Pres. Abraham Lincoln looms large in history, and recent films have rekindled interest in Lincoln's methods. Harvard Prof. Nancy Koehn said Lincoln's methods are instructive to would-be business leaders.
Another week, another set of title changes. Hillary Clinton will be “former” Secretary of State, and it’s now “Secretary” John Kerry, thank you very much. William “Mo” Cowan will be Senator for the time it takes to vote in a permanent replacement.
It's been a good couple weeks if your name is Hillary Clinton. Clinton emerged relatively unscathed after giving a full day's testimony on Capitol Hill about the Benghazi terrorist attacks. Later, she and Pres. Obama sat down for an interview on the CBS show 60 Minutes, which came across as either a victory lap for a now-retired Secretary of State, or a high-profile endorsement for a 2016 presidential campaign — depending on your point of view.
At long last, Massachusetts residents and lawmakers have their answer: William "Mo" Cowan, attorney and former chief of staff for Governor Deval Patrick, will be the state's interim senator. This follows weeks of speculation over Patrick's pick. Earlier this week, Senator John Kerry was confirmed as Secretary of State, thus vacating his long-held seat.
It was no secret that now-retired Rep. Barney Frank petitioned Gov. Patrick for the interim position. Frank said as much on more than one occasion.
Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leaves the podium giving his concession speech at his campaign election night event at the BostonConvention & Exhibition Center Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Boston.
The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority had a better election night than Mitt Romney, banking $750,000 in profits from the Republican presidential hopeful's Nov. 6 party at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
The $1.2 million in gross revenue from Romney's event and the $750,000 profit was an unanticipated bump to the authority's budget, helping to put the MCCA $3.5 million above projections, according to MCCA chief strategy officer Johanna Storella, who briefed the MCCA board on the budget on Thursday.
It was a historic week in Massachusetts politics, as Elizabeth Warren was sworn in as the first woman senator from Massachusetts.
Looking back, it took unprecedented work from thousands of volunteers to help Warren get elected, and one of them, Nina Wootan of Belmont, was moved to tears when she watched her candidate being sworn into office.
Like the other volunteers who spent weeks knocking on doors for Warren, Wootan thought she had heard the last of Republican Scott Brown, and she planned to hang up her volunteer hat for good.
It's been a wild start to 2013. Washington careened over the fiscal cliff but still hammered out a mid-plummet agreement. On Thursday, Elizabeth Warren became the first Massachusetts woman to serve in the Senate. Joseph Kennedy III was also sworn in.
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was a landmark Supreme Court case with huge political implications. In the wake of Citizens, super PACs became the cash-raising vehicle of choice for parties and their candidates.
Nowhere was this more apparent than in the 2012 election. Billions were spent by super PACs, from the presidential race and down the ticket. With few exceptions, no race was immune to the spending.
We continue our “best of” 2012 conversation with a look at the year in politics.
It seems like it’s been years since Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum were vying to be the GOP nominee. Remember Harry Reid insisting that Governor Romney was hiding something in his tax returns? What about Obama’s bomb of a debate performance? Or his shift in support for same sex marriage? Or Justice Roberts surprising the nation with his ruling on The Affordable Care Act?
Some of these moments were pure theatre but some of them had a huge effect on our country.
On Friday, we heard the National Rifle Association's CEO Wayne LaPierre addressing the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut in an unprecedented press conference. Last week's tragedy has dominated this week's headlines, and for good reason. Pres. Obama has pushed gun regulation to the top of his legislative agenda. Vice Pres. Joe Biden is heading up a task force to see it gets done.
The buzz over the weekend was all about striking deals ahead of the year-end budget crunch. You don't need any insider info to know Pres. Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met Sunday. Both sides are mum on what sort of horses were being traded, but as of Monday the impasse continues.
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Details are starting to come out about President Obama's second inauguration next month. The co-chairmen include some leaders of the Democratic Party and the business world as well as actress Eva Longoria. A record crowd came to the nation's capital in 2009 to witness the country's first black president take the oath of office, but this event is expected to be less flashy.
