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Clinton’s NH appearance draws ardent supporters, curious onlookers

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The windows were papered over from the inside, and on the door of the Water Street Bookstore in the middle of Exeter, a sign informed customers: “We are closed from 12-3 p.m. today due to a private event. We apologize for the inconvenience!” For those who hadn’t seen the candidate arrive firsthand, these clues — and the steadily growing crowd of onlookers waiting on the sidewalk outside of the bookstore …

Senate is ‘playing chicken’ with NSA spy program, White House says

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The White House and top Senate Republicans traded dire warnings yesterday as a standoff over a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program threatened to continue into the weekend. If senators do not act before leaving Washington this weekend for a week-long recess, the legal authority underpinning the NSA’s bulk collection of private telephone records will expire at midnight May 31. The House, now …

Senate gives Obama a win on trade pact

Saturday, May 23, 2015

President Obama won a big victory for his trade agenda yesterday with the Senate’s approval of fast-track legislation that could make it easier for him to complete a wide-ranging trade deal that would include 11 Pacific Rim nations. A coalition of nearly 50 Senate Republicans and more than 10 Democrats voted for Trade Promotion Authority last night, sending the legislation to the House …

Christie calls for tax cuts

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie proposed cutting income and corporate tax rates yesterday as part of an economic plan to return the U.S. “to its pro-growth roots and its pro-growth policies.” Christie previewed his plan in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal as he prepares for a …

Bridge scandal takes a back seat in Christie visit to Pembroke

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sandra Paul was one of about 60 people who huddled inside the Pembroke American Legion last night for the latest town hall stop on Chris Christie’s New Hampshire “Tell it Like it Is” tour. The last month has …

Boxed out: Vandalized backboard at Concord’s Kimball Park means half-court hoops for now

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sean Nolan goes to Kimball Park a couple of times a week to launch jump shots and unwind after work. Nolan, who lives across the street from the new court, occasionally jumps in a full-court game. Those games …

Senate budget writers working their way through state budget

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Senate budget writers delayed decisions on whether to legalize keno and fund State House weekend security in their first session approving changes to the state spending plan. The six-member Senate Finance Committee voted yesterday to approve several smaller state agency budgets, including the Liquor Commission and Department of …

N.H. congressional delegation asks for extension of public comment period for Northern Pass

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The New Hampshire congressional delegation is renewing its call to extend the public comment period on a federal study of the Northern Pass transmission project, after the U.S. Department of Energy denied the delegation’s first request. The DOE is conducting an environmental review of the proposed 187-mile electric …

Obama library locale a lift to Chicago hometown’s South Side

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

President Obama will establish his presidential library on the South Side of Chicago, a part of the city where his political career began and where some of the issues that he plans to devote himself to when he …

Paul announces support from New Hampshire representatives

Monday, May 11, 2015

Twenty Republican state representatives in New Hampshire – 8 percent of the GOP caucus – are throwing their support behind Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign. Paul’s team announced the endorsements yesterday during a campaign swing through New …

PolitFact NH: Jeb Bush says he met NH man who founded only U.S. bank since Dodd-Frank

Sunday, May 10, 2015

“On my last trip to New Hampshire, I think I met the guy who founded the first and only bank since Dodd-Frank passed, since the financial crisis. One bank in the country.” — Jeb Bush on Friday, April …

Capital Beat: Will there be money for beds, but not for staff?

Sunday, May 10, 2015

In July, New Hampshire Hospital administrators expect to complete construction on a new 10-bed crisis unit, meant to help ease pressure at emergency rooms where oftentimes the mentally ill are forced to wait in line until a bed …

Post election, Britain on path to becoming ‘Little England’

Sunday, May 10, 2015

After unexpected political charisma and cunning propelled him to another term as Britain’s prime minister, David Cameron will now need every ounce of those skills to avoid going down in history with an altogether different title: founding father of Little England. A result that maintained the status quo …