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Must-Reads

From enemies to potential allies: How the Trump-Romney divide began to heal » The Washington Post Shortly after Donald Trump won the presidential election, one of Mitt Romney's closest friends sent him an urgent plea over email: Move past the campaign hostility and, for the “best interests o…

Warren splits with party, Mass. interests over drug bill » Boston Globe WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren launched an all-out assault this week on a sweeping $6.3 billion bill aimed at boosting medical innovation, claiming the legislation, after two years of bi…

Renewed Calls For A Statewide Soda Tax » WBUR We're talking taxes, specifically, a soda tax. Several cities and metropolitan areas have already passed a tax on soda — proponents say studies show that the tax deters people from buying the s…

Congressional Black Caucus Furious With Pelosi Over Proposed Leadership Changes » BuzzFeed Members and former CBC staffers say that changes Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is proposing will diminish the role of Rep. Jim Clyburn, a highly respected member of the Democratic caucus. Some member…

Eyeing the Trump Voter, 'Fight for $15' Widens Its Focus » New York Times Beyond the urban working poor, the effort is aiming at those frustrated by an economy no longer producing middle-class jobs they or their parents once held. …

Polito on min wage: go to $11 "and then follow it from there" » State House News Service Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on Tuesday did not rule out supporting a $15 an hour statewide minimum wage, but said she wants to first see how employers handle the next scheduled minimum wage increase to $11.…

How Trump's health picks could affect Mass. » Boston Globe President-elect Donald Trump named his top health care team Tuesday, making picks that signal a strong, rightward ideological shift in powerful agencies that manage a vitally important swath of Americ…

Bernie Sanders on Donald Trump's Victory, Identity Politics, and the Failures of the Democratic Party » GQ His improbable run for the presidency sharpened Hillary Clinton and awakened a new generation of voters, but has Bernie Sanders got what it takes now to turn his moment into a movement?…

‘‘What I've seen through these discussions I've had with President-elect Trump, as well as what we've seen in his speech the night of his victory, as well as the people he’s selected as part of his transition, all of those things combined give me increasing hope that President-elect Trump is the very man who can lead us to that better future,’’

Mitt Romney

Speaking after his meeting with President-elect Donald Trump.

News By Category
Business

Will Eataly take a bite out of Boston's food scene? » Boston Globe The long-awaited opening Tuesday of Eataly in the Prudential Center was met with a mix of excitement and trepidation among the city's food community, as local food purveyors steeled themselves for the…

AG Maura Healey: Only 41 cents of every $1 raised by professional fundraisers goes to charity » The Republican Only 41 cents of every dollar raised by professional charitable solicitors ever makes its way to the charity, according to a new report by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.…

Ex-CEO says aides 'pushed' IndyCar race ticket sales » Boston Herald The former CEO of the Grand Prix of Boston claims in new court documents that top aides to Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker “pushed” him to start selling tickets to the planned…

Wells Fargo shamed by Elizabeth Warren for forcing customers into arbitration over fake accounts scandal » Boston Business Journal Wells Fargo is in hot water with Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren again, after she publicized a policy that the bank has which forces customers who had fake accounts opened in their names to go thr…

Two Plot a Neon 'Welcome' Sign for Boston in the Heart of San Francisco » BostInno Has Silicon Valley's tech industry begun to reach the top of its adoption curve? A report by Valley boosters this year found that for the first time, residents are starting to leave the region faster …

Fenway CDC eyes freeze on college plans » Boston Herald Fenway residents want Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Planning & Development Agency to slow down university development in their neighborhood, demanding more coordinated long-term planning and sa…

Civil Rights

Transgender community gets free legal aid with name-change paperwork » Boston Globe

Education

Mass. Senate President to meet with Hampshire College about flag controversy » WWLP 22 Hampshire College is under intense national scrutiny after the school decided to take down the American flag in the center of campus.…

More flag-waving rallies planned at Hampshire College to protest decision not to fly flag » The Republican Connecticut veteran Micah Welintukonis is leading another rally this week at Hampshire College to protest the school's decision to not fly the American flag on the flagpole at the center of campus.…

