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Obama pitches immigration steps in his hometown

President Obama said contributions by a broad patchwork of immigrants help justify the steps he took to protect workers illegally in the country.

Baker outlines plan to address homelessness

Critics say the management improvements will only go so far in an era of skyrocketing rents and growing economic inequality.

Chafee asked to update R.I. immigrant policy

The ACLU made the request in light of President Obama’s action to defer deportation for millions in the country illegally.

Ethel Kennedy receives Medal of Freedom, highest civilian honor

President Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 19 artists, activists, public servants and others.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel steps down

President Obama said it was Hagel’s decision to resign and thanked his former Senate colleague for “exemplary” service.

Ethel Kennedy among group to receive Medal of Freedom

President Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 19 artists, activists, public servants and others.

Facing pressure, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigns

President Obama said Hagel concluded it’s an “appropriate time” for him to complete his service.

Charlie Baker taps Kristen Lepore for budget chief

Lepore, whose world spans both business and Beacon Hill, would be responsible for managing state coffers.

Tech firms say Obama’s immigration plan falters on visas

Boston companies said the president’s plan will not help a shortage of well-educated, technologically sophisticated workers.

Obama defends moves on immigration

The president shrugged off GOP criticism in a Sunday interview, saying it was important to focus deportation efforts on criminals.

In 1st tour as senator, Elizabeth Warren visits Israel, Jordan

Warren is expected to meet with government officials, as well as military troops from Mass. serving in the region.

Midterm elections get a yawn, but not in Oregon

Election turnout surpassed 50 percent in a handful of states: Maine, Wisconsin, Colorado, Alaska, Minnesota, and Oregon.

Carl E. Sanders, 89, governor of Georgia, had role in ‘New South’

Carl E. Sanders took stances on race and segregation, earning him a reputation as an early leader of the “New South.”

Biden, Turkey’s leader quiet on result of talks

Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered no indication that the US and Turkey had determined how to deal with IS fighters.

Biden urges Russia to uphold east Ukraine truce

The vice president urged Moscow to uphold a cease-fire in the war-torn region as he visited Kiev on the anniversary of the anti-government protests.

House GOP brings lawsuit against Obama

The lawsuit accuses the administration of exceeding its constitutional powers in carrying out President Obama’s health care law.

News Analysis

Obama’s immigration move highlights risks for GOP in 2016

As a national debate unfolds on a historically divisive topic, the path for Republicans with White House ambition is treacherous.

Obama defends immigration action at Las Vegas rally

President Obama heralded his plan at the school where he launched his drive for an overhaul of the immigration system.

House GOP files suit against Obama over health law

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi criticized Republicans for spending taxpayer money on a “meritless” case.

William Frenzel, 86; former rep. lobbied for NAFTA

Mr. Frenzel was a deficit hawk who spent 20 years serving in the US House.

Social Security advocates fear budget cuts will take a toll

Social Security advocates gathered on Capitol Hill to ward off more hits to a basic federal program that serves nearly all American families.

FOX News brings back Scott Brown

The former US senator from Massachusetts, who lost to Democrat Jeanne Shaheen in N.H. this year, will be a contributor on the network.

ABC, CBS, NBC won’t carry Obama immigration speech

The news networks CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC all planned to air Obama live.

Defying GOP, Obama acts on immigration

The president said he will halt deportations and issue work permits for nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants.

DeLeo opposes Patrick’s midyear local aid cuts

The House speaker said he will not back the governor’s proposed $25.5 million midyear cut in aid to cities and towns.

Obama set to act on immigration, angering GOP

The president’s plans, while cheered by advocates, could impact Democrats’ ability to work with a new Republican-led Congress.

Secret Service chief vows to do better

Joseph Clancy warned lawmakers Wednesday of ‘‘potentially dire consequences’’ from lowered morale and operational security at the agency.

Democrats hand Pelosi defeat on post

Democrats voted to make Representative Frank Pallone of New Jersey the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

NSA surveillance reform debate to return next Congress

While Senate Republicans succeeded this week in blocking a measure that would have curtailed the National Security Agency’s surveillance practice, they may have set themselves up for a bruising debate over privacy and national security when the new Congress convenes.

Panel quietly considers raises for top Beacon Hill officials

The pay raises could boost top legislative leaders well beyond their current $102,000 in total compensation.

Obama to announce immigration steps in speech Thursday

As many as five million people in the US illegally would be spared from deportation under the plan, officials said.

Morale suffering at Secret Service, acting director says

The Secret Service has suffered a string of embarrassments, including a fence jumper who made it into the White House.

Baker limits corporate, lobbyist gifts to inauguration committee

Charlie Baker is imposing a $25,000 limit on corporate contributions and a $250 cap on lobbyist gifts.

Mayor Walsh defends firing of eight city workers

“I don’t want to sound insensitive, but you have to make changes,” Walsh said Wednesday.

Charlie Baker attends Republican governors conference

The governor-elect is visiting the Republican Governors Association’s annual conference.

Little expected as Congress heads to a lame-duck end

This two-year session of Congress will almost certainly go down as the least productive in history.

Obama orders review of US hostage policy

The review comes as some family members of those killed have complained that the United States did not take enough action in an attempt to save their loved ones.

House Democrats re-elect Pelosi as minority leader

Democrats re-elected Rep. Nancy Pelosi to another two-year term as House minority leader on Tuesday.

In wake of beheadings, Obama orders review of US hostage policy

President Obama has ordered a review of how the United States responds when citizens are taken hostage overseas.

