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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 …

Ex-spies infiltrate Hollywood as advisers

Monday, January 26, 2015

The place in Brooklyn looks like a CIA safehouse. Red brick office building with peeling metal awning. No sign. Inside, writers are plotting out the popular Cold War espionage show The Americans – one of an assortment of …

State legislatures advance 20-week abortion ban Congress couldn’t pass

Monday, January 26, 2015

Republicans on Capitol Hill this week suffered an embarrassing defeat after being forced to drop legislation that would have outlawed abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. But similar legislation is likely to advance in state capitols around the country this year. Abortion opponents like the Susan B. Anthony …

Greek radical left wins election, threatening market turmoil

Monday, January 26, 2015

A radical left-wing party vowing to end Greece’s painful austerity program won a historic victory in yesterday’s parliamentary elections, setting the stage for a showdown with the country’s international creditors that could shake the eurozone. Alexis Tsipras, leader …

Capital Beat: Concealed weapons on Legislature’s agenda

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Republicans already scored one victory in the firearms category: allowing concealed weapons back into the House Chamber. Now they are going for the second: a constitutional carry law that would mean you don’t have to get a state-issued …

Money Trail: As the walk for campaign finance reform concludes, next steps on the horizon

Saturday, January 24, 2015

As members of the New Hampshire Rebellion try to take the next step in campaign finance reform, they stand to alienate some of their allies. New Hampshire native Doris “Granny D” Haddock walked across the country at the …

U.S. says it’s not clear after Cuba talks if new policy works

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Cuba in more than three decades said yesterday that two days of talks on re-establishing full diplomatic relations had left her with no sense of whether the new U.S. policy of engagement …

Top N.Y. politician’s arrest prompts calls for ethics overhaul

Saturday, January 24, 2015

There was the assemblyman who took a bribe from a carnival promoter. The former Senate leader accused of using envelopes stuffed with cash to grease his bid for New York City mayor. Or the one who went to …

State officials to move ahead with plan to slice $7 million from nursing homes

Friday, January 23, 2015

A plan to patch a $58 million hole in the Department of Health and Human Services budget drew fire from legislators Friday who said $7 million in cuts to nursing home payments would target some of the state’s …

King Abdullah dies at 90

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, the powerful U.S. ally who joined Washington’s fight against al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom with incremental but significant reforms, including nudging open greater opportunities for women, has died, according to …

GOP pushes abortion bill through House on March for Life Day

Thursday, January 22, 2015

With thousands of abortion protesters swarming the city in their annual March for Life, Republicans muscled broadened abortion restrictions through the House yesterday after a GOP rebellion forced leaders into an awkward retreat on an earlier version. By …