State Senator Stanley Rosenberg (left) and his husband, Bryon Hefner.

Rosenberg’s husband draws FBI scrutiny

The FBI has begun looking into allegations that Bryon Hefner, husband of state Senator Stan Rosenberg, allegedly assaulted several men and boasted of his influence on Beacon Hill.

Mass. AG says she’ll join suit against FCC action rolling back Net neutrality rules

Maura Healey said the FCC decision means “Americans will pay more for the Internet and will have fewer options.”

Local politics

Republicans Hunt for Ways to Pay for Tax Cuts

WASHINGTON — A day after House and Senate Republican leaders said they had reached agreement on a merged version of their tax bill, they continued looking for ways to pay for the tax overhaul and faced the possible defection of a Republican senator, Marco Rubio of Florida.

Farenthold, Texas Congressman Accused of Sexual Harassment, Will Not Run Again

WASHINGTON — Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, who settled a lurid sexual harassment claim with his former communications director for $84,000 in taxpayer money, will not run for re-election, Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday.

Media outlets reported Paul Ryan is leaving Congress soon. But he says he’s staying

Asked by a reporter if he’s quitting anytime soon, House Speaker Paul Ryan chuckled and said, ‘‘I’m not. No.’’

Senators forge deal for tax overhaul

The day after suffering a political blow in the Alabama special Senate election, congressional Republicans sped forward with the most sweeping tax rewrite in decades.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is escorted out from the FCC hearing for security reasons.

FCC votes to repeal Obama-era Net neutrality rules

The FCC has voted along party lines to undo sweeping Obama-era “Net neutrality” rules that guaranteed equal access to the Internet.

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 11, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump (L) speaking with Russian President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Danang, Vitenam. Putin discussed the crisis over North Korea's nuclear programme with Trump in a phone call on December 14, 2017, the Kremlin said. The two heads of state discussed

Trump thanks Putin for remarks on strong US economy

President Trump thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for remarks he made Thursday ‘‘acknowledging America’s strong economic performance.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Media outlets reported Paul Ryan is leaving Congress soon. But he says he’s staying

Asked by a reporter if he’s quitting anytime soon, House Speaker Paul Ryan chuckled and said, ‘‘I’m not. No.’’

Omarosa Manigault Newman and President Trump in better days.

The Omarosa mystery: Accounts of departure differ

Did she try to get into the White House residence to ask her friend Donald Trump to keep her on? It’s not clear.

House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke about the tax legislation on Thursday.

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What you need to know about the most recent changes to the GOP tax bill

The compromise focuses on deductions for mortgage interest and state and local taxes. How Republicans will pay for the bill remains an open question.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) takes questions from reporters about the relief effort in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, September 26, 2017 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Over 3 million people are still without power on the island following the damage from Hurricane Maria. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Rubio to vote against GOP tax bill unless tax credit for working poor is expanded

Senator Marco Rubio intends to vote against the Republicans’ tax plan unless it includes a larger expansion of a child tax credit.

US Representative Blake Farenthold.

Amid allegations, Farenthold won’t seek re-election

The Republican Texas representative won’t seek re-election amid allegations of sexual harassment.

// Joe Biden says he owes Anita Hill an apology

The former vice president told Teen Vogue that he wishes he “had been able to do more for Anita Hill” during her 1991 testimony against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

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Frank Phillips


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

// 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

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James Pindell is a political reporter for the Boston Globe.

Evan Horowitz


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