news analysis

In 2017, Trump dominated national discourse

Carolyn Van Houten/Washington Post

?I don?t think we?ve ever had a president make news like this president makes news,?? said one political scientist.

Ground Game

// In New England in 2017, the Trump effect was far-reaching

For some local politicians, Donald Trump?s presidency created opportunities they might not otherwise have.

// Attacks on Mueller, FBI open a rift in the party of law and order

President Trump?s most ardent supporters are working to discredit the special counsel.

// Australian diplomat?s tip a factor in FBI?s Russia probe

An Australian diplomat?s tip appears to have helped persuade the FBI to investigate Russian meddling in the US election.

// An inch of snow is possible in Boston area as cold weather continues

For the first time since Wednesday, Boston is expected to hit 20 degrees, but the windchill will make it feel much lower. And up to an inch of snow is possible in the Boston area.

The cold didn't keep kids from taking a ski lesson in 5-degree temperatures at 9:30 Friday morning at the Blue Hills Ski area.

David Epstein

Breaking down the New Year?s weekend weather forecast

The arctic cold is going to continue for the foreseeable future, with a possible break sometime during the second week of January.

Four charged in kidnapping, rape of teen in Auburn

Three men and a woman were arrested in Auburn on Thursday in connection with the kidnapping, rape, and assault of a teenage girl.

Firefighters help injured passengers off of a Mattapan high-sped line trolley after it crashed near Cedar Grove Station on Friday.

Scott Eisen for The Boston Globe

Operator error cause of Mattapan trolley crash, MBTA says

The investigation into the crash Friday that injured 17 passengers is continuing, the MBTA said in a statement.

Wichita Police Department Deputy Chief Troy Livingston talks to the media during a police briefing about the officer-involved shooting and killing of Andrew Finch, 28, at Wichita's City Hall in Wichita, Kansas, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. Online gamers have said in multiple Twitter posts that the shooting of a man Thursday night by Wichita police was the result of a

California man is arrested in fatal Kansas police shooting after hoax call

Police in Los Angeles arrested a man they suspect made a hoax phone call that resulted in a fatal police shooting in Kansas.

// Black Lives Matter icon Eric Garner?s daughter dies at 27

The daughter of Black Lives Matter icon Eric Garner has died after a weeklong hospital stay following a heart attack.

Starts & Stops

// Another delay for the Forest Hills road work

It?s going to be a few more weeks, still, before the new roads are finally in place around Forest Hills.

Foxborough-12/27/2017 Patriots new hire, James Harrison on the practice field during warmups. John Tlumacki/Globe staff (sports)

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James Harrison made a business decision in joining Patriots

Loyalty is never a two-way street, not in the business of sports.


// Brady, Gronkowski for NFL MVP? No, Rams RB Todd Gurley

Gurley leads the the league in touchdowns, rushing, and yards from scrimmage.


// Is there something wrong with Tom Brady?

In four games in December, Brady has more interceptions than touchdowns (5-4) and a passer rating of 81.5.


// Annual state of Boston?s teams

We won?t gloat over the 10 championships this century.

Nick Cafardo | Sunday baseball notes

// Although far apart on talks, Red Sox, J.D. Martinez still connected

His agent is seeking seven years, $210 million; the Sox don?t like contracts of more than five years for positional players.

// Police rescue seal pup that wandered inland on Cape Cod

A baby seal that wandered far from the ocean has been returned to the sea with the help of some police officers on Cape Cod.

spotlight follow-up

11 takeaways from this month?s Spotlight series on race in Boston

The Spotlight Team recently took on one of the hardest questions facing this city: Does Boston deserve its racist reputation?

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

Historic Faneuil Hall building closes for renovations

Tourists and history buffs have just one more day to get to historic Faneuil Hall before the 275-year-old building closes for renovations until the spring.

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, looks on as President Donald Trump holds a meeting at the White House in Washington, Nov. 20, 2017. A focus on nuclear deterrence against North Korea would fall short of Trump?s promises to finally ?solve? the problem with the country. (Tom Brenner/The New York Times)

Opinion | Michael A. Cohen

What I got wrong in 2017

Every year I look back on the past 12 months and offer a mea culpa for all the things I got wrong.

Steven Rose from Ice Effects worked on a shark that is part of a nautical themed piece of ice work to be on display in Boston for First Night 2017.

Everything you need to know about First Night festivities

There?s a lot to see and do at this year?s celebration, which is free and open to all. Here are some key things to know if you plan to go.

// Three taverns say they?re Boston?s oldest. So what?s the real story?

Three establishments each have their own spin on being the oldest bar in Boston. But in a city meticulous about its history, the truth is hard to come by.

// New economic protests in Tehran challenge Iran?s government

A wave of spontaneous protests over Iran?s weak economy swept into Tehran on Saturday.

// US pounds Al Qaeda in Yemen, but barely dents risk of attack

The United States has tripled the number of airstrikes this year against Al Qaeda?s branch in Yemen.

// The Season Ticket podcast

NFL reporter Ben Volin joins host Chris Gasper to dive into the major storylines ahead of the last Patriots game of the regular season.

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Opinion & Ideas


// UMass takes on the challenging online market

The University of Massachusetts has hired a CEO for its online programming ? the challenge will be to turn a promising idea into much-needed revenue.


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Special reports

Magazine | A nonfiction novella

//[1].jpg He put BSO on the map ? then landed in a world of trouble

One hundred years ago, one of the world?s top conductors was ensnared in a scandal involving patriotism and sex. It almost toppled Boston?s famed orchestra.

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// Stem cells for heart failure? Buyer be wary

A study of 30 clinics paints a dismal and worrisome picture of this unregulated industry.

Real Estate

What is it like to live in Marlborough?

Amy Sinni, resident and mom, really appreciates the city?s diversity. Read more about this community and others at