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President Barack Obama appears on screen at the 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Las Vegas. Obama unveiled his expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Immigration tests GOP leaders’ ability to control conservative response to Obama

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Just two weeks ago, Republicans handed President Obama a humiliating defeat at the polls, winning full control of Congress. But already, GOP leaders fear that the conservative uproar over the president’s immigration actions will doom any hopes for a stable period of Republican governance. The moves announced last night by Obama – which will protect millions of illegal immigrants from …

New reps learn rules of New Hampshire House

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Choose your words carefully on the House floor. Always read the speaker’s note in the weekly House calendar (and don’t ask the clerk to advertise your daughter’s Girl Scout cookie sale in said calendar). Know that you are part of something important. These were just a few of outgoing House clerk Karen Wadsworth’s …

Renewed fears of terrorism keep NSA reform bill from clearing Senate

Thursday, November 20, 2014

In May, reacting to revelations of the National Security Agency’s mass collection of Americans’ phone records, members of the House of Representatives voted by a wide margin to end the program. On Tuesday night, their counterparts across the U.S. Capitol could not win enough votes to proceed even with debate on a bill that sought to accomplish much the same thing. Part of …

Hassan changes nominations to Site Evaluation Committee

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ahead of an Executive Council meeting today, Gov. Maggie Hassan switched up her nominations to a powerful committee in charge of permitting Northern Pass and any future wind or pipeline projects in the state. Hassan announced yesterday she was withdrawing the nominations of outgoing Republican state Sen. Bob …

UNH sex assault program expands to high schools

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The University of New Hampshire is expanding its nationally recognized sexual violence prevention program to a younger audience: high school students in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Instead of focusing just on potential victims and perpetrators, the “Bringing in the Bystander” program teaches participants how to safely intervene …

VA chief vows renewed focus on customer service

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

On the eve of Veterans Day, the Veterans Affairs Department announced a reorganization yesterday designed to make it easier for veterans to gain access to the sprawling department and its maze-like websites. VA Secretary Robert McDonald called the …

Perry in N.H.: Preparing White House bid, will decide in 2015

Monday, November 10, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said yesterday his tour of New Hampshire is preparation for a second presidential bid, but he won’t make a final decision on that until at least May. Perry is the first prospective 2016 presidential …

US reviewing democracy work in hostile countries

Monday, November 10, 2014

BC-US--Secret Cuban Twitter-Ban, 5th Ld-Writethru,793 US reviewing democracy work in hostile countries AP Photo NY107 (Eds: Adds context of how work in Cuba is illegal. With AP Photos.) By DESMOND BUTLER and JACK GILLUM Associated Press WASHINGTON — …

Dartmouth student is write-in victor in Grafton County race

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Dartmouth College senior from Chicago is Grafton County’s newly elected register of probate after his fraternity brothers launched an impromptu write-in campaign Election Day. The Valley News reported that Mick Wopinski won the seat with 20 write-in votes in a race that featured no official candidates. Wopinski’s …

Federal government struggles against cyberattacks

Monday, November 10, 2014

A $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing number of cyberattacks and is unwittingly being undermined by federal employees and contractors. Workers …

Gruff former general right man for Korean mission

Monday, November 10, 2014

The North Koreans passed word they wanted a high-ranking U.S. government official for the job, so President Obama sent a gruff former general to spirit home two Americans held captive by the hard-line communists. Director of National Intelligence …

One Man’s Plan: Volunteering at Ward 7 showed me the true face of democracy

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Feeling a little cynical these days? Frustrated with your fellow citizens for choosing that bozo or reelecting such a nincompoop? In the surge toward this year’s election, I’d been swimming in a sea of cynicism, drenched by negative …

Making the most of the ground game: GOP catches up to Dems in midterm election

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Fergus Cullen, the former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, also happens to be a competitive distance runner and a high school cross-country coach. When it came time to size up the political parties’ respective efforts …