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Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, center, talks with reporters while surrounded by a group of African-American religious leaders in New York, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Trump met with a coalition of 100 African-American evangelical pastors and religious leaders in a private meeting at Trump Tower. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Black pastors press Trump on tone during closed-door meeting

Monday, November 30, 2015

NEW YORK — Dozens of black pastors pressed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday to address what some called his use of racially charged rhetoric, with several describing a meeting that became tense at times as attendees raised concerns about his blunt language. While some left the gathering at Trump’s skyscraper in midtown Manhattan with hopes their message had …

Clinton vows spending for infrastructure, jobs

Sunday, November 29, 2015

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton unveiled the first piece of a new jobs agenda on Sunday, promising hundreds of billions of dollars in fresh federal spending in an effort to compete with the liberal economic policies of her primary challengers. Her initial proposal, a $275 billion infrastructure plan, falls short of the …

No consensus among presidential candidates about how to change criminal justice system

Thursday, November 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — On the campaign trail, among candidates of both parties, the idea of locking up drug criminals for life is a lot less popular than it was a generation ago. The 2016 presidential race has accelerated an evolution away from the traditional tough-on-crime candidate. A Republican Party that’s long taken a law-and-order …

Four newcomers, two incumbents elected to Easthampton School Committee

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Two incumbents were joined by four newcomers Tuesday as victors in the eight-way race for six School Committee seats. Incumbents Debora B. Lusnia of 38 Ashley Circle and Peter T. Gunn 8 Brewster Ave., will join …

Newcomers defeat at-large Northampton School Committee incumbents; Tom Baird wins Ward 6 seat

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Four new members will join the School Committee in January after newcomers Molly B. Burnham and Nathaniel Reade defeated incumbents Blue DuVal and Kari Nykorchuk for at-large seats in Tuesday’s election, and Tom Baird defeated John …

Lessig ends presidential run

Monday, November 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Harvard law professor Larry Lessig is ending his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Lessig blamed the demise of his nearly three-month campaign on the Democratic Party, which he says leaves him “just shut out” of the primary debates. He struggled to hit 1 percent in …

Northampton and Easthampton 2015 elections: List of candidates, where to vote, and more

Monday, November 2, 2015

Voters in Northampton and Easthampton will head to the polls Tuesday to elect city councilors, School Committee members and candidates for other municipal positions. Polling places in both cities are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. A …

Turkey’s ruling party sweeps back to majority

Sunday, November 1, 2015

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s ruling party secured a stunning victory in Sunday’s snap parliamentary election, sweeping back into single-party rule only five months after losing it. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu declared victory as results reported by state-run TRT …

As Election Day approaches, campaign buzz relatively quiet in Easthampton, Northampton

Saturday, October 31, 2015

On Main Street in Easthampton, seven brightly colored signs stick up through fallen leaves on Nicole LaChapelle’s front lawn, advertising local School Committee and City Council candidates. But while yard signs abound, as Tuesday’s municipal elections approach in …