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Donald Trump speaks during the First in the Nation Summit in Nashua on Friday, April 17, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

In celebrity status and over-the-top talking points, Trump stands alone

Saturday, April 18, 2015

When businessman and potential presidential candidate Donald Trump took the stage at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Nashua yesterday afternoon, he didn’t mince words in talking about his fellow Republicans. “All the people you’re listening to, you can just forget it,” he told the audience at the #FITN Republican Leadership Summit. He slammed GOP talk – spearheaded by New Jersey …

GOP summit underscores New Hampshire primary is a marathon, not a sprint

Saturday, April 18, 2015

For the political world – in New Hampshire and across the nation – it would be easy to assume all of the action was happening on the stage at the Nashua Crowne Plaza hotel this weekend. But the forum, which featured speeches from more than a dozen potential Republican presidential candidates over a …

Campaign finance reform received cool weclome at GOP summit

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Campaign finance reform advocates calling themselves the New Hampshire Rebellion were first snubbed then outright booted from the Republican summit in Nashua this weekend. Rebellion Director Jeff McLean said his group was set to be a sponsor of the New Hampshire GOP event that featured nearly every potential Republican candidate for president. But …

Christie proposes overhaul of Social Security benefits

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie proposed pushing back the age of eligibility for Social Security and Medicare for future retirees yesterday as part of a plan to cut deficits by $1 trillion over a decade, an approach he …

After criticism, state works to address woes at rehab center

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Hampshire’s health commissioner said yesterday he bears responsibility for failures of oversight at a facility that cares for people with brain injuries. Lakeview Neuro-Rehabilitation Center in Effingham has been the subject of scrutiny from the state since the Disability Rights Center issued complaints last fall detailing neglect …

Obama to remove Cuba from state sponsor of terror list

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

President Obama will remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House announced yesterday, a key step in his bid to normalize relations between the two countries. Obama made the final decision following a …

Redesign of dangerous Pembroke intersection begins this week

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Construction by the Department of Transportation begins this week on an intersection deemed dangerous on Route 3 in Pembroke. Two streets perpendicular to Route 3 – Pembroke Hill Road and Bow Lane – are currently staggered as they …

White House agrees to give Congress a say on an Iran deal

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Bowing to pressure from Republicans and his own party, President Obama yesterday relented to a compromise empowering Congress to reject the emerging nuclear pact with Iran. The rare and reluctant agreement between the president and the Republican-led Congress …

On the campaign trail, Christie paints himself as man of the people

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

At 11 a.m., he was the governor of New Jersey – the latest politician to take the stage at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics with a policy pitch and, perhaps, an eye on the White House. But …

Rubio throws hat into presidential ring

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio entered the presidential race yesterday by offering the nation a younger generation of leadership that breaks free of ideas “stuck in the 20th century,” a jab at both Democratic favorite Hillary Clinton and his …

Sponsor of Maine GMO label law opposes bill to ditch trigger

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The sponsor of a Maine law that requires food producers to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients says state lawmakers are misguided in their effort to repeal the law’s trigger provision. Former State representative Lance Harvell, a Farmington Republican, sponsored a bill that requires the labels if five …

China releases 5 women’s activists

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

In a surprise move, Chinese authorities yesterday released five women’s activists whose detention had caused an international uproar. The five, best known for staging peaceful “performance art” demonstrations to highlight women’s rights, were detained in early March over their plans to mark International Women’s Day by distributing stickers …

After Iowa, it’s on to New Hampshire for Hillary Clinton

Monday, April 13, 2015

For Hillary Clinton, the next stop on the campaign trail is New Hampshire. The Clinton campaign confirmed that the former secretary of state and newly announced Democratic presidential candidate will be coming to the Granite State soon after …