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Fact check: Obama’s stance on executive authority has changed

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The statement “My position hasn’t changed” on using executive authority to address immigration issues. — Barack Obama on Sunday, November 16th, 2014 in a press conference in Australia. The ruling Obama has been asked about his ability to use his office to change immigration rules in the U.S. in many ways throughout the years. Sometimes, he has been asked broadly, but other times, he was asked about very specific measures, such as not splitting up families or freezing deportations for parents of DREAMers. In answering those questions, Obama’s position has clearly changed. Whereas he used to say his ability to take action ended at deferring …

Republicans sue White House over health law

Saturday, November 22, 2014

House Republicans yesterday announced that they have filed a long-awaited legal suit challenging President Obama’s “unilateral actions” on the Affordable Care Act’s implementation. Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, announced the lawsuit’s filing minutes after he publicly denounced another of the president’s executive moves, this on the decision that will provide relief to millions of illegal immigrants here, part of what Republicans have …

Immigration tests GOP leaders’ ability to control conservative response to Obama

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Just two weeks ago, Republicans handed President Obama a humiliating defeat at the polls, winning full control of Congress. But already, GOP leaders fear that the conservative uproar over the president’s immigration actions will doom any hopes for a stable period of Republican governance. The moves announced last night by Obama – which …

Keystone: House sends oil pipeline bill to Senate

Friday, November 14, 2014

Congress inched closer yesterday to a possible showdown with President Obama over the Keystone XL oil pipeline as the Republican-controlled House approved the project. Supporters in the Democratic-run Senate predicted they will get the 60 votes needed to pass it next week. The House vote was 252-161 in …

G-20 summit opens in Australia; growth tops agenda

Friday, November 14, 2014

As G-20 summit host Brisbane, Australia, sweltered through a blistering heat wave, world leaders yesterday got down to the business of cementing plans to drag a sagging global economy out of the doldrums. The leaders of the world’s …

GOP considers using short-term funds to press Obama on immigration

Friday, November 14, 2014

Congressional Republicans said yesterday they might create a series of showdowns over funding the government to try to force President Obama to back down on his expected plans to overhaul the nation’s immigration system. Instead of passing a spending bill in coming days that would fund the government …

New Hampshire House speaker race down to Chandler, O’Brien

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The race for speaker of the House is now between just two candidates, after the third – state Rep. Laurie Sanborn – announced yesterday she would withdraw from the contest. Two former speakers of the House – Reps. Gene Chandler and Bill O’Brien – are competing for support …

AP Exclusive: Drones patrol half of Mexico border

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The U.S. government now patrols nearly half of the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans to …

Warren of Massachusetts joins Senate Democratic leadership

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Senate Democrats elevated first-term Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to an expanded leadership team yesterday as they prepare to become the chamber’s minority party in January. Warren, who will act as a bridge to the party’s liberal wing, said she’ll use her role to focus on financial equality in …

University officials to state: More state money needed to keep tuition down, attract students

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Looking at the way New Hampshire funds higher education is a bit like an experiment, with a cause and effect relationship based on financial support from state government, University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston said. In 2010, …

New Hampshire House Dems select Steve Shurtleff as new minority leader

Thursday, November 13, 2014

State Rep. Steve Shurtleff of Penacook signaled an intent to focus on protecting Medicaid expansion and to work on increasing New Hampshire’s minimum wage after his selection as House minority leader yesterday afternoon. The new leader of the New Hampshire House Democratic Caucus said the unanimous vote on …

Donald Trump guest speaker at event honoring James Foley

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The First Amendment gives Donald Trump the freedom to criticize President Obama and the country’s policies any way he pleases. Last night was no exception. As the featured speaker at an event to honor slain New Hampshire journalist …

Hassan, Havenstein spent combined $5.5 million

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The candidates for governor in New Hampshire spent more than $5.5 million combined in the 2014 election, topping what candidates spent in 2012 by about $1.5 million, according to campaign finance reports released yesterday. Republican challenger Walt Havenstein raised about $3.5 million – including $2 million of his …