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Amid Senate gridlock, ambassador positions remain unfilled

“I don’t think there’s a single senator sitting there trying to punish our diplomats, but that’s the impact. Countries wonder whether we mean what we say about the strength of the relationship when we don’t even send them an ambassador,” Secretary of State John Kerry said.

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One-fourth of all ambassador-ranked posts — 55 out of 226 positions — await confirmation.

JOHN E. SUNUNU

Cash for Clunkers: How bad public policy gets made

The $3 billion program was a spectacular failure, at least according to two studies.

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Who’s on the ballot? Voters aren’t sure

Voters don’t seem to know the candidates who are running for statewide office.

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Most Mass. voters pick neither party when registering

Most Mass. voters register as unenrolled, opting against either major party.

Walsh speaks at Labor Day breakfast

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, a former labor leader, was keynote speaker at the annual event.

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With PACs in Mass., get ready for high-priced attack ads

Super PACs, free to raise unlimited sums from corporations and unions, have landed in Massachusetts politics. By David Scharfenberg

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Mass. voters concerned about the influence of money in politics

Seven in 10 voters say television advertisements from super PACs are “harmful” to the Bay State’s political debate.

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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.

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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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