Two UMass professors named to list of 'radicals' » Gazette Net A professor emeritus of economics at the University of Massachusetts and a UMass professor of communications are among nearly 200 professors who represent a threat to academic freedom and are trying t…

State ed officials defer to locals on Boston school closing » State House News Service Parents, community members and public education advocates on Tuesday urged state education officials to intervene in the city of Boston's plan to close the Mattahunt Elementary School, a move Board of…

Environment

State Announces $3.9 Million in Grants for Land Protection Projects » Cape Cod Online The state has announced more than $3.9 million in grant awards to 13 communities to protect over 900 acres of land through the local acquisitions through the Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (…

Health Care

A year later, state's digital health initiative takes more concrete shape » Boston Business Journal In January, elected officials and stakeholders unveiled a vision for the future: expand Massachusetts' role in the digital health sector.…

State orders nursing homes to stock Narcan, better train staff » Boston Globe Massachusetts regulators are ordering nursing homes to begin stocking the overdose-reversing drug naloxone and to make sure that staff members are trained to care for residents battling addictions, fu…

Massachusetts urged to prepare for repeal of Obamacare » The Herald News Massachusetts must prepare for the possibility that Congress could wipe away the Affordable Care Act and leave the issue of health insurance legislation to the states, a central tenet of President-ele…

Fighting for a $15 minimum wage » Commonwealth Magazine IN 2014, a coalition of community, faith, and labor organizations called Raise Up Massachusetts led the campaign to raise the state's minimum wage, which was then just $8 an hour. With the minimum wag…

Trump's Pick For Health Secretary Generates Some Anxiety In Mass. » Commonwealth Magazine There may not be a Donald Trump Cabinet pick who would touch more lives than U.S. Rep. Tom Price, a Georgia Republican who was nominated Tuesday as U.S. health and human services secretary.…

Women Could Pay More Than Men For Health Care Under Trump » WBUR Some women have been worried that they will lose insurance coverage for contraception under the Trump administration, but coverage for other women's health benefits could also be at risk.…

House leader not sensing groundswell for health care rate setting » State House News Service The need for a solution to unwitting patients getting billed exorbitantly for out-of-network health care sparked a moment of consensus on Tuesday for members of a commission studying pricing who are o…

Housing

Real estate poised for another strong year » Boston Globe Home sales in Massachusetts dipped slightly in October, but that is proving to be an outlier for 2016, which is poised to record another strong year of higher sales and ever-higher real estate prices.…

Judiciary

Texas judge known for his 'folksy manner' » Boston Herald The Texas judge who is calling for Attorney General Maura Healey to personally appear in his federal courtroom is a Bush appointee and longtime jurist who was once highlighted for his “folksy ma…

Rehoboth resident among Baker's Bristol County court nominations » Taunton Gazette

Labor

Attleboro area business leaders, legislators say minimum wage hike unlikely » The Sun Chronicle A state senator was among almost three-dozen people arrested Tuesday during a demonstration in Cambridge in support of a $15-per-hour minimum wage.…

Group Begins Push For $15 Minimum Wage In Mass. » Commonwealth Magazine A coalition that advocated for the successful raising of the state minimum wage in 2014 is calling for another hike in the pay floor. On Tuesday, the union-affiliated group Raise Up Massachusetts beg…

Sen. Eldridge among dozens arrested at minimum-wage protest » Nashoba Publishing Cambridge police arrested a state senator at a protest outside a McDonald's restaurant early Tuesday morning, according to the senator's office, which said he was the only elected official among the 3…

Legislative

Crighton to take on 'The American Dream' » Lynn Daily News Item State Rep. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn) is this week's guest on “The American Dream” where he will discuss the Massachusetts House of Representatives with host and local attorney James J. Car…

State Rep. John Velis adds voice to Fox News: flag removal at Hampshire College an 'absolute disgrace' » The Republican State Rep. John Velis, a veteran who served in Afghanistan, told a Fox News audience on Tuesday that the removal of an American flag at Hampshire College is an "absolute disgrace."…

