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Must-Reads

Legislative staffers to get raise as state worker layoffs loom » Boston Herald Hundreds of legislative staffers are slated to receive a 6 percent pay hike — at a cost of $1.3 million — in a move that comes as a still-unknown number of state employees are seeking bu…

Donald Trump's Cabinet-in-waiting: What we know so far » Politico The rumor mill is churning out names as Washington watches to see who President-elect Donald Trump will select for to fill his Cabinet. …

Trump's financial plans promise another Great Recession » Boston Globe Apparently, one aspect of American greatness that Donald Trump seeks to recreate is the Great Recession of 2008. He calls for a complete repeal of all the rules that were adopted to govern the financi…

State GOP pounces on Setti Warren » Boston Globe How protective are Massachusetts Republicans of Governor Charlie Baker, who won office two years ago by the slightest margin in 50 years? …

Republicans set to appoint 1st prosecutor in Boston in close to a decade » Boston Globe With Massachusetts set to see its first Republican federal prosecutor in eight years, courthouse observers are wondering who that person will be — and how that person will be selected in a Dona…

For Trump son-in-law and confidant Jared Kushner, a long history of fierce loyalty » The Washington Post Jared Kushner was just an undergrad at Harvard when politicians began receiving big-dollar campaign donations bearing his name. …

Companies Retool Lobbying as Donald Trump's Administration Nears » The Wall Street Journal WASHINGTON—Corporations are scrambling to retool their lobbying efforts as Republicans, preparing for control of the House, Senate and White House come January, hope to break the partisan logja…

Peyser finds ed leadership a blend of facts and friendships » State House News Service The management of the Department of Education, the Department of Higher Education and UMass, and of the Department of Early Education and Care, begins and mostly ends with the commissioners of those d…

How the Trump Campaign Built an Identity Database and Used Facebook Ads to Win the Election » Joel Winston Consumer protection litigator There may be some fake news on Facebook, but the power of the Facebook advertising platform to influence voters is very real. This is the story of how the Trump campaign used data to target African Am…

“Donald Trump ran a campaign where he promised it would not be the establishment running the presidency, and it would be more of a unique presidency, and that’s what I think will take place here,”

Representative Geoff Diehl

Speaking about President-elect Donald Trump.

News By Category
Business

GE, Children's Hospital form medical software venture » Boston Globe Boston Children's Hospital is teaming up with General Electric Co. to produce software that will help doctors more accurately interpret brain scans of young patients.…

Business leaders bullish on Trump's talk of cutting regulations » The Eagle Tribune Massachusetts has been a bastion of opposition to President-elect Donald Trump, with many top political leaders denouncing his talk of repealing the Affordable Care Act, deporting immigrants and gutti…

Uber, Lyft agree to state background checks on drivers » Boston Business Journal

Gas prices continue to drop ahead of holidays » State House News Service

Education

America's richest universities — including Harvard — brace for budget hits as endowments stumble » Boston Business Journal It wasn't the Great Recession, but the early investment returns coming in from America's most prestigious and deep-pocketed colleges indicate that fiscal 2016 will go down as one of the worst performa…

Racial disparity remains in school suspension rates » The Metro West Daily News A year after student suspension rates fell sharply under new statewide disciplinary regulations, the number of Massachusetts pupils suspended from school ticked up slightly in the 2015-16 academic yea…

3,200 students on vocational education wait lists » Boston Globe More than 3,000 students were on wait lists for vocational education programs in Massachusetts last year, evidence of growing demand for the specialized training that can help students find their way …

Environment

How Rhode Island's Offshore Wind Farm Affects Fishermen » WBUR Every month for the past four and a half years, Captain Rodman Sykes has sailed out to the Block Island Sound, off of Rhode Island, with his crew and a small group of scientists. They tow a fish net …

Health Care

Hospitals faulted for failing to report deaths, injuries » Boston Globe Federal regulators have faulted three large Massachusetts hospitals, along with a dozen more nationwide, for failing to properly report patient deaths and injuries that may have been caused by medical…

