Independent voters key in N.H. GOP primary

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush talled with N.H. Secretary of State Bill Gardner as he arrived to file his papers to be on the primary ballot.

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New Hampshire’s large number of independent voters have contributed to its reputation as a mercurial swing state.

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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is traveling to the Middle East this weekend to meet with Syrian refugees.

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Trump denies mocking reporter, demands N.Y. Times apology

Donald Trump accused the reporter, who has a condition that limits flexibility in his arms, of “using his disability to grandstand.”

 A Libre Initiative volunteer collected information last week at a Miami megachurch where free turkeys were offered.

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The multimillion-dollar effort is spreading a message that economic freedom and smaller-government principles will yield opportunity and prosperity.

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James C. McKay, at 89; independent counsel during the Reagan era

The Washington trial lawyer investigated alleged influence-peddling in the Reagan administration in the 1980s.

Paris attacks renew privacy vs. security debate in US politics

The attacks are raising calls for Congress to take new steps on surveillance and ensure government access to encrypted networks.

For candidates, timing a surge determines success

It’s not enough to run a perfect presidential campaign anymore. Candidates must seize and ride out their one-shot moment to the primary.

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Theodore H. White and David Broder, two of the best political reporters of their times, had starkly different views of the N.H. primary.

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It’s not enough to run a perfect presidential campaign anymore. Candidates must seize and ride out their one-shot moment to the primary. By Jim O’Sullivan

// Good week, bad week

Look who’s Mr. Popularity — again. This month, two polls showed Massachusetts voters giving Governor Charlie Baker high marks.


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Is US Senator Ted Cruz the king of conservatives in Iowa? And would his victory doom the caucuses?

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton looks around the New HampshiresSecretary of State's office after filing papers to be on the nation's earliest presidential primary ballot, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at The Secretary of State's office in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)


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Filing Day in New Hampshire

Those seeking to be president signed up at the N.H. State House to get on the state’s primary ballot this month.

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Yes, that was indeed Baker in the Times cartoon

Brian McFadden, the Jamaica Plain cartoonist, apparently didn’t think much of the governor’s reluctance to accept Syrian refugees.

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Jeb Bush hires top Mass. operative

Struggling in the polls, the GOP presidential candidate is beefing up his team here and in the rest of the Northeast, hiring Rob Gray.

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Moulton, Baker spat eases

One of the more unexpected stories of the month involved Seth Moulton sparring with Governor Baker over the issue of Syrian refugees.

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Just the man for the job

Mayor Martin J. Walsh needed an emcee for an arts event in a pinch. Why not the parks commissioner?

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Write a FITN essay; win a free ride to college

There is one place in the Granite State, where, come January, college will be tuition-free — well, at least for one student.



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A modest proposal for the Democrats

Here’s a strategy to shake things up: Punt the 2016 election entirely, set up for gains in 2018, then force a GOP turnover in 2020.


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// Trump in the lead: The nonbelievers react

Donald Trump’s supporters are steadfast and defiant. For everyone else, the reaction takes many forms.

// Punch lines: The war on ISIS, the refugee issue

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// Who will be next to drop out of the presidential race?

Many presidential candidates are about to take a day for Thanksgiving to huddle with family instead of advisors and reflect.

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Reporter Joshua Miller interviewed Representative Joseph Kennedy III live from Suffolk University.

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// Tracking the endorsements of N.H. GOP activists

Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, and Rand Paul have picked up the most support from top party activists in the Granite State so far.

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// N.H. Democratic endorsement tracker

Dozens of New Hampshire Democrats have rallied to support former US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton’s second presidential bid.

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

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// Suspicion of US government reaches a new level in Texas

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

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