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Both of New Hampshire’s US Senators voted in favor of giving President Obama additional trade powers.

The Senate voted 62 to 37 Friday to approve so-called “fast track” negotiating authority, in which Congress can ratify or reject, but not change, trade agreements presented by the president.

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We're looking at some of the top recent political headline in our monthly check-in with Political Junkie Ken Rudin: congressional Republicans flexing their newfound political muscles, challenging the White House on immigration, health care, and foreign policy, and Mitt Romney bows out of the presidential race, leaving supporters with a long list of alternatives.

Immigration Impasse: The Future Of Reform

Jan 26, 2015
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Late last year, President Obama issued sweeping directives for allowing a certain group of undocumented immigrants to remain here without fear of deportation. On Capitol Hill, opposition is fierce among Republicans, who are now coming up with ways to undo these actions.  We’ll find out more, including impacts in the Granite State.


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From Iraq to immigration, President Obama has come under criticism lately for ineffectual leadership. But from declining public approval, to a propensity for congressional gridlock, second presidential terms have long been plagued by such perceptions. We’re looking at President Obama’s second term -- the ways our political system limits what he can do and how the media covers this office.


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Gov. Maggie Hassan is urging Congress to renew long-term unemployment benefits that expired for 1,350 out-of-work New Hampshire residents last week.

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As another debt ceiling deadline looms, on top of a government shutdown, we’ll look at what our nation’s defining document, particularly the fourteenth amendment, says about federal debt, as well as the roles of Congress and the President. 


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If you had to describe New Hampshire’s congressional elections in one word, “rematch” would be a good choice. 

In the race to Congress two years ago, the distance between Kuster and Bass was almost photo-finish-worthy: about 3,500 votes.  UNH Survey Center Director Andy Smith says this year, it could be just as close.

McCain and Ayotte speaking to a crowd inside a BAE building
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Senators John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire stopped in Merrimack today as a part of their tour to discuss pending cuts to the defense budget.

McCain and Ayotte are seeking a bipartisan effort to prevent the Congress-enacted sequestration from going into effect January 1, 2013.

The sequestration was supported across party lines last year as incentive for each side to reach a compromise over the budget.

Since Congress could not reach an agreement, severe cuts to social programs and defense will automatically go into effect this January.

The Supreme Court’s decision on the health care law threw many lawmakers in Washington for a loop.

Guinta Touts GOP Budget

Mar 20, 2012

Second District Congressman Frank Guinta is helping champion House Republican’s new budget blueprint that Democrats say is dangerous for the nation’s poor and vulnerable. 
Both sides agree the new G-O-P budget paints a stark ideological contrast ahead of November’s elections. Inside Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s new spending blueprint are cuts to Pell Grants, Medicaid, food stamps and an overhaul of welfare. The legislation also continues the G-O-P push to turn Medicare into what amounts to a voucher program, which is unpopular with many voters.