When candidates are cornered, the questions can be wacky

Questions on harbor maintenance and Coast Guard health care have popped up in New Hampshire town hall meetings during the primary campaign, as with Chris Christie in Ashland on July 1.

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Presidential candidates crossing N.H. are still expected to answer unscreened questions, resulting in some unlikely conversations.

Supporters and opponents of the Confederate battle flag spoke outside the State House in Columbia, S.C., Monday.

Confederate flag opponents turn eyes to South Carolina House

The S.C. House voted to bypass the committee process to quickly bring the measure to remove the flag from State House grounds to the floor.

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When candidates are cornered, the questions can be wacky

Presidential candidates crossing N.H. are still expected to answer unscreened questions, resulting in some unlikely conversations.

Deval Patrick’s overseas trips yielded mixed results

Are gubernatorial trade missions worth it? A Boston Globe review of Patrick’s 10 missions suggests there is no firm answer.

Ben Carson celebrates 40th wedding anniversary, by campaigning

Carson and his wife, Candy, marked Monday’s milestone with a party in Portsmouth, attended by about 600 people.

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Sal DiMasi (right) watched then Governor Mitt Romney sign the health care bill.

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Sal DiMasi (right) watched then Governor Mitt Romney sign the health care bill.

Amid health care, gay marriage victories, no one invokes DiMasi

The two causes that Sal DiMasi went to the wall for passed from controversial wayposts to the virtually unshakable law of the land.By Jim O’Sullivan

The signature of Hillary Rodham Clinton on the wall of Debora Pignatelli’s home.

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N.H. is home to presidential paraphernalia quirky and rare

Among the strangest — and most cherished — items: a collection of signatures from would-be presidents, scrawled right on the walls of a local politician.

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Maine Governor Paul LePage got a visit from Chris Christie, while Donald Trump had a remarkably crummy week.

GOP women’s group, party battle over name

The Massachusetts Federation of Republican Women needs permission from the state party to use the name “Republican.”

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Among Clinton emails, a McGovern mystery

US Representative James McGovern apparently wanted Hillary Rodham Clinton to know about Colombian rock star Juanes.

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Jill Stein, back on the stump

Stein puts at three the number of women in a crowded field of presidential hopefuls from both major political parties.

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In Middle East, Lynch assesses US fight against ISIS

Representative Stephen Lynch is traveling through the Middle East with Representative Jim McGovern and other members of Congress.

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For Pagliuca, impressing the Big 3 is Job 1A

Governor Charlie Baker, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, and Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg must be on board.

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In City Council race, an underdog fight

A challenger to incumbent Councilor Tito Jackson has accused a second challenger of violating the residency requirement.

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Ground Game

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Globe reporter James Pindell brings you the latest news from New Hampshire and beyond as 2016 presidential politics take shape.

Republican endorsement tracker

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/23/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/tracker-089.jpg Tracking the endorsements of N.H. GOP activists

In the aggregate, endorsements can signal who has the best ground game in the Granite State.

Democratic endorsement tracker

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With just more than eight months until the primary, Hillary Clinton has scored public support from a sizable chunk of New Hampshire political insiders.

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The Globe’s James Pindell sits down with presidential candidates and hopefuls to discuss the race.

Candidate rankings

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/16/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/bush2--90x90.jpg Ranking the top 10 Republican hopefuls in N.H.

The Globe ranked the prospects of the top 10 Republican candidates in the Granite State, followed by the rest in alphabetical order.

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The conflict about the Jade Helm 15 exercise illustrates some of the most confounding political divisions in the country.

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