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In this Sept. 17, 2014 photo, President Barack Obama, center, with Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, right, Commander of the US Central Command (CentCom), before the start of a briefing at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.  Obama’s military campaign against Islamic State extremists has already crept beyond the narrow parameters he first outlined three months ago.  But military experts both inside and outside of the administration argue that even more may be needed for the mission to succeed, including embedding U.S. ground troops with Iraqi security forces who are on the front line of the fight against the violent militants.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama faces questions on prospect of expanded war

Saturday, September 20, 2014

President Obama’s military campaign against Islamic State extremists has already crept beyond the narrow parameters he first outlined three months ago. But military experts both inside and outside the administration argue that even more may be needed for the mission to succeed, including embedding U.S. ground troops with Iraqi security forces who are on the front line of the fight … 0

Official portrait of retired Chief Justice John Broderick is unveiled

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The presentation of the official portrait of retired Chief Justice John Broderick was unveiled in a ceremony on the lawn of the New Hampshire Supreme Court in Concord yesterday The portrait, painted by Richard Whitney, was hung inside the court house after the ceremony. … 8

Walt Havenstein, Carly Fiorina tour local company MadgeTech

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Joined by former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein visited a local technology company yesterday to get a glimpse of the type of business he said he would like to see more of in the state. MadgeTech, nestled in a nondescript building in Warner, makes gadgets that are used all … 1

GOP support for Democrat Pappas causes dustup

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Attracting endorsements can be a savvy political move and is a staple of every election cycle. But they can sometimes cause a stir, as they did this week when 50 Manchester-area Republicans endorsed Democrat Chris Pappas in the … 2

Hassan names Odell, Merrill to committee that permits Northern Pass, wind projects

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan has nominated Republican state Sen. Bob Odell and Democratic state Rep. Amanda Merrill to sit on the committee in charge of permitting Northern Pass and any future wind farms or pipeline projects in the state. The legislators would be among the first public members to … 0

Poll: Democratic incumbents leading in U.S. Senate, governor races

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Democratic incumbents are leading in the U.S. Senate, congressional and governor races, according to a New England College Poll released yesterday. In the tightest race, U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter leads Republican challenger Frank Guinta 46 percent to 41.6 in the 1st Congressional District race. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen … 0

Only 4 states will see cuts to food stamps

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cuts to the nation’s food stamp program enacted this year are affecting four states – including New Hampshire – but that’s far from the sweeping overhaul Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found. As a result, … 3

House approves Obama’s Iraq-Syria military strategy amid skepticism

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The House yesterday approved President Obama’s plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels to counter the growing threat of the Islamic State terrorist organization even though lawmakers in both parties remain deeply skeptical about its chances for … 0

Census report: N.H. uninsured population grew slightly in 2013

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau suggest that the number of uninsured people in New Hampshire increased slightly between 2012 and 2013. About 140,000 residents, or 10.7 percent, were uninsured in 2013 – up from about 139,000, or about 10.6 percent, in 2012, according to data released … 0

New Hampshire House votes to uphold Gov. Maggie Hassan’s veto of anti-bullying bill

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

House lawmakers voted yesterday not to revive a bill that aimed to protect state employees from bullying and abusive work environments. Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed the legislation this summer, saying it was unworkable and would lead to a dramatic increase in litigation. The bill’s supporters fell more than … 0

Ayotte, Shaheen weigh in on U.S. strategy to fight Islamic State

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Both of New Hampshire’s U.S. Senators questioned the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at an Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday on the country’s strategy to confront the Islamic State. U.S. Sen. … 1

Top general: U.S. ground troops possible in Iraq

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Obama’s current strategy fails, the nation’s top military officer said yesterday as Congress plunged into an election-year debate of Obama’s plan … 0

Al-Qaida’s heirs thrive in Mideast, Africa chaos

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida dispersed, yet the horrors keep coming. Western hostages beheaded on camera. School girls abducted by gunmen in the night. Families fleeing their homes in fear they might be killed because of … 0