Government shutdown drags on as partisans dig in

The Library of Congress was closed Saturday, one of the early casualties of the federal government shutdown.

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Except for the furiously pointing fingers, Congress moved sluggishly through the first day of a federal shutdown Saturday.

// Senate GOP plans a vote aimed at ending shutdown

A Senate showdown vote on a Republican plan for ending the federal shutdown is on track to occur by early Monday.

// Tourist sites closed, flyover for Patriots game canceled

Attractions operated by the federal government closed Saturday after Congress failed to pass a budget bill, forcing a government shutdown.

// Public is upbeat on economy and critical of Trump, poll says

Americans are feeling the best about the economy in two decades, according to the ABC-Washington Post poll released Sunday.

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Ethics probe barely alive, as those who spoke up fear Senate reprisals

Only one of the four men who made assault and harassment allegations against the husband of state Senator Stan Rosenberg has spoken to investigators.

// Elizabeth Warren’s Native American problem goes beyond politics

There’s a ghost haunting Warren: her enduring and undocumented claims of Native American ancestry.

// Amid Trump’s inauguration, Russia’s elite anticipated a thaw

Prominent Russian business leaders and activists attended inaugural festivities, mingling at balls and receptions.

12/24/2017 BOSTON, MA Cardinal Se‡n O'Malley (cq) offered a blessing during the Christmas Eve Luncheon held at the Pine Street Inn in Boston. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

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Cardinal O’Malley speaks out against pope’s comment to sex abuse victims in Chile

Cardinal Sean O’Malley issued a strongly worded statement reproaching Pope Francis over comments he made in Chile.

Starts & Stops

// Amazon may have given commuter rail to N.H. new breath of life

A study of a possible extension of the Lowell line to Manchester and Concord has a surprising new champion.

// Julius Lester, 78, UMass professor emeritus, writer, and activist

In the books he wrote, Lester often stepped back to examine his life and the complicated politics of race and religion.

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Tom Brady injured his throwing hand during practice on Wednesday.

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Tom Brady will play in AFC Championship game

The Patriots aren’t expecting “any major problems” with Brady’s injured hand, a league source confirmed Saturday night.


// Brady will play. The Patriots will win. And the rest of America will keep hating

In the eyes of NFL America, we are the Evil Empire. And we don’t particularly care.


// How the Patriots’ defensive front seemed to get better as the season wore on

The team brought in quick studies who listened, rookies proved themselves up to the challenge, and a pair of veterans held it all together.


// What to watch for in Patriots-Jaguars AFC Championship game

This game hasn’t gotten as much attention as previous Patriots championship games, thanks to Brady’s hand injury.

UFC 220 | Heavyweight championship

// Stipe Miocic takes unanimous decision over Francis Ngannou

Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) became first reigning three-time heavyweight belt holder, passing Randy Coture, Tim Sylvia, Brock Lesnar, and Cain Velasquez.

// Walsh aims to rein in short-term rental market

Boston’s mayor wants new rules to limit how frequently landlords can offer rentals through Airbnb and similar services.

A women’s march and rally drew thousands to Cambridge Common on Saturday.

One year later, thousands gather for second Boston women’s march

In the Boston area and across the country, demonstrators marched in support of women’s rights and other issues.

// Women’s marches happen across the nation and around the world

Activists are returning to the streets a year after millions of people rallied worldwide for women’s rights.

From left: Tami Gouveia helped lead the Massachusetts chapter of the women’s march; Lucy Lyman, a 17-year-old, marched last year with her mother; Linda Sopheap Sou works for the Lowell Community Health Center; Lianna Kushi marched while pregnant with her daughter, Ella Kushi-Pouv; Nicole LaGuerre (standing, center) was a lead Massachusetts organizer of the March on Washington; Yvonne Spicer was elected mayor of Framingham; Stephanie Martins ran for City Council in Everett; and Sumbul Siddiqui became the first Muslim woman elected to the Cambridge City Council.

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A year after the first Women’s March, what’s changed?

It was a year that brought women a dizzying array of almost daily humiliations and vindications.

Bruins 4, Canadiens 1

// Bruins turn back Canadiens

David Pastrnak scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season in Boston’s third win over Montreal in eight days.

// Mike Vrabel named Tennessee Titans head coach

The former Patriot was the Houston Texans’ defensive coordinator.


// Here’s why Chicago is actually a great name for Kimye’s baby

Leave it to Kanye and Kim Kardashian West to put their own spin on the Friday afternoon news dump.

// Longmeadow tractor-trailer crash kills driver, injures three

A man who was driving a tractor-trailer filled with shampoo on I-91 Saturday was pronounced dead at the scene.

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// The omnipresent Seth Moulton is reluctant to explain his NSA vote

Why did Moulton, a consistent critic of President Trump, vote to continue a controversial government surveillance program?


// Year One of Trump is over. Here’s what changed

One year after Trump upended the political world, 10 experts grapple with his presidency.

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Opinion & Ideas


// A new rule allows discrimination against transgender individuals for medical care

The new rules appear to open the way for a doctor or nurse to turn away a transgender individual with a broken arm.


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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 clash on whether hitting the gym helps the brain

The disagreement sheds light on a deep ideological schism between equally respected experts about what constitutes proof.

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.


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The Tesla Model 3 is making an East Coast debut in Boston

Here’s likely your first chance to get an up-close look at Tesla‘s newest sedan: The Model 3 is making its public East Coast debut following its West Coast debut last week. The car will be on display Friday at the Tesla showroom on Boylston Street in Boston as well as at Tesla’s Manhattan Meatpacking location […]