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Politics

Clinton’s NH appearance draws ardent supporters, curious onlookers

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The windows were papered over from the inside, and on the door of the Water Street Bookstore in the middle of Exeter, a sign informed customers: “We are closed from 12-3 p.m. today due to a private event. We apologize for the inconvenience!” For those who hadn’t seen the candidate arrive firsthand, these clues — and the steadily growing crowd of onlookers waiting on the sidewalk outside of the bookstore …

Senate is ‘playing chicken’ with NSA spy program, White House says

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The White House and top Senate Republicans traded dire warnings yesterday as a standoff over a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program threatened to continue into the weekend. If senators do not act before leaving Washington this weekend for a week-long recess, the legal authority underpinning the NSA’s bulk collection of private telephone records will expire at midnight May 31. The House, now …

Senate gives Obama a win on trade pact

Saturday, May 23, 2015

President Obama won a big victory for his trade agenda yesterday with the Senate’s approval of fast-track legislation that could make it easier for him to complete a wide-ranging trade deal that would include 11 Pacific Rim nations. A coalition of nearly 50 Senate Republicans and more than 10 Democrats voted for Trade Promotion Authority last night, sending the legislation to the House …

Jerusalem: Israel scraps bus plan many critics had called racist

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday canceled a plan that would have banned Palestinian laborers from riding on the same buses with Jewish settlers in the West Bank, just hours after it was announced — an embarrassing about-face …

More small-style events for Hillary Clinton in second visit to NH since announcing bid for president

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In her second visit to New Hampshire since announcing her presidential campaign, Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to visit the Seacoast area Friday for campaign events focused on small businesses. Her campaign says she will visit Smuttynose Brewery in …

State senators dip into renewable energy fund to pay for homeland security

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A week after voting to fully restore the state’s renewable energy fund, Senate budget writers decided yesterday to use some of the fund’s money to bankroll homeland security and emergency management. The Senate Finance Committee voted yesterday to …

Yvonne Dean-Bailey ekes out victory in well-attended special election for state rep

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Yvonne Dean-Bailey, the 19-year-old Republican candidate for Rockingham County’s 32nd House district, eked out a victory in her first-ever election yesterday. The former intern for U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte and former field organizer for former U.S. House candidate …

House bill would cap tax-payer dollars for ex-presidents’ travel

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and other former presidents who earn lucrative speaking fees and draw other income would no longer be able to count on taxpayer dollars to pay for their post-White House office space and staff …

Clinton urges emails’ release

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hillary Clinton urged the State Department yesterday to speed the release of 55,000 pages of emails from her time as secretary of state, as her decision to spurn administration rules and use a private email address continued to …

In Concord, former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee stresses his, Clinton’s differences

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee – also a former Republican, having since switched parties – is about 95 percent sure he’s going to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. He’s expecting to have a decision on the …

Senate committee restores funding to tourism promotion, higher education in budget plan

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Senate budget writers voted yesterday to restore money for tourism promotion and higher education in their two-year spending plan. “Higher education in New Hampshire continues to be a priority in the Senate, especially because the University System of New Hampshire has some of the highest in-state tuition rates …

Boehner doesn’t defend N.H.’s Rep. Guinta over contributions

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner stopped short yesterday of defending embattled Rep. Frank Guinta, saying lawmakers must meet “the highest ethical standards” when asked whether the New Hampshire Republican should remain in Congress. Boehner’s arms-length response was the latest sign from Guinta’s fellow Republicans that they’re not ready to …

Home health care providers plead for more state funding

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Providers of community and home-based health care joined together yesterday to plead for more state money and criticize lawmakers and Gov. Maggie Hassan for what they say is chronic underfunding of their programs. “Our most fragile seniors who have given so much for our country and our community …