What happens in Massachusetts if Obamacare is repealed? » Mass Live President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have pledged to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's landmark health care overhaul. …

Rule Change Could Push Hospitals To Tell Patients About Nursing Home Quality » WBUR Hospitals have long been reluctant to share with patients their assessments of which nursing homes are best because of a Medicare requirement that patients' choices can't be restricted. For years, ma…

Three Mass. hospitals cited in FDA patient death study » Lowell Sun Three Massachusetts hospitals are among several nationwide cited by federal regulators for failing to properly report patient deaths and injuries that may have been caused by medical devices. The Bos…

Housing

Why A Third Of Millennials Live At Home » WBUR No more 'empty nest'. A third of millennials now live at home with their parents. We'll look at what's still pushing that trend.…

Human Services

Spoiler Alert: It makes sure nothing goes to waste » Boston Globe In mid-September, the Greater Boston Food Bank received an unexpected bonanza: a donation of 11,000 organic eggs.…

Labor

Employers reward workers who shop around for health care » Boston Globe With a baby on the way in February, Elizabeth Welcome has a long and expensive shopping list: clothes, bottles, a crib, a stroller. But she's not worried about buying diapers.…

Legislative

Area lawmakers in 2010 voted against National Popular Vote Compact for president » The Sun Chronicle A big topic of discussion last week in the Bay State and across the nation was whether the president of the United States should be elected by popular vote or through the current Electoral College sys…

Local Government

THE SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: DiNatale was born Blue, but bleeds Red » WBUR THERE WAS no question who had Fitchburg Mayor Stephen DiNatale's support during Thursday's Thanksgiving Day game football between Fitchburg and Leominster high schools.…

Liquor license cap reform may have local impact » Wicked Local Stoughton For years before Stoughton submitted a Home Rule Petition requesting six new liquor licenses downtown, the town was at its cap for liquor licenses.…

Mayor: Lawrence will be okay if Trump has "coming to Jesus moment" » State House News Service It comes with a huge caveat, but Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera sees a scenario under which his immigrant-rich city will be "all set" with Republican President Donald Trump in the White House. …

Mayor: Health care plan change saves millions » The Eagle Tribune Mayor James Fiorentini said the city has avoided health insurance problem that threatened to cost Haverhill taxpayers millions of dollars and drive up insurance payments for city workers. With Haverh…

Opinion

Pioneer Institute: Weisel let us see history as a vital tool » South Coast Today “Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night…,” wrote Nobel Peace Prize-winning Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel in his memoi…

Robichaud: Republican challengers necessary to drain the Hill » Boston Herald While President-elect Donald Trump is preparing to cut our taxes to spur on the economy, Massachusetts is going in the opposite direction.…

Congress should lift embargo on post-Castro Cuba » Boston Globe FOR MORE THAN half a century, Fidel Castro ruled Cuba under an epic dictatorship that played an outsized role in the politics of the entire region.…

Big innovations require big investment » Boston Globe Of all of the purposes of government, one of the most important but often neglected is to mobilize science and technology to solve critical challenges. …

Analysis: Amid Election Fallout, a Generation Gets Push Forward » Western Mass Politics and Insight The wreckage of this month's national election has had a number of effects across the country.…

I choose not to be offended, and you should, too » Boston Globe OF THE PRAYERS that observant Jews recite each day, the one I appreciate most is offered before going to bed.…

Mitt Romney, the last person you thought you'd feel sorry for » Boston Globe Mitt Romney might be the very last person I thought I'd ever feel sorry for.…

Other

The abiding success of Keno in a casino era » Boston Globe A couple dozen men sat hunched at the bar, elbow to elbow with longtime pals. …

Trump claims, with no evidence, that 'millions of people' voted illegally » Boston Globe President-elect Donald Trump said Sunday, without providing evidence, that he had fallen short in the popular vote in the general election only because millions of people had voted illegally.…

Mark Conti: Mountain bikers applaud state official's effort to listen about trail access at Ware River Watershed » telegram.com After years of pushbacks, repeated rejections and heavy enforcement, mountain bikers seeking access to the singletrack trails in the Ware River Watershed have recently found a state official willing t…

