Latest Politics headlines

The latest political news from The Boston Globe

House panel pushes to make Library of Congress use ‘illegal aliens’

Given everything on the congressional agenda, lawmakers are not known for paying attention to library cataloging.

Donald Trump’s airline went from opulence in the air to crash landing

Echoes of Trump Shuttle reverberate in the Trump presidential campaign.

Trump uses energy speech to outline general election pitch

He said he will unleash unfettered production of oil, coal, natural gas, and other energy sources.

Why D.C.’s think tanks can’t figure out Trump

Donald Trump’s largely unconventional approach to policy issues has left experts wondering how to get their arms around his platform.

Mass. Senate moves to ban plastic shopping bags

The bag push, adopted by a bipartisan vote, is meant to make the state more environmentally friendly and was cheered by green advocates.

Capital

Trump-Clinton battle could upend electoral map

The new map is mostly thanks to the unique nature of the match-up between the pair of New Yorkers.

Political Happy Hour: May 26, 2016

Political Happy Hour: Marty paying Mintz | Guyton promoted | A yearbook to remember

Baker communications team gets promoted

Elizabeth Guyton is Governor Charlie Baker’s new communications director.

Capital Source

Libertarians field a long list of presidential candidates

Before Gary Johnson and Bill Weld become the Libertarian Party’s 2016 standard-bearers, they must vanquish a long list of candidates.

Capital Source

Response to campaign finance questions? Mum’s the word, so far

State regulators want more details from legislators about the restaurant meals charged to their campaign accounts. The speaker’s office says his political action committee will provide legal experts to navigate the situation.

Capital Source

Bill Weld and the Libertarian platform

Once a no-nonsense federal anti-drug prosecutor, the former Mass. governor is hoping to win the VP nod from a party that calls for legalizing drugs.

Capital Source

Fifty school committees come out against charter school expansion

Chief among their concerns is that charter schools drain money from traditional public schools and aren’t required to hire licensed teachers.

Issue of LGBT rights leads to standoff in the House

Conservatives angered by the inclusion of LGBT protections in an otherwise routine spending bill scuttled the measure Thursday.

Capital Source

Walsh campaign pays $30,000 to Boston law firm

The mayor’s campaign spokesman said the payments are unconnected to a federal corruption probe.

N.H. GOP fights to keep their primary first in nation

Top New Hampshire Republicans are attempting to fend off one of the most difficult challenges they have faced in decades.

Puerto Rico clears first hurdle with committee vote

A bipartisan deal to help Puerto Rico manage its crippling finances cleared its first hurdle Wednesday.

Clinton is criticized for private e-mails in State Dept. review

The State Department’s inspector general said Hillary Clinton had not sought permission to use it and would not have received it if she had.

Trump accuses Warren of hypocrisy for buying foreclosed homes

Elizabeth Warren said she bought or helped finance homes for family members and that “I’m proud of that.”

Political Notebook

Rowdy protests but no violence this time outside Trump rally

Political notebook

States sue administration over transgender bathroom policy

AUSTIN, Texas — The Obama administration on Wednesday faced its first major challenge to its directive this month about the civil rights of transgender students in public schools, as officials in 11 states filed a lawsuit that tested the federal government’s interpretation of the statute forbidding sexual discrimination.

Mass. lawmakers give public records overhaul unanimous approval

With unanimity and swiftness, lawmakers sent a bill strengthening Massachusetts’ feeble public records law to Governor Baker.

Political Happy Hour: May 25, 2016

Political Happy Hour: It’s such a nice day, what are you doing reading an email?

Governor Baker wants to limit state employee sick-time cashouts

Currently, state employees can generally accrue up to 15 sick days per year and, if they retire, can cash out 20 percent of unused sick time.

House votes to subject 64,000 household chemicals to regulation

Supporters said the bill would clear up a hodgepodge of state rules and update and improve a toxic-chemicals law that has remained unchanged for 40 years.

Reeling from 2016 chaos, GOP mulls overhaul of primaries

Leaders of the Republican Party have begun internal deliberations over making fundamental changes to the way its presidential nominees are chosen, a recognition that the chaotic process that played out this year is seriously flawed and helped exacerbate tensions within the party.

