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The father of Daphne Jordan submitted this story: My 14-year-old daughter, Daphne, and I went to a gun rally at the New Hampshire capitol in Concord on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Fri, 03/22/2013 - 8:47pm

All sorts of Catholics – the hurt and the whole, the progressive and the traditional – want to believe our eyes and trust all the positive signs and signals out of Rome in the week since Francis was chosen to succeed Benedict: “It’s like falling in love,” a friend said. “God help me,” ...

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 5:43pm

President Barack Obama and Congress have until March 27 to reach a budget agreement to avert a government shutdown. If they don't meet the deadline, federal agencies will halt many public services and send "non-excepted" workers home without pay.

Tue, 03/19/2013 - 4:32pm

WASHINGTON - Mariska Hargitay, better known as "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" Detective Olivia Benson, is the human intersection of life and art.

Tue, 03/19/2013 - 11:41am

Both Republicans and Democrats say concern about the middle class is at the heart of the ongoing, vituperative debate over taxes, entitlements and fiscal discipline, but the political spat never seems to honestly address the gaping and growing class divide in the United States. As politicians in Was...

Sun, 03/17/2013 - 8:32pm

So it was a good meeting. House Republicans welcomed the chance for a frank exchange of ideas with President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 8:46pm

It's week two of the president's charm offensive, and already there is dissension in the ranks.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 4:22pm

Fifty years ago this year in a speech to Congress, President John F. Kennedy proposed ".a national mental health program to assist in the inauguration of a wholly new emphasis and approach to care for the mentally ill.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 5:37pm

President Barack Obama had a dinner date Wednesday night (March 6) with a dozen of his worst enemies, thus proving that the governmental stalemate in Washington, D.C., is driving him to unusual acts of political creativity - or desperation.

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 4:29pm

Shortly after the Republican gains in 2010, a tea party-backed senator was telling me his legislative goals, starting with a constitutional amendment to require a balanced budget that would limit spending to 18 percent of gross domestic product.

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 7:10pm