Trump leaves GOP leaders shell-shocked and fearful

Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Delaware on Thursday.

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Donald Trump’s defiant comments Thursday further dismayed leaders who have been struggling with how to respond to his rhetoric.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Delaware on Thursday.

Adrian Walker

A candidate with no clue

At the close of Wednesday’s debate, Trump made an awkward pitch partly aimed at the tiniest part of his constituency: black voters.

Ground Game

// Strange things could happen on the Electoral College map

Because of Hillary Clinton’s recent rise, some traditional Republican states may have closer-than-anticipated contests.

// What will happen when Clinton, Trump speak at Al Smith dinner?

In most presidential campaigns, the dinner is a forum for levity during a heated election. This year may be more complicated.

// Obama says Trump is ‘dangerous’ for suggesting he won’t concede

‘‘He doesn’t even worry if what he says is true,” President Obama said of Donald Trump. “It’s just about him worried that he’s losing.”

// Woman says Trump groped her at US Open in 1998

Another woman came forward Thursday to accuse Donald Trump, alleging he put his arm around her and touched her breast.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican nominee Donald Trump salute the audience at the end of the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. Democrat Hillary Clinton and rival Donald Trump face off in their last presidential debate on October 19, with the Republican candidate spiraling downward amid allegations of sexual misconduct and wild charges of a

The one thing most voters can agree on? This election is embarrassing

Horrified by the election? You’re not alone, according to a new Colby College-Boston Globe poll.

Hassan now leads Ayotte by 8 points in US Senate race in N.H., poll finds

The race between Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Kelly Ayotte could ultimately help decide control of the US Senate this election cycle.

// Do minorities get ‘equal justice’? This Mass. judge wants to find out.

SJC Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants said Thursday that he has commissioned a probe into sentencing disparities for minority defendants.

In Bedford, Chip-In Farm employee Lucy Hand collected eggs in January.

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Cage-free egg fight heats up on TV

A long-simmering referendum battle over farm animal welfare and food prices is bursting onto Boston-area television screens.


// A guide to Question 4

Marijuana could soon be legal if voters decide on Nov. 8 to approve the drug for recreational use. Here’s what a “yes” vote might mean.

// Boston Children’s expansion receives final OK

The $1 billion, 71-bed building triggered concerns over health care costs and the loss of a treasured garden for patients.

// Vote on GE’s new complex postponed after open-meeting protest

An agenda posted at City Hall was not entirely visible to the public.

Bay State workers are enjoying one of the best job markets in recent history.

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Mass. enjoys one of best job markets in years. But could it be better?

The evidence suggests we could probably push the unemployment rate down a little further, but not much.

// Bostonians in for an average winter, officials say

The outlook calls for temperatures in our area to be about average, and the same goes for precipitation.

Boston-09/24/2016- The Bruins held another day of workouts at their training camp at Warrior Ice Arena. Bruins general manager Don Sweeney(left) chats with Bruins president Cam Neely as they watch the camp from the stands. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(sports)

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Cam Neely has learned value of patience as Bruins president

Team owner Jeremy Jacobs and son Charlie, team CEO, have made it clear that the puck stops with Neely.

// Emerson Stamps, 93, D-Day veteran and barbecue master

Mr. Stamps joined the Army during World War II and served in England, France, and Germany as a technician fourth grade in a cargo unit.

// Everett man arrested in shooting of 13-year-old Chelsea boy

“I feel all right,” the 13-year-old told the Globe. “There’s no one coming after me. I’ll be okay. It was an accident.”


// Hits and errors in TV booth during baseball playoffs

The postseason isn’t bringing out the best in all of the announcers, though some are on their game.

// Somerville liquor store vs. McDonald’s: Round 2

Red Sox-Yankees, Road Runner-Wile E. Coyote, Ali-Frazier — add Sav-Mor Liquors’ war with McDonald’s in Somerville to the list of great rivalries.


// The Weekender: Leno, Hamilton, and serious twerking

Everything fun to do in Boston and beyond.

Opinion & Ideas

OPINION | Scott Gilmore

// Why is the Islamic world still torn by war?

Global trends toward interconnection, economic growth, social progress, and stronger civil society have not completely bypassed the Islamic world.

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The desperate and the dead

// The broken covenant

Behind the fragmented state of mental health care lies a political system failure that spans decades — and continues.

The Big Picture

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Big Picture

The battle to recapture Mosul

Iraqi and Kurdish forces have begun a military offensive to take back the ISIS-controlled city of Mosul.