- Patrick trips online firestorm with re-election joke: Governor Deval Patrick's attempt at humor during an appearance went viral, leading many to believe that he would seek a third term. Boston.com politics editor Jim O'Sullivan reports.
- Kerry expected to play pivotal role in any Mideast talks: The ability of the US to play an effective mediating role in the Arab-Israeli conflict will rest squarely with the new top American diplomat. Globe Washington bureau reporter Bryan Bender outlines.
- John R. Connolly launches bid for Boston mayor: The city councilor packed a hotel ballroom Wednesday for the kickoff of his bid to replace 20-year incumbent Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Globe politics reporter Andrew Ryan details.
- Markey ad highlights response to BP oil disaster:
The ad focuses on the pressure US Representative Edward J. Markey put on BP to post an online "spillcam" and his accusations that the company lied about the damage. Globe State House reporter Michael Levenson outlines.
- Suzanne Lee seeks rematch with Bill Linehan for city council: The former school principal said she will run in Boston's Second District against Linehan, who beat her by 97 votes in 2011. Globe politics reporter Wesley Lowery covers.
- Bill Weld's lesson for GOP - learn to dance with Democrats: Weld's bipartisanship is a lesson lost on Republicans, who are shunning Gabriel Gomez after his overture to Democrats. Globe columnist Joan Vennochi explains.
- Fascism's nascent comeback in Europe: Neo-Nazi elements have made inroads into soccer teams throughout the continent: Fascism appeals to the competitive nature in too many athletes. Globe columnist Juliette Kayyem writes.