- John Kerry draws on old allies for team at State: The secretary of state has filled the top rungs of the State Department with loyalists from his three-decade political career in Mass. National security reporter Bryan Bender reports.
- For Mayor Menino, old friend's gift proves thorny: Investigative reporter Michael Rezendes details how one of the mayor's best friends left his entire estate to Menino when he died, and how this legacy has only recently come to light, raising questions about whether it was a payoff for favorable development decisions here. Menino is speaking out for the first time.
Is social science our silver bullet around the world?: Columnist Farah Stockman writes that if we really want to change a place, like Afghanistan, we have to understand the local people, and put ourselves in harm's way.