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Ed Board with Governor Maggie Hassan on March 7, 2014.

(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

State finishes 2014 fiscal year with a $20 million surplus, but $7 million less than planned

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The state government finished the most recent fiscal year with a surplus of $19.5 million, but fell about $7 million short of its surplus goal, according to an unaudited spending report released by the governor’s office yesterday. The budget for the 2014 fiscal year – which ended June 30 – called for roughly $26.8 million in surplus. That money is … 2

Hillary Clinton to raise money for Shaheen

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hillary Clinton is expected to help raise campaign cash for Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen – an important place to maintain friends, should the former secretary of state choose to make a second bid for the White House. Two Democrats with knowledge of the event confirmed Clinton will join Shaheen at a New York City fundraiser this week, but did not specify a … 0

Secret Service chief on hot seat for White House breach

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Under withering criticism from Congress, the director of the Secret Service yesterday admitted failures in her agency’s critical mission of protecting the president but repeatedly sidestepped key questions about how a knife-carrying intruder penetrated ring after ring of security before finally being tackled deep inside the White House. Despite the extraordinary lapses in … 0

Changes to New Hampshire’s concealed carry license application trigger concern from gun rights activists

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Department of Safety is reissuing the state’s concealed carry gun license application for the second time in two months after complaints from gun rights activists prompted the department to withdraw some of the changes it made to the form this summer. The department’s latest move isn’t appeasing … 18

Obama: U.S. underestimated Islamic State

Monday, September 29, 2014

The United States underestimated the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, President Obama said during an interview broadcast last night, in which he also acknowledged the Iraqi army’s inability to successfully tackle the threat. According to a transcript from last night’s 60 Minutes on CBS, … 4

Obama: ‘Contradictory’ Syria policy helps Assad

Monday, September 29, 2014

President Obama yesterday gave voice to the conundrum at the heart of his Syria policy, acknowledging that the U.S.-led military campaign against the Islamic State and al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria is helping Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, a man … 0

Pro-democracy protests expand in Hong Kong

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pro-democracy protests expanded in Hong Kong last night, a day after demonstrators upset over Beijing’s decision to limit political reforms defied onslaughts of tear gas and appeals from Hong Kong’s top leader to go home. And with rumors … 0

GOP cautions that Senate control would have limits

Monday, September 29, 2014

How much difference will it make if Republicans win the Senate majority Nov. 4, joining the GOP-run House against a Democratic White House? Congress’s persistent gridlock is due largely, but not entirely, to the current power split in … 0

Ray Duckler: A vote for me is a vote for change - honest

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Send me to Washington, D.C., in November. I want to be your senator. With all due respect to incumbent Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown, the two New Hampshire candidates vying for a Senate seat, my policies are better than theirs. I’m everything you want in a politician. I’m … 3

Help wanted: Free lawyers for immigrant children

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Most of the nearly 60,000 Central American children who have arrived on the U.S.-Mexico border in the last year still don’t have lawyers to represent them in immigration court, and advocates are scrambling to train volunteer attorneys to … 0

U.S. struggles to blunt Syria rebel anger at strikes

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The United States is struggling to counter anger among the Syrian opposition, where many believe that the air campaign against extremists in the country is only helping President Bashar Assad and that Washington is coordinating with Damascus, despite … 0

Nation & world briefs, Sept. 28

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Russian foreign minister issued a blistering attack on the West and NATO yesterday, accusing them of being unable to change their Cold War “genetic code” and saying the U.S. must abandon its claims to “eternal uniqueness.” Sergey Lavrov’s assault appeared to be an extension of the increasingly … 0

Louisiana Gov. Jindal campaigns with Havenstein

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Republican Walt Havenstein told young students yesterday that he’s running for governor to make sure they can find good jobs in New Hampshire when they grow up. “The reason I want to be governor is to create a … 10