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House passes bill fully funding the Department of Homeland Security

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner surrendered yesterday to Democratic demands to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security, ending a tense three-month showdown over immigration. But the move could further strain relations between the speaker and hard-line conservatives, whose growing dissent threatens the future of the unified Republican majority. After refusing to do so for weeks, Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, cleared the way for the House to vote on a …

Supreme Court’s decision on King v. Burwell could have wide-reaching consequences in New Hampshire

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A few years back, when New Hampshire officials were lining up plans for implementing the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers found themselves debating one seemingly technical question: Should the state set up its own health insurance marketplace to offer plans through the Affordable Care Act, or should it use one run by the federal …

New Hampshire House to vote on tanning ban for teenagers

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Before Jay Farley died of melanoma last year at the age of 30, he asked his parents to educate others about the dangers of using a tanning bed, which doctors linked to his cancer. Gary and Brenda Farley of Danville are now urging New Hampshire lawmakers to pass a bill that would ban anyone under 18 from using tanning beds; 11 other states …

Ayotte, Shaheen call for House to take up ‘clean’ DHS funding bill

Monday, March 2, 2015

Congress narrowly avoided a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security by passing a one-week funding bill Friday, as reported by the Associated Press. Now, though, the clock is ticking as a new funding deadline approaches at …

Liberty Forum kicks off in Manchester on Thursday with a host of freedom-oriented events

Monday, March 2, 2015

For people considering moving to New Hampshire with the Free State Project, especially those coming from warmer climates, the primary complaints are about the harsh winters. As the eighth Liberty Forum begins in Manchester on Thursday, with dozens …

N.H. lawmakers debate lifting sex offender residency restrictions

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New Hampshire’s Legislature is once again debating measures that would ban municipalities from restricting where sex offenders can live, even as some other states are making such restrictions tougher. The Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee is expected to send the proposals to the full House this …

30,000 marchers in Moscow mourn slain Putin foe

Sunday, March 1, 2015

For the tens of thousands bearing flowers and tying black ribbons to railings in honor of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the solemn march through the Moscow drizzle yesterday was a time for silence, not slogans. The …

Upscale NY suburb embroiled in a wily debate over coyotes

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Chappaqua, a well-heeled hamlet north of New York City, is embroiled in an increasingly nasty debate that seems oddly out of place amid the stately homes and tony boutiques: What should be done about coyotes? Self-styled coyote spotters …

On the record: Hassan says efficiency ideas still none of the public’s business

Sunday, March 1, 2015

One of the big ideas in Gov. Maggie Hassan’s $11.5 billion state budget is to create a new executive position charged with making government more efficient. A good place for this new cost-saver to start would be with …

News briefs: March 1, 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015

DHS fight shows Congress’s limits Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they’re really in charge. The stunning House defeat Friday of a three-week spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security exposed Speaker John Boehner’s weakness in the face of …

In 2016, candidates count, but don’t ignore the fundamentals of the changing electorate

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Conservative Political Action Conference drew a flock of prospective presidential candidates, attracted a huge media throng and generated lots of commentary last week. A smaller conference in a downtown office building Tuesday might have revealed as much about how presidential races will play out in 2016 and …

‘Barbie’ candidate dashes hope for left’s revival

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Poland’s main left-wing party was once a major player. It helped bring Poland into the European Union, sent troops to Iraq and let the CIA operate a secret prison for terror suspects. Today the Democratic Left Alliance – …

Fish and Game working on its next 10-year plan

Saturday, February 28, 2015

New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are crafting their next 10-year game management plan and are seeking input from the public. The current plan expires at the end of this year. The goal of the plan is to set regional population goals for moose, deer, bear and wild …