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Could Maine’s new ranked-choice voting change American elections?

The state will be the first to use a ballot that lets voters rank their preferences.

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Twitter users quickly inserted the hashtag into songs and jokes, and otherwise poked fun at its many possible meanings.

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Mayor Martin Walsh will roll out an array of projects designed to protect Boston from rising sea levels. And he’s asking business leaders for their help to make them happen.

Latest political news

Analysis

Warren’s DNA test was a long-term strategy based on 2020 politics

Those who are writing off the senator’s gambit might keep this in mind: Warren’s aim this week was not to show she had any claim to join a tribe.

Baker hesitated on saying he’d vote for Diehl. Here’s how Diehl responded

Governor Baker stumbled over several questions about Geoff Diehl, a supporter of President Trump who’s running for US Senate, during a Wednesday gubernatorial debate.

Pompeo says US takes journalist’s disappearance ‘very seriously’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the administration will await the outcome of investigations by the kingdom and Turkey before deciding how to respond.

Trump ‘coddles’ autocrats like Kim, Putin, and the Saudis, Joe Biden says

Former vice president Joe Biden says President Donald Trump may not “know what he’s doing.”

Boston, MA - 10/17/2018- ] Candidate Jay Gonzalez speaks to the press after a debate against Governor Charlie Baker at WGBH on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. (Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe) Topic: (Metro)

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Jay Gonzalez puts Charlie Baker on the ropes in TV debate

Democrat Jay Gonzalez pressed Republican governor Charlie Baker in a televised debate to decide between party loyalty and backing a candidate who opposes abortion rights and supports President Trump.

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Warren told the Globe’s editorial board she went public when she did because that’s when the analysis came back.

The ads from Senator Elizabeth Warren don’t explicitly mention she’s running for the US Senate, which means they may also serve Warren’s potential presidential ambitions.

In first ads of reelection campaign, Warren touts record of delivering results for Mass.

The first ad is narrated by Boston Marathon bombing survivors Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, newlyweds who lost their left legs in the attack.

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President Trump dismissed suggestions that he might take responsibility, as his predecessor did, for midterm losses or view the outcome as a referendum on his presidency.

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President Trump says the US has requested audio and video from Turkey relating to missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi — “if it exists.”

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Just when it seemed the partisan divide on the Senate Judiciary Committee couldn’t get much worse, it did.

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton seemingly unharmed in N.J. car crash

The former secretary of state was headed to a fundraiser when the vehicle she was riding in pulled into a parking garage, made a left turn, and hit a concrete column.

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Daniel Frisiello, 25, mailed letters laced with white powder to Eric Trump in March 2016 and Donald Trump Jr. in February 2018.

Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

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If the “Pocahontas” slur hobbles Warren beyond Trump’s base, it’s a problem. And it looks like it might be.