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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

Ralph Nader calls for nonpartisan political alliances as key to change

Thursday, June 5, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Political activist and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader had plenty to say Wednesday night about how Americans on both sides of the political aisle could work together to more swiftly bring government changes wanted by … 0

Recount leaves outcome unchanged in Belchertown School Committee election

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — A recount in the three-way race for two seats on the School Committee yielded one additional vote for third-place finisher David Vacchi but did not change the outcome of the election. Dawn French, whose total of … 0

Spanish king abdicates in favor of more popular son

Monday, June 2, 2014

MADRID — King Juan Carlos, who led Spain’s transition from dictatorship to democracy but faced damaging scandals amid the nation’s financial meltdown, announced Monday he will abdicate in favor of his more popular son so that fresh royal … 0

Palestinians form cabinet

Monday, June 2, 2014

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a national unity government Monday, formally ending a crippling seven-year split with his Islamic militant Hamas rivals but drawing Israeli threats of retaliation. The formation of the … 0

Ralph Nader to speak Wednesday in Shelburne Falls about latest book ‘Unstoppable’ which seeks to overcome partisan barriers

Saturday, May 31, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — When consumer advocate and social critic Ralph Nader ran for president in the 1992 New Hampshire primary, the biggest surprise for Nader — who says he was “stereotyped as an ultra-liberal” — was that he received slightly more support from Republicans than from Democrats. He … 0

El-Sissi wins Egyptian election by landslide

Thursday, May 29, 2014

CAIRO — Nearly a year after he ousted Egypt’s first freely elected president, former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was elected president by a landslide of 92 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results released by his campaign … 0

Pro-military fervor in evidence as Egyptians go to polls

Monday, May 26, 2014

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s presidential election on Monday turned into a nationalist celebration at many polls with voters singing and dancing for the almost certain winner — former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who last year ousted the first … 0

Modi becomes Indian PM

Monday, May 26, 2014

NEW DELHI — Narendra Modi took the oath of office as India’s new prime minister at the sprawling presidential palace on Monday, a moment made more historic by the presence of the leader of archrival Pakistan. Modi’s inauguration … 0

State GOP pushes back on indexed gasoline tax

Monday, May 26, 2014

BOSTON — Critics of a law that allows for automatic increases in the state’s gasoline tax have pounced on the issue with the hope of pushing it to the forefront of the election year debate. Republicans, currently shut out of statewide offices and heavily outnumbered in the Legislature, … 0

Far right, Euroskeptics make big gains in EU vote

Sunday, May 25, 2014

BRUSSELS — Far-right and Euroskeptic parties made sweeping gains in European Parliament elections Sunday — triggering what one prime minister called a political “earthquake” by those who want to slash the powers of the European Union or abolish … 0