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Jeremy Alcede talks about his legal issues Friday, June 5, 2015, outside the federal courthouse in Houston. Alcede spent nearly seven weeks in jail for refusing a judge’s order to share his social media passwords with the new owner of the business he lost in bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Standoff over social media passwords breaks new legal ground

Sunday, July 5, 2015

A Texas man used social media to promote his gun store, posting politically charged messages that criticized the president and promoted Second Amendment rights. But after losing ownership of his suburban Houston store in bankruptcy, Jeremy Alcede spent nearly seven weeks in jail for refusing a federal judge’s order to share with the new owner the passwords of the business’ …

Christie, now a candidate, looks to close the book on Bridgegate

Sunday, July 5, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who last week announced his long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination, faces many challenges: a crowded and still-expanding field, scant support in national GOP polls, and voters in early primary states unsure about his sharp tongue and skeptical about his conservative bona fides. But potentially looming over all those hurdles is the fallout from “Bridgegate,” the politically …

Ayotte facing a whole new political ballgame

Sunday, July 5, 2015

As far as Kathleen Veracco can recall, her daughter didn’t show much of an interest in running any kind of campaign growing up, until she was a student at Penn State seeking out a position as president of the school’s largest sorority leadership organization. Veracco, for her part, held a few community posts …

With sides dug in, budget heads toward veto

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Republican-led Legislature passed an $11.3 billion budget Wednesday, but the partisan battle over the state’s next two-year spending plan will likely press on through the fall. Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan has already pledged to veto the budget, …

Hassan to nominate Bow resident to PUC

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan will nominate Bow resident Kate Bailey to the Public Utilities Commission, a three-member body that regulates electric and natural gas utilities in the state. Bailey is currently director of regulatory innovation and strategy at the PUC, where she has been employed since 1989. Hassan will …

Council to take up substance abuse, mental health money

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Executive Council will vote on a number of state contracts Wednesday to implement parts of New Hampshire’s mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention efforts. The five-member council works alongside Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, to approve all large state contracts and agency appointments. The contracts …

South Carolina lawmakers overwhelmingly vote to debate Confederate flag

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

South Carolina lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to consider removing the Confederate battle flag from their statehouse grounds as politicians took aim at Civil War-era symbols in other states, saying change is imperative after police said nine black churchgoers …

Obama’s trade agenda survives key Senate procedural vote

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

President Obama’s trade agenda has survived a crucial Senate vote and seems well-positioned to become law. The Senate voted 60-37 Tuesday to begin full-blown debate on Obama’s request for “fast track” negotiating authority. That was the exact number needed to avoid a filibuster. The vote continued a revival …

U.S. won’t threaten to prosecute hostages’ families for ransom

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Softening longstanding policy, the Obama administration will tell families of Americans held by terror groups that they can communicate with captors and even pay ransom without fear of prosecution. The shift comes as part of a broad review …

Saudi cables suggest money links with media

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A financially troubled Lebanese TV network received a $2 million Saudi bailout in return for adopting a pro-Riyadh editorial policy. A news agency in Guinea got a $2,000 gift, while small publications across the Arab world received tens …

WikiLeaks: NSA eavesdropped on the last 3 French presidents

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

WikiLeaks published documents late Tuesday that it says show the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on the last three French presidents. There was no instant confirmation of the accuracy of the documents released in collaboration with French daily newspaper Liberation and investigative website Mediapart. WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson …

N.H. lawmakers locked in stalemate now must come together for short-term deal

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Lawmakers locked in a stalemate over the state budget are now finding another area of disagreement: how to fund the state on a short-term basis while they work out their differences. The Republican-controlled House and Senate will vote …

Bush, Trump lead new Suffolk University poll

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Some good news for Donald Trump, out of the latest Suffolk University Political Research Center poll: The newly declared presidential candidate came in second place among likely Republican primary voters, just behind former Florida governor Jeb Bush. When …