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Jeb Bush shaped by troubled Phillips Academy years

Bush almost ran aground at the Andover prep school, and it would take four years for him to straighten out.

Israel ready to build West Bank housing

Israel on Friday published bids for the construction of 450 housing units, a move denounced by critics as a political provocation.

Suddenly, N.H. is anybody’s race

Initial interviews suggest that the Romney coalition, built over eight years, will likely diffuse among several candidates.

Scott Brown files for Mass. state pension

Brown has applied for his state pension based on his nearly 17 years of state, county, and municipal service.

Full text of Mitt Romney’s remarks to supporters

Here is a transcript of Mitt Romney’s Friday conference call.

Obama ‘precision medicine’ plan would be boon to Mass.

The state’s life sciences sector is ready to capitalize on the program proposed by President Obama.

Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016

The former Mass. governor suddenly dropped a three-week flirtation that seemed to be gaining momentum.

Senate passes Keystone oil pipeline bill

President Obama is certain to veto the bill in his first official clash with the new Republican-majority Congress.

Attorney General nominee wins GOP endorsements

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won two key Republican endorsements Thursday en route to likely confirmation.

Capital

Karyn Polito sees active role as lieutenant governor

Until Polito was sworn in this month, Mass. had been without a second-in-command for nearly two years.

Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy

Declaring an end to “mindless austerity,” President Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday.

Early polls put Romney ahead of GOP field, but for how long?

The 2012 Republican nominee has a notable lead, but experts say it’s built mainly on familiarity and name recognition.

Ground game

For GOP candidates, a tricky balance on immigration

In the past, it was ethanol subsidies that proved the most challenging issue for Republican candidates. These days, immigration is even trickier.

Primary memories

A last-ditch effort for George W. Bush in 2000

By Christmas 1999, things were deteriorating fast for Bush in New Hampshire. One last-ditch plan: Send Charlie Bass to Dixville Notch.

Capital profile

New veterans’ services director has ambitious agenda

Francisco Urena wants to make the agency more accessible, address mental health and substance abuse issues, and end homelessness among veterans.

After early Partners victory, what lies ahead for Maura Healey?

Healey’s swearing-in as attorney general was just the start of a big week for the Next Big Thing in Mass. politics.

N.J. treasurer’s office clears Baker in pay-to-play probe

Governor Baker did not violate pay-to-play laws with a controversial donation, according an audit by the N.J. treasurer’s office.

Good week, bad week

Governor Baker and Marty Walsh got good grades for their storm performances, while Mayor De Blasio and Governor Cuomo did not.

Capital source

New transportation chief was on the job, even before Day 1

As the Blizzard of 2015 bore down across Massachusetts, Stephanie Pollack was a calming voice of transportation wisdom.

Overheard

Quotes and quips from the world of Massachusetts politics.

N.H. woman preserves house’s political history

New Hampshire’s list of political tourist stops has grown a little longer, thanks to a Democratic activist.

National roundup

House panel easily advances veterans sick-leave bill

The Republican Governors Association and its Democratic counterpart were the dominant players in making donations to pay for state-level elections in 2014.

Mass. House votes to abolish term limits for Speaker DeLeo

The vote extended indefinitely the reign of Robert DeLeo, one of the most powerful politicians on Beacon Hill.

Political Happy Hour: January 29, 2015

Political Happy Hour: Judge rejects Partners’ deal | Term limits. What term limits? | Marty Walz resigns from Planned Parenthood post | The news from Harvard | The news from Dartmouth | Dinner with Scott Brown

Despite Obama veto threat, Senate passes Keystone bill

The Republican-controlled Senate has passed a bipartisan bill approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Obama to seek to bust spending limits by $74 billion

The White House says Obama will propose $530 million for domestic programs.

Potential Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley to visit N.H.

O’Malley, another potential Democratic challenger to Hillary Clinton, will visit Concord and Nashua for two days in mid-March.

Luck of an accurate forecast helps Baker, Walsh

The storm’s severity confirmed the decisions that Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin Walsh made.

House bill aims to address state’s power shortfall

A sweeping bill aims to address high electricity prices and concerns about the regional grid’s reliability.

DeLeo seeks to strip term limits on speakership

Speaker Robert A. DeLeo told House members Wednesday that he plans a Thursday vote to abolish the eight-year boundary on a speaker’s term — even though he was the person who successfully championed that limit in 2009.

Political Happy Hour: January 28, 2015

Political Happy Hour: GOP dreams of Warren-vs.-Clinton match | Mass. House mulls abolishing DeLeo term limits | Dig-out day | Another storm?! | When a pol reads The Onion aloud

Mitt Romney outlines economic, foreign policy vision

Romney called for a war on poverty and tested attack lines directed at presumptive Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

In reversal, Robert DeLeo opposes term limit

The House speaker successfully championed the limit on his post in 2009.

House GOP moves toward possible lawsuit on immigration

House Speaker John Boehner announced the plans in a private meeting with lawmakers Tuesday, according to a person who attended.

Democrats put brakes on Iran sanctions bill

Senator Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat and a leading proponent of the legislation, said he remains skeptical a deal will materialize.

Romney built expensive homes after 2012 loss

Now that Mitt Romney is considering a third presidential bid, the monuments of his wealth could become a political inconvenience.

Former UN ambassador Bolton still weighing presidential run

The Republican will head to New Hampshire next week, and says he stands for a strong, interventionist foreign policy.

Political Happy Hour: January 27, 2015

Political Happy Hour: Storm continues | Blizzard of grumbling in NYC | Romney calls Utah home | Cook your food all the way through | Squirrels!

