Here are the top POLITICAL headlines from BostonGlobe.com today:
- Patrick backed down on crime bill: Governor Deval Patrick wanted judges to have more leeway in sentencing but couldn't withstand overwhelming election-year political pressure. Columnist Joan Vennochi writes.
- Scott Brown, promoted to colonel in National Guard, honored in ceremony with John McCain: In a private ceremony presided over by Senator John McCain in the US Capitol on Wednesday, Senator Scott P. Brown formally became a colonel in the Army National Guard, according to Brown's office. Washington Bureau reporter Bryan Bender writes.
- Mitt Romney's tax plan would offer big cuts to millionaires, raise taxes on middle class, Brookings analysts say: Mitt Romney's tax plan would provide large tax cuts to wealthy Americans and hike taxes on middle- and low-income households, according to an analysis by The Brookings Institution. Political correspondent Callum Borchers writes.