BostonGlobe.com Political Headlines - July 16, 2014 July 17, 2014 Here are the top political headlines from BostonGlobe.com today: Colleagues defend DeLeo amid hiring trial accusations: Mass. House members say speaker Robert DeLeo did nothing wrong and argue he has been unfairly tarnished. Michael Levenson reports. Congress near another stopgap fix, this time on road funds: Lawmakers have yet to agree on how to replenish the Highway Trust Fund, putting 926 Mass. projects in jeopardy. Matt Viser reports. State Senate needs an honest debate about charters: Sometimes a legislative effort is so transparently bad that it’s simply laughable. Scot Lehigh details the latest. The way to alter the Constitution is by amendment, not interpretation: A fundamental altering of the Constitution should come not from judges but from the people, through the act of amending the Framers’ text. Jeff Jacoby the story.