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,?? one political scientist said.

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.

// Charges erased by veterans? ?Valor Act?

The state?s Valor Act, intended to help veterans, got a New Bedford man cleared of strangling and assaulting his former girlfriend.

// 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.

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.

// 5-alarm fire damages former woodworking facility in Brockton

The fire started at a property at 1 Brockton Ave., a public safety dispatcher said.

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.

Marisa Mauro packed up a box of butter at the historic Bragg Farm.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Vermont farm rises above other creameries

Inside a gleaming new addition to a century-old Green Mountain farm, Marisa Mauro is making the best butter you?ve ever tasted.

Bruins 5, Senators 0

// Bruins end year with shutout win

Tuukka Rask stopped 25 shots as the Bruins closed out 2017 on 15-3-2 hot streak.


// Annual state of Boston?s teams

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


/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/29/ 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.


// Which players might be available to the Celtics?

Because of Gordon Hayward?s injury, the Celtics received an $8.4 million disabled player exception.

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.

// ?Houston,? we have a seal on Route 6A . . .

A baby seal was spotted on busy Route 6A in Yarmouth, waddling east toward Dennis, police say.

Dr. Barres conducted pioneering research at Stanford University into the roles played by the brain?s glial cells.

Ben Barres, 63, groundbreaking neuroscientist and advocate for women in science

Dr. Barres, who transitioned from female to male, became a unique and important advocate for female scientists.

Bob Badger (left) and Matt Palmer worked on ice sculptures in Copley Square.

A frigid First Night celebration works well for Boston ice sculptor

Steve Rose has carved, chopped, and chiseled ice into detailed sculptures for all but one of the last 30 years of Boston?s outdoor New Year?s celebration.

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.

// 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