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Must-Reads

The Surprising Surge of Andrew Yang » Politico Magazine At this angry, fractious time, and in this primary that’s already an edgy, anxious slog, Yang and his campaign somehow radiate an ambient joviality. Of his party’s presidential contestants, he’s…

How Wayne LaPierre Survived a Revolt at the N.R.A. » New York Times (E)ven in a diminished state, the group wields vast influence over the Republican Party, and particularly President Trump, after spending more than $30 million to help get him elected. …

The alt-right manifesto that has Trumpworld talking » Politico An anonymous book author has lit the online right on fire — including some in the president’s orbit.…

Trump court pick denounced feminists, gay-rights groups and diversity efforts in 1990s, 2000s editorials » CNN He complained about "gynocentrists," wrote that the Human Rights Campaign "incessantly exploited the slaying of Matthew Shepard for both financial and political benefit" and argued that a Dartmouth fr…

AARP: Rising drug prices push many off medication » State House News Service "While prescription drug prices continue skyrocketing, Americans are being forced to choose between filling life-saving medications or paying rent and buying food," said AARP Massachusetts director Mi…

Business leaders need to take the lead on mental health » Boston Business Journal Making it easier to talk about mental health issues in the workplace helps more people seek help who need it. …

Clients surprised after Beacon Hill lobbyist Anne Lynch charged in bribery scheme » The Republican The bribery and kickback case involving Dana Pullman, former president of the State Police Association of Massachusetts, and Lynch is having a ripple effect across Beacon Hill as current and former cl…

The Trailer: Labor union members and leaders are skeptical -- but pondering their 2020 choices » Washington Post A number of unions, responding to the crowded field, have said that endorsements will come much later than they did in the 2016 — if they even come before the primary is over. At the same time, unio…

Trump won’t get Greenland, but GOP groups are cashing in on the idea with T-shirts » Washington Post “Support President Trump and his efforts to help America grow!” the National Republican Congressional Committee wrote in its advertisement for a limited-edition “Got Greenland?” shirt. Adorned…

WATCH: Cory Booker Responds to Trump’s ‘Disloyal Jews’ Comment - With A D’var Torah » forward.com Booker began by asserting his Jewish bona fides: He is “the guy who studied the Torah since [he] was 20 years old and had a really good Afro.” He continued on to discuss core Jewish values, mentio…

Activists defend water quality, criticize beach report » Boston Globe Advocacy group Environment Massachusetts stood by its framing of a report about bacteria concentrations at beaches across the state after other organizations raised concerns about “hyperbole.”…

Seth Moulton dropping out of Democratic presidential primary race » Boston Globe Representative Seth Moulton is ending his bid for the Democratic presidential primary nomination, he told the Globe Thursday.…

"I can tell you this: As president, I won’t be exchanging love letters with Kim Jong-un."

Senator Kamala Harris

Speaking about President Donald Trump and his relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Representative Bill Keating comes out in favor of impeachment inquiry » Boston Globe Representative Bill Keating said Thursday that he is in favor of beginning an impeachment inquiry against President Trump.…

Kennedy to get back in public eye next week » Commonwealth Magazine CONGRESSMAN JOE KENNEDY III, who has turned the Massachusetts political world upside down merely by considering a run for the seat held by Sen. Ed Markey, will make an appearance in Worcester on Wedne…

Would Joe Kennedy run against Ed Markey from the left — or the right? » Boston.com Rep. Joe Kennedy III will reportedly decide whether to launch a 2020 primary challenge against Sen. Ed Markey in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the question is why.…

Dems still trying to undo Obama’s damage to party » Boston Herald Almost a decade later, Democrats are still struggling at the state level with the nationwide political devastation of Barack Obama’s presidency, notably his first midterm elections in 2010.…

Curley: Grab for Greenland makes sense » Boston Herald The expression used to be victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.…

2020 presidential youth movement takes a hit in latest poll » Boston Herald All the talk about the 2020 presidential youth movement in the Democratic party hasn’t reached New Hampshire yet, according to the latest Franklin Pierce University-Herald poll.…

An open letter to Trump from an American Jewish voter » Boston Globe I am an American Jew. To put it plainer, I am an American citizen who happens to be Jewish.…

Kennedy would have to make a case against Markey, not just for himself » Boston Globe The activists whipping up support for Congressman Joe Kennedy III to take on Senator Ed Markey keep saying this is not about the incumbent.…

Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona » The Hill Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are statistically tied with President Trump in Arizona, a state that hasn't voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in a quart…

Stop beating up Seth Moulton » Commonwealth Magazine Ayanna (Change can’t wait) Pressley defeated incumbent Mike Capuano and long before Joseph (I can’t wait) Kennedy III began ruminating about a run against US Sen. Edward Markey, there was Seth Mou…

Politics is all about timing, and it isn’t Seth Moulton’s time » Boston Globe Like his beloved baseball team, the one that plays at Fenway Park, this does not appear to be Seth Moulton’s year. His presidential campaign has struggled to gain traction, and wise guys have been s…

The Summer of Warren » GQ Julia Ioffe joins Elizabeth Warren on the campaign trail, where the surging senator has spent the season overcoming her campaign's wobbly start and getting down to business—trouncing debate foes, cl…

Norfolk Republican Shawn Dooley latest to consider a congressional run » The Sun Chronicle State Rep. Shawn Dooley has joined the long list of politicians considering a run for Congress if Rep. Joseph Kennedy III vacates his House seat.…

Seth Moulton ends presidential campaign » NBC News The Democratic congressman from Massachusetts will say in prepared remarks that he will now be 'campaigning my ass off' for the party's nominee next year. …

Lynch draws fire for impeachment stand » Wicked Local Allston-Brighton Constituents call on U.S. Rep Stephen Lynch to join fellow Democrats in support of impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. …

Mass. U.S. Rep. Moulton Drops Out Of Presidential Race » WBUR Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is ending his long-shot bid for the Democratic nomination for president.…

Which Democrats Are Leading the 2020 Presidential Race? » New York Times Each week, The Times is bringing you the latest political data and analysis to track how the 24 Democratic presidential candidates are doing and who is breaking out of the pack in the historic race fo…

Business

Can capitalism be saved by a concept born in Boston? » Boston Globe “The capitalist system is under siege. In recent years business increasingly has been viewed as a major cause of social, environmental, and economic problems. Companies are widely perceived to be pr…

Major Phone Companies Promise To Do More To Combat 'Annoying' Robocalls » WBUR Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's office has joined a multistate effort to combat illegal robocalls.…

The Fuel Economy Standards Fiasco Is Classic Trump » WBUR In a peculiar era where the daily news cycle is driven by President Trump’s wild tweets or fractious comments in front of Marine One, his administration’s vast policy failures sometimes get buried…

Boston Children’s Museum chief talks Seaport growth, rising sea levels » Boston Business Journal Carole Charnow, president and CEO of the Boston Children’s Museum, says it’s a busy time for her organization. The museum will open an overhauled PlaySpace for young children before Christmas, and…

Has the Last Remaining Tannery Store Finally Closed? » Boston Magazine The store's owner had been battling bankruptcy, lawsuits, and discrimination charges. Now it looks like time to find a new place to score killer deals on heels.…

Major Telecom Companies Partner with Attorneys General to Combat Robocalls » Cape Cod Today Attorney General Maura Healey today announced her office has joined a multistate effort and partnered with several major telecommunication companies to implement principles aimed at combatting illegal…

VIPs descend on Lee as Eagle Mill celebrates funding acquisition » the Berkshire edge It was an official recognition of the progress made in the potentially transformative Eagle Mill project that attracted movers and shakers to the dilapidated site on the banks of the Housatonic River …

VMware drops $4.8B on Carbon Black and Pivotal, CEO announces plan to fix 'broken' security industry » Boston Business Journal VMware, Inc. said Thursday it plans to spend a combined $4.8 billion to acquire two companies, Carbon Black and Pivotal Software, the latter of which will be central to a new security business unit th…

Amazon plans Holyoke distribution center, with ‘hundreds’ of job openings expected » The Republican Amazon will open a distribution center in the city this fall and plans to hire “hundreds” to staff it, Mayor Alex B. Morse announced Thursday. The online retailer, which is transitioning to its ow…

Civil Rights

National Day of Healing 2019 » Boston African American National Historical Site Throughout the weekend the National Parks of Boston will offer programs to commemorate 400 years of African American History. …

Crimes

Out of touch Boston City Council needs to find its way » Boston Herald Ten Boston city councilors declared themselves offended by the rule of law this week. They did it in the form of a letter in which they slammed the federal Boston Calling convictions, calling them “…

