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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 …

Catalan secessionists win big vote

Sunday, September 27, 2015

BARCELONA, Spain — Pro-secession parties pushing for Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region to break away and form a new Mediterranean nation won a landmark vote Sunday by capturing a regional parliamentary majority, setting up a possible showdown over independence …

Obama issues new China sanctions threat over cybertheft

Friday, September 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Somber against a backdrop of grand pageantry, President Barack Obama laid out a fresh threat of sanctions against China for alleged cybercrimes on Friday, even as he and Chinese President Xi Jinping reached an agreement not …

Clinton: ‘I oppose’ Keystone XL pipeline

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she opposes construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, breaking her long-standing silence over a project assailed by environmentalists as a threat to the planet’s climate. The Democratic presidential candidate …

Hillary Rodham Clinton tries to rally unsure Democrats with partisan message in NH

Saturday, September 19, 2015

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton attempted to rally thousands of influential New Hampshire Democrats on Saturday with a fiercely partisan message, as she struggled to regain her footing in the primary contest. Calling viewers of the three-hour …

Fiorina looking to capitalize on another strong debate

Thursday, September 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina finds herself in a position to build on a strong debate performance for the second time in six weeks, enjoying glowing reviews for demonstrating a command of policy details while taking …

GOP leaders seek to avert shutdown over Planned Parenthood

Thursday, September 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders scrambled on Thursday to head off a politically damaging government shutdown in two weeks over rebellious conservatives’ demand that any stopgap spending bill block federal funds for Planned Parenthood. Leadership sought an outlet for GOP lawmakers’ outrage after this summer’s release of videos …

Substantive discussion quiets bickering over Trump at GOP debate

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Along with the back-and-forth bickering over Donald Trump, the Republican presidential contest took a substantive and serious turn in Wednesday’s prime-time debate, with candidates wrangling over immigration, gay marriage and foreign affairs. The policy …

At-large City Council, School Committee candidates face challengers in Easthampton Nov. 3 election

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Voters at the Nov. 3 city election will decide contested at-large City Council and School Committee races. Meantime, Mayor Karen L. Cadieux of 11 Deerfield Drive will not face a challenger in her bid for a second term. Voters will have their pick of five candidates …

Democrats block 2nd GOP vote on Iran deal

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

WASHINGTON — For the second time, Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a vote to move forward on a resolution rejecting the Iran nuclear deal, protecting President Barack Obama’s key foreign policy initiative. The measure failed Tuesday to gain …

After 2 years, Australian PM Abbott ousted in party revolt

Monday, September 14, 2015

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s prime minister-designate Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday assured the country that his government remained strong despite an internal party revolt that made him the nation’s fourth leader in little more than two years and will …