The week in politics and issues

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Some supporters of presidential candidates have unique ways of showing their affection.


// Should Joe Biden skip the Iowa caucuses?

The strategy has not worked well for presidential candidates in the past.

Primary memories

// All hail New Hampshire’s ‘pipsqueak press’

A 90-minute interview with President Obama? A wake-up call from Hillary Clinton? It’s just a perk of working for a newspaper in N.H.

Ground Game

// N.H. millennials and politics: It’s complicated

There are two key concepts to understand when it comes to the millennial vote in New Hampshire.

Good week, bad week

It’s a good week to be a Senate Democrat. Meanwhile, Ben Carson might want to consider his words next time there’s a national tragedy.

Vice President Joe Biden.

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The Buzz on predicting the elections

The online markets at allow users to invest in yes-or-no answers to some of the biggest political quandaries of the day.

Capital Quiz

// Do you know these female trailblazers?

A new report tallies Massachusetts’ female politicians of color. How many do you know?


Warren fund-raising for Hassan’s Senate campaign

Elizabeth Warren blasted to her list an appeal on behalf of Maggie Hassan, “the tough, smart, two-term governor of New Hampshire.”


Get a great deal on a N.H. hotel room — by running for president

Republican National Comitteeman Steve Duprey offers a perk to candidates who stay at one of his hotels: A deeply discounted room rate.

Capital Source

Olympics opponents weigh in on city elections

No Boston Olympics recently sent out an endorsement email to its backers, urging support for several municipal-level politicians.

Capital source

Baker sets fundraising record

Governor Charlie Baker has the largest war chest created by a new Massachusetts governor in one year.

Capital Source

From Trump’s church, a word or two about refugees

An official from the Presbyterian Church wrote a letter to Donald Trump about the church’s stance on immigrants and refugees.






For Hillary Clinton, funny is hard

It’s difficult to look naturally happy when you’re doing something that doesn’t come naturally.

Mark Pothier | Decoder

// Could Charlie Baker follow the Calvin Coolidge path?

A Baker vice presidency might excite some locals, but he’d be an unlikely choice in these modern times.

opinion | Joe Mathews

// California doesn’t want Carly Fiorina

She wasn’t born in the Golden State and was mostly raised in other places. So why is Fiorina so often identified as a Californian?

// Five candidates on gun control, after Oregon

Expect the political rhetoric to soon be muffled by political reality: Congress isn’t going act on gun laws anytime soon.

// Editorial cartoons: Gun control, wartorn Earth

A roundup of cartoonists’ viewpoints on the week’s political and policy issues.

McCarthy exit from speaker race sends House into chaotic scramble

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) spoke to reporters after the speaker of the House nomination vote on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

Doug Mills/The New York Times

Kevin McCarthy had been opposed by the GOP’s right flank in his bid to succeed John Boehner, who is resigning this month.

Senator Elizabeth Warren is planning to leave Friday on a congressional trip to Europe.

Senator Warren heading to Europe on congressional trip

The six-day mission will focus on economic issues and a Syrian refugee crisis that has sent migrants fleeing into Europe.

President Obama is seriously considering circumventing Congress to impose new background-check requirements.

After latest mass shooting, Obama weighs executive action

President Obama is seriously considering circumventing Congress to impose new background-check requirements.

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Pressure mounts on Paul Ryan to run for House speaker

The representative said he was uninterested but did not reject the idea outright when he entered Friday’s conference.

Political Happy Hour: October 9, 2015

Political Happy Hour: GOP searching for order in the House | MA Senate President Rosenberg mulls D.C. gridlock | Police chase splash

Republicans meet amid turmoil of House speaker race

Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s stunning withdrawal from the race for speaker dashed expectations of an orderly succession.

Obama weighs expanding background checks on guns through executive authority

President Obama is seriously considering circumventing Congress with his executive authority and imposing new background-check requirements for buyers who purchase weapons from high-volume gun dealers.

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Globe reporters

Recent work from Boston Globe political reporters.


Ground Game

Ground Game

// N.H. millennials and politics: It’s complicated

There are two key concepts to understand when it comes to the millennial vote in New Hampshire.

LIVE Political Happy Hour

// Video and clips from interview with Mayor Walsh

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

Republican endorsement tracker

// 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.

Democratic endorsement tracker

// 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.

Candidate interviews


// Conversations with the 2016 presidential candidates

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

Divided Nation

Divided Nation

// 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.

Power Lines

Special series

// The Business of Influence

A series examining the ways industry, lobbyists, and academia influence government decision-making, from the Globe’s Washington bureau.

Coverage of Thomas Menino


Globe coverage of former Mayor Thomas Menino’s life and legacy.

Joshua Miller

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.

Policy writer

Recent work from Evan Horowitz, the Globe's policy writer.


Globe opinion writers

Recent work from Boston Globe columnists.