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President Barack Obama gestures during a statement in the State Dining Room of the White House, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Washington. Obama spoke after Congress voted to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Strong Senate vote for Obama on Syria rebel aid

Friday, September 19, 2014

In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants last night, reluctant ratification of a new strategy that President Obama outlined scarcely a week ago. The 78-22 Senate vote sent Obama legislation that also provides funding for the government after the … 0

Huge turnout seen in Scotland’s independence vote

Friday, September 19, 2014

From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment – and the rest of the United Kingdom held its breath – after voters turned out in huge numbers for an independence referendum that could end Scotland’s 307-year union with England. Results that trickled in early today brought … 0

Latest gubernatorial finance reports released, show biggest spending in media and ads

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The latest campaign finance reports for New Hampshire’s gubernatorial candidates show an emphasis on media buys in the days leading up to the primary election. The campaigns for Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan and Walt Havenstein, her Republican opponent, have submitted their financial reports through their political action committees this election cycle – Maggie ’14 and Havenstein for Governor, respectively. Hassan picked up $100,077 … 0

Obama outlines fight against Islamic State

Thursday, September 11, 2014

President Obama began outlining a sweeping and long-term strategy last night for combating the threat posed by the Islamic State, launching what could be the biggest counterterrorism campaign of his presidency. “Tonight, I want to speak to you … 20

Executive Council District 4: Repeat tilt pits Pappas vs. Burns

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A pair of familiar political foes will square off for Executive Council District 4, where incumbent Democrat Chris Pappas will face a challenge from Republican Bob Burns. Pappas of Manchester easily defeated Maria Chilson, while Burns beat Jim Adams of Pittsfield in the Republican primary. November will mark … 0

Ray Duckler: Revisiting the past will shape the future

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The war on terror is back. Back in our minds. The voters’ minds. It’s no longer just jobs and the economy and immigration. Not since a group of Sunni extremists, once known as ISIS, now widely referred to as the Islamic State, began killing people in Syria. Not … 0

Early results show Boutin with lead in state Senate District 16

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

David Boutin, the three-time incumbent state senator from Hooksett, looked to be on his way toward a narrow victory last night against far-right primary challenger Jane Cormier in District 16. As of press time, Boutin had secured 54 percent of the vote with five of seven precincts reporting, … 0

Brown uses victory speech to take early swing at Shaheen

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown came away with a decisive win in the Republican primary last night over Jim Rubens and Bob Smith, setting the stage for a highly anticipated showdown with incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. The … 2

Havenstein win sets up showdown with Hassan

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Former BAE Systems leader Walt Havenstein will take on incumbent Gov. Maggie Hassan this November after landing a decisive victory against activist and entrepreneur Andrew Hemingway in last night’s Republican primary.  Havenstein had captured 56 percent of the … 0

Garcia defeats Lambert, Lawrence in 2nd Congressional GOP race

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Marilinda Garcia resoundingly won the Republican nomination for Congress in the 2nd Congressional District, securing 50 percent of the vote with almost all precincts reporting last night. Former state senator Gary Lambert of Nashua received about 27 percent … 9

Feltes wins all wards, towns in District 15

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Concord attorney Dan Feltes defeated Concord School Board member Kass Ardinger in yesterday’s District 15 state Senate primary. Feltes, 35, will be the Democrat on the general election ballot to replace outgoing state Sen. Sylvia Larsen, who has … 9

Low voter turnout for N.H. primaries

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lisa Donovan captured the sentiment yesterday after voting in the Democratic primary at St. Peter’s Parish Hall in Concord. “There’s nobody here,” she said. While final voter turnout was still being tallied late last night, the overwhelming sense was voter turnout was low, especially on the Democratic side, … 0

1st congressional district: Guinta bests Innis, will face Shea-Porter

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Frank Guinta has won the Republican nomination in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District and will face Democrat Carol Shea-Porter for a third time in November. In unofficial results, Guinta defeated Portsmouth businessman Dan Innis and two lesser-known candidates … 0