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Kentucky senator Rand Paul speaks to reporters before a fund-raising dinner for the New Hampshire Republican Party at the Grappone Center in Concord; Monday, May 20, 2013. 

ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff

Political groups try to mobilize the youth vote ahead of Nov. elections

Saturday, September 20, 2014

When Eric Schleien met his political role model, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, at a rally in Manchester this month, he shook the senator’s hand and asked to take a selfie. “Rand, to me, is such an inspiration,” said Schleien, a 26-year-old Republican who is running for state representative in Hudson. The Kentucky senator resonates with young voters because he addresses … 0

CIA stops spying on friendly nations

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Stung by the backlash over a German caught selling secrets to the U.S. and the revelations of surveillance by the National Security Agency, the CIA has stopped spying on friendly governments in Western Europe, according to current and former U.S. officials. The pause in decades of espionage was designed to give CIA officers … 0

Democrats criticize Republican candidates at party dinner in Concord

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Over traditional fare of turkey and apple cider, Democrats used a party-organized dinner last night as an opportunity to attack Republicans running in this November’s election. “It’s very clear that this is a critical election and that there is a real choice between the vision that we have as Democrats . . . … 0

Kuster attacks Garcia on 'Tea Party playbook' in first ad

Monday, September 15, 2014

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster released an ad laying out how her campaign will try to define her opponent, state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, as the two battle for the 2nd Congressional District seat. The ad highlights Garcia’s rally two days before the Republican primary with Sen. Ted Cruz of … 26

Eight candidates file for four open seats on the Concord School Board

Monday, September 15, 2014

Three of four races for open seats on the Concord School Board will be contested in November. Three of the eight candidates who filed to run by yesterday’s deadline are incumbents. President Clint Cogswell, whose seat is not up for election this year, said he is glad to … 0

Generation gap: Young Scots favor independence

Monday, September 15, 2014

Across Scotland, dinner table talk is getting heated as families argue over how to vote in Scotland’s independence referendum Thursday. A generation gap has opened up, with younger voters more inclined to back independence and their elders tending … 0

Shifting his views, Rand Paul seeks broader appeal - but may risk his outsider image

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul wanted to eliminate aid to Israel. Now he doesn’t. He wanted to scrap the Medicare system. Now he’s not sure. He didn’t like the idea of a border fence – it was expensive, and it … 0

Poll has Shaheen, Brown in dead heat; another poll has Shaheen up 8 points

Monday, September 15, 2014

Several new polls released today reveal widely differing outlooks in the race for U.S. Senate. A CNN poll shows incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican challenger Scott Brown locked in a dead heat among likely voters, with both earning 48 percent. A vast majority of those likely … 1

Shea-Porter, Guinta gear up for a ‘threematch’

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Democrat Carol Shea-Porter and Republican Frank Guinta aren’t just in a rematch in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District. They’re in a “threematch.” The November election will feature the same two candidates for the third straight time, turning the district into a best-of-three pingpong tournament, and it’s the voters … 1

Retired justice to headline lecture series in Concord

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Two retired U.S. Supreme Court justices will share the limelight on the same New Hampshire stage this week. Retired justice Sandra Day O’Connor – the first woman appointed to the nation’s highest court – will be the keynote speaker at this year’s “Constitutionally Speaking” lecture Wednesday night at … 1

U.S. man in North Korea given 6 years of hard labor

Sunday, September 14, 2014

North Korea’s Supreme Court yesterday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor. At a trial that lasted about 90 minutes, the court said … 0

Hillary Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculation

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hillary Clinton, making her return to Iowa for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign, implored Democrats yesterday to choose shared economic opportunity over “the guardians of gridlock” in an high-profile appearance that drove speculation about another … 1

Mayday PAC’s campaign finance reform goal: End big money with money

Sunday, September 14, 2014

When Plymouth resident Steve Rand first heard about the Mayday Political Action Committee, he was inspired by the bipartisan PAC’s mission to end big money in politics with big money of its own. Rand, who normally votes Democratic, began organizing campaign outreach for the Mayday-backed U.S. Senate candidate … 0