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Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, spars with Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right as Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Republican presidential candidate, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson  listen during a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by ABC News at the St. Anselm College  Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Candidates take varied tacks in NH

Sunday, February 7, 2016

NASHUA, N.H. — It’s less than two days until New Hampshire voters go to the polls. But Hillary Clinton is in Michigan. And other candidates, even Jeb Bush, say their campaigns will go on no matter how they do on Tuesday. Donald Trump says he doesn’t need to win New Hampshire — but he’d like to. From their movements and …

Even NH Republicans find Sanders ‘honest’ in recent UMass poll

Sunday, February 7, 2016

AMHERST — More Republicans view Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as more honest than almost all of their own candidates, according to a poll released Sunday by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and WBZ-TV in Boston. Among likely Republican voters in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, 66 percent found the Vermont senator either “somewhat” or “very” honest (with 94 percent saying so on the …

Democrats ready for long, expensive battle between Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders

Saturday, February 6, 2016

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Just one week into primary voting, Democrats are preparing for a long and expensive head-to-head battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that could go deep into the spring or even beyond. Clinton and Sanders are both flush with campaign cash. Clinton has overwhelming support among Democratic Party leaders, …

Portugal’s president seeks fiscal restraint

Sunday, January 24, 2016

LISBON, Portugal — A center-right candidate scored a resounding victory in Portugal’s presidential election Sunday, warning he would use the largely ceremonial post to prevent the center-left anti-austerity government from worsening the debt-heavy country’s financial health. Marcelo Rebelo …

Billionaire donors aid Cruz's rise in primary campaign

Sunday, January 24, 2016

WASHINGTON — Four of America’s wealthiest businessmen laid the foundation for Ted Cruz’s now-surging Republican presidential campaign and have redefined the role of political donors. With just over a week until voters get their first say, the 45-year-old …

Mary Cay Andrikidis of Northampton among western Massachusetts residents who brave storm to attend March for Life in Washington, DC

Friday, January 22, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — For some New England protesters, blizzards are not a good enough reason to stay home. Mary Cay Andrikidis of Florence was among those from western Massachusetts who braved the storm and traveled to Washington, D.C. to …

Clinton backers fear long campaign

Thursday, January 21, 2016

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton has questioned Bernie Sanders’ electability. She’s criticized his plans for health care, foreign policy and Wall Street. And she’s tagged him with flip-flopping on gun control. None of it appears to be sticking, say …

Special Town Meeting will consider paying half the cost of new roof at Deerfield Elementary School

Thursday, January 21, 2016

DEERFIELD — Voters at a special Town Meeting Monday night will be asked to approve paying for about half the cost of a new roof for Deerfield Elementary School. The school’s existing roof is nearing the end of its 20-year life span, and the town received a grant …

Southampton special Town Meeting to consider $135,000 override to pay for second shift at Fire Department

Thursday, January 21, 2016

SOUTHAMPTON — For the second time in eight months, voters will be asked Tuesday to approve an override of Proposition 2½ that would provide $135,000 for a second shift at the Fire Department. That is one of 16 articles at a special Town Meeting at 7 p.m. in …

Sanders taps youthful enthusiasm in unexpected campaign rise

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Bernie Sanders was halfway through his opening statement — a stern, 45-minute lecture on domestic policy leavened with a dash of political pep talk — when he realized the crowd had missed one of …

Northampton, Amherst voters see a Sanders win in the Massachusetts primary

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Jason Silberstein has made up his mind. He stopped by the city clerk’s office Wednesday and cast an absentee ballot for Bernie Sanders in the Massachusetts Democratic primary, which will be held on March 1. He …

Refugee bill dies in Senate

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Senate rejected a bill Wednesday to enhance screening of refugees, after Republican and Democratic leaders failed to strike a deal on politically charged amendments. The procedural vote on the refugee legislation fell five votes short of the 60-vote margin needed to bring the bill to …

Senators spar with AG on Obama gun actions

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Loretta Lynch defended President Barack Obama’s executive actions curbing guns, telling lawmakers Wednesday that the president took lawful, common-sense steps to stem firearms violence that kills and injures tens of thousands of Americans yearly. …