Political Headlines - November 28, 2012

  • Amid wrangling on Hill, Kerry keeps visibility low: Senator Kerry, who is under consideration to be the next secretary of state, has kept a low profile recently that contrasts with his previously outspoken tendencies. Globe politics reporter Matt Viser covers.


  • Road ahead may get rocky for Governor Patrick: Deval Patrick faces a host of potentially explosive issues that will challenge his ability to shape his legacy during the last two years of his governorship. Globe State House Bureau chief Frank Phillips reports.


  • End of the Menino era?: If Mayor Menino opts to call next year his last, he goes out unbeaten, with a valedictory period in which his time at City Hall will be celebrated. Globe columnist Scot Lehigh writes.


  •  A free market will help fix health care: What Medicare needs is not more top-down control, but the flexibility and competition of a consumer-driven free market. Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby elaborates.


  •  Our governor's turmoil: Deval Patrick's got this small problem on his hands, and it goes like this: His governorship is basically falling off a cliff. Globe columnist Brian McGrory explains.