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FILE - This March 26, 1947, file photo shows Federal Bureau of Investigation Director J. Edgar Hoover calling the communist party of the United States a "Fifth Column" whose "goal is the overthrow of our government" during testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee in Washington. Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show. Hoover teamed up on a highly classified project, code-named “Washtub,” with the newly created Air Force Office of Special Investigations, headed by Hoover protege and former FBI official Joseph F. Carroll. (AP Photo/File)

U.S. trained ‘stay-behind agents’ in Alaska during Cold War years, documents show

Monday, September 1, 2014

Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show. Invasion of Alaska? Yes. It seemed like a real possibility in … 0

Nation & world briefs, Sept. 1

Monday, September 1, 2014

Libya Militia group now guards U.S. embassy An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya’s capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said yesterday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago. An Associated Press journalist saw holes left by small-arms and rocket fire dotting the residential compound, reminders … 0

Capital Beat: With primary closing in, campaigns get nasty

Sunday, August 31, 2014

We knew the race between Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown would get nasty. It did so as soon as Brown entered the race and has only worsened in the months since. But that’s not the only race where the mudslinging is in full force. With less than two weeks to go until the Sept. 9 primary, federal and state level races across New … 4

Monday, August 25, 2014

U.S. Sen Jeanne Shaheen, Gov. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster and U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter are joining together this week to honor Women’s Equality Day. The four elected officials will appear at office openings across the state in a kick-off for the state Democratic Party’s Granite State … 0

Tax refunds may get hit due to health law credits

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Taxes? Who wants to think about taxes around Labor Day? But if you count on your tax refund and you’re one of the millions getting tax credits to help pay health insurance premiums under President Obama’s law, it’s … 0

Four Kochs took genes, money in four ways

Sunday, August 24, 2014

They are the outsized force in modern American politics, the best-known brand of the big money era, yet still something of a mystery to those who cash their checks. They’re demonized by Democrats, who lack a liberal equal … 3

President orders review of police use of military gear

Sunday, August 24, 2014

President Obama has ordered a review of federal programs that supplied nearly half a billion dollars in military equipment to municipal police departments last year, amid criticism of the heavily armed response by local law enforcement agencies to protests in Ferguson, Mo. The review probably will include the … 1

New Hampshire Hospital plans to add beds in new crisis unit, plus other renovations

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ten beds might not sound like a lot – but officials at New Hampshire Hospital are hoping its new crisis unit will alleviate the strain on the rest of the state’s mental health system, even slightly, when completed next year. The new 10-bed crisis unit will be staffed … 0

EEOC report finds lack of diversity among top ranks of civil service

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The latest annual Equal Employment Opportunity Commission report on the federal workplace is not happy summer reading for diversity advocates. The numbers, graphs and tables document a story they know too well. Despite well-meaning efforts and all the right things said by Obama administration officials, racial, ethnic and … 0

At GOP picnic in Chichester, Rick Perry says it’s important New Hampshire selects a Republican to serve in the Senate

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry focused on the 2014 midterm elections when he stopped by the Merrimack County GOP picnic yesterday. In the final public visit of his two-day tour through the state, Perry emphasized the importance of electing … 0

Democrats adopt 2016 presidential primary calendar

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Leaders of the Democratic Party adopted their 2016 presidential nominating calendar yesterday, setting the stage for a successor to President Obama. The Democratic National Committee, or DNC, approved rules for its 2016 convention along with a primary schedule that will begin with the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1, … 0

Perry in New Hampshire: No decision on 2016

Friday, August 22, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said in a visit to the state yesterday that he was unprepared for and humbled by his first run for president in 2012 and will work harder if there’s a next time around. Perry … 0

Big fundraising gap in state Senate race between David Boutin and Jane Cormier

Friday, August 22, 2014

Jane Cormier and state Sen. David Boutin – the man she hopes to unseat in the District 16 Republican primary – have their differences. They are split over the gas tax, over Medicaid expansion, over the death penalty. But another major contrast surfaced this week: money. As of … 0