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FILE - In this July 31, 2000 file photo, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. gives a thumbs up after taking over as chairman of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia.  A newly unveiled indictment against Hastert released Thursday, May 28, 2015,  accuses the Republican of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime schoolteacher silent about "prior misconduct."   (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

Source: Hastert paid to hide claims of sex abuse

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Former House speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the matter said yesterday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing and the allegations are not contained in an indictment issued Thursday. The specific nature of the claims was not immediately clear. The federal indictment accused Hastert of agreeing to pay $3.5 million to keep a person from the suburban Chicago town where he was a longtime high school teacher and wrestling coach silent about “prior misconduct,” but the court papers …

Illinois: For Hastert, fortune grew from farmland

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Former House speaker Dennis Hastert, who was indicted Thursday on charges of concealing bank withdrawals related to a secret $1.7 million payoff, made a small fortune through real estate investments before leaving Congress. In one controversial transaction conducted through a trust, Hastert reaped millions of dollars by selling farmland near the site of a proposed highway that was to be financed in part …

PHOTOS: Newly announced Republican presidential candidate George Pataki in Concord

Saturday, May 30, 2015

One day after kicking off his presidential campaign in Exeter, former New York governor George Pataki spoke with a small crowd at Havenwood Heritage Heights in Concord yesterday during a town hall style meeting hosted by the Merrimack County Republican Committee. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

U.S. ground troops have ‘no role’ in Iraq

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton said yesterday she sees “no role whatsoever” for U.S. ground forces in Iraq despite setbacks in the struggle against Islamic State militants. The existing U.S. policy of providing air support, intelligence, surveillance …

Rules about public risk pools could change in Senate plan

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Secretary of State’s office could lose its ability to regulate a public risk pool it’s had issues with for years if a last-minute amendment to the Senate’s budget remains in place. The amendment transfers enforcement authority over public risk pools to the insurance department. It would take …

Concord man who sent out hoax email leading up to special election charged with felony

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Concord man who confessed to creating a hoax email leading voters to believe a candidate for state representative was dropping out of a special election has been charged with two crimes, including a felony, by the state’s …

Money for courthouse, women’s prison, State House repair in capital budget

Friday, May 22, 2015

An effort to keep the county courthouse downtown is fading away now that a key Senate committee approved funding for a new courthouse to be built off Hazen Drive. The Senate Capital Budget Committee approved the projects at …

N.H. Senate committee rejects $4 million for commuter rail study

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A push to extend commuter rail from Boston into New Hampshire hit a snag yesterday when a state Senate committee rejected plans to spend $4 million to study the expansion. The vote fell along party lines, with Republicans on the Senate Capital Budget Committee rejecting the proposal and …

Senate votes to give Obama fast-track authority on Pacific Rim trade deal

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Republicans and a small band of Democrats rescued President Barack Obama’s trade agenda from the brink of failure yesterday, clearing a key hurdle in the Senate but leaving the final outcome in doubt. Supporters must still navigate a set of tricky-but-popular proposals that could torpedo the legislation’s chances, …

Clinton’s Benghazi emails show correspondence with adviser

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A batch of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state show her corresponding with a longtime adviser about the Libyan rebellion against Moammar Gadhafi and the Benghazi attack. The set of messages, which were …