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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., addresses the crowd during her appearance at the Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, Friday, July 18, 2014. Warren has captured the hearts of Democratic activists beginning to think about an heir to President Barack Obama. But their minds tell them that Hillary Rodham Clinton could help them hang onto the White House. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

Warren energizes progressives in Michigan

Friday, July 18, 2014

DETROIT — At a summertime getaway for liberals, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has captured the hearts of Democratic activists beginning to think about an heir to President Barack Obama. But their minds tell them that Hillary Rodham Clinton could help them hang onto the White House. Warren, whose tough-on-Wall-Street message makes progressives swoon, received a rousing reception at the annual … 0

Democrats lose vote, seek wider gains on birth control

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats suffered what looked like a difficult setback on birth control Wednesday, but they hope it pays big political dividends in November. Republicans blocked a bill that was designed to override a Supreme Court ruling and ensure access to contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies … 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

Baker backs minimum wage hike, tax credits

Monday, June 9, 2014

BOSTON — Republican candidate for governor Charles Baker is backing an increase in the state’s minimum wage to $10.50 per hour, and said Monday it should be coupled with tax breaks for low-income individuals and small businesses. The … 0

Democratic convention will be test for Coakley

Sunday, June 8, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Democratic Convention looms as the biggest political test for gubernatorial hopeful Martha Coakley since an ill-fated U.S. Senate campaign against Republican Scott Brown more than four years ago. Analysts say anything less than a solid showing by the current attorney general at next weekend’s … 0

Egypt’s new president sworn in

Sunday, June 8, 2014

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, winner by a landslide in last month’s presidential election, was sworn into office Sunday nearly a year after he ousted the nation’s first freely elected leader. The retired field … 0

Opposition to proposed $3.9 million Town Hall expansion surfaces in Whately

Thursday, June 5, 2014

WHATELY — Last-minute opposition is surfacing against the proposed $3.9 million Town Hall expansion as residents prepare to go to the polls Tuesday to vote on a debt exclusion for the project. Two Finance Committee members, Joseph Zewinski and Robert Fydenkevez, and a town resident, John Wroblewski, have … 0