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Amid Senate gridlock, ambassador positions remain unfilled

“I don’t think there’s a single senator sitting there trying to punish our diplomats, but that’s the impact. Countries wonder whether we mean what we say about the strength of the relationship when we don’t even send them an ambassador,” Secretary of State John Kerry said.

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One-fourth of all ambassador-ranked posts — 55 out of 226 positions — await confirmation.


Cash for Clunkers: How bad public policy gets made

The $3 billion program was a spectacular failure, at least according to two studies.

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Loved ones of victims aid Michael Sullivan as race heats up

The loved ones of victims in two well-known murder cases recorded a radio ad Tuesday denouncing Middlesex DA Marian Ryan.

New poll finds Martha Coakley with huge lead

The poll is the latest to show Coakley ahead among Democratic candidates for governor.

Union influence on display in AG’s race

In races up and down the ballot, labor politics have made themselves felt as the Sept. 9 primary approaches.

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With PACs in Mass., get ready for high-priced attack ads

Super PACs, free to raise unlimited sums from corporations and unions, have landed in Massachusetts politics. By David Scharfenberg

Weekly poll

Mass. voters concerned about the influence of money in politics

Seven in 10 voters say television advertisements from super PACs are “harmful” to the Bay State’s political debate.

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The latest coverage of the race to replace Deval Patrick as governor of Massachusetts.

Jim O'Sullivan

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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