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FILE - In this July 31, 2000 file photo, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. gives a thumbs up after taking over as chairman of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia.  A newly unveiled indictment against Hastert released Thursday, May 28, 2015,  accuses the Republican of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime schoolteacher silent about "prior misconduct."   (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

Source: Hastert paid to hide claims of sex abuse

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Former House speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the matter said yesterday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing and the allegations are not contained in an indictment issued Thursday. The specific nature of the claims was not immediately clear. The federal indictment accused Hastert of agreeing to pay $3.5 million to keep a person from the suburban Chicago town where he was a longtime high school teacher and wrestling coach silent about “prior misconduct,” but the court papers …

Illinois: For Hastert, fortune grew from farmland

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Former House speaker Dennis Hastert, who was indicted Thursday on charges of concealing bank withdrawals related to a secret $1.7 million payoff, made a small fortune through real estate investments before leaving Congress. In one controversial transaction conducted through a trust, Hastert reaped millions of dollars by selling farmland near the site of a proposed highway that was to be financed in part …

PHOTOS: Newly announced Republican presidential candidate George Pataki in Concord

Saturday, May 30, 2015

One day after kicking off his presidential campaign in Exeter, former New York governor George Pataki spoke with a small crowd at Havenwood Heritage Heights in Concord yesterday during a town hall style meeting hosted by the Merrimack County Republican Committee. …

Proposal would raise application fees for major utility projects like Northern Pass

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Energy developers will have to pay hefty application fees to start the state’s permitting process, if a bill passed by the Senate yesterday becomes law. The state Site Evaluation Committee is charged with approving large-scale energy projects in …

In Concord, Jeb Bush tells crowd “I’m a little different than my dad and my brother”

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Anne Coughlin of Concord has listened to a lot of presidential hopefuls over the years, and has seen candidates named Bush and Clinton dominate the headlines. The same names are again in the spotlight as the presidential primary …

State budget: Senate pushing to restore cuts to health services

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Senate budget writers moved yesterday to restore many of the deepest cuts to health services in the House’s $11.2 billion budget, including services for older residents, people with developmental disabilities and substance abuse treatment. “What we did today was a compassionate budget in regards to health and human …

Jerusalem: Israel scraps bus plan many critics had called racist

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday canceled a plan that would have banned Palestinian laborers from riding on the same buses with Jewish settlers in the West Bank, just hours after it was announced — an embarrassing about-face …

More small-style events for Hillary Clinton in second visit to NH since announcing bid for president

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In her second visit to New Hampshire since announcing her presidential campaign, Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to visit the Seacoast area Friday for campaign events focused on small businesses. Her campaign says she will visit Smuttynose Brewery in …

State senators dip into renewable energy fund to pay for homeland security

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A week after voting to fully restore the state’s renewable energy fund, Senate budget writers decided yesterday to use some of the fund’s money to bankroll homeland security and emergency management. The Senate Finance Committee voted yesterday to …

Yvonne Dean-Bailey ekes out victory in well-attended special election for state rep

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Yvonne Dean-Bailey, the 19-year-old Republican candidate for Rockingham County’s 32nd House district, eked out a victory in her first-ever election yesterday. The former intern for U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte and former field organizer for former U.S. House candidate …

House bill would cap tax-payer dollars for ex-presidents’ travel

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and other former presidents who earn lucrative speaking fees and draw other income would no longer be able to count on taxpayer dollars to pay for their post-White House office space and staff …

Clinton urges emails’ release

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hillary Clinton urged the State Department yesterday to speed the release of 55,000 pages of emails from her time as secretary of state, as her decision to spurn administration rules and use a private email address continued to …

In Concord, former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee stresses his, Clinton’s differences

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee – also a former Republican, having since switched parties – is about 95 percent sure he’s going to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. He’s expecting to have a decision on the …