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President Barack Obama meets with the new Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The president and first lady have come to express their condolences on the death of the late Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama defends U.S. ties as he pays respects in Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

President Obama defended the U.S. government’s willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he joined an array of current and former American statesmen yesterday in paying respects following the death of King Abdullah. Saudi Arabia’s status as one of Washington’s most important Arab allies has at times appeared to …

Blizzard a key leadership test for Gov. Baker, Mayor Walsh

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Governors and mayors face a host of thorny problems – from budget shortfalls to rising unemployment – but few are as immediate or compelling as convincing millions trapped in their homes during a blizzard that everything is under control. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh faced just such a challenge …

Lantos Swett, with other human rights advocates, offers to share Saudi blogger’s punishment

Monday, January 26, 2015

The notion of being “my brother’s keeper” comes up a lot in the context of advocating for human rights. Katrina Lantos Swett, in her roles as the chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and the president of the Concord-based Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, is plenty familiar with …

U.S. says it’s not clear after Cuba talks if new policy works

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Cuba in more than three decades said yesterday that two days of talks on re-establishing full diplomatic relations had left her with no sense of whether the new U.S. policy of engagement …

Top N.Y. politician’s arrest prompts calls for ethics overhaul

Saturday, January 24, 2015

There was the assemblyman who took a bribe from a carnival promoter. The former Senate leader accused of using envelopes stuffed with cash to grease his bid for New York City mayor. Or the one who went to …

State officials to move ahead with plan to slice $7 million from nursing homes

Friday, January 23, 2015

A plan to patch a $58 million hole in the Department of Health and Human Services budget drew fire from legislators Friday who said $7 million in cuts to nursing home payments would target some of the state’s …

King Abdullah dies at 90

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, the powerful U.S. ally who joined Washington’s fight against al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom with incremental but significant reforms, including nudging open greater opportunities for women, has died, according to …

GOP pushes abortion bill through House on March for Life Day

Thursday, January 22, 2015

With thousands of abortion protesters swarming the city in their annual March for Life, Republicans muscled broadened abortion restrictions through the House yesterday after a GOP rebellion forced leaders into an awkward retreat on an earlier version. By …

On Roe v. Wade anniversary, a debate in N.H. over proposed life-at-conception law

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A group of Republican representatives and anti-abortion advocates urged New Hampshire lawmakers to adopt a law that would define the moment of conception as the beginning of human life. But opponents argued such a measure would erode far more than abortion access, carrying implications for in vitro fertilization …

Senate committee weighs restoring taxpayer standing in wake of tax credit ruling

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A state Senate committee is considering an amendment to the New Hampshire Constitution that would allow taxpayers to sue their town or state government, a right many lawmakers thought they already created in 2012. The proposal, by Republican Sen. Jeb Bradley of Wolfeboro, is in response to the …

U.S. Rep. Kuster’s NHTI roundtable to focus on access to education, workforce development

Thursday, January 22, 2015

U.S. Congresswoman Annie Kuster will host a roundtable discussion today in Concord, where she’ll talk about increasing access to community college and workforce development in New Hampshire. Kuster will be at NHTI, Concord’s community college, to learn about the school’s skill training programs and will also hear from …

Guinta to hold first town hall meeting of the year

Thursday, January 22, 2015

U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta will host his first town hall meeting of the year to hear from residents about their legislative priorities and concerns for the 114th Congress. Guinta, a Republican, also plans to discuss his new initiative at the meeting in Hampton tomorrow. It’s called “Operation to …

PolitiFact: Barack Obama says United States only developed country without paid maternity leave

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The statement The United States is “the only advanced country on Earth” that doesn’t guarantee “paid maternity leave to our workers.” — Barack Obama on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 in the State of the Union address Our ruling …