In rare move, Trump aide campaigns openly against Romney » Boston Globe Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump's senior transition adviser, publicly criticized the possibility of Mitt Romney becoming secretary of state on Sunday's television news shows and said he faces a grounds…

Trump advisers hit Mitt » Politico Top advisers to President-elect Donald Trump escalated their attacks on Mitt Romney on Sunday, catapulting their long-simmering frustrations on to TV news in an extraordinary public airing of grievanc…

What Today's Democrats Can Learn From Tip O'Neill's Reagan Strategy » Politico America has experienced another election like this one. In November 1980, another orange-haired émigré from the entertainment world—another Republican candidate detested by liberals as di…

Harvard classmates barely recognize the Bannon of today » Boston Globe From the very first day, Steve Bannon made an impression.…

Boston's Cuban community celebrates death of 'a criminal, an assassin' » Boston Herald For the past 20 years, Nobel Garcia has kept on the shelf a bottle of sparkling apple juice with a skeleton attached to it and a label that says “solo abrir cuando muera Fidel” — wh…

Trump Has Options for Undoing Obama's Climate Legacy » New York Times President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to dismantle many of the signature policies put in place by the Obama administration to fight the effects of climate change.…

Republicans Divided Between Romney and Giuliani for Secretary of State » New York Times Rival factions of Republicans are locked in an increasingly caustic and public battle to influence President-elect Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state, leaving a prominent hole in an otherwis…

Betsy DeVos and the Wrong Way to Fix Schools » New York Times President-elect Donald Trump's selection of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education has sent shock waves through the educational establishment.…

As holidays approach, firms fight back against porch piracy » Boston Globe The thief who plucked the package from Kate Brozek's front porch in Jamaica Plain did not exactly win the lottery.…

Warren in the mix for Judiciary Committee seat » Boston Globe Capitol Hill is abuzz with speculation that Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren will pursue a new high-profile Senate committee assignment as she seeks to reach beyond being Washington's chief Wall…

Idea to use drones raises privacy concerns » South Coast Today Councilor Brian Gomes has initiated a proposal to deploy drones over high-crime neighborhoods, a plan that raises serious privacy concerns with the ACLU of Massachusetts.…

Solar farm takes root on former Worcester landfill » telegram.com If not for vents sticking out of the ground in random places on the big long hill off Greenwood Street, it would be hard to tell you were standing atop the city's long-dormant - and capped - landfill.…

There may be no worse place for mentally ill people to receive treatment than prison » Boston Globe Nick Lynch hesitated at the prison door, pausing on the threshold as he stood between two worlds. Muscled and tattooed, 26 years old, he blinked at the brightness of the sun, the springtime colors.…

Trump summons a monster he can't control » Boston Globe AS DONALD TRUMP scrounged for votes in this nation's shadiest corners, his rhetoric about making America strong and respected was a direct appeal to white men.…

No place in Mass. for prisoners of poverty » Boston Globe FOR THE DEFINITION of a vicious cycle, look no further than a recent Globe story describing the criminal justice system's practice of assessing “fine time” — that is, incarcerating …

Trump provides no proof to back up claim of voter fraud in N.H. » Boston Globe President-elect Donald Trump attempted on Sunday to call into question election results in New Hampshire, claiming — but offering no evidence — that there had been voter fraud in the swi…

America hasn't changed overnight » Boston Globe JEFF JACOBY misses the meaning of Michael Moore's admonition to repeat, “Hillary Clinton won the popular vote!” …

Electoral College is a failed relic of the past » Boston Globe THE ELECTORAL College was a bad idea when it was created, and it is a worse idea now.…

Mass. lawmakers decry loud JetBlue landings at Logan » Boston Globe Members of Massachusetts' Congressional delegation are asking JetBlue to retrofit its older aircraft with noise-reducing equipment to make their descent into Logan International Airport less disruptiv…

Clinton Campaign Says It Will Participate In Recount Efforts » WGBH News Hillary Clinton's campaign said Saturday it will participate in the recount efforts in Wisconsin spearheaded by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.…

