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Beji Caid Essebsi, 88, a minister and parliamentary speaker under previous presidents, waves during a campaign speech in the region of Kef, north of Tunis, Tunisia, Wednesday, Dec.17, 2014. The runoff pits Caid Essebsi against outgoing interim president Moncef Marzouki, a veteran rights activist for Dec.21 second round of the presidential elections. (AP Photo/Ilyess Osmane)

Exit poll: Ex-regime official is Tunisia’s new president

Monday, December 22, 2014

Tunisian polling firms have declared Beji Caid Essebsi, an 88-year-old official from previous regimes, as the winner of yesterday’s presidential runoff, cementing his dominance over a country where his party already controls parliament. The runoff election marks the culmination of a four-year-long rocky transition to democracy after Tunisians overthrew dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, kicking off pro-democracy …

As newly appointed House Counsel, Chuck Douglas advises Republicans to ‘move on’

Sunday, December 21, 2014

As the newly appointed House legal counsel, Chuck Douglas’s chief responsibility is to deal with disputes over House rules. And the former Republican congressman and state Supreme Court justice already has a piece of advice for this fledgling Legislature, with its feuding Republican factions – move on. “I think it’s time to accept …

Capital Beat: A taste of things to come on display at the State House last week

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Rep. Shawn Jasper may have defeated former speaker Bill O’Brien to lead the House, in what turned out be a highly divisive vote, but Jasper’s speakership is getting off to a familiar start, policy-wise that is. Jasper chairs the House rules committee and oversaw the vote Thursday to again permit concealed firearms in …

What just happened in Congress?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Late Thursday, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill to fund the government through September, which the Senate is expected to pass within days. The bill, which passed 219 to 206, averts a major political confrontation – …

Congress losing last WWII vets, a Tea Party fave

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Congress is saying farewell to its last two veterans of World War II, the member whose lodgings inspired Amazon’s Alpha House show, a founding firebrand of the Tea Party, the senator dubbed “Dr. No” and a few dozen …

DOJ says tribes can decide whether to legalize pot

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The U.S. Justice Department said yesterday Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug. Oregon U.S. Attorney Amanda …

Democrats, Obama part on $1.1 trillion spending bill

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Swapping crisis for compromise, the House narrowly approved $1.1 trillion in governmentwide spending last night after President Obama and Republicans joined forces to override Democratic complaints that the bill would also ease bank regulations imposed after the economy’s …

New House Speaker picks his legislative leaders

Thursday, December 11, 2014

House Speaker Shawn Jasper named committee chairmen and vice chairmen yesterday, putting some of the finishing touches on his leadership team that he says represents Republicans from across the caucus. “I was looking for experience,” the Hudson representative …

N.H. Fish and Game forecast for 2015: A 150th anniversary and uncertainty

Thursday, December 11, 2014

For the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game, 2015 will be a big year for two reasons. The department that protects natural and wildlife resources will mark its 150th anniversary with a series of events, a special …

Malala’s moment: Nobel winner speaks out

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Pakistani teenager stood on the stage of Oslo City Hall in Norway as the youngest Nobel Peace laureate, smiling as she listened to the thunderous ovation. Now, everybody knows: She is Malala. Shot in the head by …

CIA fights back after torture report

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Top spies past and present campaigned yesterday to discredit the Senate’s investigation into the CIA’s harrowing torture practices after 9/11, battling to define the historical record and deter potential legal action around the world. The Senate intelligence committee’s …

Bitter Mideast greets U.S. torture report with shrug

Thursday, December 11, 2014

This week’s revelations about the CIA’s harsh treatment of terrorist suspects in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks have been met with a collective shrug in the broader Middle East, where they merely reinforced a long-held view …

Liberals and conservatives gripe about $1.1 trillion spending bill

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Exposed to the light of day, a year-end, $1.1 trillion spending bill drew vociferous objections from liberals and milder criticism from conservatives yesterday while lawmakers readied a brief stopgap measure to prevent a government shutdown both parties vowed …