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Beji Caid Essebsi, 88, a minister and parliamentary speaker under previous presidents, waves during a campaign speech in the region of Kef, north of Tunis, Tunisia, Wednesday, Dec.17, 2014. The runoff pits Caid Essebsi against outgoing interim president Moncef Marzouki, a veteran rights activist for Dec.21 second round of the presidential elections. (AP Photo/Ilyess Osmane)

Exit poll: Ex-regime official is Tunisia’s new president

Monday, December 22, 2014

Tunisian polling firms have declared Beji Caid Essebsi, an 88-year-old official from previous regimes, as the winner of yesterday’s presidential runoff, cementing his dominance over a country where his party already controls parliament. The runoff election marks the culmination of a four-year-long rocky transition to democracy after Tunisians overthrew dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, kicking off pro-democracy …

As newly appointed House Counsel, Chuck Douglas advises Republicans to ‘move on’

Sunday, December 21, 2014

As the newly appointed House legal counsel, Chuck Douglas’s chief responsibility is to deal with disputes over House rules. And the former Republican congressman and state Supreme Court justice already has a piece of advice for this fledgling Legislature, with its feuding Republican factions – move on. “I think it’s time to accept …

Capital Beat: A taste of things to come on display at the State House last week

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Rep. Shawn Jasper may have defeated former speaker Bill O’Brien to lead the House, in what turned out be a highly divisive vote, but Jasper’s speakership is getting off to a familiar start, policy-wise that is. Jasper chairs the House rules committee and oversaw the vote Thursday to again permit concealed firearms in …

Rubio rides political wave

Friday, December 19, 2014

As the 2016 Republican presidential primary lurched ahead this week, no GOP prospect had a ride quite like Marco Rubio. The Florida senator’s White House aspirations took a hit when Jeb Bush, the state’s former governor and Rubio’s …

Ayotte says burials resumed at veterans cemetery in Philippines

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Burials have resumed at a cemetery in the Philippines that holds more than 8,300 American veterans, U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte said. Clark Veterans Cemetery was neglected following a volcanic eruption in 1991 and abandonment of a U.S. Air Force base. The cemetery was left covered in ash and …

House rules committee, chaired by Speaker Shawn Jasper, shoots down attempt to make Bill O’Brien majority leader

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Two weeks after his bid to resume his role as speaker of the House was thwarted, Rep. Bill O’Brien’s supporters still aren’t backing down after an unsuccessful pitch to the House rules committee – at least not yet. …

McConnell vows to battle Obama on coal plant regulations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, pledged yesterday to do all he can to stop President Obama’s coal plant regulations, saying a White House “crusade” has devastated his state’s economy. The Environmental Protection Agency …

Sony cancels movie release in wake of hacker threats

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sony Pictures Entertainment yesterday canceled the Christmas Day release of The Interview, bowing to threats of a wide-scale attack from hackers who U.S. intelligence officials have concluded were working for North Korea. U.S. officials, though, were not prepared to publicly accuse the reclusive government, in large part because …

Obama moves to normalize relations with Cuba

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The United States and Cuba ended more than a half-century of enmity yesterday, announcing that they would re-establish diplomatic relations and begin dismantling the last pillar of the Cold War. The historic move, following 18 months of secret …

Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country yesterday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility. Wearing his military uniform with …

Republicans meet again day before move to replace House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan

Thursday, December 18, 2014

In the first official Republican House caucus, representatives outlined a broad list of more than two dozen policies they plan to prioritize in the coming legislative session, which range from balancing the budget without any new taxes to lowering energy costs and reducing the size of government. “What …

Ayotte, Shaheen support bill for injured veterans

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Hampshire U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen say a bill on its way to President Obama will enhance treatment services for veterans living with traumatic brain injuries. The senators introduced legislation that would modify a pilot …

Bill O’Brien: ‘We’re going to have a leader of the Republican caucus, and that will be me’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A group of more than 100 Republican representatives met in a closed-door meeting yesterday to forge a path into the coming legislative session with Mont Vernon Rep. Bill O’Brien as their leader. Coming out of the meeting, representatives …