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Working with the Vatican against modern slavery

US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) spoke with Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin (right) in January.

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I find special joy and pride in the way that the US can partner with the Holy See to help meet some of our greatest global challenges.

Barry Goldwater


Liberals now love Barry Goldwater, but his 1964 loss won the GOP’s future

Even as Goldwater was losing 44 states, there were remarkable signs of grass-roots enthusiasm for his conservative message.

Ted Kennedy Jr. announced his candidacy on April 8 for Connecticut’s 12th District state Senate seat.


For Ted Kennedy Jr., starting small shows larger spirit

There’s something deeply refreshing about a scion of the famous family who is willing to pay his dues.

Stephen Crosby will participate in the hearing.

Gambling panel stands up to Boston mayor

Regulators will go forward with a hearing to determine if the city deserves more influence over two proposals on its border, despite Mayor Walsh’s boycott.

Many state boards undercut by vacancies

More than one-third of seats on state boards and commissions are either vacant or occupied by people whose terms expired months or years ago.

Despite delay, Keystone project remains divisive

An indefinite extension of the government’s review of the contentious project almost certainly pushes a final decision past the November elections.

Common Core divides GOP leaders

A once little-known set of national educational standards has incited resistance among some Republicans.

House to vote on 4-cent fuel-tax hike

New Hampshire’s tax on gasoline and diesel would rise for the first time since 1991 if the bill becomes law.

From Clinton to Obama, push for health care a political risk

Documents from the Bill Clinton years affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Political Notebook

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Copies of President Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 were set out for distribution.

Report says Obama proposal would produce larger deficits

The plan proposed last month by President Obama would produce deficits of $6.6 trillion over the next 10 years, the Congressional Budget Office says.

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