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FILE - In this March 15, 2013, file photo Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md. On a Sunday morning talk show June 9, 2013, Ayotte said she will back the bipartisan overhaul of the nation's immigration system. She said the immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed, and that the Senate proposal secures the border and provides a "tough but fair" way for immigrants to earn citizenship. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

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. Kelly Ayotte, a Republican, said that the Islamic State represents a serious threat to the country and called on the president to … 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 to expand airstrikes and train Syrian rebels. A White House spokesman said quickly the president … 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 their religion. The news from much of the Middle East and Africa is relentlessly brutal. … 0

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdraws re-election bid

Friday, September 12, 2014

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdrew his re-election bid yesterday as he seeks treatment for a tumor in his abdomen, dramatically ending a campaign he had doggedly pursued despite a stint in rehab and calls for him to quit … 6

New Hampshire primary turnout was 19 percent

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A little more than 19 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s primaries, Secretary of State Bill Gardner said. Gardner said the 121,881 Republican ballots cast was the third-highest number of votes cast in a Republican primary. In contrast, only 43,556 ballots were cast in the Democratic … 0

Data on $800 billion in stimulus spending will disappear this year. Here’s why.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The government website created “to foster greater accountability and transparency” in federal stimulus spending has for years allowed anyone with an internet connection to follow the money. But by the end of the month, the ability to see what entities received contracts and grants through the American Recovery … 3

Fight against Islamic State underscores persistence of militant groups

Thursday, September 11, 2014

In declaring that the United States would degrade and “ultimately destroy” an al-Qaida offshoot in Iraq and Syria, President Obama articulated an objective that the United States has yet to achieve against any of the Islamist adversaries it … 0

Congressional resolution honors slain journalists

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Members of the U.S. House from New Hampshire and Florida have introduced a resolution honoring the lives of two American journalists who were recently beheaded by Islamic State militants in Syria. The resolution recognizes the substantial achieves of James Foley and Steven Sotloff “through their courageous reporting of … 0

Nation & world briefs, Sept. 12

Thursday, September 11, 2014

South Carolina Man accused of killing kids was ex-convict The South Carolina man accused of killing his five children was an ex-convict whose homes were visited by social workers a dozen times in the last three years. The children seemed happy and well-adjusted despite occasional spankings, and the … 0

After primary, Democrat incumbents officially start their campaigns

Thursday, September 11, 2014

After spending months out of the spotlight while Republican primary candidates waged war against each other, the Democratic incumbents in the state’s top offices officially began their general election campaigns Tuesday night. The campaigns of four major office holders – Gov. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Reps. Annie Kuster and … 5

Obama outlines fight against Islamic State

Thursday, September 11, 2014

President Obama began outlining a sweeping and long-term strategy last night for combating the threat posed by the Islamic State, launching what could be the biggest counterterrorism campaign of his presidency. “Tonight, I want to speak to you … 19

Executive Council District 4: Repeat tilt pits Pappas vs. Burns

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A pair of familiar political foes will square off for Executive Council District 4, where incumbent Democrat Chris Pappas will face a challenge from Republican Bob Burns. Pappas of Manchester easily defeated Maria Chilson, while Burns beat Jim Adams of Pittsfield in the Republican primary. November will mark … 0

Ray Duckler: Revisiting the past will shape the future

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The war on terror is back. Back in our minds. The voters’ minds. It’s no longer just jobs and the economy and immigration. Not since a group of Sunni extremists, once known as ISIS, now widely referred to as the Islamic State, began killing people in Syria. Not … 0