House follows Senate in approving bill to end shutdown

Senator Susan Collins (center) celebrated with fellow Senators after the Senate voted and passed a bill to reopen the government, at the US Capitol on Monday..

Democrats relented in their battle over immigration, paving the way for Congress to pass a short-term bill to end the government shutdown. President Trump needs to sign it, and it’s expected he will.

Ground Game

// Here’s why Senate Democrats caved on the shutdown in favor of longterm political gain

The vote by Senate Democrats Monday afternoon to end the shutdown may have come with a cold logic: They were beginning to overplay their hand.

Michael A. Cohen

// Shutdown lessons: Republicans are shameless, Democrats brainless

For all the debate in Washington over who is to blame for the government shutdown — and to be clear: it’s largely the fault of Republicans — Democrats were never completely faultless.


// Why does Trump get a pass, but not Elizabeth Warren?

Nothing matters for Donald Trump, but when it comes to Elizabeth Warren, everything matters.

the fine print

//[1]-5809.jpg After they decided they’d better call Sean: A look at consumer problems solved in 2017

The lights are still on in Keh-Jiann Pan’s office, Marjan Sadegh has a beautiful new deck on the back of her house, and Denise Roney is on the road again after settling with the MBTA.

// Baker concerned about Senate’s Rosenberg investigation

The governor said he is worried by reports that people who wish to tell their story are skittish to do so because they fear their identities will be revealed.

// Walsh exploring litigation against pharmaceutical companies for opioid crisis

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said opioid companies have put consumers at risk of addiction and he’s seeking information about possible litigation.


// Recovering addict Nan Goldin calls on Harvard to reject money from family tied to OxyContin

The celebrated photographer, who’s been drug-free for 10 months, is taking on the Sackler family.

Boston, Massachusetts - 1/22/2018 - Sharon Levine spins her daughter Lea Golub-Sass(2) in their socks on a surface meant to simulate an ice skating rink at the Children's Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, January 22, 2018. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

Skating at the Children’s Museum: no skates or ice required

All it takes is a slippery floor, a thick pair of socks, a big imagination and you’re sock skating.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: Philadelphia Eagles fans celebrate the teams win over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Minnesota Vikings 38-7. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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Eagles fans are ‘a little more rough around the edges’ — to put it mildly

Supporters of the Eagles, who are awaiting their team’s Super Bowl rematch with the Patriots, have been known to commit their own unnecessary roughness.

Jim McBride

// Will Rob Gronkowski play in Super Bowl?

The Patriots star tight end is in the NFL’s concussion protocol, according to multiple reports.

The Season Ticket podcast

NFL reporter Ben Volin joins host Chris Gasper to break down yet another Tom Brady comeback and Super Bowl berth.

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// To Philly, with love (no, really)

This is more about Philly than Eagles fans. It’s a confident enough place to re-invent itself while respecting its history. And they’re the only folks who swear more than Bostonians.

// Olivia Culpo showed Danny Amendola all the love in a Patriots victory Instagram post

The Rhode Island native and former Miss Universe leaped into the receiver’s arms at Gillette Stadium.

Comedian Aziz Ansari performs during a community concert at the Obama Foundation Summit Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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Amid Aziz Ansari accusations, singles say these are scary times to be dating

As the news supplies a steady diet of sexual misconduct accusations, those in the dating world find themselves navigating especially perilous terrain.


/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/01/22/ Brian Boyle really does believe in miracles

In his own battle with cancer, the Devils center draws inspiration from what he considers his father’s miraculous cure.

// Bruins’ Charlie McAvoy is treated for heart abnormality

The rookie defenseman had an arrhythmia that is not considered dangerous, and he is expected to miss two weeks.

// Amazon Go store opens — with no cashiers, lines, or registers

When shoppers pull an item of the shelf, it’s added to their virtual cart, and they’re charged when they leave the store.

Opinion & Ideas

Opinion | David M. Shribman

// Boston’s going to the Super Bowl, but Pittsburgh will win Amazon

The editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette throws cold water on Boston’s Amazon plans.


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Special reports

Abdulkader Hayani put his daughter Ameenah to bed.

The Last Refugee: A three-part series

A series of occasional articles on the Syrian refugee families resettling here, and the local people assisting them.

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// Experts struggle to predict clinical trial outcomes

Researchers might not be as great at determining the likelihood of a clinical trial’s success as they think they are.

Real Estate

What your money rents in Cambridgeport

A sampling of the market in this neighborhood between Harvard and MIT includes a condo with high ceilings and an apartment with river views.