles of natural gas pipeline through southern New Hampshire is emerging as the preferred route in its major expansion project. That path – revealed earlier this month as one alternative to the company’s existing route – would cross from Massachusetts into New Hampshire near Winchester and run east through the state along the border …

Republicans sue White House over health law

Saturday, November 22, 2014

House Republicans yesterday announced that they have filed a long-awaited legal suit challenging President Obama’s “unilateral actions” on the Affordable Care Act’s implementation. Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, announced the lawsuit’s filing minutes after he publicly denounced another of the president’s executive moves, this on the decision that will provide relief to millions of illegal immigrants here, part of what Republicans have …

Space agency: Now-silent lander does main tasks

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The pioneering lander Philae completed its primary mission of exploring the comet’s surface and returned plenty of data before depleted batteries forced it to go silent, the European Space Agency said yesterday. “All of our instruments could be …

On Asia trip, Obama makes the case for U.S. relevance - and his own

Sunday, November 16, 2014

President Obama left Washington, D.C., a week ago with sagging approval ratings on foreign policy, after a year of crises ranging from the Ebola outbreak to the rise of Islamic militants to violence by Ukrainian separatists. He’ll return this evening feeling rejuvenated after a swing through the Asia …

U.S. cities brace for protests off Ferguson decision

Sunday, November 16, 2014

From Boston to Los Angeles, police departments are bracing for large demonstrations when a grand jury decides whether to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo. The St. Louis County grand …

Postal Service to get first female leader next year

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Postmaster General and U.S. Postal Service Chief Executive Patrick Donahoe announced Friday that he will retire Feb. 1 after a four-year run overseeing dramatic restructuring and cost-cutting as Americans turned from sending letters to communicating via the internet. He will be succeeded by Megan Brennan, 52, the agency’s …

Reagan, Bush also acted alone to shield immigrants

Sunday, November 16, 2014

President Obama’s anticipated order that would shield millions of immigrants now living illegally in the U.S. from deportation is not without precedent. Two of the last three Republican presidents – Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush – did the same thing in extending amnesty to family members who …

Both uninsured, covered urged to check options

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Last year, a chart comparing the New Hampshire health plans available under President Obama’s insurance overhaul law fit on one page. Now, Michael Wilkey has wallpapered his office with the information. “It takes up an entire wall,” said Wilkey, director of compliance at the state Department of Insurance. …

Health marketplaces open with far fewer glitches this time

Sunday, November 16, 2014

HealthCare.gov and online insurance marketplaces in more than a dozen states opened for a second year yesterday without the widespread computer troubles that frustrated consumers and the Obama administration when the exchanges debuted 13 months ago. At public libraries, health centers and other community hubs across the country, …

Can low oil prices be good for the environment?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Deepwater drilling rigs are sitting idle. Fracking plans are being scaled back. Enormous new projects to squeeze oil out of the tar sands of Canada are being shelved. Maybe low oil prices aren’t so bad for the environment …

Maine father who shook baby gets 7 years in prison

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A Maine man insisted he is not a violent person, as he was sentenced yesterday to seven years in prison for shaking his 6-month-old daughter so forcefully it left her brain damaged, a quadriplegic and unable to see or hear. The baby, now in foster care, must be …

Campaign over, Baker adopts more measured tone

Saturday, November 15, 2014

During his campaign for governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker repeatedly criticized Martha Coakley for defending the state against a lawsuit brought by a New York children’s rights group, saying she should have settled the suit instead. Asked this …