- 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.
- Rep. Stephen Lynch changes tone on abortion rights: Lynch, who has consistently described himself as an antiabortion legislator, said he believes abortion should be legal but rare. Globe politics reporter Michael Levenson details.
Tsongas named ranking Democrat on Armed Services subcommittee: Tsongas, elected in 2007, was appointed by Representative Adam Smith who said in a statement that the Lowell Democrat "has earned her stripes." Globe correspondent David Uberti elaborates.
- Ed Markey, Steve Lynch are real-deal candidates: The two Democrats who want to replace John Kerry in the US Senate come from very similar places and backgrounds. Globe metro columnist Kevin Cullen profiles.
- The hazards of optimism: Was the financial crisis caused by the unrealistic thought that bad things won't happen? Globe columnist Farah Stockman writes.