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Red-state Democrats may defect on budget plan

 Kay Hagan of North Carolina isn’t ruling out support for extending the George W. Bushera tax cuts for top earners.

By Kathleen Hunter

Senate Democrats may have to contend with wariness from seven members who face reelection in states Mitt Romney won.

The World

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Editorial & Opinion

Farah Stockman

Baby, please don’t go

By Farah Stockman

Talk of secession could be a sign of irreconcilable differences in our relationship to the federal government.

Joanna Weiss

Organizing a real Dumbledore’s Army

By Joanna Weiss

Fans of the Harry Potter novels are finding they can channel that enthusiasm into addressing problems in the real world.

Paul McMorrow

Housing as a math problem

By Paul McMorrow

The approach most cities and towns in Mass. have taken toward building housing chases young, talented workers out of the state.

Metro

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Tuition breaks for immigrants stirs debate

By Johanna Kaiser and Michael Levenson

Man charged in crash that kills wife, injures son

By Katheleen Conti and John R. Ellement

Business

Mass. borrowers get $266m in aid

By Jenifer B. McKim

Nearly 4,000 Mass. borrowers have received some kind of housing-debt relief this year as part of a national mortgage settlement involving five major lenders.

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Obituaries

Thomas W. Wolfe, 93, former Treasury official

THOMAS W. WOLFE

By Neil Irwin

Wolfe, a Treasury Department official, managed the United States’ move off the gold standard and its economic consequences.

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G: Living

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Tom Brady gifts slippers to his teammates

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Mark Wahlberg gets into the docu-series biz

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Berklee hitmakers at the American Music Awards

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Grub Street has a ‘Joyride’ in Brookline

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Denis Leary raises money for Cam Neely Foundation

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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A celebration of farms and Lovin’ Spoonfuls

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein