Senator Ted Cruz walks through the halls of Congress after the November mid-term election break.

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Senator Ted Cruz walks through the halls of Congress after the November mid-term election break.

Ted Cruz has gained attention but little else

To be effective, the Texas Republican needs to get other senators to work with him. They’d rather stick needles in their eyes. By John E. Sununu

CIA Director John Brennan defended his agency from accusations in a Senate report on its tactics.

James Carroll

CIA’s poisonous legacy starts with who we are

American officials, and the American people, know very well what the CIA is, and what it does.

The Capitol dome at dusk.

opinion | Jerry Cianciolo

Politicians aren’t the only ones with knee-jerk reactions

Almost all of us are sandwich boards with slogans.


Philippines have a welcome shift on climate change action

It took courage for the Philippines to bolt from an alliance of developing countries that balked at cuts to greenhouse emissions.

A young admirer visits with Globe Santa at Faneuil Hall Dec. 6.


Dig deep for Globe Santa

A donation ensures that families throughout eastern Massachusetts can have holiday joy.

Editorial cartoon: Campaign finance reform

Cartoonist Jack Ohman examines D.C. fund-raising.

Editorial series: ‘Service Not Included’

// The true cost of a cheap meal

Practices in the back of the house can exploit restaurant workers, creating a virtual prison for some.

Arts everywhere

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// Growing Boston’s arts scene

The creative community weighs in on Massachusetts’ potential.

Alan Dershowitz on fighting terrorism

// War of principles

How should a democracy decide when to compromise its ideals in pursuit of victory over terrorists?

George Mitchell on Mideast peace

// How we got here

The prospect of Israeli and Palestinian peace may seem more distant than ever. But a two-state solution is still the only path forward.

The Podium

// Guest commentary

Experts and advocates weigh in on the issues of the day.