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Trade deal, Keystone open Clinton to flip-flop charges

Thursday, October 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — Martin O’Malley was blunt when he learned Hillary Rodham Clinton had announced her opposition to a Pacific Rim trade deal. “Wow, that’s a reversal,” he told reporters minutes after Clinton announced her shift. The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is just the latest in a long line of issues that Clinton has shifted her views on in recent weeks, giving Democratic rivals like O’Malley, the former Maryland governor, and …

McCarthy quits race for speaker

Thursday, October 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — Confronting insurmountable obstacles, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy suddenly withdrew from the contest for speaker of the U.S. House on Thursday, shocking colleagues just before they were to vote and producing ever-deeper chaos for a divided Congress. “We need a new face,” McCarthy declared after a closed-door meeting where House Republicans were …

Clinton opposes Pacific trade deal

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton declared her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade accord on Wednesday, marking her most significant break with President Barack Obama and the policies she once promoted as his chief diplomat. “I think there are still a lot of unanswered questions,” she said of the sweeping …

Easthampton candidates for City Council and School Committee make their pitches at forum

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The impact of school choice and charter school tuition on the city’s budget and the need to preserve open space coupled with “smart growth” were among the issues discussed by candidates running for at-large City Council and School Committee seats at a forum Tuesday night. The …

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader to talk politics at Amherst College

Monday, October 5, 2015

AMHERST — Consumer advocate and former independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader will be at Amherst College Tuesday evening to discuss third-party and outsider candidates and the role they could play in the 2016 election. Nader’s talk, which comes at the invitation of the nonpartisan student group Amherst Political …

Chaffetz puts name in hat for House speaker

Sunday, October 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — An up-and-coming House committee chairman announced his long-shot candidacy Sunday for speaker of the House, adding a new dose of turmoil for reeling House Republicans. GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah presented himself as a new …

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders focuses on economic issues at Springfield rally

Saturday, October 3, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the independent Vermont senator, delivered a speech centered on income inequality to a cheering crowd at the MassMutual Center here Saturday. Campaign officials estimated that between 2,000 and 3,000 would attend …

Sanders raising big sums of money for 2016 bid

Friday, October 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — For someone who rails almost daily against big money in politics, Bernie Sanders has suddenly become pretty good at getting it. In the past three months, the independent senator from Vermont pulled in $26 million for his Democratic campaign for president. That’s several millions more than …

Friday, October 2, 2015

Supporters say Hillary Rodham Clinton gives ‘substantive’ talk at Holyoke fundraiser

Thursday, October 1, 2015

HOLYOKE — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton met with donors at a closed-door event at Delaney House on Thursday where she touched on the issues of education, care-giving, small business and America’s role in global conflicts. The …

McCarthy’s comments give Clinton camp opening on Benghazi panel

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton and her fiercest defenders couldn’t have said it better themselves. Instead, the Republican leading the race to replace John Boehner as House speaker said it for them, boasting Tuesday that his party has spent nearly three years dragging her through investigations of the …

Secret Service employees tried to discredit lawmaker probing agency

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — Scores of U.S. Secret Service employees improperly accessed the decade-old, unsuccessful job application of a congressman who was investigating scandals inside the agency, a new government report said Wednesday. An assistant director suggested leaking embarrassing information …

Boehner warns against GOP’s ‘false prophets’

Sunday, September 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner warned Sunday against “false prophets” in his own party making unrealistic promises, saying his resignation had averted a government shutdown this week but not the GOP’s broader battle over how to wield …