The week in politics and issues

Newcomers on Beacon Hill

November’s election swept in a bevy of new Beacon Hill denizens, from freshly minted legislators to top aides. By Joshua Miller

Primary memories

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When 1988 presidential candidate Jack Kemp agreed to go on a talk radio show, he got some tough questions — and lost his cool.

MAP

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December is full of holiday-related obligations for politicians. Here’s a look at what one elected official — Governor-elect Charlie Baker — was up to.

Capital Source

Markey’s Senate office space is on the move

Thanks to arcane Senate rules, Ed Markey must surrender his spacious office to a more senior member.

Evan Horowitz

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Common as it is to judge a governor by job growth, governors don’t really have that much control over the state economy.

Time machine

Bribes and punishment in the Globe archives

A look at what one politician thought when asked why no one in Mass. had recently been convicted of bribery.

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James McGovern has advocated for the release of Alan Gross. Meanwhile, William Flanagan lost the Fall River mayoral race.

Lexicon: Political vocabulary

A political term of the week, defined.

Overheard

Quotes and quips from the world of Massachusetts politics.

Air crews aboard the USS Carl Vinson, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, in the Persian Gulf earlier this month.

Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Mass. delegation vexed by lack of debate over ISIS fight

The growing US military contingent has raised new concerns that the commitment in the war against the Islamic State will steadily grow.

Opinion

 

Mitt Romney and Elizabeth Warren.

The Romney-Warren presidential denial quiz

Can you tell who said which quote?

Two of the week’s best editorial cartoons

Two of the best editorial cartoons of the week focus on the CIA’s torture tactics and Elizabeth Warren.

Matthew Malone’s next post will be an unpaid stint at Tony’s Market in Roslindale.

decoder

Education chief heads to the butcher shop

Matthew Malone will serve as an unpaid trainee at Tony’s Market in Roslindale Square.

Suzanne Bump

opinion | Marcela García

Suzanne Bump’s MassHealth report full of questionable judgments

It appears the state auditor is trumping up an accounting technicality along with some questionable judgments of her own.

Advice for Charlie Baker: Economic development

Globe Opinion writers offer their input into how the governor-elect can make Mass. more prosperous.

Obama to restore relations with Cuba

“These 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked,” President Obama said. “It’s time for a new approach.”

Doug Mills/EPA

The decision to end half a century of estrangement between the US and Cuba followed 18 months of secret talks, and the freeing of captives on both sides.

Martha McSally beamed Wednesday after hearing she had won a House seat.

Republican wins Arizona House seat after recount

Republicans will have their largest U.S. House majority in 83 years when the new Congress convenes next month.

Latest politics headlines

 

Nation’s shift on Cuba reveals generation gap

Anti-Castro ideologues are dying off, replaced by a generation more open to normalized relations with Cuba.

Political Happy Hour: December 18, 2014

Political Happy Hour: Obama on the line | When the most frugal pol wins | Hillary 2.0 | Miami, calm | Stuck in the muck

Mitch McConnell wants to stop coal rules

Incoming Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell pledged on Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Obama’s coal plant regulations.

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Globe reporters

Recent work from Boston Globe political reporters.

 

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Globe political quiz

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Hillary Clinton isn’t the first woman to have run for president — not by a long shot. See how many women who have run for president you remember.

Election 2014

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Full Boston Globe coverage, results, and analysis of the 2014 midterm elections.

Power Lines

Special series

//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

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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.

Akilah Johnson

Akilah Johnson

Akilah has been a reporter with the Globe since 2010, covering neighborhoods, Boston’s mayor’s race, and the crosscurrents of race and ethnicity in the city.

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.

Policy writer

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

 

Evan Horowitz

Evan Horowitz digs through data to find information that illuminates the policy issues facing Massachusetts and the US.

Globe opinion writers

Recent work from Boston Globe columnists.