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Beji Caid Essebsi, 88, a minister and parliamentary speaker under previous presidents, waves during a campaign speech in the region of Kef, north of Tunis, Tunisia, Wednesday, Dec.17, 2014. The runoff pits Caid Essebsi against outgoing interim president Moncef Marzouki, a veteran rights activist for Dec.21 second round of the presidential elections. (AP Photo/Ilyess Osmane)

Exit poll: Ex-regime official is Tunisia’s new president

Monday, December 22, 2014

Tunisian polling firms have declared Beji Caid Essebsi, an 88-year-old official from previous regimes, as the winner of yesterday’s presidential runoff, cementing his dominance over a country where his party already controls parliament. The runoff election marks the culmination of a four-year-long rocky transition to democracy after Tunisians overthrew dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, kicking off pro-democracy …

As newly appointed House Counsel, Chuck Douglas advises Republicans to ‘move on’

Sunday, December 21, 2014

As the newly appointed House legal counsel, Chuck Douglas’s chief responsibility is to deal with disputes over House rules. And the former Republican congressman and state Supreme Court justice already has a piece of advice for this fledgling Legislature, with its feuding Republican factions – move on. “I think it’s time to accept …

Capital Beat: A taste of things to come on display at the State House last week

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Rep. Shawn Jasper may have defeated former speaker Bill O’Brien to lead the House, in what turned out be a highly divisive vote, but Jasper’s speakership is getting off to a familiar start, policy-wise that is. Jasper chairs the House rules committee and oversaw the vote Thursday to again permit concealed firearms in …

Seeking Shelter: Timeline – the making of a homeless network

Monday, December 15, 2014

October 1980: Friendly Kitchen opens, serving hot meals to those in need. From 1982 to 1999, the soup kitchen operated for two hours a day at the Riverbend building on North State Street. The operation moves in 1999 …

Seeking Shelter: Are homeless shelters the answer or feeding the problem?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Concord's winter shelters began 11 years ago, during a season of indelible cold. A subzero frost whipped through the streets of downtown. Pedestrians scampered. Car locks froze. At McKenna House, the year-round homeless shelter on Fruit Street, sober …

Seeking Shelter: After a decade, former pastor David Keller still optimistic for a solution

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Rev. David Keller has accomplished a lot over the past six decades. He marched in the first Earth Day, spent years combating poverty in inner-city New York, helped build a homeless shelter in the South and memorized …

Seeking Shelter: Wes Follansbee is one of the city’s invisible homeless, couch surfing from place to place

Monday, December 15, 2014

Not every homeless person sleeps out in the cold or stands on the street corner. Being homeless can mean different things for different people. Some sleep in cars, others seek a bed in a shelter, and a few …

CIA report revives legal debate on interrogation

Monday, December 15, 2014

When the CIA sought permission to use harsh interrogation methods on a captured al-Qaida operative, the response from Bush administration lawyers was encouraging, even clinical. In one of several memos forming the legal underpinnings for brutal interrogation techniques, the CIA was told that Abu Zubaydah could lawfully be …

North Country research project gets nearly $128,000

Monday, December 15, 2014

A research project that examines the experiences and attitudes of Coos County youth and young adults has received a grant of nearly $128,000 grant from a charitable fund that supports organizations in northern New Hampshire and surrounding areas. The Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of …

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 …