Political Headlines - December 11, 2012

  • Courts inside prisons, far from public view: Thousands of immigrants find themselves at the mercy of a legal system that, for many, amounts to an assembly line toward deportation. Globe reporters Maria Sacchetti and Milton J. Valencia detail.


  • Mass. will eliminate toll plazas, collectors: The state plans to switching to a $100 million all-electronic system that would remove toll plazas from the Mass. Turnpike and other roads, Governor Patrick said. Globe transportation reporter Eric Moskowitz explains.


  • Food aid fattens up lobbyists: Each year, the United States spends more than $1.5 billion feeding starving people overseas, but our charity comes with a catch: The food has to be bought in America. Globe columnist Farah Stockman covers.