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Clinton releases tax, health records on busy Friday — physically ‘fit to serve as president’

Saturday, August 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is in “excellent physical condition and fit to serve as president,” her physician declared Friday — just one in a flood of disclosures about the Democratic presidential candidate pushed out by her campaign on a busy summer day. Within a three-hour period, the State Department made public more than 2,200 pages of emails sent from Clinton’s personal account, her campaign released the information about her …

Taking on Bush and Rubio, Clinton calls for Cuba embargo end

Friday, July 31, 2015

MIAMI — Drawing a sharp distinction with Republican rivals in the pivotal election state of Florida, Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday called on the GOP-run Congress to end the trade embargo the U.S. has imposed on Cuba since 1962 The Democratic presidential favorite said an opened economic relationship would bring “dignity and democracy” …

Clinton says she handled emails properly

Sunday, July 26, 2015

WINTERSET, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said she never knowingly sent or received classified information using her private email server and did not know what messages were being cited by intelligence investigators as examples of emails containing classified information. Clinton spoke briefly Saturday about the email matter after a Democratic …

Planned Parenthood says no profit from fetal organs

Sunday, July 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — The president of Planned Parenthood said her organization’s clinics never adjust the abortion procedure to better preserve fetal organs for medical research and that the organization’s charges cover only the cost of transmission to researchers. Planned …

Cruz attack shakes up Senate GOP

Sunday, July 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senior Senate Republicans lined up Sunday to rebuke Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for harshly criticizing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary display of intraparty division played out live on the Senate floor. As the Senate …

New inquiry into Clinton emails fuels political questions

Friday, July 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — A new letter by intelligence investigators to the Justice Department says secret government information may have been compromised in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private server, underscoring an inescapable reality for her presidential campaign: Email is forever. Clinton, …

Obama heads to father’s homeland for first time as president

Thursday, July 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — When Barack Obama visited Kenya for the first time nearly 30 years ago, he was astonished that an airport worker recognized his last name. It was a striking experience for a young man — and future …

GOP contenders must adjust to ‘Trumpism’

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

AIKEN, S.C. — Donald Trump is on his way to the Mexican border, the latest event in a presidential campaign some of his rivals would like to dismiss as a sideshow — a “carnival act,” as one puts …

Trump not about to run out of money for 2016 bid

Monday, July 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump faced an avalanche of fresh criticism Monday for questioning Sen. John McCain’s heroism. But he’s getting no pressure at all from the one community that could push a candidate out of the 2016 presidential …

Planned Parenthood says video is harassment

Monday, July 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood told Congress Monday that a secretly recorded video released last week by an anti-abortion group is fraudulent and part of a years-long pattern of illegal harassment aimed at prohibiting abortion. In a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Planned Parenthood said it …

Trump unapologetic over McCain furor

Sunday, July 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republicans’ swift condemnation of Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about Sen. John McCain’s military service marks a turning point in the party’s cautious approach to the billionaire-turned-presidential candidate. But Trump simply may not care; indeed he seemed …

Marc Warner, who served on city charter drafting committee, announces candidacy for at-large Northampton City Council seat

Friday, July 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Former city charter drafting committee member Marc Warner announced Friday his candidacy for one of two at-large City Council seats, and criticized the council for not giving up health insurance benefits for its members and for spending too much time on extraneous issues such as the …

Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker wins major legal victory

Thursday, July 16, 2015

MADISON, Wis. — Presidential candidate Scott Walker won a major legal victory Thursday when Wisconsin’s Supreme Court ended a secret investigation into whether the Republican’s gubernatorial campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups during the 2012 recall election. No …