- Deal ends shutdown, avoids default: Lawmakers on Wednesday narrowly avoided a default on the nation's debts and halted a 16-day government shutdown that showcased congressional dysfunction. Noah Bierman and Mattias Gugel detail from Washington.
- Relief from debt deal will be short-lived: Tired of the excruciating debate in Washington over the nation's budget, the debt ceiling, and the deficit? Get used to it. National political reporter Matt Viser provides analysis.
Connolly calls his 3 years as a teacher a vital qualification: Though there's a grumbling backlash to Boston mayoral candidate John Connolly leaning on his experience - some say he was never a "real teacher" - he says it makes him unique. Mark Arsenault profiles.
- Why the union-bashing?: Columnist Joan Vennochi says high-priced union contracts are easy to criticize, but tax breaks for businesses often don't get much negative response.
- Who connects the best?: Metro columnist Yvonne Abraham writes about the importance of minority support for a mayoral candidate in a city for too long defined by racial divides.
- In second run for governor, Charlie Baker in touch with lighter side: Charlie Baker is running for governor, again, but nowhere near the way he ran in 2010. Boston.com politics editor and Globe political reporter Jim O'Sullivan profiles the campaign.