House bill on border security sidetracked

A Republican spokesman said there would not be enough time this week to consider the $10 billion bill.

Charlie Baker pulls first storm duty

Governor Charlie Baker, in his debut as the public face of a weather crisis, chose to cast a more formal image than some of his predecessors.

Political Happy Hour: January 26, 2015

Political Happy Hour: Snow. Snow! SNOW!!!

Boston lawmakers elevate concerns over Olympic costs

The lawmakers are worried that the infrastructure costs to the state would top $5 billion.

Christie gears up for presidential run

Chris Christie has filed paperwork to form a leadership political action committee, which will allow him to pay for travel and hire staff.

Rubio seems poised for 2016 run

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida is sending clear signs that he plans to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016.

Names

Dropkick Murphys tell Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to ship out

“Please stop using our music in any way . . . we literally hate you !!! Love, Dropkick Murphys,” the band tweeted.

Summit kicks off Iowa caucus activity

In what activists have described as the kickoff event of the 2016 Iowa caucuses, 28 speakers took the stage at an all-day political gabfest.

President changes itinerary to visit Saudi king’s family

President Obama will cut his trip to India short and visit Saudi Arabia to pay his respects after the death of King Abdullah.

Palin criticizes Obama, immigration policy in Iowa

Sarah Palin called President Obama “an overgrown little boy” Saturday in a speech that caused a buzz on social media.

Obama veto threats echo top D.C. issues

The veto threats that the president has issued over the last three weeks are a microcosm of American politics.

Democrats pick 2016 convention dates

The DNC said the convention would take place the week of July 25, 2016, one week after Republicans plan to have their convention in Cleveland.

US, Cuba talks fail to yield movement toward normal ties

Much bitter disagreement still stands in the way of normal relations between the nations.

Some Republicans striving to pull party toward center in new House

A group of more pragmatic lawmakers will no longer keep quiet as their more ideological colleagues push legislation to the right.

Democrats say Senator Markey was muzzled on Keystone measures

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used a procedural move to table a Markey amendment and objected to his request to speak.

Governor Baker warns protesters not to block roads

People who disrupt major thoroughfares, like those who blocked off I-93 last week, “will be dealt with swiftly and appropriately,” Baker said.

House OK’s ban on tax money for abortions

Republicans muscled broadened abortion restrictions through the House after a GOP rebellion forced leaders into an awkward retreat on an earlier version.

In Dixville Notch, a race to stay first in the nation

The hotel in northern N.H. has, for decades, been the site of a beloved tradition. Whether that continues in 2016 is now in question.

Themes hint at reengineered Mitt Romney

Romney at times sounds like a Democrat, with comments on fighting poverty, raising the minimum wage, and combating climate change.

Baker staunch in opposition to legalizing marijuana

The governor said that he is “going to always be opposed to legalizing” recreational use of the drug.

Legislative speaker in N.Y. arrested on charges of graft

Sheldon Silver is accused of a range of corrupt dealings that capitalized on his official position.

Challenges await Baker’s community development chief

Chrystal Kornega faces big challenges, from a lack of affordable housing to nearly 5,000 homeless families living in shelters.

In Dixville Notch, always first, but not always right

Voters in tiny Dixville Notch, N.H., have been voting just past midnight on Election Day for generations.

Massachusetts’ problem with transparency

What’s your government up to? It’s harder than you might think to find out.

Representative Richard Neal employs insider skills as dean of delegation

As the most senior Mass. lawmaker in the House, Neal’s distinctly old-school ways are guiding his approach to his latest role.

Obama seeks $80b more for child care

Obama chose a Democratic pocket in a solidly Republican state to sharpen the contrast between the parties’ economic visions.

Good week, bad week

Larry Merlo, head of CVS pharmacies, got a special invitation from the White House, while Deval Patrick doesn’t find many friends at the State House.

Political Happy Hour: January 22, 2015

Political Happy Hour: Deflategate, driving the day | Department of Free Speech, Boston Division | Scott Walker to N.H. | Death by chocolate, literally

Governor Scott Walker to visit N.H. ahead of possible 2016 run

Walker, a Tea Party favorite, will speak at a New Hampshire Republican Party grassroots training event on March 14 in Concord.

House OK’s ban on tax money for abortions

The House voted 242-179 to permanently bar federal funds for any abortion coverage.

Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush hold ‘social meeting’

Aides to the two potential presidential contenders downplayed the meeting, saying it had been scheduled far in advance.

Pataki, considering a run for president, plans N.H. trip

Former New York governor George Pataki will return to New Hampshire to address a local Republican fundraiser.

Boehner invitation to Netanyahu defies Obama

John Boehner’s decision to bring Benjamin Netanyahu before a joint meeting of Congress on Feb. 11 seemed to catch the White House by surprise.

If economy is humming, why does Mass. show a deficit?

The state has budget gap of about $765 million because some expenses are higher and some revenues are lower than expected.

Obama pushes agenda in visit to Idaho

President Obama said Idaho was an example for the nation on investing in technology and education.

Reies Lopez Tijerina, 88; Chicano movement leader

Mr. Tijerina, a Pentecostal preacher turned activist, led a violent raid of a northern New Mexico courthouse nearly 50 years ago.

Emanuel pushes for Chicago parkland for Obama library

CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced an ordinance Wednesday aimed at substantially improving the city’s chances of hosting the Obama presidential library and museum by setting aside space for the project in one of two parks on the city’s South Side.