Political Headlines - July 17, 2013

  • Faced with rules change, GOP relents on Obama nominees: Senate Democrats scored a key victory for several White House nominees Tuesday, using the threat of rule changes to force Republicans to withdraw their opposition and end a long-simmering standoff. Noah Bierman reports on the agreement. 


  • Contract bidder called on Edward Markey for favor: Markey assured University of Massachusetts president Robert L. Caret that all was well between himself and Stephen P. Tocco, the head of one of the bidding firms and one of his former congressional aides. Frank Phillips reports on the federal lobbying contract.


  • Patrick rules out White House run: Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John E. Walsh's decision to lead Governor Deval Patrick's political action committee fanned the flames of speculation that Patrick might be taking a look at higher office. However he was clear: he is not running to succeed President Obama. Joshua Miller details the governor's plans. 


  • US says funds paid for Michael McLaughlin's trips: The US Department of Housing and Urban Development is challenging the legitimacy of McLaughlin's 2011 Miami conference trip along with about $175,000 in expenditures. Sean P. Murphy writes about the investigation.