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Former Sec. of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fundraising Steak Fry, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Indianola, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculation

Monday, September 15, 2014

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her return to Iowa for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign, implored Democrats on Sunday to choose shared economic opportunity over “the guardians of gridlock” in an high-profile appearance that drove speculation about another White House bid into overdrive. “Hello Iowa. I’m back!” Clinton declared as she took the podium at …

Sarah Palin’s family said to be involved in rowdy Alaska party

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sarah Palin’s supporters have long urged her to found her own party. Last week, she went out in Anchorage and did find a party, but the trouble may be different than the political kind. Palin, the former governor of Alaska and Sen. John McCain’s running mate in 2008, has built a new life for herself as the political voice of many disenchanted conservatives, …

Paisley, key figure in Northern Ireland peace process, dies at 88

Friday, September 12, 2014

LONDON — Ian Paisley, the former leader of the mainly-Protestant Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and a key figure in the Northern Irish peace process, has died at the age of 88, his wife said on Friday. “My beloved husband, Ian, entered his eternal rest this morning,” Eileen Paisley said in a statement. “Although ours is the grand hope of reunion, naturally as a …

Coakley to face Baker for Massachusetts governor

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has won the Democratic primary for governor. Coakley defeated state treasurer and former Democratic party chairman Steven Grossman and former federal health care administrator Don Berwick in Tuesday’s voting. Coakley will …

Low turnout projected for primary

Monday, September 8, 2014

BOSTON — Low voter turnout is expected for the primary election despite contested races for governor and other statewide offices, the state’s top elections official said Monday. “I think there hasn’t been a great deal of enthusiasm so …

Polls show independence vote in Scotland tightening

Monday, September 8, 2014

LONDON — Britain’s main political leaders scrambled Monday to offer Scotland greater autonomy in a last-minute bid to stave off independence, as the pound sank on opinion polls suggesting separatists are gaining ground — and may even be …

Marine, Iraq vet aims to oust House Democrat

Monday, September 8, 2014

WASHINGTON — Seth Moulton’s opposition to another ground war in Iraq is rooted in firsthand experience acquired from four tours. As a young Marine, he saw how quickly a militant threat could transform U.S. military advisers into a …

Afghanistan presidential hopeful: I won

Monday, September 8, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah said Monday that he will not accept the expected official results of the election, breaking a pledge he made to the U.S. secretary of state and injecting new tension …

Iraq OKs new Cabinet

Monday, September 8, 2014

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s parliament officially named Haider al-Abadi the country’s new prime minister late Monday and approved most of his proposed Cabinet amid calls by the Arab League for its members to combat the Sunni militant group violently …

Analysis: Obama allows politics to trump promises on immigration

Sunday, September 7, 2014

WASHINGTON — For years, President Barack Obama berated Republicans for putting their own political interests ahead of good policy on immigration. In two successive presidential campaigns, he held up Washington’s failure to act on immigration as a prime …

Governor candidates outline education stands

Thursday, September 4, 2014

BOSTON — Education is always a critical issue in campaigns for governor in a state that prides itself on a knowledge-based economy. This year is no different. Each of the five Democratic and Republican candidates for governor have outlined plans ahead of the Sept. 9 primaries that they …

On the issues: Governor hopefuls on gun control

Thursday, September 4, 2014

BOSTON — Stemming gun violence and illegal gun trafficking has been a major topic of discussion in Massachusetts in recent months despite the state’s reputation for having some of the nation’s most stringent laws already in place. Differences in approach to gun safety issues have emerged between the …

Patrick backs Tolman in attorney general race

Thursday, September 4, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick endorsed Warren Tolman in the race for Massachusetts attorney general Thursday, a move that came as a surprise in light of the governor’s previous policy of staying neutral in contested statewide Democratic primaries. Tolman, a former state senator, faces former assistant attorney …