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Capital Beat: Hassan keeps state-issued email address close to the vest

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton found herself in hot water recently after reporters revealed she had used a personal email, instead of an official U.S. account, to conduct state department business. The issue raised many questions, including whether Clinton’s emails were adequately protected from cyber attacks and whether the messages, on a personal account, would be subject to public …

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Voterama in Congress Here’s how members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending Friday. House Sharing Data To Counter Cyber Attacks: Voting 307 for and 116 against, the House on Wednesday passed a bill (HR 1560) that would encourage companies struck by cyber attacks to voluntarily share sensitive data on …

Determining who is suitable to carry a concealed weapon can be a moving target for police

Saturday, April 25, 2015

When a Franklin man applied for a license to carry a concealed firearm, the city’s police chief, David Goldstein, ran a records check. What he found was a lengthy motor vehicle record that included several DWI convictions. Goldstein used his judgment and denied the application. “There’s a question of responsibility here,” he said, …

House backs Shaheen’s bill to boost energy efficiency

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The House gave final legislative approval Tuesday to a long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency, sending the measure to the White House. The bill, approved on a voice vote, includes incentives to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes. Senators approved the bill last month, …

Health law brings growth in food stamps in some states

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

President Obama’s health care law has had a surprising side effect: In some states, it appears to be enticing more Americans to apply for food stamps, even as the economy improves. New, streamlined application systems built for the …

Anti-human trafficking bill passes Senate

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Senate unanimously passed legislation Wednesday to help the victims of human trafficking, ending a tortuous partisan standoff over abortion that also delayed confirmation of President Barack Obama’s attorney general nominee. The vote was 99-0 to approve the …

Hello? 8 million phone calls unanswered as IRS cut taxpayer service

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Internal Revenue Service’s overloaded phone system hung up on more than 8 million taxpayers this filing season as the agency cut millions of dollars from taxpayer services to help pay to enforce President Barack Obama’s health law. …

Emotions over Obama’s trade agenda roil Senate, delay action

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Emotional disagreements over trade erupted in Congress yesterday, when a liberal senator delayed a committee’s likely endorsement of a top trade priority for President Barack Obama. The day began with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, a Utah …

Privacy advocates seek more openness on NSA surveillance

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

As Congress considers whether to extend the life of a program that sweeps up American phone records, privacy advocates and civil liberties groups say too much about government surveillance remains secret for the public to fully evaluate the …

Lawmakers urged to pass measure expanding medical marijuana eligibility

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Chase Stuber first began suffering from seizures when he was just 4 months old. Chase has epilepsy, and he has yet to find a prescription that can ease the condition’s effects. Now, at age 11, the Brentwood resident …

House panel eyes bill to ease $28M bond for Balsams project

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A roster of residents from the economically distressed North Country took to the podium Tuesday at a public hearing to urge passage of a measure that could help an ambitious plan to redevelop the shuttered Balsams resort in Coos County. Closed businesses, high unemployment and an aging population …

Ray Duckler: Clinton comes to town, spin cycle and all

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Jeff Zeleny, CNN’s senior Washington correspondent, got in close yesterday and threw his best punch. Hillary Clinton, as she often does, ducked, then left the ring without a scratch. It’s a tactic that’s worked for Clinton during the …

House Ways and Means Committee endorses casino bill

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Expanded gambling cleared a key hurdle yesterday after a House committee endorsed legislation that establishes two casinos in New Hampshire. Casinos have long come up for debate in the Legislature. While expanded gambling has continually found support in the Senate, the House has never passed a casino bill. …