Political Headlines - February 5, 2013

  • On first day, Kerry vows to protect diplomats: On his first day as secretary of state, John Kerry vowed to ensure the safety and security of American diplomats abroad. Globe Washington bureau reporter Bryan Bender outlines.


  • GOP is finding few takers for Mass. Senate race: Republicans will have to field a relative unknown in what the party had hoped would be a pitched battle for John F. ­Kerry's former seat. Globe state house bureau chief Frank Phillips reports.





  •  The hazards of optimism: Was the financial crisis caused by the unrealistic thought that bad things won't happen? Globe columnist Farah Stockman writes.