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Main Street the day after contractor bids for the Main Street project came up disappointingly short. January 27, 2013.

(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Capital Beat: Rubens, Smith spar in effort to become top Brown challenger

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Bob Smith and Jim Rubens each say with confidence that he will win the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen this November. But from the outside looking in, it sure looks like they’re in a scrappy fight for second place. The two did a bit of sparring this week after the consultant for a pro-Rubens super PAC suggested … 0

Backlogged immigration courts face new deluge

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Adolescent girls in braids and pigtails and teenage boys wearing jeans and sneakers sat alongside their parents in the courtroom of Immigration Judge Frank Travieso to hear how long they might be allowed to stay in the United States. Travieso grabbed four thick books and dropped each one on his desk with a … 0

Merkel says U.S. Cold War methods won’t end German partnership

Saturday, July 12, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused the United States of using outdated Cold War intelligence methods even as she pledged not to allow the clash over espionage to get in the way of joint projects between the two NATO allies. Merkel, speaking yesterday in a live interview with German broadcaster ZDF, dismissed a suggestion that the country may scrap negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade … 0

Shaheen backs legislation aimed at dismantling Hobby Lobby decision

Thursday, July 10, 2014

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is backing new legislation that would ban employers from refusing to cover certain mandated health benefits such as birth control. The legislation is a direct response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision that said requiring some companies to cover certain types of birth … 14

Germans probe 2nd spy case reportedly involving U.S.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

German authorities are investigating a second spy case reportedly involving the United States, a week after the arrest of a German intelligence employee cast a new shadow over relations between the two countries. Federal prosecutors said yesterday that … 0

Man linked to Nazi police dies in Michigan at 93

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A man under a deportation order for serving in a Nazi-controlled police force during World War II has died in Michigan at age 93 after years of denials that he shot at Jews. John Kalymon of Troy died … 0

Improper payments by federal government top $100B

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tax credits for families that don’t qualify. Medicare payments for treatments that might not be necessary. Unemployment benefits for people who are secretly working. Federal agencies reported making $100 billion in payments last year to people who may … 1

Utah to appeal gay marriage ruling to high court

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Utah is going directly to the nation’s highest court to challenge a federal appeals court ruling that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, the state attorney general’s office announced yesterday. The state opted to appeal the … 0

Obama presses Congress to consent on border money

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tens of thousands of children streaming from chaotic Central American nations to the U.S. border have overwhelmed the government’s ability to respond, senior administration officials said yesterday as President Obama urged Congress to move swiftly to approve emergency … 6

Christie plans another visit to New Hampshire

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be back in New Hampshire later this month. Christie will attend the July 31 Fisher Cats game as part of a fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party. U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, former governor John Sununu and several other notable Republicans will … 0

Obama urgently asks $3.7 billion for border crisis

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

President Obama appealed to Congress yesterday for $3.7 billion in emergency spending to deal with the immigration crisis on the nation’s southern border, where unaccompanied children have been showing up by the thousands in a human drama that’s … 1

Hundreds line up for legal pot in Washington state

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Surrounded by thousands of packages of marijuana, Seattle’s top prosecutor sought some advice: Which one should he buy? A new day, indeed. Twenty months after voters legalized recreational cannabis for adults over 21, Washington state’s first few licensed … 0

Polls show Shea-Porter in tight race; Kuster, Hassan lead challengers

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster is in a stronger position to win re-election than her colleague and fellow Democratic U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, according to a new WMUR Granite State Poll released last night. The poll shows Kuster, who … 6