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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

Exit polls: Candy tycoon elected Ukraine president

Sunday, May 25, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Exit polls suggested candy tycoon Petro Poroshenko was elected president Sunday in the first round of balloting in the bitterly divided country, and he vowed “to bring peace to the Ukrainian land.” The billionaire who … 0

Patrick adds staff, expands political reach

Thursday, May 22, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is adding staff to his political action committee and wading into campaigns in Texas and Georgia as he expands his national political reach. Patrick on Thursday said longtime aide and current chief of staff in the governor’s office — Brendan Ryan — … 0

David Vacchi will not seek recount in 16-vote Belchertown School Committee election loss

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — David Vacchi, the third-place finisher in a three-way race for School Committee, changed his mind about seeking a recount after learning of the procedure he would have to go through in order to have the results reconsidered. Michael Knapp and Dawn French, the two top vote-getters … 0

Iraq’s al-Maliki closes in on third term

Monday, May 19, 2014

BAGHDAD — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki moved closer to winning a third term Monday as his Shiite-dominated political bloc emerged firmly in first place in the country’s first parliamentary elections since the U.S. military withdrawal in 2011. … 0

Ralph Nader scheduled to discuss new book, political alliances in Shelburne Falls

Thursday, May 15, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Ralph Nader, four-time presidential candidate, consumer advocate and author, is scheduled to appear in Shelburne Falls next month to talk about his new book and his ideas for getting conservatives and progressives to work together for common goals. Nader’s newest book is called “Unstoppable: The … 0

Granby seeks $363,000 override for trash collection in Monday’s election

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

GRANBY — Voters Monday will be asked to approve a $363,041 Proposition 2½ property tax override to pay for the first year of a new waste-collection program approved at a special Town Meeting in April. In the town election that takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. … 0

Clinton camp raps Rove over health insinuations

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — An aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton and the White House pushed back Tuesday against Republican strategist Karl Rove for suggesting that the former secretary of state’s health could be an issue if she runs for president … 0

France wants to redraw map, merge regions to save money

Monday, May 12, 2014

PARIS — France’s administrative regions — Normandy, Alsace, Burgundy, etc. — have long been part of the identity of citizens of this diverse country. Now, merging some of them is seen as a logical way to save money … 0

US Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont launches Progressive Democrats of America 10th anniversary in Northampton

Friday, May 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders does not believe his support for the working class makes him unusual. Though he finds that many people who call themselves progressives believe they are in the minority, he does not believe … 4

Rubio visits NH, weighs 2016 run

Friday, May 9, 2014

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Fighting to revive his political prospects, Sen. Marco Rubio is returning to the presidential campaign circuit and beefing up a political organization that could lay the groundwork for a White House bid. In the clearest … 0