Senate Democrats defeat Keystone oil pipeline bill

The 59-41 vote fell short of the 60 votes needed to send the bill to the White House.

Baker has returned to urban areas since election

The governor-elect is vowing to have an administration that reaches across party lines and reflects the state’s cultural tapestry.

Baker taps Northeastern official as chief of staff

Governor-elect Charlie Baker named Northeastern University’s chief operating officer, a Democrat, to serve as his top aide.

Congress clears bipartisan bill to revamp federal child care aid

Congress sent President Obama compromise legislation on Monday revamping the government’s chief child care program for the first time in nearly two decades.

Obama reverses stance on immigration orders

President Obama is poised to ignore stark warnings that executive action on immigration would amount to “violating our laws” and would be “very difficult to defend legally.”

Baker fills two top administration posts

A Northeastern executive was named as Charlie Baker’s chief of staff, and a Shrewsbury legislator was tapped as Energy secretary.

Financial firms lobby hard against stricter protections

Investment brokers are fighting possible government restrictions, but consumer advocates say the rules are needed to protect investors.

Maine’s Democrats reassess after losses

Reeling from devastating election losses, Maine Democrats are preparing to choose a new leader on Sunday.

Baker questions federal findings on fishing limits

Scientists say cod congregate together as their numbers decline, making it easier for fishermen to catch them.

Baker’s transition pick quits amid financial woes

One-time state transportation secretary Richard Taylor owes more than $1 million in taxes and court judgments.

US to pledge $3B to help poor nations cope with warming

The United States is giving $3 billion to a U.N. fund to help poorer countries prepare for a changing climate and develop cleaner energy.

Philip M. Crane, 84; former congressman

Mr. Crane fought for conservative causes in 35 years in the House of Representatives.

Jane Byrne, 81; was Chicago’s first female mayor

Ms. Byrne capitalized on Chicago’s slow reaction to a snowstorm to score one of the biggest election upsets in the city’s history.

Walker ousts Parnell in Alaska gubernatorial race

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Independent candidate Bill Walker has won the Alaska governor’s race, following an aggressive challenge to Republican Governor Sean Parnell that included joining campaigns with a Democratic rival.

House sends Keystone oil pipeline bill to Senate

Congress inched closer Friday to a possible showdown with President Obama over the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Warren to oppose Obama’s Treasury pick

The move signals Elizabeth Warren’s distance from party establishment just as she takes on an official leadership role.

John Kerry’s brand of Boston diplomacy pays off

When Kerry met his Chinese counterpart, he replaced meetings at hotels and foreign ministries with an array of more personal venues here.

House speaker, next Senate leader natural allies

Senator Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner are two establishment deal-cutters, each on occasion frustrated by the other’s inability to rein in their party’s most zealous ideologues.

Schools for Native Americans await sorely needed overhaul

Decades of neglect have left reservations with schools where students struggle to meet academic standards and buildings that are in decay.

The members of Baker’s transition team

Governor-elect Charlie Baker announced the members of his transition team on Thursday.

Freshmen in the House — and Senate

As a diverse group of 41 Republicans and 17 Democrats, the House freshman class of 2015 is a slice of America.

Mass. native Phil Cox figures to be a force for the GOP

Cox is now expected to be perhaps the most sought-after adviser in a crowded Republican field of 2016 presidential candidates.

Ex-probation chief sentenced as system decried

John O’Brien was sentenced after being convicted of running the department like a criminal enterprise.

Charlie Baker’s transition advisers are diverse

The governor-elect’s transition team includes a former Democratic congressman, officials from the Weld administration, and a former Indianapolis mayor.

Democrats tap Warren as liaison to liberal groups

Senator Elizabeth Warren was given a new role, elevating her profile inside the Senate.

Mitch McConnell chosen by Republicans as majority leader

A Senate Republican official said McConnell was chosen as Senate Majority Leader at a closed-door meeting of the rank and file.

Congress hustles to schedule votes on Keystone pipeline

Long-stalled legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline got new life on Wednesday after Senate Democrats abandoned efforts to block the measure.

Warren reportedly in line for Senate leadership post

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in discussions with Senator Elizabeth Warren about a newly created leadership position.

GOP win in Alaska adds to party’s US Senate sweep

Republican Dan Sullivan won Alaska’s US Senate seat in a hotly contested race, beating first-term incumbent Mark Begich.

Myanmar troubles jeopardize a big Obama goal

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar — For President Obama, Myanmar’s stalled progress on promised political and economic reforms is jeopardizing what was to be a crowning achievement for his foreign policy legacy.

Rohingya refugees seek hope in Obama’s visit to Myanmar

The Nashua refugee community is closely watching the president’s trip to their homeland.

Baker defends embattled state GOP chairwoman

In his first public comment on a squabble roiling the party, the governor-elect voiced support for Kirsten Hughes.

Kennedy not interested in heading Democratic committee

Representative Joe Kennedy has said he is not interested in taking over the Democrat House election committee.

George W. Bush’s book on father recounts key decisions, debates

“41: A Portrait of My Father,” is largely a warm recounting of a son’s take on his father’s life – what Bush calls a “love story.”

Maura Healey setting her course as attorney general

Maura Healey will be the nation’s first openly gay attorney general when sworn into office in January.

US and China reach a deal on emissions

China committed to capping carbon emissions while President Obama unveiled a plan for deeper US emissions reductions through 2025.