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President Barack Obama meets with the new Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The president and first lady have come to express their condolences on the death of the late Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama defends U.S. ties as he pays respects in Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

President Obama defended the U.S. government’s willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he joined an array of current and former American statesmen yesterday in paying respects following the death of King Abdullah. Saudi Arabia’s status as one of Washington’s most important Arab allies has at times appeared to …

Blizzard a key leadership test for Gov. Baker, Mayor Walsh

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Governors and mayors face a host of thorny problems – from budget shortfalls to rising unemployment – but few are as immediate or compelling as convincing millions trapped in their homes during a blizzard that everything is under control. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh faced just such a challenge …

Lantos Swett, with other human rights advocates, offers to share Saudi blogger’s punishment

Monday, January 26, 2015

The notion of being “my brother’s keeper” comes up a lot in the context of advocating for human rights. Katrina Lantos Swett, in her roles as the chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and the president of the Concord-based Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, is plenty familiar with …

Ray Duckler: If you’ve never heard of Jonathan Daniels, read this

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Jonathan Daniels, answering a call from God and Martin Luther King Jr., went to Alabama in the spring of 1965 and died there five months later. He was killed by a shotgun blast from a man named Thomas …

Money Trail: Trained in bird-dogging, voters learn to press candidates

Sunday, January 18, 2015

With the 2016 presidential primary slightly more than a year away, a group of voters turned out to Runnels Hall in Chocorua on Friday to learn how to effectively question candidates and force them into taking a public …

PolitiFact: Elizabeth Warren says the average family in the bottom 90 percent made more money 30 years ago

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Statement “The average family not in the top 10 percent makes less money today than they were making a generation ago.” — Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 in a speech at the AFL-CIO National Summit …

N.H. supporters to Warren: ‘This is the moment.’

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The first event in New Hampshire championing an Elizabeth Warren presidential candidacy had all the makings of a big-time rally: Supporters waving homemade signs, crowds chanting Warren’s name, T-shirts and upbeat music. The only thing missing was Warren, who says she won’t run. This didn’t stop the group …

The 2016 presidential race is turning into a fight between veterans and newcomers

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Republican Party has long been riven between its establishment and conservative wings, a split that plays out every four years in the race for the White House. But for 2016, the divide in the early race for …

State Sen. Jed Bradley completes The Grid – hiking all 4,000-foot peaks in every month

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The cheering began as Jeb Bradley squeezed his way in between two frozen boulders, and onto the snow-crusted summit of Mount Madison. A crowd of eight smiling hikers awaited him, bracing against the whipping winds and frigid temperatures. …

PolitiFact: Rand Paul says most people receive disability for back pain, anxiety

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The statement “Over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts.” — Rand Paul on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 in a speech in New Hampshire Our ruling The numbers don’t add up. The two …

Gay marriage heads back to high court

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Clearing the way for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced yesterday it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution. The justices will take up gay-rights cases that …

Belly up, baby! N.H. mulls change to alcohol labels

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Babies and bottles normally get along just fine, unless a picture of that baby happens to be plastered to the front of a bottle of beer being sold in New Hampshire. Currently, that bottle of Breakfast Stout crafted …

State Supreme Court upholds pension reforms

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has upheld some legislative reforms to the state retirement system, a month after upholding key provisions. The court yesterday upheld changes to the definitions of “earned compensation” and Cost of Living Adjustments. It ruled the changes didn’t retroactively reduce pension benefits earned before …