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FILE - In this July 31, 2000 file photo, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. gives a thumbs up after taking over as chairman of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia.  A newly unveiled indictment against Hastert released Thursday, May 28, 2015,  accuses the Republican of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime schoolteacher silent about "prior misconduct."   (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

Source: Hastert paid to hide claims of sex abuse

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Former House speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the matter said yesterday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing and the allegations are not contained in an indictment issued Thursday. The specific nature of the claims was not immediately clear. The federal indictment accused Hastert of agreeing to pay $3.5 million to keep a person from the suburban Chicago town where he was a longtime high school teacher and wrestling coach silent about “prior misconduct,” but the court papers …

Illinois: For Hastert, fortune grew from farmland

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Former House speaker Dennis Hastert, who was indicted Thursday on charges of concealing bank withdrawals related to a secret $1.7 million payoff, made a small fortune through real estate investments before leaving Congress. In one controversial transaction conducted through a trust, Hastert reaped millions of dollars by selling farmland near the site of a proposed highway that was to be financed in part …

PHOTOS: Newly announced Republican presidential candidate George Pataki in Concord

Saturday, May 30, 2015

One day after kicking off his presidential campaign in Exeter, former New York governor George Pataki spoke with a small crowd at Havenwood Heritage Heights in Concord yesterday during a town hall style meeting hosted by the Merrimack County Republican Committee. …

In return to South Carolina, Clinton accuses GOP of neglecting women, minorities

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused Republicans and business interests yesterday of turning a blind eye to unequal pay and advancement opportunities for working women and said she isn’t “afraid to take them on.” In a folksy address …

Senate budget writers approve business tax reductions

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Business tax rates will begin dropping in 2017 under a plan endorsed yesterday by New Hampshire Senate budget writers. The plan proposes lowering the rate of the business profits tax from 8.5 percent to 8.3 percent in 2017. By 2019, the rate would be at 7.9 percent. It …

State House could be open on weekends starting next summer

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The State House could open its doors to weekend visitors for the first time in roughly two decades starting next summer if a proposal approved by Senate budget writers yesterday becomes law. The Senate Finance Committee unanimously signed …

In Rhode Island, residents gush about paid family leave

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

As President Obama pushes for a federal law to get paid leave to care for a new baby or an ailing relative, residents of one of the three states that already provide it sing its praises, hinting at …

Launching campaign, Sanders appeals to party’s Warren wing

Monday, May 25, 2015

For Democrats who had hoped to lure Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a presidential campaign, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders might be the next best thing. Sanders, who is opening his official presidential campaign today in Burlington, Vt., aims …

Senate budget writers restore many cuts in House plan

Monday, May 25, 2015

With the benefits of more time and money, Senate budget writers are crafting a two-year state spending plan that restores many of the cuts made by their House counterparts in April. The Senate Finance Committee began detailing its budget plan last week and will finalize it this week. …

Setting the stage: N.H. political veterans talk about what it takes to throw a good campaign event

Sunday, May 24, 2015

If you’re a presidential candidate looking to make your mark in New Hampshire, the old adage rings true: Location, location, location. There’s no shortage of iconic campaign stops that have produced legendary primary moments over the years, but …

Capital Beat: Bill could open up State House on weekends

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Between Monday and Friday, anyone can wander into the State House to look at the building’s architecture, see the historic legislative chambers, and view more than 200 portraits that hang along the walls. But come weekend the doors …

Ireland backs legalizing gay marriage by a landslide

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Irish voters backed legalizing gay marriage by a landslide, according to electoral figures announced yesterday – a stunning result that illustrates the rapid social change taking place in this traditionally Catholic nation. Figures from Friday’s referendum announced at …

In Brief: NSA phone surveillance provision set to expire

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month. Barring an 11th hour compromise …