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Joan Wickersham
There is a fortuitous connection between Elisabeth’s rediscovered novels and her grandson’s memoir.

The amber-eyed hare and a grandmother’s legacy

Elisabeth de Waal wrote ‘The Exiles Return’ and ‘Milton Place’ during the 1950s and ‘60s. Both were rejected by publishers, and she put the manuscripts away.

RENÉE LOTH
People wait in line on the first day of advance voting for Georgia's Senate runoff election on Dec. 14, 2020, at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Ga.

Alarm bells are ringing: Congress must pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

Anything less returns the country to a shameful past — a nation of poll taxes and literacy tests that mocks the very idea of government “by the people.”

SCOT LEHIGH
Then State Representative Jim Lyons outside the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse in Boston in 2014.

Mass GOP chairman Jim Lyons, a man with visions, is stalked by the cruel reality of a less imaginative world

What does a my-way-or-the-highway guy say about the slings and arrows of everyday expectations?

Nancy Gertner
Justice Amy Coney Barrett, then a law professor, signed a 2006 newspaper advertisement opposing “abortion on demand.”

The stench at the Supreme Court

The science on which Roe v. Wade was based has not changed. What has changed is the court’s membership and their originalist interpretation of the Constitution.

Kenneth Rogoff
Jerome Powell, chairman of the Federal Reserve, listens as President Biden speaks in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 22.

In reappointing the Federal Reserve chair, Biden asserts his independence — and the central bank’s

At a time when the post-pandemic economy is still incredibly volatile and the tea leaves still hard to read (though the US labor market looks red-hot), the choice of Jerome Powell made Fed policy more predictable.

Edward J. Markey
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington on Nov. 30.

Federal Reserve’s Powell lacks leadership on climate change

The Fed and the big banks must be compelled, through federal legislation, to act on the threat that climate change poses to our financial system and the planet.

Joan Vennochi
What footprint did Charlie Baker leave as governor? How is Massachusetts different today from when he first took office?

Charlie Baker leaves on his terms. Where does that leave Massachusetts?

Beyond rendering the already pathetic Massachusetts GOP even more pathetic, this is a big moment for blue state political reckoning. How far left will Massachusetts voters want the next governor to take the Commonwealth?

SCOT LEHIGH
Charlie Baker’s decision not to seek a third term will touch off an intraparty battle for the soul and control of the Massachusetts Republican Party.

Baker’s exit creates a huge vacuum

Attorney General Maura Healey now becomes the strong favorite to be the next governor.