Political Headlines - December 27, 2012

  • Cabinet nod could be next for Harvard's Ashton Carter: The leading national security strategist, who has been serving as the second-in-command for the past two secretaries of defense, may next for the top job. Globe Washington bureau reporter Bryan Bender profiles.


  •  Officials statewide bracing for the fiscal cliff: City and town officials in Mass. are warily watching negotiations over the pending fiscal crisis, although any financial effect on local budgets is probably months away. Globe reporter Matt Carroll outlines.


  • Respect for Menino and the status quo: Mayor Menino's body may be weak after dealing with a recent illness, but so far there are no public signs of declining political muscle. Globe columnist Joan Vennochi writes.