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PolitiFact: Turkeys today are more than twice as fat as they were in the 1930s, Mother Jones says

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The statement “Turkeys today weigh 29.8 pounds. In the ‘30s, they weighed 13.2 pounds.” — Mother Jones on Monday, November 24th, 2014 in a Facebook post Our ruling Those figures, in fact, are the latest-available federal figures. “Today” is actually a reference to 2012, but the preliminary figure for 2013 is even higher, at 30.3 pounds. We rate the statement True. To read the full fact check, go to www.politifact.com/wisconsin. …

Heart procedure for Ginsburg revives talk of replacement

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted on Wednesday, reviving talk about how long the 81-year-old liberal jurist will be staying on the court. Ginsburg was expected back at work on Monday, but her hospitalization — just three weeks after elections handed Republicans control of the Senate — raised …

A GOP shift on immigration

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The conventional wisdom in the Republican Party is changing. Less than two years ago, party leaders solemnly declared after an exhaustive study that the GOP “must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform.” It was critical for the party’s survival, they said, to address an issue that was paramount to the nation’s surging Hispanic population. But as President Obama issued a sweeping immigration order …

N.H. corrections officials look to add $48 million over two-year budget cycle

Monday, November 17, 2014

In order to staff New Hampshire’s new women’s prison and to fill 30 frozen positions, the Department of Corrections is looking to add $48 million to its budget over the next two years. Department officials have long raised …

Oregon immigration vote is a warning for Obama

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The fate of a little-noticed ballot measure in strongly Democratic Oregon serves as a warning to President Obama and his party about the political perils of immigration policy. Even as Oregon voters were legalizing recreational marijuana and expanding …

Putin leaves G-20 summit early, after tough reception on Ukraine

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Citing a long flight home and the need to catch a few hours of sleep, Russian President Vladimir Putin departed the Group of 20 summit in Australia early yesterday, after fielding a barrage of criticism from Western leaders over Russia’s involvement in Ukraine. President Obama said yesterday that …

Roll Call for Nov. 16, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

By Voterama in Congress Here’s how New Hampshire members of Congress voted on major issues during the week ending Friday. House Keystone XL Pipeline: Voting 252 for and 161 against, the House on Friday sent the Senate a bill (HR 5682) to bypass environmental laws such as the …

Battle for speaker of the House boils down to leadership styles

Sunday, November 16, 2014

State Rep. Robert Elliott has a decision to make. On Tuesday, the Salem Republican will cast a vote to help decide who will lead the New Hampshire House of Representatives once it comes under Republican control again. Elliott …

Battered, Greece faces years to recoup recession

Sunday, November 16, 2014

AP-EU-Greece-Recession-Ills,1053 Battered, Greece faces years to recoup recession AP Photo XTS110, XTS109, XTS108, XTS107, XTS106, XTS105, XTS103, XTS102, XTS101 Eds: Links more photos. Data was gathered from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Eurostat, the United Nations, …

On Asia trip, Obama makes the case for U.S. relevance - and his own

Sunday, November 16, 2014

President Obama left Washington, D.C., a week ago with sagging approval ratings on foreign policy, after a year of crises ranging from the Ebola outbreak to the rise of Islamic militants to violence by Ukrainian separatists. He’ll return this evening feeling rejuvenated after a swing through the Asia …

Postal Service to get first female leader next year

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Postmaster General and U.S. Postal Service Chief Executive Patrick Donahoe announced Friday that he will retire Feb. 1 after a four-year run overseeing dramatic restructuring and cost-cutting as Americans turned from sending letters to communicating via the internet. He will be succeeded by Megan Brennan, 52, the agency’s …

Reagan, Bush also acted alone to shield immigrants

Sunday, November 16, 2014

President Obama’s anticipated order that would shield millions of immigrants now living illegally in the U.S. from deportation is not without precedent. Two of the last three Republican presidents – Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush – did the same thing in extending amnesty to family members who …

Maine father who shook baby gets 7 years in prison

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A Maine man insisted he is not a violent person, as he was sentenced yesterday to seven years in prison for shaking his 6-month-old daughter so forcefully it left her brain damaged, a quadriplegic and unable to see or hear. The baby, now in foster care, must be …