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A GOP shift on immigration

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The conventional wisdom in the Republican Party is changing. Less than two years ago, party leaders solemnly declared after an exhaustive study that the GOP “must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform.” It was critical for the party’s survival, they said, to address an issue that was paramount to the nation’s surging Hispanic population. But as President Obama issued a sweeping immigration order last week, some of the Republican Party’s …

Ayotte, Shaheen seek answers from VA on ‘Choice Program’

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Hampshire’s senators are unhappy with the implementation of a part of the major Veterans Affairs reform package they championed specifically with the Granite State’s veterans in mind. U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen, within days of the rules’ release, sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald questioning whether the guidelines governing where and how veterans access non-VA …

$18 million in N.H. budget cuts a ‘first step;’ more reductions to come

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

State agencies are cutting a combined $18.3 million from their current budgets to meet the spending reductions Gov. Maggie Hassan says are necessary to keep New Hampshire in the black. “These cuts – as you know – will not be easy,” Hassan told the legislative fiscal committee yesterday. “These reductions are key to …

Putin leaves G-20 summit early, after tough reception on Ukraine

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Citing a long flight home and the need to catch a few hours of sleep, Russian President Vladimir Putin departed the Group of 20 summit in Australia early yesterday, after fielding a barrage of criticism from Western leaders over Russia’s involvement in Ukraine. President Obama said yesterday that …

Roll Call for Nov. 16, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

By Voterama in Congress Here’s how New Hampshire members of Congress voted on major issues during the week ending Friday. House Keystone XL Pipeline: Voting 252 for and 161 against, the House on Friday sent the Senate a bill (HR 5682) to bypass environmental laws such as the …

Battle for speaker of the House boils down to leadership styles

Sunday, November 16, 2014

State Rep. Robert Elliott has a decision to make. On Tuesday, the Salem Republican will cast a vote to help decide who will lead the New Hampshire House of Representatives once it comes under Republican control again. Elliott …

Battered, Greece faces years to recoup recession

Sunday, November 16, 2014

AP-EU-Greece-Recession-Ills,1053 Battered, Greece faces years to recoup recession AP Photo XTS110, XTS109, XTS108, XTS107, XTS106, XTS105, XTS103, XTS102, XTS101 Eds: Links more photos. Data was gathered from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Eurostat, the United Nations, …

On Asia trip, Obama makes the case for U.S. relevance - and his own

Sunday, November 16, 2014

President Obama left Washington, D.C., a week ago with sagging approval ratings on foreign policy, after a year of crises ranging from the Ebola outbreak to the rise of Islamic militants to violence by Ukrainian separatists. He’ll return this evening feeling rejuvenated after a swing through the Asia …

Postal Service to get first female leader next year

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Postmaster General and U.S. Postal Service Chief Executive Patrick Donahoe announced Friday that he will retire Feb. 1 after a four-year run overseeing dramatic restructuring and cost-cutting as Americans turned from sending letters to communicating via the internet. He will be succeeded by Megan Brennan, 52, the agency’s …

Reagan, Bush also acted alone to shield immigrants

Sunday, November 16, 2014

President Obama’s anticipated order that would shield millions of immigrants now living illegally in the U.S. from deportation is not without precedent. Two of the last three Republican presidents – Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush – did the same thing in extending amnesty to family members who …

Maine father who shook baby gets 7 years in prison

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A Maine man insisted he is not a violent person, as he was sentenced yesterday to seven years in prison for shaking his 6-month-old daughter so forcefully it left her brain damaged, a quadriplegic and unable to see or hear. The baby, now in foster care, must be …

Campaign over, Baker adopts more measured tone

Saturday, November 15, 2014

During his campaign for governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker repeatedly criticized Martha Coakley for defending the state against a lawsuit brought by a New York children’s rights group, saying she should have settled the suit instead. Asked this …

All three legislative ties settled by recount

Friday, November 14, 2014

The fate of three election-night ties are settled now that ballots have been hand counted by the secretary of state’s office. In all there were 19 recounts following the Nov. 4 election, including three races that were tied. With two recounts still to go, results were not reversed …