Even in college, Donald Trump was brash

Donald Trump with his father, Fred Trump, after graduating from Wharton in 1968.

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Trump stood out early at college: as a bonfire of vanity, talent, and natural swagger, a millionaire, a student not quite as great as he recalls.

This July 30, 2014 photo shows With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska next week to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully calibrates his message in a state heavily dependent on oil. (AP Photo/Kathy Matheson)

Obama seeks to walk fine line in Alaska on climate change, energy

Obama wants to use changes to Alaska’s climate to instill urgency into his global warming agenda, but is showing he’s navigating competing interests.

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Ruth Sivard, 99; economist analyzed military spending

For more than three decades, Mrs. Sivard drew attention to the disparity between social and military spending around the globe.


When propaganda displaces democracy

Its influence on citizens’ choices can’t be overstated — and is even harder to overcome.

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Bid for change in District 4

The inertia of incumbency is Andrea Campbell’s biggest hurdle as she tries to unseat city councilor Charles Yancey.

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Anthony Soto and Lisa Wong.

Anthony Soto and Lisa Wong.

Love, politics, and a tale of two struggling cities

A common dedication to public service and belief in their ability to make change led to romance between the mayor and the councilor. By Meghan E. Irons

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Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong and her husband, Holyoke Councilor Anthony Soto, are not the only New England politicians married to politicians.

Joe Biden spoke during an October 2007 campaign appearance in Henniker, N.H. If Biden runs for president in 2016, he may skip the state’s first-in-the-nation primary.

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Why Joe Biden could skip N.H. if he runs for president

The rationale for Biden to skip Iowa and New Hampshire is this: He would enter in the race too late to compete in those states.

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Draft Biden supporters were pro-Joe before it was cool. Meanwhile, Jeb Bush’s “anchor babies” comment is weighing on him.


Quotes and quips from the world of Massachusetts politics and beyond.

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EMILY’s List backs another City Council candidate

Annissa Essaibi-Gorge has received an endorsement from EMILY’s list, the financial powerhouse that backs female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights.

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GOP hopeful John Kasich a patron of Cape Cod theater

Ohio Governor John Kasich and his wife are frequent visitors to Cape Cod.

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City councilor featured in Elle magazine

Michelle Wu appeared in the fashion magazine’s tribute to 30-year-olds.

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Baker makes marijuana advocates’ list of 50 most influential consumers

Governor Charlie Baker made the Marijuana Policy Project’s annual list of the most influential pot consumers. Congrats, or something.

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Shaheen family praises diabetes alert dog for daughter in new book

The member of the Shaheen family getting all the attention this week isn’t Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

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Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill dismisses Scott Brown over-exposure

McCaskill was quoted as mocking Brown’s upcoming appearance on a celebrity cruise ship, saying he would do “anything to show his body.”

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Fox News hosted the GOP’s first primary debate on Thursday. Here are the evening’s top moments.

LIVE Political Happy Hour


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Political reporter Joshua Miller interviewed Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker on a range of topics at Suffolk University.

Republican endorsement tracker

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

Democratic endorsement tracker

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

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

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Joshua Miller covers politics for the Globe. A Massachusetts native and graduate of Bowdoin College, Miller worked in Washington, D.C., before joining the paper in 2013.

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