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Dec 20, 2011
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In New Hampshire, fringe candidates get their moment

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Bipartisanship flourishes among fringe candidates. Democrat Vermin Supreme and Republican Hugh Cort share a laugh before Monday night’s debate at Saint Anselm College.

New Hampshire voters looking for something different got to size up some other presidential candidates on Monday night. The questions were pointed, the answers often succinct, sensible and serious. But some of the platforms were narrowly focused and, well, a bit wacky.

Dec 18, 2011

Huntsman gets New Hampshire newspaper endorsements

By Ros Krasny

(Reuters) – Republican Jon Huntsman, who has based his 2012 campaign for the White House almost exclusively on a strong showing in New Hampshire, has been rewarded with endorsements from two newspapers in the state with an early primary election.

The Keene Sentinel and the Valley News both praised the former U.S. ambassador to China in editorials on Sunday.

Dec 13, 2011

Gloves stay on in Gingrich-Huntsman N.H. debate

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – The gloves didn’t have to come off on Monday night in a Lincoln-Douglas style debate between Republican rivals Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman, who found more agreement than strife on foreign policy issues.

The debate pitted the current Republican front-runner against the former Utah governor who is trailing in the dead-last zone among the pack of candidates running to challenge Democratic President Barack Obama in November 2012.

Dec 12, 2011

Gingrich, Romney turn up the heat in New Hampshire

HOLLIS, New Hampshire (Reuters) – The tense campaign between Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney heated up further on Monday in New Hampshire, where Romney’s lead in opinion polls has shrunk in recent weeks.

The frontrunners for the 2012 Republican nomination to challenge Democratic President Barack Obama campaigned near to each other in the Manchester area.

Dec 12, 2011

Romney, gay vet meet, differ in New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney probably expected a different scenario in a Manchester diner on Monday when he tucked into a booth to make small talk with an older man wearing a “Vietnam Vet” baseball cap.

Romney has been vocal in opposing cuts to U.S. military spending, and chatting up a veteran would seem like an easy warm-up to a day on the campaign trail.

Dec 12, 2011
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Gay Vietnam vet tackles Romney

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Republican Mitt Romney probably didn’t know what hit him in a Manchester diner on Monday when he tucked into a booth to make small talk with an older man wearing a “Vietnam Vet” baseball cap.

Romney has been vocal in opposing cuts to U.S. military spending, and chatting up a veteran would seem like an easy warm-up to a day on the campaign trail.

Dec 12, 2011

Romney looks to bounce back after $10,000 bet gaffe

HUDSON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney was back on familiar turf in New Hampshire on Sunday, looking to steady his White House campaign after a potentially damaging gaffe over a wager he offered at a candidate’s debate in Iowa.

Speaking to reporters after a town hall meeting, Romney made light of the incident on Saturday when he offered to bet Texas Governor Rick Perry $10,000 over what Romney wrote in his book about Massachusetts’ controversial healthcare law that he helped engineer as governor.

Dec 7, 2011
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Romney takes a swing at Obama golf habit

Most presidents have their hobbies. George W. Bush loved to clear brush on his Texas ranch, and to take long mountain bike rides. Bill Clinton played the saxophone. John Quincy Adams reportedly liked to skinny-dip in the Potomac River.

Barack Obama likes to play golf. And Republican challenger Mitt Romney doesn’t approve.

Dec 7, 2011
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Conservatives bash Obama for gay rights stand

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Conservative groups and Republican White House hopeful Rick Perry wasted no time in panning the Obama administration for its move on Tuesday to stand up for gay rights abroad – the first-ever U.S. government strategy to tackle LGBT human rights abuses worldwide.

In an seven-point executive order on Tuesday, Obama told U.S. diplomats and foreign aid workers to do more to advance rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered persons abroad – a move that promotes U.S. human rights policies and speaks to a key Democratic constituency at home.

Dec 6, 2011

S&P hears unusual sound: investor praise on Europe

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services is finding itself in a rare position, winning praise for warning it may downgrade the sovereign debt of 15 European countries.

The move, along with a similar warning by S&P that it could cut the credit rating on the euro zone’s financial bailout fund, served as a call to action on the need to truly tackle the euro zone debt crisis ahead of a summit of European leaders on Thursday and Friday.

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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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