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Consumer advocate Ralph Nader to talk politics at Amherst College

Monday, October 5, 2015

AMHERST — Consumer advocate and former independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader will be at Amherst College Tuesday evening to discuss third-party and outsider candidates and the role they could play in the 2016 election. Nader’s talk, which comes at the invitation of the nonpartisan student group Amherst Political Union, will be held at Stirn Auditorium in the Mead Art Museum from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Liam Fine, co-president of the …

Chaffetz puts name in hat for House speaker

Sunday, October 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — An up-and-coming House committee chairman announced his long-shot candidacy Sunday for speaker of the House, adding a new dose of turmoil for reeling House Republicans. GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah presented himself as a new face who can unite the House in the wake of Speaker John Boehner’s sudden resignation …

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 …

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 …

President reinforces union ties

Monday, September 7, 2015

BOSTON — President Barack Obama made a Labor Day visit to Boston on Monday to reinforce ties with unions, fellow Democrats and the city he knew as a law student. Speaking at the annual union breakfast, Obama announced …

Obama urges paid sick leave

Monday, September 7, 2015

BOSTON — Courting unions on Labor Day, President Barack Obama denounced Republicans for a “constant attack on working Americans” and said he was using his executive power to force federal contractors to give paid sick leave to their …

Clinton: No need to apologize for private email

Monday, September 7, 2015

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday she does not need to apologize for using a private email account and server while at the State Department because “what I did was allowed.” In an interview with …

Sanders leads in New Hampshire, poll of Democrats finds

Monday, September 7, 2015

A poll released Sunday showed a significant boost for Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, where the senator from Vermont now leads Hillary Rodham Clinton. The NBC/Marist poll has Sanders at 41 percent and Clinton at 32 percent, while Vice President Joe Biden - who is considering whether to …

Supporters let Trump defy political gravity

Monday, September 7, 2015

NORWOOD — Donald Trump insults and exaggerates. He dismisses the need for public policy ideas, gets confused about world affairs and sometimes says things that flat out aren’t true. And the cheers from his supporters only grow louder. …

Lessig raises $1M to trigger presidential run

Monday, September 7, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig says his presidential exploratory committee has reached the $1-million benchmark he said would trigger a formal White House bid. The Democrat announced his fundraising total in an interview on ABC’s “This Week.” Lessig says he’s running to address campaign finance …

In European Union and US, virulent immigration debate strains solidarity

Monday, September 7, 2015

NEW YORK — The United States and the European Union project themselves as models for the world when it comes to democracy and human rights. Yet a common issue — migration — is bitterly dividing each of them, …

Congress returns to unfinished business

Sunday, September 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — Congress returns on Tuesday with a critical need for a characteristic rarely evident through a contentious spring and summer — cooperation between Republicans and President Barack Obama. Lawmakers face a weighty list of unfinished business and …