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Gubernatorial hopefuls work Sunday crowds

Charlie Baker prayed at a service in Grace Church of All Nations, while Martha Coakley met with voters at the Medford Community Day.

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Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker used their campaign stops to underscore the long-standing pledges of their bids.

Pat Costello (right) and his son Denis hang  a US flag outside Ardmore Junior School, where Marty Walsh's father went to school.

Irish outpouring for Walsh underscores immigrants’ legacy

The Connemara region has long been defined by the people who have left — immigrants like Marty Walsh’s parents.

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Harvard’s star scientists going after corporate, foundation funding as government grants dry up

They are the “superstars of the superstars,” as one Harvard official put it. For decades, the university’s distinguished researchers simply had to focus on producing great science at one of the world’s top research institutions. Backed by the Harvard imprimatur, they had no trouble winning millions of dollars in government grants to conduct their work.Now, with federal research funding flat lining and the impact of last year’s automatic spending cuts known as sequestration hitting the ivory tower, even the best in their fields have to court new sources of support.

White House intruder had weapons and ammunition in his car

WASHINGTON — The man who managed to get in the front door of the White House on Friday had a cache of ammunition and weapons in his car at the time of the incident, and he had been arrested by the Virginia State Police in July with several weapons and a map of the White House in his possession, according to law enforcement officials.On Monday, federal prosecutors said that officers found 800 rounds of ammunition, two hatchets and a machete in the car of Omar Jose Gonzalez, 42, of Texas, after they searched it Friday.


Michelle Obama to appear at Maine fund-raiser

Michelle Obama is coming to Maine to campaign for Democrat Mike Michaud in the governor’s race.

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Seventy percent of unenrolled voters have not yet decided on a candidate.

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Coakley holds slim edge over Baker

The Globe poll suggests a race that could tilt in either direction based on the campaigns’ maneuvers in the coming weeks.

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Marty Walsh of Boston (left) and Marty O’Malley of Maryland.

Irish pols for the 21st century

Marty Walsh of Boston and Marty O’Malley of Maryland exemplify the evolution of the Irish politician.

Send money now! Please. We’re begging.

Anyone who has signed on to a campaign e-mail list from a candidate in either party has seen pleas from politicians.

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Jeanne Shaheen’s attack ad, deconstructed

US Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s latest ad against Scott Brown aims for humor, of the nonsubtle variety. — JOANNA WEISS

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Jim O’Sullivan writes about politics for The Boston Globe. Previously, he was White House correspondent and chief analyst for National Journal in Washington, D.C.

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.

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Akilah Johnson

Akilah has been a reporter with the Globe since 2010, covering neighborhoods, Boston’s mayor’s race, and the crosscurrents of race and ethnicity in the city.

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