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Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., talks about his agenda for a GOP-controlled Congress during an interview with The Associated Press on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. McConnell says approving the Keystone XL pipeline will top the Senate agenda in January.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

McConnell vows to battle Obama on coal plant regulations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, pledged yesterday to do all he can to stop President Obama’s coal plant regulations, saying a White House “crusade” has devastated his state’s economy. The Environmental Protection Agency “has created a depression in my state and it’s done a lot of damage to the country all across the country with …

Sony cancels movie release in wake of hacker threats

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sony Pictures Entertainment yesterday canceled the Christmas Day release of The Interview, bowing to threats of a wide-scale attack from hackers who U.S. intelligence officials have concluded were working for North Korea. U.S. officials, though, were not prepared to publicly accuse the reclusive government, in large part because the Obama administration has not determined what, if any, action it could take. Intelligence officials …

Obama moves to normalize relations with Cuba

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The United States and Cuba ended more than a half-century of enmity yesterday, announcing that they would re-establish diplomatic relations and begin dismantling the last pillar of the Cold War. The historic move, following 18 months of secret negotiations and finally made possible by Cuba’s release of detained U.S. aid contractor Alan Gross, …

Japan’s ruling coalition wins big in elections

Monday, December 15, 2014

Japan’s ruling coalition won a solid victory in lower house elections yesterday, giving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democrats up to four more years to pursue a wide range of economic and political reforms. The conservative Liberal Democratic …

Staking claim to political domain names ahead of the game

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Attention all present and future politicians: Have you registered a website, Facebook account and Twitter handle under your own name yet? If not, chances are somebody else already has, and that can mean big problems. Newly elected House …

‘Stand with Us’: Thousands protest police killings

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Thousands of protesters marched across the country yesterday – to Congress in the nation’s capital, along iconic Fifth Avenue in New York City and in front of Boston’s Statehouse – to call attention to the deaths of unarmed …

Obama signs second stopgap spending bill

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Senate was poised to approve a $1.1 trillion spending bill last night after a rare weekend session forced by a conservative rebellion against President Obama’s immigration policy. Senators had earlier approved a backstop measure to extend current …

What just happened in Congress?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Late Thursday, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill to fund the government through September, which the Senate is expected to pass within days. The bill, which passed 219 to 206, averts a major political confrontation – …

Congress losing last WWII vets, a Tea Party fave

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Congress is saying farewell to its last two veterans of World War II, the member whose lodgings inspired Amazon’s Alpha House show, a founding firebrand of the Tea Party, the senator dubbed “Dr. No” and a few dozen …

DOJ says tribes can decide whether to legalize pot

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The U.S. Justice Department said yesterday Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug. Oregon U.S. Attorney Amanda …

Democrats, Obama part on $1.1 trillion spending bill

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Swapping crisis for compromise, the House narrowly approved $1.1 trillion in governmentwide spending last night after President Obama and Republicans joined forces to override Democratic complaints that the bill would also ease bank regulations imposed after the economy’s …

New House Speaker picks his legislative leaders

Thursday, December 11, 2014

House Speaker Shawn Jasper named committee chairmen and vice chairmen yesterday, putting some of the finishing touches on his leadership team that he says represents Republicans from across the caucus. “I was looking for experience,” the Hudson representative …

N.H. Fish and Game forecast for 2015: A 150th anniversary and uncertainty

Thursday, December 11, 2014

For the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game, 2015 will be a big year for two reasons. The department that protects natural and wildlife resources will mark its 150th anniversary with a series of events, a special …