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GOP’s 2016 hopefuls are courting home-schoolers

Four likely Republican presidential candidates found themselves making their case to an audience of about 400 home-schoolers.

Believe it or not, bipartisanship breaks out on Capitol Hill

Republicans and Democrats have come together to make deals, and that’s something rarely seen lately.

Ex-worker sues software firm Jenzabar Inc. on bias charge

The defendants do not dispute firing her on religious grounds, but claim a religious exemption from antidiscrimination law.

The real N.H. GOP summit is upstairs, behind closed doors

A good speech can give a candidate some temporary buzz, but winning the backing of a top state Republican proves more valuable in the long run.

19 GOP presidential hopefuls gather at N.H. summit

The potential candidates faulted President Obama for strategies they said were feckless and detrimental to the nation’s future.

Details of Hillary Clinton’s N.H. visit announced

Clinton will meet with small business employees in Keene and community college students in Concord next week.

N.H. GOP summit’s efficiency has its appeal for voters

Residents are forking over $75 to see a barrage of Republican candidates all in one weekend.

Obama praises bipartisan moves on trade, Iran

The president did go on to lacerate Republican senators for holding up his nominee for attorney general for months.

Marijuana legalization group releases draft ballot language

The ballot push is focused on legalizing marijuana and curbing access for people under 21, the group says.

White House hopefuls gather for N.H. GOP summit

Nineteen potential and announced candidates addressed a crowd of activists and national media on Friday.

In Quincy, a spirited race for mayor

The Quincy mayor’s race could become a four-way contest between experienced public officials.

Chris Christie confronts a crossroads at N.H. GOP Summit

Christie heads back to New Hampshire — a state that could make or break the struggling Republican’s prospects for president.

Congressman admits relationship with airline lobbyist

Bill Shuster, a Pennsylvania Republican, said Shelley Rubino does not lobby him or his staff.

House passes bill to repeal estate tax

The move is politically volatile but would affect few inheritances.

Primary Memories

How Bill Clinton got his name on the ballot

A big question loomed in 1991: Should Clinton call himself “Bill” or “William J.” on the New Hampshire ballot?

In Harvard remarks, O’Malley stakes out liberal position

The former Md. governor and possible 2016 contender backed a higher minimum wage and Social Security expansion.

Clinton charities’ reporting of gifts under review

The move comes after the Globe reported that foreign grants to a Boston-based Clinton charity doubled from 2010 to 2013.

Political Happy Hour: April 16, 2015

Political Happy Hour: Even with icy start, Baker finds footing | Olympics poll | Mud hole, beaver bog

Senate leaders skeptical of plan to allow more MBTA privatization

The House has called for a suspension of the so-called Pacheco law, which creates obstacles to outsourcing, for five years.

Hillary Clinton announces N.H. trip

On Monday and Tuesday, Clinton is expected to hold smaller events similar to those she hosted this week in Iowa.

The largest presidential campaign in N.H.? It’s not even close.

Less than a week into her candidacy for president, Hillary Clinton has the largest campaign staff in New Hampshire.

In Time, Clinton lauds Warren’s efforts at ‘taming’ Wall Street

Elizabeth Warren, named one of the “100 Most Influential People,” was hailed as a “progressive champion” by Hillary Clinton.

Baker’s first months in office win high marks

As the governor approaches his 100th day, many agree he has gained footing at a point when past governors often foundered.

Clinton Foundation only allowing six foreign countries to donate

The charity has decided to continue to look abroad while limiting donor nations to a select group of six.

At Bain, a broad range of viewpoints is the new reality

Long after Mitt Romney’s departure, Bain Capital is more of a big tent than many might think.

Augusta, Maine

Maine senator to withdraw religious objections bill

David Burns said that he doesn’t believe his proposal would get a fair hearing in the Legislature.

Aaron Schock donor sues, seeks reimbursement

The former congressman resigned last month amid questions about his spending.

Warren pitches ideas for stronger Wall Street curbs

Elizabeth Warren says financial institutions accused of wrongdoing should be allowed to cut just one deal with the government.

Mass. Senate ratchets up power struggle with House

The Senate took a tentative step toward dismantling the Legislature’s centuries-old system of joint House-Senate committees.

Political Happy Hour: April 15, 2015

Political Happy Hour: Who poses the biggest political threat to Charlie Baker? | Beacon Hill budget day | Booze, outlawed? | Old horse, dead

House releases $38b budget, holds line on taxes, fees

In the broadest strokes, the Democratic legislative leaders’ plan hews to Governor Baker’s proposed spending blueprint.

Foreign grants to Clinton charities spur questions of transparency

While Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, foreign donations sharply accelerated to an arm of her husband’s charitable works.

Hillary Clinton descends with press pack on small Iowa town for first ground-level campaign swing

Clinton made her first public appearance since announcing her candidacy for president on Sunday.

Political Happy Hour: April 14, 2015

Political Happy Hour: Kerry’s Clinton balancing act | Chris Christie, still frank, in N.H. | McGlynn decides not to be Medford mayor forever | Tax Day cometh

Senate panel approves bill giving Congress say on Iran deal

The White House said President Barack Obama would likely sign the bill in its new form.

State’s longest-serving mayor won’t seek 15th term

In a statement, Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn expressed gratitude to voters who elected him to 14 consecutive terms.

Leaders ‘not telling the truth’ on entitlements, Christie says

Visiting New Hampshire, the potential presidential candidate sought to present a no-nonsense, candor-at-all-costs persona.

