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Asma Khalid

Former Staff
Reporter, WBUR
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For Young N.H. Voters, You Can’t Talk About Economy Without Talking About Student Loans

July 30, 2015
Dan Tothill, 26, and Megan Brabec, 24, prepare homemade lunches for the workday. Both are struggling with high student debt burdens and underemployment. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Many millennial voters are underemployed and crushed under high levels of student debt. And perhaps nowhere is the problem more acute than in New Hampshire.

Though The Republican Base Has Shifted South, N.H. Primary Keeps A Role

July 28, 2015
When Republican candidates are not in New Hampshire, they often show off their socially conservative credentials. Not so much in the Granite State. Here, GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, a Texas senator, speaks at the Republican Leadership Summit on April 18 in Nashua, N.H. (Jim Cole/AP)

The national party has shifted away from New England, but New Hampshire still seems to have an outsized impact on picking the GOP nominee.

2016 Hopeful John Kasich Hits The Campaign Trail Banking On New Hampshire

July 22, 2015
Ohio Gov. John Kasich announces he is running for the 2016 Republican party'’s nomination for president during a campaign rally at Ohio State University on Tuesday. (John Minchillo/AP)

John Kasich is the latest and 16th Republican to officially announce his run for president. After the two-term governor of Ohio made his announcement at Ohio State, he flew straight to New Hampshire.

Rep. Joe Kennedy III Tries To Make His Own Name In The Family Business

July 09, 2015
Rep. Joseph Kennedy III attends a January 2013 House Foreign Affairs Committee meeting. Colleagues describe the rookie congressmen as a hard worker who keeps his head down. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Kennedy, who has long seen his family members try to leverage the powers of government to fix people’s problems, knows that to do so, you’ll have to make friends across the aisle.

Rookie Rep. Clark Takes Fight To Online Abusers

July 08, 2015
U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark is seen here after her special election win on Dec. 10, 2013. Clark has become a national leader in the fight against cyber abuse. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Katherine Clark is on a mission to get the FBI and law enforcement to take threats made online and in the gaming world — especially toward women — seriously.

Rep. Seth Moulton, Iraq War Vet And Rookie Politician, Adapts To New Role In Congress

July 07, 2015
Seth Moulton at an 2014 event in Lynn for his congressional campaign. Moulton is one of the newest Massachusetts members of the House of Representatives. (Steven Senne/AP)

The 36-year-old Democrat campaigned on promises to shake up the status quo and bring his military expertise to Washington. Now he’s trying to keep those promises, while learning to navigate the partisan halls of Congress.

In Effort To Stem Opioid Crisis, Mass. Congressional Delegation Reaches Across The Aisle

July 01, 2015
Normally adversaries, Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, are requesting a surgeon general report on the U.S. opioid overdose epidemic. (AP)

Democrats from Massachusetts are uniting with Republicans from the Midwest on several bills aimed at stemming the opioid epidemic.

Mr. Popular: Baker Starts Term With Highest Approval Rating Among New Governors

June 19, 2015
Recent WBUR polling data found that nearly 70 percent of voters have a "favorable" opinion of Gov. Charlie Baker. In March, Baker smiles before unveiling his 2016 budget proposal at the State House. (Charles Krupa/AP)

The most recent WBUR poll shows Baker holds a nearly 70 percent approval rating among voters. So does he have political capital to spend?

Gender-Identity Politics Is Complicated For Presidential Aspirant Fiorina

June 11, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard CEO, speaks at a luncheon hosted by the Derry Republican Town Committee, on May 26, 2015, in Derry, N.H. (Jim Cole/AP)

We follow Fiorina in New Hampshire and find that for the Republican, gender-identity politics is complicated.

Is Massachusetts' $1 Billion Bet On The Life Sciences Paying Off?

June 08, 2015
The outgoing director of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Susan Windham-Bannister, sitting at her desk in Waltham. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, created in 2008, is at a critical moment in its evolution: its founding CEO has left and a new governor with a different vision is now in charge.

Clinton’s Sam Alves Sings His Way To Stardom In Brazil

April 01, 2014
Sam Alves (YouTube screenshot)

Born in Brazil but raised by adoptive parents in Clinton, Mass., Sam Alves recently won Brazil’s version of “The Voice.” His new album is out today.

Firehouse Memorial Grows After Back Bay Blaze

March 27, 2014
A makeshift memorial at Engine 33 fire station on Boylston Street is pictured Thursday. Engine 33 was the station of fallen firefighters Edward Walsh and Michael Kennedy. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Michael Kennedy and Lt. Edward Walsh were both working out of the Engine 33 firehouse. Since Wednesday’s deadly fire, that station has become a memorial to the two men.

‘She Who Tells A Story’: Photos Show The Middle East Through Women’s Eyes

October 09, 2013
Newsha Tavakolian’s photo of Maral Afsharian (MFA)

A Boston MFA exhibit includes work from 12 female photographers across the Arab world and Iran, offering an insider’s look at an often-misunderstood region.

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