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Local politics


Ex-Mass. senator eyes 2016

– Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown told the Boston Herald he’s exploring the possibility of a presidential bid in 2016.

The Massachusetts Republican said he’s curious whether there’s interest in him as a candidate.

Brown won a 2010 special election to replace the late Edward Kennedy but lost his re-election bid in November to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. Brown was attending the Iowa State Fair over the weekend, a frequent stop for possible Oval Office contenders.

Paul says GOP has room for Christie

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says he and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will continue to disagree over national security and other issues but that the Republican Party is big enough to accommodate both men’s views.

In an apparent shot at Christie, Paul said on “Fox News Sunday” that “there’s room for people who believe in bigger government in our party.” The New Jersey governor is considered a moderate whose views on government spending differ sharply from the libertarian Paul’s.

The potential rivals for president in 2016 have been sparring for weeks. Paul said Sunday the GOP “is shrinking almost down to nothing” in the Northeast, Christie’s home base, and needs people with new ideas to attract independents and Democrats.

Clinton to receive honor from Yale

Hillary Rodham Clinton will return to Yale Law School in October to address alumni and accept an “Award of Merit” on the 40th anniversary of her graduation.

Clinton, a former secretary of state and potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, plans to speak Oct. 5 at Yale’s Woolsey Hall, according to the school’s website. The theme of the alumni weekend gathering is “Global Constitutionalism,” although it is not clear what Clinton will discuss.