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Jeremy Alcede talks about his legal issues Friday, June 5, 2015, outside the federal courthouse in Houston. Alcede spent nearly seven weeks in jail for refusing a judge’s order to share his social media passwords with the new owner of the business he lost in bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Standoff over social media passwords breaks new legal ground

Sunday, July 5, 2015

A Texas man used social media to promote his gun store, posting politically charged messages that criticized the president and promoted Second Amendment rights. But after losing ownership of his suburban Houston store in bankruptcy, Jeremy Alcede spent nearly seven weeks in jail for refusing a federal judge’s order to share with the new owner the passwords of the business’ …

Christie, now a candidate, looks to close the book on Bridgegate

Sunday, July 5, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who last week announced his long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination, faces many challenges: a crowded and still-expanding field, scant support in national GOP polls, and voters in early primary states unsure about his sharp tongue and skeptical about his conservative bona fides. But potentially looming over all those hurdles is the fallout from “Bridgegate,” the politically …

Ayotte facing a whole new political ballgame

Sunday, July 5, 2015

As far as Kathleen Veracco can recall, her daughter didn’t show much of an interest in running any kind of campaign growing up, until she was a student at Penn State seeking out a position as president of the school’s largest sorority leadership organization. Veracco, for her part, held a few community posts …

Overcoming hostilities, U.S. and Cuba to open embassies

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

After more than a half-century of hostility, the United States and Cuba declared Wednesday they will reopen embassies in each other’s capitals this month, marking a historic full restoration of diplomatic relations between the Cold War foes. For …

Hours after announcing presidential run, Chris Christie answers questions from crowd in Sandown

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Chris Christie had already spent about a half-hour addressing the crowd – getting in the weeds on his vision for entitlement reform, the need for strong surveillance and counterterrorism programs, and other policy issues – when he paused …

Kelly Ayotte officially launches re-election bid for Senate

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

When Republican Kelly Ayotte first ran for the U.S. Senate five years ago, a voter warned her not to drink the water down in Washington, D.C. Everyone who does, she said he told her, forgets where they came …

Women in agriculture gather to share ideas with congresswoman, USDA

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Conversations at Dimond Hill Farm on Tuesday ranged from local jam production and land conservation to federal legislation and student loan forgiveness. If it related to agriculture and farming, the topic was brought to the table by the …

2 years after spying flap, U.S., Brazil seek to turn the page

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Two years after revelations about U.S. spying frayed ties between their countries, President Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff publicly closed that chapter Tuesday, declaring that the relationship between the U.S. and Brazil is on an upward …

Hassan signs bill to study commuter rail funding

Monday, June 29, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a bill that could help pave the way for public-private funding of commuter rail. Efforts to bring commuter rail from Boston up to Nashua and Manchester hit a snag this year when lawmakers chose not to include $4 million in the capital budget …

In picking presidents, New Hampshire forgoes producing them

Monday, June 29, 2015

When it comes to presidents, New Hampshire is much better at picking them than producing them. While the 14th president, Franklin Pierce, was a New Hampshire native, no one else has come close in the 100 years since …

Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration’s attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may only be a temporary setback for regulators. The justices split 5-4 along ideological …

Republican Gov. LePage vetoes $6.7 billion Maine budget

Monday, June 29, 2015

Maine’s Republican Gov. Paul LePage vetoed the $6.7 billion state budget on Monday, scolding lawmakers for rejecting his efforts to overhaul the state’s tax code and welfare programs and accusing them of passing a status-quo spending plan just so they can return home for the summer. In a …

Kelly Ayotte to officially launch re-election campaign for Senate

Monday, June 29, 2015

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte will officially launch her 2016 re-election bid Tuesday night in Manchester. What’s the first-term Republican’s biggest campaign challenge? Presidential politics and the national mood, analysts say. Ayotte first won the Senate seat in 2010, …