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Knowing the cost of war and of being unrealistic

In this photo taken Jan. 8, 2016, Gen. John Kelly speaks to reporters during a briefing at the Pentagon. President-elect Donald Trump is tapping another four-star military officer for his administration. He has picked Kelly to lead the Homeland Security Department, according to people close to the transition. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Associated Press

John Kelly, who grew up in Brighton, is the right person to protect the homeland, because he will tell us what we need to hear.

// Trump’s EPA pick signals shift on climate change

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has fought for the rollback of President Obama’s climate change efforts.

Yvonne Abraham

// John McCain, it’s time

The senator from Arizona was born for this moment. Will he seize it?

// What it’s like to apply for a job in Trump’s White House

During their interviews, the president-elect was direct and conversational, displaying none of the bluster of the campaign trail or arrogance of “The Apprentice.’’

// Milton officials deliver a big tax bill to Senator Brian Joyce

A dramatic increase in his property tax bill comes after a dispute over whether he was paying his fair share.

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Calif. was the exception to 2016’s red wave. Now it might be Trump’s bulwark too.

For the time being, the Golden State remains the nation’s political odd-ball.

Capital Source

Ed Markey, king of wordplay

Donald Trump and his nominees have given the senator new material.

Gingrich appears to laud Japanese for ‘brilliance’ in surprise Pearl Harbor attack

Newt Gingrich appeared to praise the Japanese for their “professional brilliance and technological power” for carrying out the 1941 attack.

Trump praises Obama, but his picks have attacked president’s policies

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, was still in the running to become his secretary of state despite their bitter differences during the campaign, as he narrowed his choices and planned an announcement next week for the crucial post.

LIVE Political Happy Hour

// Watch: Political Happy Hour with Stephen Lynch

Political reporter Joshua Miller interviewed Representative Stephen Lynch.

America on Edge

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// America on Edge

A series from the Boston Globe Washington bureau examining the unsettled American electorate.

Globe reporters

Recent work from Boston Globe political reporters.


Frank Phillips


Frank Phillips is the State House bureau chief. He has covered politics for decades for the Boston Globe.

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.

Stephanie Ebbert

// Stephanie Ebbert

Stephanie Ebbert has been a local news reporter for the Globe since 1997 with a focus on politics

Akilah Johnson

// Akilah Johnson

Akilah Johnson 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.

James Pindell

// James Pindell

James Pindell is a political reporter for the Boston Globe focused on the 2016 presidential race.

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.