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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during the Freedom Summit, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Christie launches PAC for 2016

Monday, January 26, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taken his firmest step yet toward running for president, launching an organization that allows him to raise money for a potential 2016 campaign. Opening the political action committee allows Christie to begin to hire staffers, build the foundations of a campaign operation and travel across the country as he weighs a …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Va. lawmaker wins election from jail

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia lawmaker who resigned his seat following a sex scandal involving a teenager has won it back in a special election. Joe Morrissey defeated two opponents in the Richmond-area House of Delegates race …

Bid to draft Warren heads to NH

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Progressive activists hoping to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into the 2016 presidential race will hold their first meeting in the key early-voting state of New Hampshire on Saturday. Members of MoveOn.org and Democracy for …

Area briefs

Monday, January 12, 2015

Tuesday rally targets Keystone pipeline NORTHAMPTON — Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline will rally in downtown Northampton Tuesday afternoon. Organizers say they will join a national day of action against the project and call on President Barack Obama to veto the pipeline bill that passed in …

UPDATED: Douglas Slaughter announces run for Amherst Select Board seat; Hayden won’t seek reelection

Monday, January 12, 2015

AMHERST — A Finance Committee member announced Monday that he is running for the lone seat on the Select Board that comes up for grabs in the March 31 town election. Douglas W. Slaughter, of 5 Dwight Circle, has taken out nomination papers to run for the three-year …

Sources say Romney considering third run for White House

Sunday, January 11, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a move that surprised his most loyal supporters and former staff, Mitt Romney told several donors Friday he is seriously considering a third run for the White House. It’s a dramatic shift for the 2012 …

Chummy, they’re not: No charm offensive for Obama, party leaders

Sunday, January 11, 2015

WASHINGTON — He hardly ever calls. When he does, it’s all business. And that’s President Barack Obama’s vibe with top Democrats on Capitol Hill. With Republicans, there’s even less chemistry. But GOP congressional leaders don’t show much inclination …

Book tour deploys Rand Paul’s secret weapon

Friday, January 9, 2015

RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. — Once described as her husband’s secret weapon, Kelley Paul won’t be a secret much longer. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s wife of 24 years is stepping onto the national stage as part of a book tour …

Sworn in: Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan

Friday, January 9, 2015

JERREY ROBERTS Sworn in Above, Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan is sworn in for his second term by Hampshire County Clerk of Courts Harry Jekanowski, left, and First Assistant Clerk of Courts Nancy Foley Wednesday at the …

Calif.’s Boxer won’t seek re-election to Senate

Thursday, January 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, a tenacious liberal whose election to the Senate in 1992 heralded a new era for women at the upper reaches of political power, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election to …