Senators have deal on health subsidies, and Trump supports it

Senator Patty Murray accompanied by Senator Bernie Sanders (left) and Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer (right) spoke to reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

Andrew Harnik/Associated Press

Republican and Democratic senators announced a plan to stabilize health insurance markets, and President Trump spoke approvingly of it.

// Judge in Hawaii blocks Trump travel ban hours before it was to begin

A federal judge said the ban, which was to take effect Wednesday, ignores an earlier ruling that the move exceeds President Trump’s authority.

// Day after McCain’s emotional speech, Trump warns, ‘I fight back’

Senator John McCain questioned ‘‘half-baked, spurious nationalism’’ in America’s foreign policy on Monday.

If President Trump wants to fatten the paychecks of working Americans, there are more direct approaches than cutting corporate taxes.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

If Trump’s corporate tax cuts won’t help the middle class, what would?

There are many more direct ways to benefit individuals than cutting corporate taxes.


Partisanship in 2017 means civil war for both parties

The long-simmering feuds between Republicans and Democrats have now seeped into the parties themselves, with factions fiercely fighting within each side.

// Sean Spicer questioned by Mueller’s Russia investigation team

Robert Mueller team’s meeting with Spicer suggests the special prosecutor is ramping up interviews with the Trump White House inner circle.

// Lawmaker calls on Koh to return donation from Jared Kushner’s brother

Joshua Kushner, who attended college with Dan Koh, donated $2,700 to his campaign for the state’s 3rd congressional district seat.

// Obama reached out, says dad of fallen Raynham soldier

Paul Monti said he remembers speaking with President Obama when his late son was selected for the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military honor, in 2009.

// Bernie Sanders is coming to Somerville on Monday

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont will visit Somerville next Monday to endorse candidates running for local office.

More political news

Senate moves ahead on GOP budget that’s key to taxes

The nonbinding budget plan would permit Republicans to pass follow-up tax cuts later this year that would cost up to $1.5 trillion over the coming decade.

Leading senators say have outline of health insurance deal

Two leading senators say they have the “basic outlines” of a bipartisan deal to resume payments to health insurers that President Donald Trump has blocked. But Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democrat Patty Murray say in brief interviews that they still have unresolved issues.

Summary of Senate bipartisan health care agreement

 Continues payments for two years to insurers for reducing out-of-pocket such as deductibles for lower-income consumers. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates the government will spend around $20 billion on the cost-sharing reductions over the next two years. President Trump blocked the payments last week.


Beth Lindstrom underperforms rivals in fund-raising

The GOP candidate for the US Senate collected about $50,000 in nearly six weeks between forming her fund-raising committee and Sept. 30.

LIVE Political Happy Hour

// Watch Political Happy Hour Live with Seth Moulton

Boston Globe political reporter Joshua Miller interviewed Congressman Seth Moulton. Watch the event replay.

America on Edge

Special section

// America on Edge

A series from the Boston Globe Washington bureau examining the unsettled American electorate.

Globe reporters

Recent work from Boston Globe political reporters.


Frank Phillips


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

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.

Stephanie Ebbert

// Stephanie Ebbert

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

Akilah Johnson

// Akilah Johnson

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


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

// James Pindell

James Pindell is a political reporter for the Boston Globe.

Policy writer

Recent work from Evan Horowitz, the Globe's policy writer.


Evan Horowitz


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