Political Headlines - January 24, 2013

  • Kerry to divest some financial holdings: Seeking to avoid a conflict of interest as secretary of state, Senator John F. Kerry and his wife have agreed to divest nearly 100 investments. Globe Washington bureau reporter Bryan Bender covers.


  • McLaughlin charged in hiding of pay: Michael McLaughlin, the former chief of the Chelsea Housing Authority, faces up to 20 years for allegedly falsifying his income, reported as $360,000 in 2011. Globe investigative reporters Sean P. Murphy and Andrea Estes detail.


  • Patrick proposes $34.8b budget: Claiming a full-throated liberal mandate, Governor Deval Patrick's $34.8 billion budget proposal disclosed even more tax hikes than he revealed last week. Globe politics reporters Michael Levenson and Noah Bierman outline.


  •  Patrick would bolster pharmacy oversight: After the outbreak of meningitis blamed on a Framingham business, more inspectors would scour compounding pharmacies under Governor Patrick's proposed budget. Globe health reporter Kay Lazar explains.



  • Clinton's reality check: It isn't a grand strategy that will make the world safer, but rather small bureaucratic moments, Clinton told legislators. Globe columnist Juliette Kayyem reports.


  • Unlike Beyonce, Hillary faces the music: Beyonce, who is said to have lip-synched the National Anthem at the inauguration, can learn something about survival and risk-taking in Washington from Hillary Clinton. Globe columnist Joan Vennochi writes.