Disorder in the House amid leadership crisis

Republican Representative Paul Ryan was the focus of speculation Friday.

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Members of Congress left for a 10-day recess with a fundamental question hanging in the air: Who would be the next speaker?

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Donald Trump to make campaign stop in Mass. Oct. 16

Donald Trump will attend a rally at Tyngsborough Elementary School on Friday, Oct. 16.

Mayor Walsh snapped a selfie (top) and spoke to worshipers at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center.

Mayor Walsh stands with Hub’s Muslims

The mayor joined Muslim leaders on Friday, distancing Boston from the coordinated anti-Islam rallies planned elsewhere.

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‘Guns are not the problem,’ Kasich says in N.H.

At an event in New Hampshire, Governor John Kasich of Ohio was asked about gun violence on college campuses.

Lindsey Graham says he’s frustrated with Republican in-fighting

Senator Lindsey Graham said in New Hampshire that a conciliatory approach is needed in Washington.

Little diversity on Baker panel

Governor Baker’s 59-member economic development council is more than 85 percent white and 80 percent male.

Disorder in the House amid leadership crisis

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The week in politics and issues

Off the beat

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Some supporters of presidential candidates have unique ways of showing their affection.


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The strategy has not worked well for presidential candidates in the past.

Primary memories

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A 90-minute interview with President Obama? A wake-up call from Hillary Clinton? It’s just a perk of working for a newspaper in N.H.

Ground Game

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There are two key concepts to understand when it comes to the millennial vote in New Hampshire.

Good week, bad week

It’s a good week to be a Senate Democrat. Meanwhile, Ben Carson might want to consider his words next time there’s a national tragedy.

Vice President Joe Biden.

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The Buzz on predicting the elections

The online markets at PredictIt.org allow users to invest in yes-or-no answers to some of the biggest political quandaries of the day.

Capital Quiz

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A new report tallies Massachusetts’ female politicians of color. How many do you know?


Warren fund-raising for Hassan’s Senate campaign

Elizabeth Warren blasted to her list an appeal on behalf of Maggie Hassan, “the tough, smart, two-term governor of New Hampshire.”


Get a great deal on a N.H. hotel room — by running for president

Republican National Comitteeman Steve Duprey offers a perk to candidates who stay at one of his hotels: A deeply discounted room rate.

Capital Source

Olympics opponents weigh in on city elections

No Boston Olympics recently sent out an endorsement email to its backers, urging support for several municipal-level politicians.

Capital source

Baker sets fundraising record

Governor Charlie Baker has the largest war chest created by a new Massachusetts governor in one year.

Capital Source

From Trump’s church, a word or two about refugees

An official from the Presbyterian Church wrote a letter to Donald Trump about the church’s stance on immigrants and refugees.






For Hillary Clinton, funny is hard

It’s difficult to look naturally happy when you’re doing something that doesn’t come naturally.

Mark Pothier | Decoder

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A Baker vice presidency might excite some locals, but he’d be an unlikely choice in these modern times.

opinion | Joe Mathews

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She wasn’t born in the Golden State and was mostly raised in other places. So why is Fiorina so often identified as a Californian?

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Expect the political rhetoric to soon be muffled by political reality: Congress isn’t going act on gun laws anytime soon.

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A roundup of cartoonists’ viewpoints on the week’s political and policy issues.

Globe reporters

Recent work from Boston Globe political reporters.


Ground Game

Ground Game

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There are two key concepts to understand when it comes to the millennial vote in New Hampshire.

LIVE Political Happy Hour

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh spoke with Globe reporter Joshua Miller at Suffolk Univeristy for the Globe’s Political Happy Hour.

Republican endorsement tracker

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Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, and Rand Paul have picked up the most support from top party activists in the Granite State so far.

Democratic endorsement tracker

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Dozens of New Hampshire Democrats have rallied to support former US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton’s second presidential bid.

Candidate interviews


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The Globe’s James Pindell sits down with presidential candidates and hopefuls to discuss the race.

Divided Nation

Divided Nation

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The conflict about the Jade Helm 15 exercise illustrates some of the most confounding political divisions in the country.

Power Lines

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Coverage of Thomas Menino


Globe coverage of former Mayor Thomas Menino’s life and legacy.

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.

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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.

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