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Editorial: Party leaders to blame for Trump, Cruz

Friday, February 12, 2016

New Hampshire’s Republican voters typically send a strong message on primary day, and this year was no different. Donald Trump received 35 percent of the vote, nearly 20 points ahead of the second-place finisher, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, while Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio were bunched in the low double digits. Since 1952, only the 2008, 1996, 1988 and 1976 New Hampshire Republican primaries saw the runner-up finish …

Editorial: The roots of a Democratic primary rout

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

In 2008, and again in 2012, the majority of the electorate voted for hope and change. Their hopes were dashed in most regards, but the desire for change never went away. In fact, it increased. And that’s why Bernie Sanders trounced Hillary Clinton. Two crucial words in the vocabulary of politics switched places in this primary: “establishment” and “socialism.” The first used to …

Editorial: Vote today, and then stay engaged

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

It’s exam day. For the better part of the past year, New Hampshire voters have studied the candidates and assessed their promises. They have heard them speak during intimate town hall meetings and watched them debate before a national audience. Today, New Hampshire will deliver its Democratic and Republican recommendations to the rest of the nation. Voters in the first-in-the-nation primary don’t need …

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Editorial: Clinton is Democrats’ best choice

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Only one Democratic candidate for president is truly qualified to hold the job: Hillary Clinton. No contender’s resume can come within miles of matching Clinton’s. She’s ready to take up the nation’s top job on day one and her knowledge of domestic issues and foreign policy is encyclopedic. …

Editorial: For a great rivalry, the end is near

Friday, January 22, 2016

In sports, you never know when a rivalry will come to an end. On Sept. 23, 1951, Joe DiMaggio and his first-place New York Yankees traveled to Boston to face Ted Williams and his third-place Boston Red Sox. …

Editorial: America’s greatest enemy is divisiveness

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The best moment in the last Republican presidential debate came when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz sneeringly described Donald Trump as having “New York values.” Trump responded with a heartfelt defense of New York and its people, whose response to the Sept. 11 attacks won the admiration and assistance …

Editorial: A life lost, and images left behind

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The photographer is standing in a dark room facing the bones of a wall covered in plastic. To the right of the frame, a young boy of perhaps 4 is half in shadow, half in the light of …

Editorial: History indeed shows Obama is no Reagan

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The release of five Americans from an Iranian prison over the weekend provided yet another opportunity for Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Chris Christie and Marco Rubio to reveal their blind spots when it comes to American history. On Fox News Sunday, Cruz said: “I think it’s a …

Editorial: Loudon Road plan shouldn’t be abandoned

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Heading east on Loudon Road between Airport Road and the Steeplegate Mall there are 41 roads and curb cuts that give patient or daring motorists the opportunity to turn left across two or three lanes of traffic. That count is give or take a few, since it was …

Editorial: Rubio must address dark money

Friday, January 15, 2016

As Marco Rubio makes a strong play for the loyalties of New Hampshire’s voters, they would be wise to ask the candidate about his campaign’s use of “dark money.” And if the candidate dodges, or they don’t like what they hear, they would be wise to sound the …

Editorial: Powerball dreams and illusions

Thursday, January 14, 2016

We’re sorry to hear that you didn’t hit the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot. We know you weren’t really expecting to win all that money – you read those stories about how terrible the odds are – but part of you is disappointed. Big plans were made, and not …

Editorial: High court is the other election prize

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

More than three-quarters of all Americans polled want to reverse Citizens United, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that’s allowed a small group of billionaires and corporations to determine the fate of elections from the presidency on down to local races. Whether that happens – along with a lot …

Editorial: Ignoring Trump has never been an option

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

It’s hard to think of a candidate who has inspired more journalistic soul-searching than Donald Trump. As Michael Tomasky wrote for the Daily Beast last week: “This is the real Trump Effect: He forces us to spend an endless series of three-day (news) cycles debating at best pointless …