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 Gerardo Hernandez, right, member of "The Cuban Five," and his wife Adriana Perez, raise in their arms a little girl during a concert of singer Silvio Rodriguez in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Hernandez flew back to their homeland on Wednesday in a quiet exchange of imprisoned spies, part of a historic agreement to restore relations between the two long-hostile countries. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Leahy facilitated pregnancy for jailed Cuban agent’s wife

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

HAVANA — Cuba is celebrating the return of three intelligence agents imprisoned in the United States for more than a decade, and the joyful but puzzling news that one of their wives is expecting just two weeks from now. Adriana Perez’s pregnancy has been the talk of Cuba since she appeared with Gerardo Hernandez at the island’s parliament this weekend. …

Rosenberg’s partner’s job moves to Fla.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

BOSTON — Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg’s domestic partner has been reassigned to his public relations company’s Florida office after weeks of scrutiny about his relationship with the presumptive state Senate president. The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1CoBYk5) that Bryon Hefner will be relocating to Florida and working with clients for Regan Communications Group …

Patrick sees much to cheer in tenure

Sunday, December 21, 2014

BOSTON — “I am an optimist,” Gov. Deval Patrick said in his first inauguration speech, “but not a foolish one.” Spoken amid the celebratory atmosphere of that January 2007 day in which Massachusetts welcomed Patrick, the state’s first black governor and first Democratic governor in 16 years, those words seem prescient now as …

Congress 2nd slackest in history

Thursday, December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — The 113th Congress will just have to settle for being bad instead of the worst — at least as far as productivity is concerned. President Barack Obama signed a whopping 51 bills Thursday, the White House announced, bringing the most recent tally of laws enacted in …

Governor gets high-level call on air

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has fielded calls on hundreds of subjects during his monthly “Ask the Governor” radio show. But this call was one of a kind. “Uh, Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville,” the caller began Thursday. “I’ve got a few complaints about …

Warren backers set up shop in Iowa

Thursday, December 18, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa — Liberal activists eager to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a run for president are working the ground in Iowa, the pivotal early-voting state where an organizing effort is already in place — for Hillary …

Carolinas politicians get payouts from broker

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Soon after taking office, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina accepted six-figure stock payouts from an online mortgage broker accused by regulators of deceiving its customers. The two …

Jeb Bush gets set to run

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jeb Bush answered the biggest question looming over the Republican Party’s next campaign for the White House on Tuesday, all but declaring his candidacy for president more than a year before the first primaries. Bush, …

Patrick says future wide open after Jan. 8

Monday, December 15, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick said Monday he has no intention of being a “pundit” when he steps down in January, but he is leaving his professional and political future wide open. During an interview with The …

GOP says Cruz gave Democrats special gift

Monday, December 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — Unhappy Republicans say Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has given President Barack Obama a present this holiday season — a gift certificate good for confirmation of 12 judicial appointments, not long after the voters had delivered the Democrats a lump of coal in midterm elections. Cruz, …

Labor board issues rule to speed up union organizing

Friday, December 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — The National Labor Relations Board issued a final rule Friday aimed at modernizing and streamlining the union election process. The new rule will shorten the time between when an election is ordered and the election is …

Activists seek to sustain protests about policing

Friday, December 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — Who, if anyone, is leading the emerging movement around the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner — younger activists or legacy civil rights groups? Established civil rights organizations — the National Action Network, the NAACP, …

Weld registers as lobbyist at Statehouse

Thursday, December 11, 2014

BOSTON — Former Gov. William Weld, now an attorney with an influential Boston law firm, has registered to be a lobbyist at the Massachusetts Statehouse. The Boston Globe reported Thursday that Weld, a Republican, would be the first ex-governor in modern times to be registered as a Beacon …