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Apr 4, 2012

Court hears appeals over anti-gay marriage law

BOSTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court in Boston heard arguments on Wednesday about the constitutionality of a law that denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples – a case with implications for gay marriage across the United States.

Lawyers for the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the U.S. House of Representatives (BLAG) sought to defend the 1996 law, which the Obama administration essentially abandoned in 2011.

Apr 2, 2012

For the love of cod, Gulf of Maine catch quota cut

BOSTON, April 2 (Reuters) – The price of an order of fish
and chips at your local pub could jump this year after U.S.
authorities slashed the amount of Gulf of Maine cod that New
England’s fishermen can haul in, as a way to protect the species
from overfishing.

Fishing agencies and conservation groups are grappling with
a recent assessment that 2010 cod stocks in the Gulf of Maine
had fallen sharply and unexpectedly – a trend that threatens the
long-term survival of the industry.

Mar 30, 2012
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Obama gets custom-made New Balance running shoes


President Barack Obama is well known as a basketball fanatic, but he might feel more like going for a jog after receiving a custom-made pair of New Balance running shows, embroidered with the words “President” and “Obama,” on them Friday night in Maine.

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, or free sneakers, however. Obama will also get a nudge from a Maine lawmaker to require that the Department of Defense outfit service members with domestically-produced athletic shoes.

Mar 26, 2012
via Tales from the Trail

Herman Cain’s bizarre bunny-shooting video


Former pizza magnate Herman Cain has been out of the presidential race for months, but don’t tell him that. Cain, who held the lead among Republican candidates before a series of sexual harassment allegations surfaced – admittedly, well before a single vote was cast – continues to seek relevance by pumping out campaign-like material on his web site and various social media outlets.

On Monday, a new Cain Solutions spot under the current umbrella of “Sick of Stimulus” drew the ire of animal lovers and was briefly pulled from the website YouTube.

Mar 26, 2012

Immersed in race, Gingrich stays in despite setbacks

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Newt Gingrich’s Southern strategy to get back into the race for the Republican presidential nomination has collapsed, and his campaign is in the red, but the former U.S. House of Representatives speaker is marching on.

Surrounded by a tight-knit team that includes his daughters and his third wife, Callista, Gingrich appears to be enjoying the campaign trail despite his dwindling electoral fortunes. Disliked by his party’s establishment, he still receives regular affirmation from die-hard fans and time in the national spotlight.

Mar 25, 2012

Santorum wins Louisiana, flexing Southern muscle

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Rick Santorum cruised to victory in the Louisiana Republican presidential primary on Saturday but still trails Mitt Romney by a wide margin in the national delegate count for the party nomination.

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, was projected to finish second. Former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich was third, but immediately rejected suggestions he should drop out. Texas congressman Ron Paul ran fourth.

Mar 25, 2012

Santorum wins Louisiana Republican primary: CNN

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Rick Santorum won the Louisiana Republican primary on Saturday, CNN projected based on exit polls, adding an 11th state to his total but still trailing Mitt Romney by a wide margin in the national delegate count.

The network made the call moments after voting closed, citing Santorum’s lead among voters in all income groups except for the very wealthy.

Mar 21, 2012

New Hampshire gay marriage repeal fails

BOSTON (Reuters) – New Hampshire lawmakers easily defeated a bill on Wednesday that would have been the first step toward reversing the state’s law that allows same-sex couples to marry.

The attempt to repeal a law that made gay marriages legal in the state, failed by a vote of 116-211 in the Republican-controlled legislature, drawing applause from many lawmakers in the historic statehouse in Concord.

Mar 20, 2012
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Will Romney’s “dog problem” hound him forever?


Given the widespread publicity that Mitt Romney’s “dog problem” continues to receive – it was on the front page of the Washington Post just last week – it’s no surprise that a polling group decided to see if the issue could resonate at the ballot box, or merely be the crate-gate scandal that launched a thousand late-night jokes.

The story, discovered by the Boston Globe in 2007, goes something like this. In 1983 Romney, then a 36-year-old rising star in the private equity world, loaded up the family station wagon with five sons and luggage for a long trek from Boston to Ontario, Canada. Seamus, the family’s Irish Setter, was put into his dog crate, which was then strapped to the top of the car. Romney’s plan was to make the 12-hour drive with customary pinpoint precision, stopping just once for gas, snacks and ablutions. But Seamus, whether terrified or over-excited, at some point soiled himself, as the boys discovered when they saw brown liquid running down the car window. Romney, the efficiency expert, quickly pulled into a nearby gas station to hose down the car, and the dog, calm down the kids, and get back on the road.

Mar 16, 2012

Independent reshapes race to replace Snowe in Maine

By Ros Krasny

(Reuters) – A decision by big-name Democrats to pass up Maine’s U.S. Senate race and the candidacy of a prominent independent have shaken up a contest that once looked like a potential Democratic pickup after the retirement of moderate Republican Olympia Snowe.

Snowe’s decision in February not to seek re-election set off a scramble among potential candidates and complicated the Republican effort to wrest control of the Senate from Democrats in November’s elections.

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      "Ros Krasny is Boston Bureau Chief, leading coverage of the New England scene. She was previously a regional Federal Reserve correspondent based in Chicago, and spent many years writing about agricultural commodity markets with Bridge News and Knight-Ridder Financial news."
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