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Marty Walsh said he signed the bill despite concerns about the ban’s impact on the city’s low-income residents and seniors. The ban goes into effect next year.

Angry parents confronted Mayor Martin J. Walsh at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in West Roxbury on Sunday. The parents are angry over earlier start times planned for dozens of Boston’s schools.

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Boston parents demand delay in implementing earlier school start times

Parents angry over earlier start times planned for dozens of Boston’s public schools gathered at a West Roxbury tree lighting Sunday to protest and demand that city officials postpone the changes.

Local politics

Sarah Palin’s son again arrested on domestic violence charges

Court documents say Track Palin, Sarah Palin’s oldest son, was arrested Sunday.

Doug Jones says he won’t be a typical Democratic senator

The Alabama Democrat said “all the options on the table” when it comes to his votes on several issues.

MSNBC paid woman who said Chris Matthews harassed her

The woman told CNBC executives in 1999 that Matthews made inappropriate comments about her in front of others.

Mayor Walsh signs ban on plastic bags for Boston

Marty Walsh said he signed the bill despite concerns about the ban’s impact on the city’s low-income residents and seniors. The ban goes into effect next year.

President Trump spoke to the media Sunday after returning to the White House from Camp David, Md.

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President Trump says he’s not planning to fire special counsel Mueller

Yet the outcry over the investigation grew louder over the weekend among Trump loyalists and conservatives.

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An organization that was part of President Trump’s transition team claimed Saturday that special counsel Robert Mueller III improperly obtained a trove of transition emails.

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President Vladimir Putin called President Donald Trump on Sunday to thank him for the work of the CIA.

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His daughter Meghan McCain tweeted Sunday: ‘‘My father is doing well and we are all looking forward to spending Christmas together in Arizona.’’

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Senator Susan Collins says the tax reform overhaul now contains proposals she backed concerning state and local taxes, retirement savings and medical expenses.

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he expects that lawmakers will reach bipartisan agreement on another short-term funding extension to avoid a shutdown.

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The scene Hamill publicly took issue with was one in which Ajit Pai donned a black hoodie and swung a light saber around while the ‘‘Star Wars’’ theme played.

Globe reporters

Recent work from Boston Globe political reporters.

 

Frank Phillips

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

Stephanie Ebbert

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

Akilah Johnson

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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

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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.

James Pindell

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James Pindell is a political reporter for the Boston Globe.

Evan Horowitz

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