Some say it’s an olive branch to Latino voters — others are more enthusiastic, calling it a revelation. Whatever it is, Republican politicians have proposed a version of the Dream Act to allow certain undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States. Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson introduced the bill, called the Achieve Act, last week.
Today former Republican Party nominee Mitt Romney goes to Washington but not on the terms he would have preferred. Late Thursday morning, Gov. Romney stepped into the White House as a guest of President Obama. The two had a bite in a private White House dining room, away from the prying eyes of the press.
The two may hash out a role for Gov. Romney — or they may just trade pleasantries and be done with it. Whatever goes down, speculation is rampant about Romney's future prospects.
The 2012 election told us a lot about the demographic makeup of the US, especially who votes and why they vote. Minorities in particular — Latinos, Asian and African Americans — were the decisive factor in the Presidential race, as well as down-ticket New England races.
The votes have been cast and constituents have spoken. Now it's up to Pres. Obama in his second term to meet the demands of an increasingly diverse electorate.
Kelly Bates and Marcela Garcia joined Callie Crossley to talk about the 2012 election.
Skeptics of the "grand bargain" negotiation underway between President Obama and Congressional leaders are calling it a “turkey.” Several dozen activists protested outside Senator John Kerry's downtown Boston office Monday at noon to draw attention to the possibility of social spending cuts in an effort to alleviate January's "fiscal cliff."
The 2012 election was one of the most expensive in American history- with the Romney and Obama campaigns spending nearly $2 billion. On top of that, Super PACs poured over $600 million into this season's race. Boston Public Radio looks at whether big money made a big dent in the 2012 elections, and if it has forever changed American politics and democracy.
As a United States Senator, Elizabeth Warren will be starting her political career close to the top. Warren will be one of 20 women Senators in the next Congress — a record-breaker. Some pundits are calling this the year of the woman ... redux.
The original “year of the woman” occurred 20 years ago, when seven senate seats went to women in 1992.
There's been nonstop talk about red states, blue states, and battleground states during this election cycle. Boston Public Radio added some levity to the conversation with a twist of the corkscrew. Callie Crossley spoke with Boston Wine School founder Jonathan Alsop about blue state and red state wineries.
One of the big stories that came out of the presidential election was the story of the Republican party. The outcome of the election has people wondering if it could be an indicator that the GOP message is not connecting with most Americans.
President Barack Obama won Latino voters by 71 percent, voters under age 30 by 60 percent, and 55 percent of women voted for him. Pundits and politicos on the right and left are saying it's time for the GOP to do some soul searching, and Boston Public Radio tapping into that soul searching with three Massachusetts Republican leaders.
It's Veteran's Day today, when we honor those serving and those who have served the country. But a recent military storyline threatens to overshadow today's proceedings.
Four star Gen. David Petraeus resigned Friday from his position as director of the CIA after revelations he had an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. What began as a marital impropriety blossomed into interagency squabbling in the intelligence community and Congress. Now elected officials want a full accounting and timeline of events.
It's easy to view the election results as a Monday-morning quarterback. But it seems like the numbers just never added up for Scott Brown’s re-election bid. To win, he would have needed more votes than any Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Massachusetts’ history. And just where was Brown going to find the 229,228 votes to tie Elizabeth Warren? Would it be from the three debates, his campaign ads, phone banks or the door-to-door ground assault?
It’s an issue that hangs heavy on our minds in the wake of the election: polarization. We sat in front of our TVs on election night and watched the map of America get divided into red states and blue states. We expect the map will turn mostly blue on the coasts and mostly red in the South and Midwest.
The election could not have gone much worse for Republicans in New England.
GOP presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney did not capture a single electoral vote here. Senator Scott Brown was cast aside by Massachusetts voters in favor of Democrat Elizabeth Warren.