Education

Kelly Speaks Out on Rise in Chapter 70 State Funding » Revere Journal For the better part of the past year Revere School Superintendent Dianne Kelly has been on the front lines advocating for ending the generations-long under-funding of local public schools.…

MIT president says school received about $800k from Jeffrey Epstein foundations » Boston Globe MIT’s president on Thursday disclosed that the school had received about $800,000 from foundations controlled by Jeffrey Epstein, the deceased financier who was charged with sex trafficking dozens o…

McCann Ready to Start New School Year With a Few Changes » iBerkshires The McCann School Committee met Thursday night in North Adams for what will be the last meeting of the year before students report in a week.…

Epstein Foundations Gave MIT $800,000 Over 20 Years » WBUR The president of MIT has issued a public apology for accepting funds from Jeffrey Epstein, the now-deceased financier who pleaded guilty to soliciting a minor for prostitution and was accused of sex t…

Nashoba Tech gets rare early-college designation » Lowell Sun Nashoba Valley Technical High School is one of just 17 schools — and the only regional technical school — in Massachusetts to receive the Early College Designation announced by Gov. Charlie Baker …

Leader of MIT’s Media Lab faces calls to quit over Epstein ties » Boston Globe In the world of robots, high-tech gadgets, and Internet startups, Joi Ito is a star. As the head of MIT’s freewheeling Media Lab, he oversees an eclectic band of computer scientists, artists, engine…

Environment

State to help Braintree, Sharon upgrade culverts » Patriot Ledger Braintree and Sharon were among the towns awarded nearly $1 million in grants Thursday in an effort to help communities replace culverts and upgrade road-stream crossings.…

Markey in Framingham: 'Catastrophic damage' if climate change is ignored » The Metro West Daily News Climate change poses an "existential threat to the planet,” says the causes's "national leader" Sen. Edward Markey at a Green New Deal town hall Wednseday night. He was joined by U.S. Rep. Katherine…

Health Care

Mayor Walsh says he's open to CVS MinuteClinics in Boston » Boston Business Journal Contrary to his predecessor, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh says he's open to the idea of retail clinics operating in Boston. …

Massachusetts General Hospital notifying 9,900 people of privacy breach involving demographic and genetic information used for research » The Republican Massachusetts General Hospital said Thursday that it is notifying 9,900 people of a privacy breach in which a third party may have accessed data including demographic and genetic information for study…

MGH says nearly 10K patient records exposed in privacy breach » Boston Business Journal Nearly 10,000 patients involved in research studies were affected in an incident that exposed their names, diagnoses, and tests, Massachusetts General Hospital said Thursday.…

Data breaches expose no-teeth regulations » Commonwealth Magazine Massachusetts General Hospital says it is trying to contact 9,900 individuals who were either patients or participants in neurological studies about a third-party privacy breach that occurred in June …

Housing

Opinion: Local Affordable housing growth essential to economic growth across Mass. » Taunton Gazette The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is consistently ranked as one of the best-educated states in the country, with one of the strongest economies, and families and businesses alike see Massachusetts as …

Human Services

South Cove Manor hosts Secretary of Elder Affairs Elizabeth Chen » Sampan South Cove Manor at Quincy Point, a non-profit rehabilitation and care community located in Quincy, welcomed Elizabeth Chen, Secretary, Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA), on August 15 for a sub…

Immigration

Trump’s move halts virtually all asylum cases in New England » Boston Globe The Trump administration is halting the processing of most New England asylum cases, a move that will increase already daunting wait times for asylum-seekers and, critics say, serves as the latest vol…

Local Asylum Seekers Face Longer Wait Times As Boston Immigration Officials Head To Border » WBUR Asylum seekers in the Boston area can expect longer wait times, as local resources are being shifted to the southern border. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services notified local immigration attorn…

Democratic senator and top Trump immigration official argue over asylum claims on Twitter » The Hill Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) feuded with a top Trump administration official on Twitter on Wednesday evening regarding asylum claims being processed at U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) faci…

Letter shows U.S. asylum officers in Newark, N.J., Boston were reassigned to border cases » NBC News Sen. Jeff Merkley says a letter he's obtained means the Trump admin has suspended processing of "virtually all asylum claims" by migrants in the Northeast. …

