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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss. Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he will not run for president in 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Romney not running: Former GOP nominee out of 2016 race

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Mitt Romney ended his rollercoaster return to presidential politics yesterday, declaring his party would be better served by the “next generation of Republican leaders” and concluding his unlikely comeback as suddenly as it began. Aides said it was a deeply personal and even painful decision for the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. He insisted he could win the next election if …

Legislator hopes third time is the charm to change assault law

Friday, January 30, 2015

For the third time, Republican Rep. Keith Murphy of Bedford is sponsoring legislation to redefine simple assault, a move facing pushback from law enforcement. Under state law simple assault is, among other things, when someone “purposely or knowingly causes bodily injury or unprivileged physical contact to another.” It’s a misdemeanor. The bill – backed by five representatives – would remove the “unprivileged physical …

White House grapples with fraught terrorism language

Friday, January 30, 2015

Twice this month, the White House has publicly grappled with the politically heavy language of terrorism. In the days after a deadly terror spree in Paris, President Obama was criticized for purposely not calling the attacks “Islamic extremism,” settling for the more generic “violent extremism.” This week, the White House struggled to explain …

Hassan addresses Health and Human Services budget challenges

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan, speaking after yesterday’s Executive Council meeting, said the Department of Health and Human Services’ plan to scale back payments to nursing homes was necessary in order to avoid cuts to other programs. “What we have done with the nursing homes is decided not to give …

Shaheen reintroduces veterans’ benefits bill

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has reintroduced legislation to extend veterans benefits to same-sex couples and their families regardless of where they live. The Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act is named after a New Hampshire National Guard officer who died in 2013 after a battle with breast …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Argentina under fire for revealing trip of fleeing reporter

Monday, January 26, 2015

Argentina’s government faced criticism for publishing the travel details of a journalist who said he fled in fear of his life after breaking the news of the death of a prosecutor in a politically charged case. The official Twitter account of the presidential palace published Damian Pachter’s voucher …

Christie, Walker to make stops in Concord

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will headline a Merrimack County Republican Committee dinner in Concord on Feb. 16. The potential presidential candidate made several trips to New Hampshire during the last election to support Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein. Tickets for the event, which will be at the …

Former New Hampshire governor to get Robert Frost award

Monday, January 26, 2015

Former New Hampshire governor John Lynch will receive the Robert Frost Contemporary American Award at a ceremony featuring the Boston Red Sox president and CEO as keynote speaker. Plymouth State University created the award in 1970 in memory of the nation’s late poet laureate, who taught at an …

Washington: Hobbyist blamed for White House drone crash

Monday, January 26, 2015

A two-foot-long drone, apparently flown by a hobbyist, crashed on the White House grounds yesterday in an extraordinary, if unintended, breach that raised fresh questions about the president’s security – and a growing threat from the sky. A …

Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

Monday, January 26, 2015

President Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as …