Political Headlines - January 30, 2013

  • John Kerry sails in Senate voting: The Senate confirmed Obama's nomination of Senator Kerry to be secretary of state, handing the Mass. Democrat a redemptive career victory. Boston Globe Washington bureau chief Christopher Rowland reports.




  • Rep. Stephen Lynch to declare run for Senate: Lynch reserved a union hall in South Boston for a Thursday announcement that he is running in the special election to fill John Kerry's seat. Globe state house bureau chief Frank Phillips and politics reporter Michael Levenson detail.


  • Mayor Menino back in action: The mayor didn't talk about running for reelection in his State of the City address, but he didn't sound like a man who is going anywhere. Globe metro columnist Adrian Walker elaborates.


  • How Romney can stay relevant: Mitt Romney could carve out an important role in the Republican party. After all, in his other incarnations, he actually was a creative thinker and problem solver. Globe columnist Scot Lehigh elaborates.


  • Conservatism in JapanIn a conformist culture with a growing conservative movement, small-government activists in Japan take a roundabout path. Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby writes.