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Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus, center, speaks with people in the audience after addressing the crowd at the National Association of Black Journalists convention, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

GOP chairman says party competing for black votes

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told a national convention of black journalists on Thursday that the GOP has been working to better compete for black and minority votes as it eyes the 2016 presidential race. Priebus also said he’s confident the party will take back the U.S. Senate from Democrat control and add more seats to its … 0

Rosenberg issues nuanced statement on gas pipeline

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, clarified his position Wednesday on Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s Northeast Energy Direct project in a statement, as three area legislators prepared to attend a rally across from the Statehouse emphasizing their own positions opposing the nearly 300-mile pipeline. In an open letter to constituents in Franklin, Hampshire and Worcester counties, … 3

Ex-security czar under graft probe in China

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BEIJING — China’s ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping’s firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country’s topmost leaders. If he goes to trial, Zhou Yongkang would be the highest-level official to be prosecuted since the … 0

Post-convention, Democrats hit campaign trail

Monday, June 16, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick said Monday he was confident he would make himself better known to primary voters in the coming months and dismissed attempts to frame the race as one between Attorney General Martha Coakley and state Treasurer Steven Grossman. Berwick, a pediatrician and … 0

State Democrats trim governor field to 3

Sunday, June 15, 2014

WORCESTER — Massachusetts Democrats have narrowed their choice for governor to three, with state Treasurer Steven Grossman topping the balloting among delegates Saturday and Attorney General Martha Coakley narrowly edging out former federal health care administrator Don Berwick. … 0

2 candidates, Juliette Kayyem and Joseph Avellone, miss cut for governor at Democratic convention

Saturday, June 14, 2014

WORCESTER — Massachusetts Democrats have narrowed their choice for governor to three, with state Treasurer Steven Grossman topping the balloting among delegates Saturday and Attorney General Martha Coakley narrowly edging out former federal health care administrator Don Berwick. … 0

Candidates for governor offer their pitches at Democratic nominating convention

Saturday, June 14, 2014

WORCESTER — The five Democrats running for governor made their pitches to thousands of activists from across the state gathered Saturday for the party’s nominating convention. At stake is the official endorsement of the party and, for those … 0

State Democrats begin party’s nominating convention

Friday, June 13, 2014

WORCESTER — Thousands of Democratic activists from across the state gathered Friday for the start of the party’s nominating convention. Gov. Deval Patrick, in his final convention speech as governor, ticked off his administration’s achievements while taking a swipe at state Republicans. “Massachusetts is back in the leadership … 0

Right-wingers irked at GOP succession process

Thursday, June 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — California Republican Kevin McCarthy secured a clear shot to becoming House majority leader on Thursday as his sole rival dropped his bid in a leadership fight that exposed deep fissures within the GOP. Barring an unforeseen … 0

Cantor loss means changes in GOP leadership

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

WASHINGTON — Repudiated at the polls, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced Wednesday that he will resign his leadership post at the end of next month, clearing the way for a potentially disruptive Republican shake-up just before midterm … 0

Democrats hold final debate before convention

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

BOSTON — The five Democrats running for governor met Tuesday for a final debate before their party’s state convention, with all agreeing that Massachusetts was on the right track while acknowledging major problems in state government. Attorney General … 0

GOP’s Cantor loses primary

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. — In an upset for the ages, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, the second-most powerful man in the House, was dethroned Tuesday by a little-known, tea party-backed Republican primary challenger carried to victory on a … 0

Clinton: We were ‘dead broke’ in 2001

Monday, June 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton said in an interview Monday that she feels emboldened to run for president because of Republican criticism of her handling of the deadly 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. In an interview with … 0