The transition: Obama to Trump

Tom Price vows health coverage won’t be stripped

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 18: U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Nominee Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) testifies during his confirmation hearing January 17, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Price, a leading critic of the Affordable Care Act, is expected to face questions about his healthcare stock purchases before introducing legislation that would benefit the companies. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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“Nobody is interested in pulling the rug out from under anybody,” declared Donald Trump’s choice for health secretary.

Souvenir buttons were seen on sale at a stand near the White House.

‘DeploraBall’ highlights worries over ‘alt-right’ participation in Trump presidency

The event has become a focal point of debate over the alt-right and its white supremacist influence on the far right wing of the Republican Party.

Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

DeVos’ knowledge of education basics is open to criticism

Betsy DeVos seemed either unaware or unsupportive of the long-standing policies and functions of the department she is in line to lead.

// Wynn Las Vegas dumps Tom Ford after remark about Melania Trump

The hotel has stopped selling the designer’s products following a hubbub over whether he would dress President-elect Donald Trump’s wife.

A view of sunset and the Washington Monument from the stage being set up for the inauguration of Donald Trump.

Inaugural crowds are sure to be huge — but how huge?

Donald Trump says his inauguration will have ‘‘an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout.’’ Just how true is that?

// Your guide to Donald Trump’s inauguration

While only 33.5 percent of Mass. voters cast their ballots for Trump, the inaugural events are sure to be of interest for Americans of all political stripes.

// Some of Trump’s fiercest foes will attend inauguration

While many leading politicians have pledged to sit out Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday, others say they will attend.

Obama’s legacy

// Obama defends decision to commute Chelsea Manning sentence

President Obama said former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning had served a “tough prison sentence” already.


// Why was Obama so divisive?

These are President Obama’s last few days in office, and so conservatives are dusting off their favorite critique.

Local politics

// Amherst College chapel a refuge for immigrants

On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, religious leaders will consecrate the campus chapel as a symbol of solidarity with illegal immigrants.


// Locals air grievances with mayor on Twitter

Using the hashtag #MartyLostMeWhen, more than 500 tweets detailed issues with Marty Walsh before and after his State of the City address.

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Capital Source

A legislative perk — on top of potential pay raises

The huge pay hikes proposed for Beacon Hill legislative leaders are controversial in themselves, but equally surprising is that some of those leaders won’t be paying full federal taxes on their new salaries — thanks to a little-noticed federal tax break.

Capital Source

Pay raise hearing draws sparse crowd

Few people showed up for a hearing on the proposal, and legislators didn’t engage much with the lone voice of opposition.

Ground game

These are the craziest moments in inauguration history

Trump may add his own eloquence to American history. After all, crazier things have happened during prior inaugural festivities.

Donald Trump lays wreath at Arlington Cemetery

Trump silently placed a wreath in front of the Tomb of the Unknowns — a monument dedicated to service members whose remains were never identified.

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.