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Trump drops event with black pastors after some object

Many black evangelical religious leaders invited to the event say they had no intention of endorsing the billionaire businessman.

Wellesley was a ‘touchstone’ for Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has enduring ties to her college, more than four decades after she graduated in 1969.

Republicans’ rhetoric on Muslims seen as having little cost

Many GOP voters are heartened by candidates addressing what they view as a threat to national security, analysts say.

James C. McKay, 89; Reagan-era independent counsel

Mr. McKay, a Washington trial lawyer, investigated influence-peddling accusations in the 40th president’s administration.

Paris attacks renew privacy vs. security debate in US politics

The attacks are raising calls for Congress to take new steps on surveillance and ensure government access to encrypted networks.

Independent voters key in N.H. GOP primary

New Hampshire’s large number of independent voters have contributed to its reputation as a mercurial swing state.

Political Notebook

Obama signs defense bill despite Guantanamo provisions

The president signed the $607 billion defense policy bill despite his opposition to restrictions in the legislation that ban him from moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to the US.

Koch-backed Libre aims to boost GOP with Hispanics

The multimillion-dollar effort is spreading a message that economic freedom and smaller-government principles will yield opportunity and prosperity.

Michael Dukakis would very much like your turkey carcass

“There’s no better meal!” the former governor says of turkey soup.

N.H. GOP chair doubts Donald Trump can win

Trump leads the N.H. Republican primary. But the state party’s chairwoman doesn’t think he will ultimately prevail there.

For candidates, timing a surge determines success

It’s not enough to run a perfect presidential campaign anymore. Candidates must seize and ride out their one-shot moment to the primary.

Could Polito be the one to break the curse?

Massachusetts lieutenant governors often dream of becoming governor. Very few ever do.

Primary memories

In N.H., a chance to learn from the best

Theodore H. White and David Broder, two of the best political reporters of their times, had starkly different views of the N.H. primary.

No credible threat against US at this time, Obama says

Ahead of the holiday season, the president said his administration is taking “every possible step” to keep the country safe.

Republican groups aim to bring down Donald Trump

GOP leaders are worried about long-lasting damage to the party’s image that Trump may cause.


Sanders outlines plan to overhaul immigration laws

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders vowed to create a “humane” immigration system.

Governor Baker may seek new funds for vocational education

Charlie Baker has suggested that improving vocational education will be a centerpiece of his economic development agenda.

Political Happy Hour: November 24, 2015

Political Happy Hour: MA GOP primary poll | Jeb hires local | Don’t cry for me

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Jeb Bush hires top Mass. operative

Struggling in the polls, the GOP presidential candidate is beefing up his team here and in the rest of the Northeast, hiring Rob Gray.

Live video: Obama, Hollande discuss ISIS

President Obama and French President Francois Hollande opened talks Tuesday about expanding the international campaign against the Islamic State.

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Bernie Sanders is most popular senator, poll says

Senator Bernie Sanders is riding an 83 percent job approval rating in Vermont in a new poll that tested all US senators.

Bernie Sanders spends the day with Killer Mike in Atlanta

The Democratic candidate shared a meal with the Atlanta rapper before being introduced by him at a campaign event.

Republicans face new hurdle in effort to keep Senate reins

Senator David Vitter’s decision to leave the Senate next year rather than seek reelection, creates an open seat that Republicans will have to defend.

Mayor gauges business about convention center expansion

As he plans his priorities for the new year, Marty Walsh is apparently trying to figure out how high a convention center expansion should be on that list.

Sanders invokes MLK legacy as he aims for black support

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders sought to position himself as a political heir of Martin Luther King Jr.


Cruz, Carson, and the fight for the right

Is US Senator Ted Cruz the king of conservatives in Iowa? And would his victory doom the caucuses?

Political Happy Hour: November 23, 2015

Political Happy Hour: Baker backs away from GOP, again | MBTA bans political ads | Romney poll reax

Syrian refugees in US are thoroughly vetted, John Kerry says

Kerry wrote to all governors after more than two dozen said they would not accept Syrians in their state at present.

State legislative session sputters to an end

Many issues left unresolved in 2015 could be settled in 2016, but the pace in recent weeks has been notably slow.

Upset winner faces fiscal crisis in La.

Fresh off an upset victory in the Louisiana governor’s race, Democrat John Bel Edwards began to work Sunday on his plans for the transition into his new office.

Clinton urges family caregiver tax cut

Hillary Clinton is proposing a new tax break for people caring for aging parents and grandparents as part of a series of benefits she is says will help middle-class families.

Trump won’t rule out independent run

Republican Donald Trump on Sunday refused to rule out an independent bid for president in 2016, and he dug in on creating a database to track Muslims in the U.S.

City, state team up in push to revitalize Lynn

A newly formed task force’s sole purpose is sparking development in the North Shore city.

N.H. primary poll puts non-candidate Romney first

If Mitt Romney were in the field, about one in three of New Hampshire’s GOP voters would support him.

Democrat wins in Miss., thanks to draw of straw

Republicans drew the short straw Friday in Mississippi. Seriously.

GOP tries to draw La. runoff voters

Republican Sen. David Vitter is trying to rally last-minute support from conservative voters in advance of Louisiana’s runoff election for governor.

GOP rivals condemn Trump support for Muslim registry

“You talk about internment, you talk about closing mosques, you talk about registering people. That’s just wrong,” Bush said Friday morning.

Political Happy Hour: Nov. 20, 2015

Political Happy Hour: State computer on the fritz | DCF hurt by budget cuts | Drop the phone

Security incident reported on Christie’s Boston-bound plane

A passenger was removed from a United Airlines plane carrying Chris Christie on Friday morning in San Francisco.

GOP presses for answers on Clinton’s access to classified material

The Republican National Committee is asking whether Hillary Clinton broke any laws by using a personal server for official duties.

House votes to curb Syrian refugees

The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to drastically tighten screening procedures on refugees from Syria.

Sanders resolutely extols virtues of democratic socialism

Senator Bernie Sanders defined his political philosophy in explicit terms and argued that his views would bring economic fairness back to America.

Political Happy Hour: November 19, 2015

Political Happy Hour: Daily fantasy politics | Trump backs Baker | Hillary welcome in Marty Party

Walsh to endorse Clinton in presidential race

The mayor of Boston, Martin J. Walsh, will announce his support for Hillary Clinton at a rally later this month.

Hillary Clinton lays out plan to combat the Islamic State

The former secretary of state offered her most detailed thoughts to date on how the US should respond to the threat of terrorism.

Hillary Clinton vows not to put US troops in Syria

The Democratic candidate said she would resist sending forces to fight ISIS even if there’s another terrorist attack within the US.

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Healey says states should welcome Syrian refugees

Attorney General Maura Healey says states lack the legal standing to defy federal instruction to accept them.

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Feud between Charles Yancey, Mayor Walsh eases

A months-long standoff between the city councilor and the Walsh administration appears to be over.

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Hillary Clinton’s toughest N.H. supporter

Knock, knock: There’s a probation officer at your door. And she wants you to vote for Hillary Clinton.

Mass. becomes draw for Republican hopefuls

An open GOP race and the state’s prominent date on the primary calendar have made Mass. a destination.