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FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry delivers a speech to nearly 300 in attendance at the 2014 RedState Gathering, in Fort Worth, Texas. Perry was indicted on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, for abuse of power after carrying out a threat to veto funding for state public corruption prosecutors. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

G rand jury indicts Gov. Perry over veto threat

Friday, August 15, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption — making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state’s first indicted governor in nearly a century. A special prosecutor spent months calling witnesses and presenting … 0

Clinton, White House try to shrug off split

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

VINEYARD HAVEN — In yet another twist to a complex and heavily scrutinized relationship, Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama did their best to shrug off their differences Wednesday as they gathered on Martha’s Vineyard following a foreign policy split. Obama’s spokesman said the White House “is looking onwards and upwards,” while … 0

Turkish prime minister wins first direct presidential vote

Sunday, August 10, 2014

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won Turkey’s first direct presidential election Sunday, striking a conciliatory tone toward critics who fear he is bent on a power grab as he embarks on another five years at the country’s helm. “I will not be the president of only those who voted … 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