Sen. Warren Condemns Trump Administration for Suspending Asylum Processing in Boston » GoLocalProv United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is criticizing President Donald Trump’s administration for its decision to suspend asylum processing in Boston. …

Insurance

Senate advances bill to provide health insurance to Hampshire Council of Governments retirees » MassLive The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday advanced a bill to provide health insurance to employees and retirees who today get insurance through the Hampshire Council of Governments.…

Judiciary

Cowboy constables: Massachusetts process servers under fire for aggressive acts » Boston Herald Lawmakers are looking to rein in constables — saying the freelance court officers who traditionally served civil papers are now acting like cops, after a series of alarming incidents that police chi…

Lowell constable raid, tasing incident raises alarm » Boston Herald Well after sundown April 24, multiple constables descended upon a Lower Belvidere apartment looking for Shawn Carmack, who was wanted for violating probation on a domestic violence case.…

Sex Offender Registry Defendant Can Pursue DNA Test To Try To Clear Himself, Massachusetts High Court Rules » New Boston Post A man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman in Fitchburg in 1994 can pursue a DNA test of evidence from the scene to try to prove he didn’t do it, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Cour…

The Justice Department Sent Immigration Judges A White Nationalist Blog Post With Anti-Semitic Attacks » BuzzFeedNews The Justice Department Sent Immigration Judges A White Nationalist Blog Post With Anti-Semitic Attacks …

Legislative

Madaro Honored by Piers Park Sailing Center » East Boston Times-Free Press State Rep. Adrian Madaro, who as a youth learned how to sail in Boston Harbor through the Piers Park Sailing Center’s (PPSC) summer program, was honored by the PPSC board, staff and youth on Monday …

Gay Boston sportscaster Alex Reimer leaves sports for politics » OutSports A mainstay at WEEI for the last few years, Alex Reimer will now be walking the halls of the State House. …

Lobbying

Lobbyist caught up in State Police case is known for her edge on Beacon Hill » Boston Globe To federal authorities, Anne M. Lynch was a willing partner in a complex bribery scheme allegedly intended to benefit herself and the head of a State Police union. To the Massachusetts Movers Associat…

Local Government

Former Abington town employee pleads guilty to groping charges » The Enterprise A former town employee pleaded guilty on Wednesday to sexually assaulting a member of the Board of Health and the board’s secretary, striking a deal with prosecutors that avoids jail time but requir…

Politics

Tiptoeing through the Trump era » Commonwealth Magazine WHILE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER staycations in Gloucester, his former boss clued everyone in on one reason why the popular moderate Republican is sitting out the biggest fight in politics right now.…

Politics is a war of words. And the Republicans are winning » Boston Globe Whoever controls the language gets a big head start in the battle for public opinion. Choosing words carefully is fundamentally important to effective communication. …

The dumbing down of ‘wrongful’ conduct » Boston Globe Wrongful conduct by a public official — how difficult can that be to define?…

Springfield Pastor Accused of 'Crackpot Bigotry' Leaves Mass. To Start Bible College » New England Public Radio Scott Lively — an anti-gay pastor in Springfield, Massachusetts, who tried to unseat Governor Charlie Baker — has announced he's leaving the state to open a bible college.…

John Delaney says he was offered a Guinness when he tried to order iced coffee at a Boston bar » Boston Globe Former Maryland congressman and longshot 2020 Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney apparently had some trouble finding iced coffee in Boston Thursday. Delaney tweeted that he was offered Gui…

A Kennedy-Markey Primary? Massachusetts Is Jolted » New York Times Sitting on a plastic chair in a high school music room, far from the marble corridors of Washington he has prowled for nearly 43 years as a congressman and senator, Edward J. Markey was clearly not lo…

Public Health

Polito talks to teens about domestic, sexual abuse » The Eagle Tribune Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito visited the Lawrence Boys & Girls Club Thursday afternoon to host a roundtable discussion on the RESPECTfully statewide public awareness campaign.…

Massachusetts has "exact right" habit for EEE, vet says » State House News Service On the heels of what the state's public health veterinarian called the "most significant" year for West Nile virus ever in Massachusetts last year, officials this month have confirmed the first two hu…

Boston’s congestion can be hazardous to your health » Commonwealth Magazine WHEN TRAFFIC IS at a standstill – as it is all too often in metro Boston these days – there are big-picture economic and environmental impacts. But congestion can also affect the health of the dri…

