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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.

Political Happy Hour: October 5, 2015

Political Happy Hour: Kennedy drama | Hassan jumps in | Moon shot

Hillary Clinton slams Benghazi committee at N.H. event

The former secretary of state said Republicans have politicized the deaths incurred in a 2012 attack in Libya.

Joan Kennedy denies working with son on his new book

“I had no knowledge that Patrick was writing a book and did not assist him in the project,” she said via e-mail.

In N.H., Clinton pushes new gun controls in wake of Oregon shooting

Hillary Clinton unveiled new measures aimed at strengthening background checks on gun buyers and eliminating legal immunity for sellers.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

Obama has inked a new trade deal. What will Congress do?

The Congress remains one big hurdle for the deal with key Asia-Pacific partners.

Marco Rubio seeks his moment in GOP contest — just not too soon

The Florida senator is getting new attention as Republicans search for a candidate who can be viable in the general election.

N.H. Governor Maggie Hassan to run for US Senate

The second-term governor said she’ll challenge first-term Republican US Senator Kelly Ayotte.

Clinton to unveil gun control measures

Hillary Clinton will issue proposals on Monday to curb gun violence, including holding out the potential of using executive actions.

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.

Shootings can’t be halted, Trump says

Donald Trump sounded uncharacteristically resigned on Sunday when it came to last week’s mass shooting in Oregon.

Jason Chaffetz makes bid for House speaker

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

Patrick Kennedy reveals family’s struggles with alcohol in new book

Kennedy’s new book, scheduled to be released Monday, provides an intimate picture of a dysfunctional family.

Firefighters’ union won’t back Clinton

One of the country’s more politically powerful unions has abandoned its initial plans to endorse Hillary Clinton for president.

Duncan will step down as education secretary after seven years in post

Arne Duncan, who followed President Obama to Washington to serve as his education secretary, will step down.

McCarthy says he erred about Benghazi panel

Kevin McCarthy says he never intended to suggest that the Benghazi committee was created to undercut Hillary Clinton.

Political Happy Hour: October 2, 2015

Political Happy Hour: Martin J. Taciturn | ‘Alleluia chorus’ | Oppo on Santa

Obama takes questions from reporters

The president’s press conference comes as Education Secretary Arne Duncan steps down.

Politicians hold line on gun control after Oregon shooting

It quickly became clear Friday that a shift in Washington or in the presidential campaign debate is highly improbable.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan to step down

Sidestepping a confirmation fight, Obama tapped a senior bureaucrat to run the department while leaving the role of secretary vacant.

Senate’s plan overhauls sentencing rules

Senate conservatives and liberals on Thursday united behind an overhaul of the criminal justice system.

Sanders expected to draw big crowd at Convention Center rally

US Senator Bernie Sanders was in Springfield Saturday afternoon and is set to speak in Boston at 6 p.m.

In Boston, Clinton calls for more US regulation for painkillers

“We have got to take another look at the ease with which the opioids are being prescribed,” Clinton told a Boston audience.

Political Happy Hour: October 1, 2015

Political Happy Hour: DCF nightmare | Dunkin’ dip | Scott Brown channels Hemingway

Live video: Hillary Clinton discusses substance abuse in Boston

Hillary Clinton, Mayor Martin Walsh, and Attorney General Maura Healey are appearing together at a Boston forum.

Short on everything but purpose, Chafee pushes on

Some recent national surveys peg Chafee, known in R.I. politics as principled, if a little quirky, at 1 percent. Others find him at zero.

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.

Off the beat

Rand Paul targets voters . . . and targets

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

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.

Primary memories

A mom with a different view of Barack Obama

The mom of a 7-year-old boy didn’t want to miss Barack Obama at a 2007 house party, but she had to bring her son with her.

Sanders raises $26 million in quarter, just shy of Clinton’s $28 million

Bernie Sanders’s campaign collected nearly as much money from small donations as Clinton has from big-dollar donors.

Trump says he’d send back Syrian refugees taken in by US

‘‘They could be ISIS, I don’t know,’’ the GOP presidential front-runner said during an evening rally in Keene, N.H.

Ground Game

Evaluating campaign money reports gets more complicated

Just combining a candidate’s account and the candidate’s super PAC might not be the best way of doing things.

Federal health program for Sept. 11 responders expires

The law, which provides medical monitoring and treatment for Sept. 11 first responders, expired at midnight due to the failure of Congress to act.

Benghazi remarks hurt McCarthy’s speaker bid

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy suggested that the House Benghazi committee can take credit for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s slumping poll numbers.

Political Happy Hour: September 30, 2015

Political Happy Hour: Teamsters face charges | Mass. cage-free egg fight | Neighborly

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

What’s in the Republican tax plans?

Before you can judge whether a tax cut will be helpful, or harmful, you need to know how budget shortfalls will be made up.

Clinton, Sanders due at events in Mass. this week

Hillary Clinton will discuss the opioid crisis with AG Maura Healey and Mayor Walsh on Thursday, while Bernie Sanders will hold rallies in Springfield and Boston on Saturday.

Capital Source

Egg industry to fight ballot initiative

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

House approves bill to avoid federal shutdown

The spending bill prevents a repeat of the partial shutdown of two years ago and finances the government through Dec. 11.

Computer system, policies contribute to T’s problems

Antiquated technology and personnel policies have beset the MBTA, a member of the system’s control board said.

Ted Kennedy’s first plum assignments, nailed down over drinks

Kennedy said he had to down scotch-and-sodas with a senior senator to earn spots on three committees.

New Kennedy tape shows frustration with Clintons, health bid

In a 2008 oral history interview, the late senator was still upset about the Clintons’ handling of a failed health care reform effort

After John Boehner, GOP searches for a path forward

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who wants to be the next House Speaker, pledged cohesion after Boehner’s resignation.

House GOP effort to undo health law could reach Obama’s desk

This time, Republicans are using a special process that prevents Senate Democrats from blocking the legislation.

Mitch McConnell looks toward long-term budget talks with Obama

At issue are efforts to increase the operating budgets for both the Pentagon and domestic agencies still under automatic spending curbs.

William Weld, Jane Swift give backing to Jeb Bush

The former governors will host Bush events and help with get-out-the-vote efforts.


Clark moves into new role in US House

Congresswoman Katherine Clark of Massachusetts was named a senior Democratic whip in the US House on Monday, a step up from her previous post.