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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally Saturday at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

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 Saturday’s event. Final attendance estimates provided by MassMutual Center staff came in at 5,700 to 6,000. He also appeared in Boston Saturday …

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 he’s raised from donors during his entire 26-year congressional career, and nearly as much as …

Friday, October 2, 2015

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 …

GOP field still playing catch-up with Trump

Sunday, September 13, 2015

WASHINGTON — Gladiator season may have arrived in the fight for the Republican nomination. Three days before the next Republican presidential debate, signs abound that some rivals of billionaire developer Donald Trump are taking direct aim at his …

Baker urges action on solar, energy bills

Friday, September 11, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is pressing state lawmakers to take action on two of his energy priorities before the end of the year. Baker said one of the proposals would encourage Massachusetts utilities to enter into long-term contracts with renewable energy producers provided that the interests of …

House GOP probes Planned Parenthood

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

WASHINGTON — Opening long-awaited congressional hearings, a top Republican said Wednesday an investigation of Planned Parenthood was intended to protect taxpayers from the kind of “horrors” suggested by secretly recorded videos of group officials discussing the sale of …

Republicans scramble for way to block Iran deal

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

WASHINGTON — Debate on the Iran nuclear deal morphed into full-blown political spectacle Wednesday as Donald Trump and Ted Cruz held a rally to denounce it, Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a speech to praise it and congressional Republicans …

Pittsburgh crowd gives Biden encouragement

Monday, September 7, 2015

PITTSBURGH — Hearing chants of “run Joe, run,” Vice President Joe Biden marched in Pittsburgh’s annual Labor Day parade on Monday as speculation swirled about a potential late entry into the Democratic presidential campaign. The vice president donned …

Guatemalan election set for runoff

Monday, September 7, 2015

GUATEMALA CITY — A citizen revolt against Guatemala’s political establishment that helped oust former President Otto Perez Molina in the midst of a corruption scandal appears to have continued at the ballot box. Voters choosing a new president …