Political Headlines - December 13, 2012

  • Jurors deadlock on corruption charges against Cahill: A two-year quest by Attorney General Martha Coakley to prove former state treasurer Timothy P. Cahill used public funds to boost his run for governor ended in a mistrial. Globe politics reporter Michael Levenson covers.



  • Bill has penalty for nations that bar deportation: Lawmakers are calling for federal legislation to compel the State Department to deny diplomatic visas to nations that block the deportation of foreign criminals. Globe politics reporter Bobby Caina Calvan and immigration reporter Maria Sacchetti explain.  


  • Four to leave Patrick's cabinet: Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral will join the Patrick administration as the state's public safety secretary. political editor Glen Johnson reports.


  • Brown leaves Senate door ajar: Brown is priming his campaign machine, should there be a special election to replace Senator John Kerry. political editor Glen Johnson outlines.


  • Weld is not the GOP's best betThe buzz about Weld reentering the political fray is a puzzle to anyone who thinks hard about it. Globe columnist Joan Vennochi writes.


  • As it grows, Al Jazeera risks losing touch: As democratic reform in the Middle East becomes more pervasive, Al Jazeera's conservative monarchy ownership has become its Achilles' heel. Globe columnist Juliette Kayyem elaborates.