Jamie Eldridge Arrested While Protesting for $15 Minimum Wage in Cambridge » Boston Magazine State Sen. Jamie Eldridge was one of three dozen protestors arrested by Cambridge police in Central Square early Tuesday morning.…

Rules accord struck between Speaker and Senate prez » State House News Service

Local Government

Mayor to speak with college president over US flag decision » Sentinel & Enterprise The mayor of a Massachusetts city will speak this week with the president of a college that decided to stop flying U.S. flags after students allegedly burned a flag in protest of Donald Trump's presi…

Springfield mayor to speak with Hampshire College president Thursday as flag controversy rages on » The Republican Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno will speak with Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash this week to try to resolve the school's ongoing U.S. flag controversy. Sarno and Lash will speak by phone at…

Salem council to consider 'sanctuary' ordinance » The Salem News A proposed city ordinance looks to ensure that city employees do not take on a role in federal immigration enforcement.…

With marijuana legalization coming in Massachusetts, Hampshire County town plans special committee to address impact » The Republican Selectmen at their meeting Monday said they plan to appoint a special seven-person committee to figure out how to address marijuana legalization in the town come Dec. 15, when the new law takes effect…

Communities save estimated $186K through state bulk buying program for anti-overdose drug Narcan » The Republican More than 80 cities and towns have saved an estimated $186,000 by taking advantage of a state program for bulk buying the anti-overdose drug naloxone, according to a report by the Massachusetts Depart…

City will weather Trump removal of funds, officials say, but racial ugliness is growing » Cambridge Day The city will lose approximately $14 million in direct costs out of its $575 million budget if President-elect Donald Trump follows through on a threat to strip sanctuary cities of federal funds, City…

Opinion

Obama should make George W. Bush his role model » Boston Globe In the months and years ahead, tens of millions of Americans will have strong feelings about Donald Trump's presidency, and most won't hesitate to express their views. …

Don't rip up the Iran deal, enforce it » Boston Globe CANDIDATE DONALD Trump campaigned on the promise that he would rip up the Iran nuclear deal. But now that he is president-elect, he should look hard at the realistic options to keep Iran from ever dev…

Guest Opinion: Pursuit of progressive environmental agenda needs to continue » Taunton Gazette As we're deep into the presidential transition, it's time for many to let go of denial and anger and accept the reality of a Donald Trump White House come Jan. 20.…

Editorial: Councilors play nanny » Boston Herald

Other

Warren splits with party, Mass. interests over drug bill » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren launched an all-out assault this week on a sweeping $6.3 billion bill aimed at boosting medical innovation, claiming the legislation, after two years of bipartisan effort, has…

Donald Trump to leave his business to focus on presidency » Boston Globe President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that he's leaving his business empire to focus on being the nation's 45th president, bowing to pressure to avoid potential conflicts of interest between gov…

Romney Changes His Tune On Trump As President-Elect Weighs State Dept. Pick » Commonwealth Magazine President-elect Donald Trump and 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney continued their awkward reconciliation on Tuesday, dining together as Trump weighs whether to pick one of his onetime fierces…

Advocates Worry Trump Will Go Back On Nation's Decades-Long Commitment To Refugee Resettlement » Commonwealth Magazine President-elect Donald Trump hasn't elaborated much on his vision for immigration policy, beyond what he laid out during the campaign. But enough has been said that many believe he will limit the numb…

Moulton Backs Ohio Congressman's Bid To Lead House Democrats » Commonwealth Magazine Rep. Seth Moulton announced Tuesday that he is supporting Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan's effort to unseat Nancy Pelosi as the Democratic leader in the House. Moulton re…

Quincy officials, donors keep the faith in Asian nonprofit » Wicked Local Quincy The letter – endorsed by 18 former Quincy Asian Resources Inc. board members, donors and volunteers – was sent to the nonprofit's current board of directors earlier this month. Citing no…

Dartmouth gets $400K for land protection » South Coast Today According to a news release from the Baker-Polito Administration, the Town of Dartmouth will get $400,000 for the Ocean View Farm property, acquiring 60 acres along the Allens Pond Estuary. This proje…

