Political Headlines - December 14, 2012

  • Rice pulls out; talk turns to Kerry: A contentious confirmation process, which UN ambassador Susan Rice said she sought to avoid, would be unlikely for Sen. John Kerry. Globe Washington bureau reporter Bryan Bender details.


  • Cahill ready to live outside the public eye: Now that his corruption trial has ended in a deadlocked jury, former state treasurer Timothy P. Cahill is hoping to resume a quiet life in Quincy. Globe politics reporters Michael Levenson and Noah Bierman elaborate.


  • No one was forced out, Patrick says: Governor Deval L. Patrick Thursday strongly denied he was forcing any departing cabinet secretaries to leave, including the two caught in recent controversies. Globe State House bureau chief Frank Phillips and political editor Glen Johnson report.  


  • Rice's exit from contention precursor for Kerry's chances: Susan Rice's withdrawal from consideration for secretary of state was the diplomatic - and necessary - precursor to the possibility of Senator John F. Kerry getting the appointment. political editor Glen Johnson explains.