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Entries by Howard Fineman from 06/2011

As Mitt Romney Arrives in New Hampshire, We Are Joining the Local Conversation

| Posted 06.01.2011 | Politics

Here in New Hampshire -- where on Thursday Mitt Romney will announce his presidential campaign -- they believe in community, as long as it is their own. They care passionately about education, the environment and health care. It's an odd mixture of parsimony and compassion; but it is, or used to be, very much in the American grain. How to achieve that mix is what the GOP currently has to figure out, and what GOP voters here want them to figure out. We at the AOL Huffington Post Media Group want to report intensively on that conversation, and allow and encourage our readers to be part of it. And that, in addition to covering Mitt, is why I am here helping to launch a pioneering experiment in presidential campaign coverage through our Patch sites.

Romney Launches Campaign in New Hampshire As If It's Just Another Box to Check

| Posted 06.02.2011 | Politics

In New Hampshire this week, somebody doesn't get it -- either Mitt Romney or Sarah Palin. Maybe neither one does.

Local News Is Everyone's (Good) Business

| Posted 06.09.2011 | Media

Last week, Gov. Chris Christie blithely used a state-owned helicopter to fly to his son's baseball game. Our Patch.com had the exclusive scoop on the chiseling chopper story.

New Hampshire Voters Warm To Mitt Romney, But Await A Vision For The Future

Posted 06.13.2011 | Politics

However weak a Republican frontrunner Romney is -- and he is a weak one -- Romney is at this point the most logical tool to reach for if you're determined to deny the president a second term and you are not obsessed with the fine points of conservative dogma. As the GOP campaign lurches onto the stage tonight for its televised debut on CNN, this is where things stand: The seeming relapse of a weak economy -- and, perhaps, a certain national impatience with charisma in high places -- has put the weakest frontrunner in a generation in precisely the right spot as the race begins.

Obama Letter Sale: A Plan To Fix The Foreclosure Crisis

Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

Destiny Mathis, a 26-year-old single mother of three, is thinking of selling a handwritten letter she got from President Obama to get the cash she needs to avoid being evicted from her apartment. Sounds like Obama should start churning out more letters.

Where Weiner Didn't Matter

| Posted 06.17.2011 | Politics

In the Midwest, the last thing they wanted to talk about on the morning of the day Anthony Weiner was going to resign was... Anthony Weiner. It was just another example of what they knew: that Washington is full of dubious characters, and politics is broken.

It's Grover Time: Huntsman Rejects No-Tax Pledge, Pawlenty Waivers

Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's Grover time in the GOP, which has nothing to do with "Sesame Street" and everything to do with Jon Huntsman's effort to distinguish...

The Tune Inn Is America

| Posted 06.22.2011 | Politics

Some people don't want to admit it, but Washington, DC is America, too. There are many ways to prove that proposition. For example, we have Little League teams, Fourth of July neighborhood parades and our own weird kind of hot dog called a "half smoke."

Michele Bachmann: A Smart, Focused, More Dangerous Palin, Say Minnesota Democrats

Posted 06.27.2011 | Politics

PLYMOUTH, Minn. -- Parker's Lake is a pleasant suburban spot near Minneapolis, a nice place to fish in summer and skate in winter. At the picnic pavil...