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President Barack Obama appears on screen at the 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Las Vegas. Obama unveiled his expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Immigration tests GOP leaders’ ability to control conservative response to Obama

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Just two weeks ago, Republicans handed President Obama a humiliating defeat at the polls, winning full control of Congress. But already, GOP leaders fear that the conservative uproar over the president’s immigration actions will doom any hopes for a stable period of Republican governance. The moves announced last night by Obama – which will protect millions of illegal immigrants from …

New reps learn rules of New Hampshire House

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Choose your words carefully on the House floor. Always read the speaker’s note in the weekly House calendar (and don’t ask the clerk to advertise your daughter’s Girl Scout cookie sale in said calendar). Know that you are part of something important. These were just a few of outgoing House clerk Karen Wadsworth’s …

Renewed fears of terrorism keep NSA reform bill from clearing Senate

Thursday, November 20, 2014

In May, reacting to revelations of the National Security Agency’s mass collection of Americans’ phone records, members of the House of Representatives voted by a wide margin to end the program. On Tuesday night, their counterparts across the U.S. Capitol could not win enough votes to proceed even with debate on a bill that sought to accomplish much the same thing. Part of …

Battle for speaker of the House boils down to leadership styles

Sunday, November 16, 2014

State Rep. Robert Elliott has a decision to make. On Tuesday, the Salem Republican will cast a vote to help decide who will lead the New Hampshire House of Representatives once it comes under Republican control again. Elliott …

Battered, Greece faces years to recoup recession

Sunday, November 16, 2014

AP-EU-Greece-Recession-Ills,1053 Battered, Greece faces years to recoup recession AP Photo XTS110, XTS109, XTS108, XTS107, XTS106, XTS105, XTS103, XTS102, XTS101 Eds: Links more photos. Data was gathered from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Eurostat, the United Nations, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

All three legislative ties settled by recount

Friday, November 14, 2014

The fate of three election-night ties are settled now that ballots have been hand counted by the secretary of state’s office. In all there were 19 recounts following the Nov. 4 election, including three races that were tied. With two recounts still to go, results were not reversed …

Keystone: House sends oil pipeline bill to Senate

Friday, November 14, 2014

Congress inched closer yesterday to a possible showdown with President Obama over the Keystone XL oil pipeline as the Republican-controlled House approved the project. Supporters in the Democratic-run Senate predicted they will get the 60 votes needed to pass it next week. The House vote was 252-161 in …

G-20 summit opens in Australia; growth tops agenda

Friday, November 14, 2014

As G-20 summit host Brisbane, Australia, sweltered through a blistering heat wave, world leaders yesterday got down to the business of cementing plans to drag a sagging global economy out of the doldrums. The leaders of the world’s …