Political Headlines - March 7, 2013

  • Prospects limited for new gun control laws: There is a sense that advocates for stricter controls will have to settle for more modest gains than an assault weapons ban or sharp limits on magazine capacity. Globe correspondent David Uberti reports.


  • Markey leads Lynch by wide margin in poll: US Representative Edward J. Markey leads Representative Stephen F. Lynch, by 29.5 percentage points among potential Democratic primary voters, according to a poll. Globe State House reporter Michael Levenson elaborates.


  • Imprisoned DiMasi weak with cancer, wife says: In federal prison for corruption, former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi, 68, has lost 50 pounds, has suffered bouts of pneumonia, and has a feeding tube attached to his stomach. Globe metro reporter Milton J. Valencia details.



  • Mitt Romney to take new role at Solamere Capital: The former Republican presidential nominee will be the chairman of the executive committee and will also be on the investment committee at the firm. Globe Washington bureau reporter Matt Viser outlines.


  • DeLeo won't back Patrick's transit plan: House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo wants a far smaller financing plan for the state's transportation system than the one sought by Governor Deval Patrick. Globe transportation reporter Martine Powers covers.


  •  With Cahill, a good law and a weak case: Prosecutors didn't have enough evidence to win their case against Timothy Cahill. But corruption laws remain important tools in protecting the public interest. Globe columnist Joan Vennochi writes.


Chavez death creates risk, opportunity: The passing of the Venezuelan president is a chance for the US to make our relationships with Latin America less about leaders and more about common interests and sound policies. Globe columnist Juliette Kayyem explains.