Patrick Kennedy defends book about family’s problems

Patrick Kennedy’s book details his own struggles with alcohol and drug addiction, but also goes into details about what he said was their father’s drinking problem.

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Kennedy’s remarks came after his brother, Ted Kennedy Jr., said the new book is an “inaccurate and unfair portrayal of our family.”

Legislators cast 125 nonveto override votes this spring — fewer than half those cast in the spring of 2013.

Rules, governor’s agenda among reasons for fewer votes on Beacon Hill

This spring featured just 125 votes, the Legislature’s lowest vote total in two decades.

Jason Chaffetz makes bid for House speaker

The Utah Republican and chairman of the House Oversight Committee officially entered the race on Sunday.

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Calm down, Hillary Clinton has not lost New Hampshire. Yet.

Clinton is currently losing N.H., but she is very, very, very, very far away from the state being a lost cause.

Mayor Walsh insists city neighborhoods are safe

“If you compare Boston to any other city, we are the safest,” Walsh told East Boston residents concerned about two recent homicides.

House to vote on new speaker on October 29

Speaker John Boehner on Monday scheduled the House election to replace him for Oct. 29 and put off votes for lower-level posts until after that.

Erick Erickson stepping down as editor of conservative RedState blog

Erickson made the announcement in a post Monday afternoon, writing that the grind of his media work, plus seminary and family responsibilities, finally wore him down.

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Maura Healey (center) met with her staff in Boston.

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Maura Healey (center) met with her staff in Boston.

Maura Healey doesn’t like to lose

Indefatigable drive and charisma have made Maura Healey the state’s attorney general and the one to watch in Massachusetts politics.By Stephanie Ebbert

// Capital Quiz: Presidential firsts edition

If Clinton or Fiorina wins the White House, America will have its first female president. See how many other firsts you know.


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Rand Paul targets voters . . . and targets

In New Hampshire, candidates make the rounds at a gun range.

The buzz from Twitter about the race for president

A look at how New Hampshire residents on Twitter are feeling about the presidential candidates.

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Egg industry to fight ballot initiative

The measure would mandate Massachusetts farms and businesses produce and sell only eggs from cage-free hens.

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DeLeo is in no rush to leave

A slimmed-down, healthier-looking Speaker Robert DeLeo is not in a rush to hand the gavel over to a successor any time soon.

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An accounting of political women of color

A new anthology profiles the state’s 94 women of color elected to public office.

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Ann Romney on Romneycare, horses, and pet birds

nn Romney’s new memoir, “In This Together,” serves up new trivia about Massachusetts’ former first family.

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New job for Katherine Clark

US Representative Katherine Clark got a promotion this week: from assistant whip to senior whip within the House Democratic caucus.






John Boehner’s departure means big battles lie ahead

Expect more efforts to deep-six Obamacare. More attempts to nix federal funding for Planned Parenthood. More budgetary brinksmanship.

// Five takes on funding Planned Parenthood

Conservatives have made it their mission to defund the nonprofit organization.

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// Barbara Madeloni makes waves

The Massachusetts Teachers Association will wait to make an endorsement — no matter what the National Education Association wants to do this week.

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// Comparing the two Kevin McCarthys

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh spoke with Globe reporter Joshua Miller at Suffolk Univeristy for the Globe’s Political Happy Hour.

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// Tracking the endorsements of N.H. GOP activists

Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, and Rand Paul have picked up the most support from top party activists in the Granite State so far.

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// N.H. Democratic endorsement tracker

Dozens of New Hampshire Democrats have rallied to support former US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton’s second presidential bid.

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// Conversations with the 2016 presidential candidates

The Globe’s James Pindell sits down with presidential candidates and hopefuls to discuss the race.

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// Suspicion of US government reaches a new level in Texas

The conflict about the Jade Helm 15 exercise illustrates some of the most confounding political divisions in the country.

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