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Thousands pack into weekend campaign events in N.H.

State officials say the primary will probably generate a record number of voters Tuesday.

For N.H. primary tourists, campaign is a political party

They come from the ends of the country — and sometimes the world — to experience it.

Clinton working to shore up Southern ‘firewall’

Hillary Clinton is furiously shoring up her so-called firewall in the Southern states that vote next, like South Carolina.

Jeb Bush enters the final days of his last stand

Without a major comeback, he will face increasing pressure to bow out of the race.

Some N.H. voters mull pick of party, not candidate

Independent voters are weighing how to use their vote most effectively, with many contemplating a kind of tactical strike on the GOP side.

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Sanders talks inequality, criminal justice reform

In Manchester, Sanders said taxing corporations and the wealthy would pay for his plans.

New Globe poll shows Rubio closing in on Trump in N.H.

Marco Rubio is rising, Chris Christie is falling, and John Kasich and Jeb Bush are holding firm, a new Globe poll shows.

Trump shifts to more traditional campaign in final days before primary

Donald Trump on Thursday offered a nod toward the state’s cherished political rites: he started campaigning in person.

Barbara Bush campaigns for son Jeb in N.H.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush says her son, Jeb, is ‘‘decent and honest, and everything we need in a president.’’

Healey campaign sends e-mail to state workers — and quickly retracts it

The attorney general’s mailing encouraged recipients to campaign for Hillary Clinton and to donate money to her own political committee.

In N.H., Marco Rubio stresses his ability to win in November

The message to primary voters is succinct: He represents Republicans’ best shot to retake the White House.

Colombia leader asking Obama for money, terror list change

Juan Manuel Santos’ visit to Washington came against the backdrop of peace talks.

Seal Mexican border to stem flow of drugs, Cruz says

The call came as Ted Cruz told a hushed N.H. audience the story of his half-sister Miriam, who died of a drug overdose.

Senate Democrats block energy bill in impasse over Flint

Democrats proposed a $600 million aid package for the city last week.

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Marty Walsh heading north — with 1,000 volunteers

Mayor Martin Walsh, who endorsed Clinton in the fall, has already made three trips to the Granite State to campaign for the former secretary of state.

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John Nucci goes from the streets to the boardroom

Nucci is the first non-gubernatorial appointee to the MassPort board since the authority’s creation a half century ago.

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A fight Rosenberg didn’t need

After an education kerfuffle in his home district, Mass. Senate President Stan Rosenberg realized he had been unwittingly caught up in a conflict he didn’t need.

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Bond-rating agency gives Baker budget thumbs up

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services praised Governor Charlie Baker’s state budget proposal for reducing the state’s reliance on one-time sources of money.

Senate passes public records bill

Among other changes, the Senate legislation would mandate public-records point people at state agencies and municipalities.

Quietly, John Kasich presses his case

The Ohio governor says New Hampshire voters will rally to his positive message, amid the attacks of his Republican rivals.

Henriquez to decide on House run within weeks

Carlos Henriquez was the first person ousted from the House by his colleagues in nearly a century.

Longest-serving woman in the House makes her case for Bernie Sanders

Representative Marcy Kaptur stopped just shy of endorsing Sanders, but praised him for his ideological consistency.

Sanders sees growing pains as he builds campaign

As Bernie Sanders suddenly commands national attention, the campaign must adjust, and it’s not all pretty.

Trump accuses Cruz of ‘fraud’ in Iowa caucus

Trump ratcheted up his attacks on Cruz, his chief rival, on Wednesday.


Dyson offers harsh assessment of Obama presidency

The book is intended as an early evaluation of Obama’s contributions to the struggle of African-Americans for a “more just and inclusive society.’’

Cahill to run for Lynn state representative seat

Lynn voters will elect a new state representative in May.

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Clinton, Sanders fight over claims to progressive credentials

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders conducted their dispute on Twitter, and then appeared separately in a town hall meeting Wednesday night.

Obama visits US mosque, says impression of Muslims distorted

President Obama said those who demonize all Muslims for the acts of a few are playing into extremists’ hands.

GOP is my vehicle, not my master, Kasich says in N.H.

Holding his 94th town hall with New Hampshire voters, Ohio Governor John Kasich said he’s a rare moderate in the Republican field.

Jeb Bush aims for heartstrings in N.H.

Ahead of the first-in-the-nation primary, Bush is seeking to intensify his emotional connection to New Hampshire voters.

Ex-legislator, ousted from state House, may be eyeing campaign

Carlos Henriquez posted message on Twitter about “a campaign for the people” and seeking volunteers.

Christie says of Clinton that he would ‘beat her rear-end’ in debates

“I’m the last person she wants to see,” the New Jersey governor said at an event in New Hampshire.

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Teachers union board slows approval of anti-charter spending

Instead, the Massachusetts Teachers Association panel provided interim funding to get the grassroots portion of the campaign started.

Bernie Sanders clears N.H. schedule for meetings, forum prep

The Vermont senator was supposed to have a news conference and a Get Out The Vote rally Wednesday.

Did the Iowa caucuses really change anything?

In 2016, none of the candidates on the N.H. ballot have anything close to “the big mo,” although some of them may have a diminished version of it.

Clinton, Sanders begin their N.H. race in earnest

After their near tie in Iowa, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders joined the fray in New Hampshire on Tuesday.

Trump tries for new momentum as Cruz looks for a surge

Donald Trump returned to N.H. Tuesday wounded and humbled, while Ted Cruz looked to expand on his triumph in the Iowa caucus.

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Bob Smith on Ted Cruz: ‘He reminds me of me’

The former US senator from New Hampshire chairs a veterans group supporting Ted Cruz for president.

As first-in-the-nation primary looms, the frenzy builds

Candidates descended on New Hampshire on Tuesday as their campaigns announced a string of upcoming events.

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Bush turns up attacks on GOP rivals in N.H.

Jeb Bush likened his reaction to Iowa’s results to the feeling he had eight years ago when then-senator Barack Obama prevailed.

Rubio looks to use Iowa boost in N.H.

Marco Rubio arrived in New Hampshire on Tuesday claiming momentum.

Scott Brown endorses Donald Trump

Brown endorsed Trump at a campaign rally in Milford, N.H., on Tuesday night

Other candidates? Kasich isn’t interested in talking about them

In N.H., Ohio Governor John Kasich did not mention any of his competitors by name as he tossed around words like “inexperienced.”

Chris Christie knocks Rubio’s Iowa performance

The New Jersey governor said New Hampshire will likely be a breakout moment for one of candidates battling for second place.

Clinton boasts caucus victory on first N.H. stop

Hillary Clinton proclaimed her Iowa caucus victory would propel her forward in next week’s New Hampshire primary.

Clinton, Sanders battle in Iowa contest too close to call

Clinton led in the earliest results, but that advantage was slowly whittled away throughout the evening.