You call this a representative democracy? » Boston Globe JEFF JACOBY'S attempt to defend the Electoral College was essentially just a defense of tradition.…

Boston police set to buy social media monitoring software » Boston Globe The Boston Police Department is on the verge of buying new software that will scan social media and the Internet for criminal activity and threats to public safety — a step that civil liberties…

Developer concedes ground in Seaport waterfront battle » Boston Globe The developers of a controversial condo tower in the Seaport District are offering to change the building and add more public amenities in their bid to win the blessing of state environmental regulato…

Trump Makes Unfounded Claim That 'Millions' Voted Illegally For Clinton » WBUR President-elect Donald Trump won a convincing electoral vote victory on Nov. 8, but he is claiming falsely that widespread voter fraud cost him the popular vote. The latest totals show Hillary Clint…

Politics

Democrats making plans to target Mass. gov in next election » WCVB Massachusetts Democrats didn't wait for the dust to settle from a tumultuous national election before pivoting toward the state election two years hence, when the party's top priorities will include r…

Possible Democratic candidate for governor faces funding gap » Boston Herald If Newton Mayor Setti Warren plans on challenging Gov. Charlie Baker in 2018, he'll be facing a daunting fundraising gap.…

Denials aside, Maura Healey could make governor run » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey — wrapping up her biggest fundraising month this year — is making the right moves with unorthodox, attention-getting actions to position herself for a run a…

Third party support up sharply in Mass. in 2016 presidential election » WCVB

Public Health

Massachusetts foster care system is looking for new options as opioid epidemic increases children in system » The Sun Chronicle Children, as young as newborns, are quickly becoming what some are calling the "invisible victims" of the opioid epidemic. As the …

Public Safety

Civil rights leaders fear BPD's social media tracking will target blacks » Boston Herald Civil rights groups say they want answers from Boston police on how the department will use its $1.4 million social media tracking system — citing fears that it will broadly target young blacks…

Federal nuclear inspectors returning to Pilgrim plant » The Berkshire Eagle Federal regulators are returning to Massachusetts' only nuclear power plant for three weeks of inspections. A team of about 20 inspectors from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission arrive Monday at the …

State Government

Massachusetts reports 75 percent voter turnout in 2016 election » The Sun Chronicle

Elizabeth Dewar named state solicitor » State House News Service

Transportation

Service worsens on MBTA's line to Worcester and Framingham » Boston Globe The numbers back up your complaints, Worcester/Framingham train riders: Your service has been particularly bad lately.…

Zipcar founder Robin Chase on upending the status quo » Commonwealth Magazine The accelerating changes in transportation have disrupted established services and brought choices and challenges to consumers, companies, government, and advocates. And there's a growing awareness of…

Red Line service falters as MBTA readies for winter's arrival » State House News Service

Utilities

Major Pilgrim inspection will examine nuke plant's response to deficiencies » State House News Service

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 11/28

Birthdays: Rep. Louis Kafka

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Tuesday - 11/29

8:30am The Role of Health Care in the 2016 Election and Expectations for the Trump Administration, Omni Parker House, 60 School Street

12:00pm 1199 SEIU / Fight for $15 Rally, Great Hall

12:00pm State Library Author Talk with J.L. Bell, State Library, Room 341

2:00pm Mass. Gold Star Family Tree Dedication, Memorial Hall

5:00pm Rep. Dan Ryan's Downtown Fundraising Reception

5:00pm State House Christmas Tree Lighting, Second Floor

Wednesday - 11/30

Birthdays: Senator Michael Rush

4:00pm Mass. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education Hearing on Proposed Charter Schools, Plymouth Public Library Otto Fehlow Meeting Room 132 South St.

Thursday - 12/1

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:00pm World AIDS Day, Great Hall

2:00pm Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

4:00pm Mass. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education Hearing on Proposed Charter Schools, Westfield State University Loughman Living Room in Scanlon Hall 577 Western Ave. Westfield

6:00pm Consulate General of Japan Emperor's Birthday Reception, Second Floor

Friday - 12/2

8:00am Common Cents, Great Hall


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