Public Safety

Dana Pullman, former state police union head charged in kickback scheme, receiving $5,200 in monthly pension payments » The Republican Dana Pullman, the former Massachusetts State Police union president who is accused of defrauding the organization, gets more than $5,000 in monthly pension benefits.…

Taxation

Leaning on the Land » Governing The Market-Frankford rail line curves past an empty lot in Millbourne, Pa., a piece of land that marks both the rise and fall of the small borough just west of Philadelphia. …

Transportation

Our Opinion: Embattled RMV has its work cut out » Berkshire Eagle Thomas Bowes, the head of the Merit Rating Board of the state Registry of Motor Vehicles, was fired earlier this week in the fallout resulting from the agency's failure to suspend driver's licenses ba…

Massachusetts highways ranked some of the worst in the country » Boston Herald Massachusetts highways ranked among the worst in the country when it comes to overall performance and cost effectiveness, according to a new national study, but Transportation Secretary Stephanie Poll…

Worcester flights to Detroit 'doing very well,' MassPort exec says » Worcester Telegram Delta Airlines’ first three weeks of service to Detroit from Worcester Regional Airport have been averaging about 75% ridership, said a Massachusetts Port Authority executive visiting the airport Th…

Baker administration likes data approach in distracted driving draft » Worcester Telegram Lawmakers have offered few hints about the status of private negotiations on distracted-driving legislation since an "agreement in principle" collapsed last month, but the Baker administration has pos…

Interim chief of Massachusetts RMV’s Merit Rating Board named » Boston Herald A manager from the state’s division of insurance will take over the office responsible for monitoring out-of-state license infractions after the Merit Rating Board director was fired Tuesday.…

Northampton, railroad officials raise safety awareness ahead of stepped-up train service » Gazette Net As a passenger train neared Damon Road on Thursday afternoon, red lights began to flash, a warning alarm sounded, and two gates descended to block off the train tracks as an air whistle blared in the …

State lawmaker reacts to RMV firing head of Merit Rating Board » Western Mass News One day after the RMV announced the firing of Thomas Bowes, Western Mass News received a response from the local legislator who called for him to resign weeks ago.…

6 Transportation Goals Congress Should Be Thinking About » Governing Too often, the debate over transportation funding in Congress revolves around dollars and cents. But many advocates say we should agree on big goals first, so we know what we’re getting for the mone…

Utilities

Attorney General presses feds to wait before approving Pilgrim transfer » Wicked Local Cohasset With federal regulators poised any day now to approve the sale and license transfer of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Attorney General Maura Healey is objecting on behalf of Massachusetts,…

Major milestone is reached as power line through Boston Harbor gets charged up » Boston Globe A botched construction job from three decades ago will finally be fixed when a new power line that stretches across Boston Harbor to the Deer Island sewage treatment plant delivers its first jolt of e…

Second offshore wind bids due Friday, but will anyone bid? » South Coast Today Bids are due Friday for Massachusetts' second offshore wind farm, even as the first, Vineyard Wind, struggles to get federal approval.…

Cape Legislators Back Pilgrim License Transfer Halt » Cape Cod Online Cape Cod’s legislative delegation is backing the Baker-Polito administration and Attorney General Maura Healey’s request to delay the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s approval to transfer the Pil…

Regulators approve nuclear plant transfer over guv, AG protests » State House News Service Despite the objections of Attorney General Maura Healey, the Baker administration and local advocacy groups, federal regulators approved the transfer of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station license to a …

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The Week In Review

Most read bills of the week:

SD2541 - An Act relative to ethics in organ transplants

HD4438 - An Act relative to DCF legislative reporting reform

SB1893 - An Act relative to protecting the taxpayers of the Commonwealth

HB3687 - An Act financing the general governmental infrastructure of the Commonwealth

HD4452 - An Act changing the name of the board of selectmen in the town of Lexington to the select board

HB4012 - An Act relative to children’s health and wellness

HB4002 - An Act authorizing and accelerating transportation investment

HB1943 - An Act establishing a special commission to study the integration of support groups into our healthcare system

SB1885 - An Act relative to the definition of fraud in public construction bid laws

HD4410 - An Act relative to dry needling

House Actions This Week: 46

Senate Actions This Week: 7


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