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Mass. reps to serve on key committees

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation have been named to serve as the top Democrats on key U.S. House committees. Rep. Jim McGovern of Worcester has been appointed the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition, which oversees in part the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Rep. Stephen Lynch of Boston was named the top Democrat on the Subcommittee on National …

House votes to eliminate speaker term limits

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have voted to eliminate term limits for state House speakers — a change pushed by Democratic Speaker Robert DeLeo, who supported term limits when he was first elected to the powerful post. The 109-45 vote Thursday was largely on party lines, with Republicans favoring term limits and most Democrats siding with DeLeo. DeLeo defended his decision earlier Thursday, speaking …

As Romney weighs ’16 bid, past donors commit to Jeb Bush

Thursday, January 29, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa — Closing in on a decision about whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several past major fundraisers and donors in key states have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. The donors, in interviews with The Associated Press, said they see in Bush what they …

House to mull lifting term limits for speaker

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts House lawmakers are being asked to consider lifting the rule that limits House speakers to four two-year terms. A copy of proposed rules to be debated by lawmakers on Thursday would eliminate an existing rule stating “no member shall hold, for more than eight consecutive …

Christie launches PAC for 2016

Monday, January 26, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taken his firmest step yet toward running for president, launching an organization that allows him to raise money for a potential 2016 campaign. Opening the political action committee allows …

Leftists win Greek election

Sunday, January 25, 2015

ATHENS, Greece — A radical left-wing party vowing to end Greece’s painful austerity program won a historic victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, setting up a showdown with the country’s international creditors that could shake the eurozone. Alexis Tsipras, …

Bid to win presidential library splits Chicagoans

Friday, January 23, 2015

CHICAGO — Chicago’s rush to secure space in a public park for Barack Obama’s presidential library has unleashed a tussle typical of the president’s hometown — loud, contentious and full of suspicions about backroom deals and personal politics …

Obama touts economic plan in Idaho

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BOISE, Idaho — Prodding the new Republican Congress from a conservative state, President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged GOP lawmakers to work with him on an agenda that helps the middle class and insisted they offer better alternatives …

Senators grapple with student testing

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — The federal mandate to test U.S. school kids annually was at the center of a Senate panel’s work on Wednesday to fix the long outdated No Child Left Behind education law. The President George W. Bush-era …

House GOP abruptly backs off abortion bill

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — In an embarrassing setback, House Republicans abruptly decided Wednesday to drop planned debate of a bill criminalizing virtually all late-term abortions after objections from GOP women and other lawmakers left them short of votes. The decision …

Boehner asks Netanyahu to press Congress on Iran sanctions

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — Defying President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner announced on Wednesday that he’s invited Israel’s prime minister to stand before Congress and push for new sanctions against its archenemy Iran. Boehner’s decision to bring Benjamin Netanyahu …

In State of Union, Obama seeks to hike taxes on capital gains, big banks, renews veto pledge

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help …

Oft-scrutinized Canadian bank to host Clinton talks

Monday, January 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton, the presumed frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, will give a pair of speeches Wednesday in Canada hosted by a major bank that has been the subject of several investigations into wrongdoing over the past dozen years. Clinton and the bank refused to say …