Michael Cohen secretly taped Trump discussing payment to Playboy model

President Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen.

EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ

The FBI seized the recording during a raid on Cohen’s office amid an investigation into Cohen’s involvement in paying women to tamp down embarrassing news stories about President Trump before the 2016 election.

In Massachusetts, Secretary of State Bill Galvin, the fourth-longest-serving secretary of state in the nation, is being challenged by a Boston city councilor.

Ground Game

The hottest race on the ballot? In Trump’s America, that may be secretary of state

Contests for secretary of state haven’t gotten this much attention in over a century.

Ronna Romney McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee

Republicans pick Charlotte to host 2020 convention

The Republican National Committee voted for the East Coast swing state over Las Vegas, the only other finalist.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., questions Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt as he testifies before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Republicans bow to White House on Chinese telecom firm

GOP lawmakers backed away from a plan to reinstate stiff penalties on Chinese telecom firm ZTE, handing a win to President Trump.

Opinion

JEFF JACOBY

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Reversing Roe would throw Republicans into put-up-or-shut-up territory that many of them would be unable to navigate.

Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux is not your typical mayor.

This Mass. mayor moonlights as a ‘Middle East expert’ on Russian state TV

Paul Heroux, the mayor of Attleboro, appears regularly as a “Middle East expert” on Russia’s government-funded television network.

Local politics

White House withdraws judicial nominee after GOP realizes he didn't have votes

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, announced he would withdraw Ryan Bounds’s nomination after a scheduled vote to confirm him was delayed for nearly an hour, while Republicans came to the realization they did not have the votes needed to carry the nomination.

NESTOR RAMOS

This Kennedy challenger will almost certainly lose his race. But can he save the planet?

He’s challenging Joe Kennedy III with no hope of victory, but Gary Rucinski isn’t your typical political also-ran.

Former Harvard law students praise Kavanaugh in letter

The group is sending a letter Thursday to the Senate Judiciary Committee, offering high praise for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Political Notebook

Trump says Air Force One to get red, white, and blue makeover

President Donald Trump says Air Force One is getting a patriotic makeover.

Globe reporters

Recent work from Boston Globe political reporters.

 

Frank Phillips

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Frank Phillips is the State House bureau chief. He has covered politics for decades for the Boston Globe.

Stephanie Ebbert

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Stephanie Ebbert has been a local news reporter for the Globe since 1997 with a focus on politics

Akilah Johnson

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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

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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.

James Pindell

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James Pindell is a political reporter for the Boston Globe.

Evan Horowitz

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Evan Horowitz digs through data to find information that illuminates the policy issues facing Massachusetts and the US.