Rand Paul defends campaign during N.H. swing

The US senator from Kentucky isn’t worried about his current poll numbers. The campaign is playing the long game, aides add.

Ted Cruz, who wants to abolish the IRS, greeted John Koskinen, the agency’s head, before Wednesday’s hearing.

Ted Cruz fires new salvos at the IRS

The Republican presidential candidate told the IRS Commissioner that his agency has become ‘‘the embodiment of what’s wrong with government.”


Trump lawyer, citing emotions, apologizes for rape comment

The attorney apologized for making the incorrect assertion that “by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse.”

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House backs funds for highway aid, veterans health care

The Senate plans to take up the House bill before a midnight Friday deadline.

GOP presses Planned Parenthood aid ban, faces long odds

With a showdown Senate vote planned for early next week, Democrats stepped up their defense of the beleaguered organization.

Lawmakers override Baker’s education funding vetoes

State lawmakers voted by wide margins Wednesday to restore millions of dollars in education funding vetoed by Governor Charlie Baker.

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An autographed photo of Scott Calvert interviewing Al Gore on Sept. 19, 1998.

Primary Memories

In 1998, a N.H. reporter worked his hometown advantage

A former New Hampshire reporter got the first substantial interview with Vice President Al Gore about Monica Lewinsky.

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Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, and Rand Paul have picked up the most support from top party activists in the Granite State so far.

Off the beat

Hashtags are the new bumper stickers. Discuss.

Just about every candidate or campaign has a hashtag, but some are more creative than others.


Quotes and quips from the world of Massachusetts politics and beyond.

Capital Source

An honor for Mayor Lisa Wong of Fitchburg

Lisa Wong of Fitchburg will be honored by a group that launches women into the political spotlight.

Capital Source

Buon Appetito! Legislative leaders spend on fine Italian restaurants

Among the expenditures from campaign accounts of Speaker DeLeo and Senate President Rosenberg were big tabs at Italian restaurants.

Capital Source

Jeb Bush dares to take on Mount Washington

Granite Staters don’t love Jeb Bush’s latest talking point. They like their Mount Washington.

Capital Source

Groups press for involvement in regulatory review

Governor Charlie Baker’s effort to streamline regulations prompted groups to ask him to invite interested parties into the process.

Globe reporters

Recent work from Boston Globe political reporters.


Ground Game

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/20/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/rathe_pindell_employee02.jpg--90x90.jpg Inside the presidential primaries with James Pindell

Globe reporter James Pindell brings you the latest news from New Hampshire and beyond as 2016 presidential politics take shape.

LIVE Political Happy Hour


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Political reporter Joshua Miller interviewed Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker on a range of topics at Suffolk University.

Democratic endorsement tracker

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/28/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/ENDORSEMENTS-web.jpg Are they really ready for Hillary?

With just more than eight months until the primary, Hillary Clinton has scored public support from a sizable chunk of New Hampshire political insiders.

Candidate interviews


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/29/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/paul.jpg Conversations with the 2016 presidential candidates

The Globe’s James Pindell sits down with presidential candidates and hopefuls to discuss the race.

Candidate rankings

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/16/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/bush2--90x90.jpg Ranking the top 10 Republican hopefuls in N.H.

The Globe ranked the prospects of the top 10 Republican candidates in the Granite State, followed by the rest in alphabetical order.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/26/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/helm150-1415.jpg Suspicion of US government reaches a new level in Texas

The conflict about the Jade Helm 15 exercise illustrates some of the most confounding political divisions in the country.

Power Lines

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/30/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/capital.jpg The Business of Influence

A series examining the ways industry, lobbyists, and academia influence government decision-making, from the Globe’s Washington bureau.

Coverage of Thomas Menino


Globe coverage of former Mayor Thomas Menino’s life and legacy.

Jim O'Sullivan

Jim O’Sullivan writes about politics for The Boston Globe. Previously, he was White House correspondent and chief analyst for National Journal in Washington, D.C.

Joshua Miller

Joshua Miller covers politics for the Globe. A Massachusetts native and graduate of Bowdoin College, Miller worked in Washington, D.C., before joining the paper in 2013.

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Recent work from Evan Horowitz, the Globe's policy writer.


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