Veterans Affairs under fire after comparing health care delays to Disney lines

Robert A. McDonald, the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, drew bipartisan criticism after comparing the waiting times for veterans receiving medical care to standing in line for a ride at Disneyland.

Kenneth Starr, who tried to bury Bill Clinton, now praises him

Starr has lauded Clinton for his “redemptive” years of philanthropic work since leaving the White House.

CAMPAIGN NOTEBOOK

Trump takes donations, says it’s for GOP

Political notebook.

Judge: Law trimming early voting in Ohio is unconstitutional

The ruling, however, backs other Republican-supported voting changes in the presidential battleground state.

Warren, Clinton on the same team when it comes to Trump

Elizabeth Warren hasn’t endorsed anyone, but both she and Hillary Clinton seem to agree on slamming Donald Trump.

What about us, some in Nagasaki ask, as Obama’s Hiroshima trip nears

While invoking Hiroshima has become a universal shorthand for the horrors of nuclear war, Nagasaki, on the southwestern island of Kyushu, has mostly lived in the other city’s shadow.

Donald Trump relies on a simple phrase: ‘Believe me’

Trump is betting on his brand, and his ability to persuade voters that he speaks the truth.

Republicans block stricter rules on retirement savings

The regulations are aimed at blocking financial advisers from steering clients toward investments with higher commissions and fees.

Political Happy Hour: May 24, 2016

Political Happy Hour: Baker not diving in for Weld | The $en$e of the $enate | Beware das Burnout

Names

Top Obama aide Valerie Jarrett speaks at Northfield Mount Hermon

”Lunch is just an expression we use that means ‘noon.’ We don’t actually have lunch — we subsist on Diet Coke,” she said.

Report says NFL sought to influence brain study

League officials improperly sought to influence an NIH study on the link between football and brain disease.

FBI probe of Clinton e-mails may be near end

Agents are looking into whether Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server imperiled government secrets.

Political Happy Hour: May 23, 2016

Political Happy Hour: Public records bill compromise | Transgender bill moving in House | Trump confetti

Trump meets with senator seen as VP prospect

Donald Trump met with Bob Corker, intensifying speculation that the Tennessee senator may be on Trump’s shortlist.

House teeing up transgender bill

Mass. House leaders plan to begin polling members on the legislation Monday.

Trial to begin for Alabama House speaker

Mike Hubbard will go on trial under the same ethics law on charges that he helped champion.

Donald Trump dismisses concerns about trade war

He told an audience in New Jersey that the country is ‘‘getting killed’’ by foreign competitors and losing jobs.

Hillary Clinton, backers face delicate moment

Team Clinton doesn’t want to alienate Bernie Sanders supporters, but his campaign threatens to damage her as she tries to pivot to the general election.

Clinton calls Trump’s gun policies ‘dangerous’

Donald Trump’s gun policies are “not just way out there” but “dangerous” and would make America less safe, Hillary Clinton said Saturday.

In 1978 custody case, Hillary Clinton took the side of a father

Hillary Clinton slogged through a case that runs counter to a central theme of her presidential campaign that she’s a tireless advocate for women.

Obama is off to Asia to boost trade, cooperation

He’ll spend three days in Vietnam before he heads to Japan for a summit of the Group of Seven industrialized nations and a historic visit to Hiroshima.

Political Happy Hour: May 20, 2016

Political Happy Hour: Feds give Green Line extension preliminary green light | Marty Walsh as Jim Carrey | When alligators come knocking

Bill Weld’s leap into race is latest swerve in a singular career

The former governor, who will run for VP on the Libertarian ticket, has always seemed to relish a sudden plunge into the unknown.

House GOP defeats gay rights measure, prompting shouts of ‘shame’

Seven Republicans switched their votes under pressure from House leaders and defeated the bill.

New bill would rein in state GOP’s fund-raising

Common Cause aims to undo a campaign-finance ruling that favored Governor Charlie Baker.