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President Barack Obama meets with the new Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The president and first lady have come to express their condolences on the death of the late Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama defends U.S. ties as he pays respects in Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

President Obama defended the U.S. government’s willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he joined an array of current and former American statesmen yesterday in paying respects following the death of King Abdullah. Saudi Arabia’s status as one of Washington’s most important Arab allies has at times appeared to …

Blizzard a key leadership test for Gov. Baker, Mayor Walsh

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Governors and mayors face a host of thorny problems – from budget shortfalls to rising unemployment – but few are as immediate or compelling as convincing millions trapped in their homes during a blizzard that everything is under control. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh faced just such a challenge …

Lantos Swett, with other human rights advocates, offers to share Saudi blogger’s punishment

Monday, January 26, 2015

The notion of being “my brother’s keeper” comes up a lot in the context of advocating for human rights. Katrina Lantos Swett, in her roles as the chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and the president of the Concord-based Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, is plenty familiar with …

Argentina under fire for revealing trip of fleeing reporter

Monday, January 26, 2015

Argentina’s government faced criticism for publishing the travel details of a journalist who said he fled in fear of his life after breaking the news of the death of a prosecutor in a politically charged case. The official Twitter account of the presidential palace published Damian Pachter’s voucher …

Christie, Walker to make stops in Concord

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will headline a Merrimack County Republican Committee dinner in Concord on Feb. 16. The potential presidential candidate made several trips to New Hampshire during the last election to support Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein. Tickets for the event, which will be at the …

Former New Hampshire governor to get Robert Frost award

Monday, January 26, 2015

Former New Hampshire governor John Lynch will receive the Robert Frost Contemporary American Award at a ceremony featuring the Boston Red Sox president and CEO as keynote speaker. Plymouth State University created the award in 1970 in memory of the nation’s late poet laureate, who taught at an …

Washington: Hobbyist blamed for White House drone crash

Monday, January 26, 2015

A two-foot-long drone, apparently flown by a hobbyist, crashed on the White House grounds yesterday in an extraordinary, if unintended, breach that raised fresh questions about the president’s security – and a growing threat from the sky. A …

Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

Monday, January 26, 2015

President Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as …

Ex-spies infiltrate Hollywood as advisers

Monday, January 26, 2015

The place in Brooklyn looks like a CIA safehouse. Red brick office building with peeling metal awning. No sign. Inside, writers are plotting out the popular Cold War espionage show The Americans – one of an assortment of …

State legislatures advance 20-week abortion ban Congress couldn’t pass

Monday, January 26, 2015

Republicans on Capitol Hill this week suffered an embarrassing defeat after being forced to drop legislation that would have outlawed abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. But similar legislation is likely to advance in state capitols around the country this year. Abortion opponents like the Susan B. Anthony …

Greek radical left wins election, threatening market turmoil

Monday, January 26, 2015

A radical left-wing party vowing to end Greece’s painful austerity program won a historic victory in yesterday’s parliamentary elections, setting the stage for a showdown with the country’s international creditors that could shake the eurozone. Alexis Tsipras, leader …

Capital Beat: Concealed weapons on Legislature’s agenda

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Republicans already scored one victory in the firearms category: allowing concealed weapons back into the House Chamber. Now they are going for the second: a constitutional carry law that would mean you don’t have to get a state-issued …

Money Trail: As the walk for campaign finance reform concludes, next steps on the horizon

Saturday, January 24, 2015

As members of the New Hampshire Rebellion try to take the next step in campaign finance reform, they stand to alienate some of their allies. New Hampshire native Doris “Granny D” Haddock walked across the country at the …