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PolitiFact: Turkeys today are more than twice as fat as they were in the 1930s, Mother Jones says

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The statement “Turkeys today weigh 29.8 pounds. In the ‘30s, they weighed 13.2 pounds.” — Mother Jones on Monday, November 24th, 2014 in a Facebook post Our ruling Those figures, in fact, are the latest-available federal figures. “Today” is actually a reference to 2012, but the preliminary figure for 2013 is even higher, at 30.3 pounds. We rate the statement True. To read the full fact check, go to www.politifact.com/wisconsin. …

Heart procedure for Ginsburg revives talk of replacement

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted on Wednesday, reviving talk about how long the 81-year-old liberal jurist will be staying on the court. Ginsburg was expected back at work on Monday, but her hospitalization — just three weeks after elections handed Republicans control of the Senate — raised …

A GOP shift on immigration

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The conventional wisdom in the Republican Party is changing. Less than two years ago, party leaders solemnly declared after an exhaustive study that the GOP “must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform.” It was critical for the party’s survival, they said, to address an issue that was paramount to the nation’s surging Hispanic population. But as President Obama issued a sweeping immigration order …

Ayotte, Shaheen seek answers from VA on ‘Choice Program’

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Hampshire’s senators are unhappy with the implementation of a part of the major Veterans Affairs reform package they championed specifically with the Granite State’s veterans in mind. U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen, within days of the rules’ release, sent a letter to Department of Veterans …

$18 million in N.H. budget cuts a ‘first step;’ more reductions to come

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

State agencies are cutting a combined $18.3 million from their current budgets to meet the spending reductions Gov. Maggie Hassan says are necessary to keep New Hampshire in the black. “These cuts – as you know – will …

Pentagon chief Hagel stepping down under pressure

Monday, November 24, 2014

Under pressure from President Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel submitted his resignation yesterday amid White House concerns about his effectiveness and broader criticism from outside about the administration’s Middle East crisis management. The president said he and Hagel …

N.H. to fight glut of heroin overdoses by availing reversal drug

Monday, November 24, 2014

A coalition of the state’s top safety and medical leaders has devised a plan to combat an unprecedented trend in opioid abuse. Data in a recently released report reveals that 911 calls for drug overdoses have nearly tripled in the past three years and deaths last year were …

Israeli Cabinet moves to define Israel as Jewish nation-state

Monday, November 24, 2014

In a move likely to further inflame tensions with Israel’s Arab citizens, the Israeli Cabinet yesterday approved a bill to legally define the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The decision, which set off a stormy …

Marijuana advocates hope Maine goes legal next

Monday, November 24, 2014

Marijuana advocates want to finally take their legalization drive – thus far the province of western states – to the Northeast, and they say the first state to do it here might be Maine. The Pine Tree State …

U.S. tells Iran to consider nuclear talks extension

Monday, November 24, 2014

The U.S. told Iran yesterday that it’s time to consider extending nuclear talks, in the first formal recognition by Washington that frenzied last-minute diplomacy may not be enough to seal a deal by a rapidly approaching deadline. A …

Putin says his Crimea annexation was strategic and Russia won’t be isolated

Monday, November 24, 2014

Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula was a “strategic decision,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published yesterday, brushing aside a suggestion that tough retaliatory sanctions may have come as a surprise. Putin said that sanctions, lower oil prices and a plummeting currency would not have …

Winners and losers under Obama’s immigration plan

Sunday, November 23, 2014

President Obama unveiled one of the most sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system in decades, shielding millions from deportation. Among those breathing easier: a Mexican woman in Birmingham, Ala., who barely missed qualifying for a reprieve in …

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 …