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A woman waves a Greek flag during a speech by the leader of Syriza left-wing party Alexis Tsipras outside Athens University Headquarters, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. A triumphant Alexis Tsipras told Greeks that his radical left Syriza party's win in Sunday's early general election meant an end to austerity and humiliation and that the country's regular and often fraught debt inspections were a thing of the past. "Today the Greek people have made history. Hope has made history," Tsipras said in his victory speech at a conference hall in central Athens. (AP Photo/Fotis Plegas G.)

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, leader of the communist-rooted Syriza party, immediately promised to end the “five years of humiliation and pain” that Greece has endured since …

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 as tangled as the ivy at Wrigley Field. Most Chicagoans would be shocked if Obama …

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 if they disagree with his ideas. “Tell me how we get to yes,” he declared. …

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mandate to test U.S. school kids annually was at the center of a Senate panel’s work on Wednesday to fix the long outdated No Child Left Behind education law.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 …

GOP divided over using budget process on health care law

Monday, January 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republicans running Congress have promised to use every weapon in their arsenal to take down President Barack Obama’s health care law. But now some are questioning whether to use the congressional budget process to derail the 2010 law or save the special step for more traditional …

Pope’s climate-change stand irks conservatives

Monday, January 19, 2015

NEW YORK — Conservative distrust of Pope Francis, which has been building in the U.S. throughout his pontificate, is reaching a boiling point over his plan to urge action on climate change — and to do so through …

Irish politician says he’s gay

Sunday, January 18, 2015

DUBLIN — A senior Cabinet minister in Ireland says he’s gay, becoming the first openly homosexual government figure in the history of the traditionally conservative Catholic country. Sunday’s announcement on state radio by Health Minister Leo Varadkar received …

Obama to pitch tax shift

Sunday, January 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over …

Rally against Keystone XL pipeline draws 60 protesters in downtown Northampton

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Climate-minded protesters from throughout the Valley gathered in front of the old Hampshire County Courthouse Tuesday evening in solidarity with demonstrators across the country demanding that President Barack Obama reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Some …