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N.H. customers continue FairPoint complaints, as negotiations stall

Friday, December 19, 2014

At 2 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving, a tree knocked down power and telecommunication lines outside Sarah Grund’s home in Boscawen. Despite repeated calls to FairPoint Communications, no one came to restore service or remove the wires that were sitting in snow, Grund said. She was still waiting for service Monday, when she decided to switch to Comcast. “They keep telling me right now that the internet lines are working. …

Normalizing relations could take awhile

Friday, December 19, 2014

How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? That’s about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize more than a half-century of bitter animosity between the United States and Cuba. It won’t happen overnight. Some of the likely …

Rubio rides political wave

Friday, December 19, 2014

As the 2016 Republican presidential primary lurched ahead this week, no GOP prospect had a ride quite like Marco Rubio. The Florida senator’s White House aspirations took a hit when Jeb Bush, the state’s former governor and Rubio’s political mentor, announced plans to “actively explore” a campaign for president. Rubio was conspicuously quiet …

Brazil panel details military regime’s brutality

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Brazil took its most significant step yet to address the human rights violations of its military dictatorship yesterday, releasing an exhaustive report that documents nearly two decades of government-approved political killings and torture. After 30 years of impunity …

Detainee Zubaydah a key figure in Senate report

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Abu Zubaydah was the CIA’s guinea pig. He was the first high-profile al Qaida terrorist suspect captured after the Sept. 11 attacks, and the first to vanish into the spy agency’s secret prisons, the first subjected to grinding …

Defense bill includes funding for shipyard, Pease

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen say the annual defense bill has provisions that authorize funding for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the Pease Air National Guard Base. The senators, both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the bill authorizes the procurement of two Virginia …

Crimea annexation upends lives of Tatar minority

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, armed men have shown up frequently and at odd hours to search the cinder-block houses, mosque and school in this settlement of Crimean Tatars, a Muslim ethnic minority that has long suffered …

Obama health adviser Gruber apologizes for ‘glib’ remarks

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber – an often-quoted adviser on the president’s health care law – told Congress yesterday he was “glib” and “inexcusably arrogant” when he said it was “the stupidity of the American voter” that led to …

Bill O’Brien nominated Republican speaker of the House

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Rep. Bill O’Brien is poised to again wield the gavel in the state’s House of Representatives. The Mont Vernon Republican defeated Rep. Gene Chandler by four votes yesterday to win the battle to be the next House speaker. …

U.S. dollars still feeding jihadist textbooks

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

After the United States helped chase out the Taliban government in Afghanistan in 2001, it came across a legacy of its earlier intervention in the region. As the Washington Post reported in 2002, the United States had spent millions of dollars beginning in the 1980s to produce and …

Meeting to elect GOP House leader canceled

Monday, December 8, 2014

House Republicans, citing inclement weather, canceled a meeting set for today where they had planned to elect an alternative leader. Mont Vernon Rep. Bill O’Brien called the meeting last week after Hudson Rep. Shawn Jasper defeated him to become speaker. To win, Jasper drew support from Democrats in …

N.H. lawmakers to again seek flood compact compensation for N.H. towns

Monday, December 8, 2014

In the coming legislative session, lawmakers will again seek to compensate more than a dozen New Hampshire towns for the $500,000 they say they’re owed under a decades-old Merrimack River flood compact. The issue stems from a 1950s agreement between New Hampshire, Massachusetts and several towns, including Hopkinton, …

Shea-Porter applauds tax deduction extension for teachers

Monday, December 8, 2014

U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter said she is pleased that her efforts to give teachers modest recognition for their financial sacrifices are paying off. Shea-Porter introduced a resolution last year to reimburse teachers for school supplies they purchase. She said the House voted last week to extend a tax …