Farm bill fails as trade-offs of yore vanish: The struggle over the farm bill, previously an ultimate exercise in Washington dealmaking, illustrates the level of paralysis that has gripped Congress. Matt Viser details the debate.
Gomez makes "give me a chance" pitch: Republican Gabriel E. Gomez has what his campaign believes is its winning message: You can fire me. Gomez has been pitching the relative brevity of the term he is trying to win over Democratic nominee Edward J. Markey, describing it as a probation period. Jim O'Sullivan reports on the campaign.
Brown to join Gomez: Former senator Scott Brown will appear at an election eve rally for Republican nominee Gabriel E. Gomez. Michael Levenson writes about the additional support for the campaign.
Boston mayoral hopefuls voice views on charter schools: At an education forum Thursday night, seven candidates said they would push to lift a cap on the number of Boston charter schools. Andrew Ryan details the results of this forum.