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Germany: Obama sends top aides to Berlin

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

President Obama dispatched his chief of staff to Berlin yesterday in an effort to defuse tension with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government over U.S. espionage after the expulsion of the top American spy. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Lisa Monaco, Obama’s counterterrorism and homeland security adviser, met with McDonough’s counterpart Peter Altmaier and German intelligence coordinator Guenter Heiss, the two governments said in statements. The group agreed … 0

Senate Dems to unveil $2.7B bill on immigrant children

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Senate Democrats are preparing to significantly cut President Obama’s request for emergency funding to deal with an influx of Central American children streaming across the border with Mexico. The measure also would provide immediate aid to Israel for the Iron Dome missile defense system as well as money needed to fight wildfires in Western states. Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski is scheduled to … 0

Shark sightings a lure for Cape Cod tourists

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Great white sharks are having an unusual effect on Cape Cod this summer, and many a merchant is going to need a bigger wallet. The sharks being spotted in growing numbers are stirring curiosity and a buying frenzy for shark-related merchandise. Shark T-shirts are everywhere, “Jaws” has been playing in local movie theaters … 0

House passes highway bill as deadline looms

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

With an August deadline looming, the House voted yesterday to temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put them on a sound financial footing for the … 1

House GOP prepares response to border crisis

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

House Republicans announced yesterday they will recommend dispatching the National Guard to South Texas and speeding Central American youths back home as their response to the immigration crisis that’s engulfing the border and testing Washington’s ability to respond. … 5

Journalist known as undocumented immigrant held for hours at border town

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who is perhaps the best-known undocumented immigrant in the United States, was detained by federal agents for much of the day yesterday after trying to leave a Texas border town without a valid U.S. visa. Vargas was taken into custody yesterday … 0

New Hampshire DMV begins issuing vanity plates under new rule

Monday, July 14, 2014

The New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles will begin processing more than 2,000 backlogged applications for vanity plates under guidelines set by an interim rule that took effect yesterday. The text of the interim rule is more specific than the previous version. Before, vanity plates that “a reasonable … 2

New crises cloud U.S., Iran meeting

Monday, July 14, 2014

The top U.S. and Iranian diplomats searched yesterday for a breakthrough in nuclear talks, their efforts complicated by crises across the Middle East and beyond that have Washington and Tehran aligned in some places but often opposed. The … 0

State Employees’ Association endorses Dan Feltes for District 15

Monday, July 14, 2014

State Senate candidate Dan Feltes has won an endorsement from the State Employees’ Association, the largest public labor union in New Hampshire. Feltes, a Democrat, entered the race last month for the District 15 seat, which represents Concord, Hopkinton, Henniker and Warner. He will face Concord School Board … 1

Shaheen, Brown campaigns focus on veterans

Monday, July 14, 2014

Veterans issues took center stage of the U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire yesterday, with incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen calling for passage of legislation that expands access to care for veterans and Republican challenger Scott Brown launching a … 0

U.S. companies look overseas for tax bill relief

Monday, July 14, 2014

A growing number of U.S. companies are looking to trim their tax bills by combining operations with foreign businesses in a trend that may eventually cost the federal government billions of dollars in revenue. Generic drugmaker Mylan Inc. … 4

Jeb Bush nods to Brown in New Hampshire Senate run

Monday, July 14, 2014

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush made his first foray into New Hampshire politics yesterday, supporting Republican Scott Brown in his campaign for the U.S. Senate. Bush is a possible contender for the GOP’s 2016 nomination for president and dipping a toe into New Hampshire, with its first-in-the-nation primary, … 0

Crumbling roadways add costs to U.S. economy, White House says

Monday, July 14, 2014

More than two-thirds of U.S. roadways are in need of repair and the poor condition of the nation’s transportation network results in billions in extra costs, according to a White House report. The report was released yesterday in conjunction with President Obama’s campaign to pressure Congress for a … 1