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Republicans knew early in 2012 that they were staring at demographic obsolescence, and that the only way to stave off a prolonged trip to the electoral wilderness was to broaden their base, and adopt a more liberal stance on immigration. Instead, the party tacked to the right, and handed President Obama a second term in the White House. The cause and effect were obvious long before Election Day, and the GOP deliberately chose a losing path -- both for the short and the long term. Two years later, Republicans face a strikingly similar choice. They’re doing everything they can, nationally, to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. And in Massachusetts, there’s a clear undercurrent pushing the GOP’s brightest political hope, Charlie Baker, to follow suit.

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What do you get when you jam an 18-month legislative session into a frenzied final few hours of votes? Well, you get what you deserve, but thankfully for the Legislature, the Red Sox took the heat away with their own dizzying deadline deals, albeit much less chaotic.

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The Boston Globe built some serious buzz for its soon-to-come Catholic website on Wednesday by unveiling the site's name (Crux) and by breaking the Eighth Commandment by stealing columnist Margery Eagan away from the Boston Herald.

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Cue the dark-money attack ad sliming the candidate in the lead.

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