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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel walks out to welcome New Zealand's Minister of Defence Gerry Brownlee at the Pentagon in Washington on Monday.

Pentagon chief Hagel leaves post under pressure

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President Barack Obama called Chuck Hagel “no ordinary secretary of defense” as he announced Hagel's resignation Monday, opening the way for a new Pentagon leader to confront evolving national security challenges in the final two years of Obama's presidency.

Pataki says government’s size needs to be reduced

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Former N.Y. Gov. George Pataki visited New Hampshire on Monday as he continues to consider whether he will run for president in 2016.

NH senators react to Hagel resignation

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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., commented Monday on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s resignation.

Clinton has 'historic' lead in poll

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Hillary Clinton has what a pollster calls a "historic" lead over would-be Democratic presidential hopefuls. Mitt Romney, when his name is included in the GOP survey, remains the most popular Republican.

 

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Hassan asks for budget cuts; GOP says its not enough

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State budget writers approved $18.3 million in state agency cuts through the remainder of the 2015 fiscal proposed by Gov. Maggie Hassan on Monday to address a budget deficit Republicans say could be...

Final election recount appeals completed

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The Ballot Law Commission did not take any bold steps Monday in siding with the Secretary of State's Office in all but one challenge to the agency's decisions during recounts earlier this month.

Tough task for NH budget writers

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Budget writers in the next Legislature face a daunting task as they try to balance a new, two-year state budget amid declining business tax revenues and built-in spending increases.

Bill O'Brien of Mont Vernon, the next Speaker of the New Hampshire House, talks with the New Hampshire Sunday News on Thursday.

A kinder, gentler House Speaker?

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As he prepares to return in January as Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, state Rep. Bill O'Brien, R-Mont Vernon, is promising a more conciliatory tone, in contrast to the...

O'BRIEN

GOP gives nod to Bill O'Brien's return as House speaker

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By four votes, House Republicans decided to give William O'Brien another term as House Speaker, as he promised a more inclusive and less confrontational approach than in his first stint.

State's treasury chief will seek a full term from Legislature

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William F. Dwyer, commissioner of the Treasury, is seeking a full term as treasurer when the Legislature convenes Dec. 3 to organize and elect constitutional officers.

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Coos County tax bills headed to unincorporated places

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Due to a decrease in timber-tax revenues, property owners in Millsfield and two other unincorporated places will soon see something they haven't for almost a decade: a tax bill from Coos County.

Town Hall hours in Salem up for debate

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Beginning next year, Salem's Town Hall hours may be changing. Or maybe not. Earlier this fall, selectmen voted to do away with the extended hours at Town Hall on Monday evenings and go back to an...

The former Manchester Police station at 351 Chestnut St.

4 Tentative deal for old Manchester police station

0 Derry councilor wants to begin budget discussion

0 Utility pole licensing changes could raise rates in Derry

1 Major development approved in Merrimack

18 Manchester, Uber headed for a collision over taxi regulations?

1 Weare residents turn out to discuss police department concerns

0 Derry residents angered over property neglect by downtown landlords

Columns

Obituaries can give life to the recently departed

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I didn't know Charlie Wheeler, but his obituary in last Wednesday’s Union Leader gave him a hell of a send-off.

Ted Siefer's City Hall: Driver's ed program had been run into the ditch

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THE SCHOOL board on Monday will finally get to review the contract with the company that has taken over the district's driver education program - the company that started its first class about a week...

Garry Rayno's State House Dome: Get ready for some undoing in Concord

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THE PAST three elections have brought a shift in control of the House, with Republicans taking the reins in 2010 and 2014 and Democrats in 2012.

OPINION

Pipes and plans: A chance to show up Mass.

Kathy Sullivan: We need to rethink some of our county government positions

David Harsanyi: The two-state solution is dead

Pat Buchanan: A rogue President remakes America

Needing answers in Weare: The first step to accountability

Where terrorists win: The world's one 'kill Americans' zone

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