The week in politics and issues

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. By Jim O’Sullivan

// Good week, bad week

Look who’s Mr. Popularity — again. This month, two polls showed Massachusetts voters giving Governor Charlie Baker high marks.


// 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?

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton looks around the New HampshiresSecretary of State's office after filing papers to be on the nation's earliest presidential primary ballot, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at The Secretary of State's office in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)


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Filing Day in New Hampshire

Those seeking to be president signed up at the N.H. State House to get on the state’s primary ballot this month.

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Yes, that was indeed Baker in the Times cartoon

Brian McFadden, the Jamaica Plain cartoonist, apparently didn’t think much of the governor’s reluctance to accept Syrian refugees.

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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.

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Moulton, Baker spat eases

One of the more unexpected stories of the month involved Seth Moulton sparring with Governor Baker over the issue of Syrian refugees.

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Just the man for the job

Mayor Martin J. Walsh needed an emcee for an arts event in a pinch. Why not the parks commissioner?

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Write a FITN essay; win a free ride to college

There is one place in the Granite State, where, come January, college will be tuition-free — well, at least for one student.



Opinion | Nathaniel Rakich

A modest proposal for the Democrats

Here’s a strategy to shake things up: Punt the 2016 election entirely, set up for gains in 2018, then force a GOP turnover in 2020.


//[1]-1626.jpg Jefferson might have sympathized with Carson

All of the candidates vying to become the next president would do well to consider the words of Thomas Jefferson.


// Trump in the lead: The nonbelievers react

Donald Trump’s supporters are steadfast and defiant. For everyone else, the reaction takes many forms.

// Punch lines: The war on ISIS, the refugee issue

Cartoonists’ takes on the week’s political issues.

Republican groups aim to bring down Donald Trump

Many Republican Party leaders fear that a Donald Trump candidacy would hand the White House to Hillary Clinton.

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

Democratic presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont addressed immigration issues on Tuesday.


Sanders outlines plan to overhaul immigration laws

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

Republican campaign rhetoric angers Muslims in US

Muslim-Americans say calls from the Republican presidential campaign to put them under more scrutiny are recklessly seizing on public fears.

Syrian refugees prayed last week at the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester in Worcester. Voters are deeply split over Governor Charlie Baker’s resistance to accepting Syrian refugees here, according to a Suffolk University poll.

Poll shows voters split on Baker’s refugee stance

A majority of those questioned said Mass. should accept Syrians who have been vetted by the government.

Latest politics headlines


Obama signs defense bill despite Guantanamo provisions

President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a $607 billion defense policy bill despite his opposition to restrictions in the legislation that ban him from moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States and making good on a long unfulfilled campaign promise.

Libre, backed by Koch brothers, aims to raise GOP standing With Hispanics

MIAMI — The crowd that lined up around a megachurch here last week — largely Hispanic and mostly poor — came for the Saturday services, but also for the free flu shots that were being offered in the church, and for the Thanksgiving turkeys being given away just outside.

Ever thrifty, Dukakis ready for more turkey carcasses

Former governor Michael Dukakis is renowned for his thriftiness, including collecting turkey carcasses for soup throughout the year.

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.

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// Who will be next to drop out of the presidential race?

Many presidential candidates are about to take a day for Thanksgiving to huddle with family instead of advisors and reflect.

LIVE Political Happy Hour

Video: Political Happy Hour with Rep. Joe Kennedy III

Reporter Joshua Miller interviewed Representative Joseph Kennedy III live from Suffolk University.

Republican endorsement tracker

// Tracking the endorsements of N.H. GOP activists

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

Democratic endorsement tracker

// N.H. Democratic endorsement tracker

Dozens of New Hampshire Democrats have rallied to support former US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton’s second presidential bid.

Candidate interviews


// Conversations with the 2016 presidential candidates

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

Divided Nation

Divided Nation

// 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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// 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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