Senate to vote on bill to give Congress say on Iran deal

The compromised bill would give Congress authority to weigh in on president’s initiative to curb Iran’s nuclear program.

With Clinton e-mail mess, Kerry faces balancing act

Conversations with aides, as well as longtime confidants, reveal how tricky the situation is for the secretary of state.

As Clinton heads to Iowa, voters focus on possible challengers

Iowa voters are looking at alternatives even as Hillary Clinton travels to the state after announcing her presidential run.

Marco Rubio enters race, saying he is best man to pitch GOP message

Rubio made his announcement Monday, presenting himself as the embodiment of generational change who can unite the Republican Party’s factions.

With votes nearing, White House presses lawmakers on Iran deal

A Senate panel is set to vote Tuesday on a much debated bill that would give Congress a say on a potential deal aimed at keeping Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon.

Political Happy Hour: April 13, 2015

Political Happy Hour: Baker in DC, pressing for federal $$$ | Caption contest | Marco | The (clam) juice

State House commemorates Lincoln assassination

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, a new exhibit will be displayed at the State House.

Rubio will headline fund-raiser Thursday in Boston

Senator Marco Rubio will headline a fund-raiser at the higher education software firm of former state GOP chairman Robert Maginn.

Disaster aid is less than Mass. had requested

Massachusetts and its cities and towns could get roughly $200 million less than officials had hoped.

Rubio in search of a window of presidential opportunity

Rubio, 43, a rising star on Capitol Hill, could wait four more years, even eight, and still be a relatively young candidate.

With Iran and Cuba, Obama breakthroughs face hard sell

President Obama is certain to find a less appreciative crowd in Congress than the one he left behind in Panama.

Clinton formally begins her second bid for presidency

Clinton announced her campaign in a two-minute video, noting she wanted to be the “champion” of everyday Americans.

Baker orders review of ‘onerous’ state regulations

Governor Charlie Baker said many regulations are costly and burdensome, and that none should exceed federal mandates.

All Things Catholic | John L. Allen Jr.

Pope must decide whether to spend some political capital

Two looming gut checks should provide a gauge of how willing Pope Francis is to put his political cachet on the line.

Obama singles out two Iran deal critics in Senate

The president said partisan wrangling on foreign policy matters has gone beyond the pale.

A cordial start, mostly, for US-Cuban detente

Cuba’s president, Raul Castro, and President Obama sat down for a historic meeting at Saturday’s summit in Panama City.

Late TV Listings

Sunday news show guests

The VIP Lounge: US Representative William Keating

Keating likes nothing more than spending time at his family’s waterfront home in Bourne.

Maryland ‘spa’ clinic offers new approach to abortion

With its natural wood floors and plush upholstery, Carafem aims to feel more like a spa than a medical clinic.

Raul Hector Castro, Arizona’s first Hispanic governor; at 98

Mr. Castro overcame poverty and discrimination to graduate from college and launch a successful career in politics and diplomacy.

Senate tweaks Baker’s state worker early retirement plan

Legislation signed off on by a state Senate panel would cap the program at 4,500 workers.

Is it Hillary? Or Heidi? A Clinton impersonator tells all

Few are more eager for a Clinton run than Heidi Dallin, a Gloucester actress — and Hillary Clinton impersonator.

Clinton taps Harvard professor’s ideas on social mobility

Raj Chetty gave a private tutorial to Hillary Clinton to teach her about his research on middle class economic issues.

In Olympics bid, risks and rewards for state’s top politicians

The push to bring the Olympics here has exposed those peculiarly local foibles like nothing else could.

Obama hints removal of Cuba from terrorism list is near

The president indicated he will announce the move this week, which should lead to a full restoration of diplomatic ties.

Primary Memories

A young reporter trusts a friendly but faulty source in 1964

A cub reporter used the wrong source during his first assignment covering the New Hampshire primary more than 50 years ago.

Financing plan could revive resort with storied political history

Keeping the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel revival project on schedule for a grand reopening in 2016 is the focus of intense political debate.

Rand Paul’s tough task in N.H.: expanding on father’s appeal

To win the GOP nomination, Rand Paul must repeat his father’s success while appealing to younger and more mainstream party voters.

Political Happy Hour: April 9, 2015

Political Happy Hour: Elizabeth Warren says Tsarnaev “should die in prison” | MFA names new director | Beer fight in Maine

Top lawmakers oppose Tsarnaev’s execution

Both US senators from Mass. oppose the death penalty in the case, but others like Governor Charlie Baker are in favor of the bomber’s execution.

Judge refuses to lift injunction of Obama’s immigration program

The judge concluded that he “remained convinced” that the president exceeded his authority by seeking to allow millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the country legally.

Obama calls to stop gay ‘conversion’ therapy for youth

A senior adviser for Obama says scientific evidence shows the practices are ‘‘neither medically nor ethically appropriate.’’

Lynch calls for Pelosi to resign as House minority leader

Rep. Lynch’s remarks represent some of the most forceful comments yet about the direction of Democrats in the House.

Lottery chief to step down

After 15 years in and around state government, Beth Bresnahan is making an unusual detour back to journalism.

Political Happy Hour: April 8, 2015

Political Happy Hour

Jindal hires first N.H. staffer

Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana is likely to run for the Republican nomination for president.

Governor’s panel calls for a new MBTA oversight board

The panel called on the Legislature to appoint a “fiscal and management control board” to oversee the MBTA for the next three years.

Rosenberg presses for criminal justice reform

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg highlighted a Texas program that diverts non-violent offenders to rehabilitation programs.