Moulton supports Ryan's challenge to Pelosi's leadership post » Eagle Tribune Saying there needs to be a change to the status quo of Democratic leadership, 6th District Congressman Seth Moulton, D-Salem, on Tuesday endorsed Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan for Democratic Leader of the…

Reckoning for Pelosi as House Dems vote for leader » Sentinel & Enterprise Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi faces a challenge to her job as frustrated House Democrats meet to select a new slate of leaders. Pelosi is likely to be re-elected easily Wednesday despite disenchantmen…

Bannon won't be attending Harvard event after all » Boston Globe Steve Bannon, President-elect Donald Trump's controversial choice for chief White House strategist, will not attend a conference at Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics this week, school off…

House Dems brace for Wednesday's secret ballot » The Hill House Democrats return to Washington on Tuesday grappling over the best course for the party's future.…

Second Mass. congressman abandons Pelosi » Boston Globe Representative Seth Moulton, in a sign of growing discontent with the direction of the Democratic Party, on Tuesday became the second member of Massachusetts' congressional delegation to throw his sup…

Kennedy bill passes Senate, protecting consumers who post online reviews of goods, services » The Sun Chronicle Got a complaint about a business? It's OK to go to Yelp, TripAdvisor, Glassdoor or other websites - and not get in trouble for it. U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, a Democrat who represents the Attleboro…

Trump summons Romney for 2nd look as staffers squabble » WCVB Donald Trump's hunt for a secretary of state is veering into dramatic terrain, with the president-elect summoning Mitt Romney back for a second look as a top aide leads a public pressure campaign agai…

From enemies to potential allies: How the Trump-Romney divide began to heal » The Washington Post Shortly after Donald Trump won the presidential election, one of Mitt Romney's closest friends sent him an urgent plea over email: Move past the campaign hostility and, for the “best interests o…

Warren: Trump's Treasury pick 'the Forrest Gump of the financial crisis' » Politico Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Tuesday night that President-elect Donald Trump's expected pick to run the Treasury Department "is the Forrest Gump of the financial crisis.”…

Politics

Raise Up seeks more from millionaires » Boston Globe They've helped raise the minimum wage. They passed a ballot initiative giving employees up to 40 hours of sick time per year.…

Boston's presidential election numbers » Commonwealth Magazine NATIONWIDE, THE STORY over the past couple of weeks has been how Donald Trump outmaneuvered Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Back here in Boston the converse was true: Hillary Clinto…

Hedge fund could lose millions for campaign violation » Commonwealth Magazine A $500 CAMPAIGN donation to a family friend running for Massachusetts governor could potentially cost a New York hedge fund millions of dollars in its management fees of investments from the state's p…

Third candidate for Lawrence mayor may enter race » Eagle Tribune The list of candidates for mayor may grow to three Dec. 9 when a group that includes City Councilors Modesto Maldonado and Brian De Pena and former mayoral candidate Pedro Payano said they will introd…

STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP -- A full plate of Thanksgiving news » The Enterprise Thanksgiving, for many, is about family, food and football. Add politics to the menu and you a get a potentially combustible meal. …

Public Health

Progress in slowing HIV's spread endangered by opioid epidemic » Boston Globe The nation's progress in slowing the spread of HIV among people who inject drugs is in jeopardy as heroin use expands across the country and preventive services fall short, a top federal official said…

Ex-workers cite Attleboro uranium plant radiation for illness, death » Boston Globe More than two dozen former employees of a shuttered Texas Instruments Inc. plant in Attleboro that fabricated uranium fuel for nuclear reactors have sued the Dallas company in federal court, saying it…

After Soda Tax Proposals Pass Elsewhere, Issue To Be Raised Again In Mass. » WBUR

Public Safety

State honors Fitchburg firefighters for heroism at deadly fire » Worcester Telegram Gov. Charles D Baker Jr. and a host of state officials lauded firefighters from across the state Tuesday in a ceremony at Mechanics Hall recognizing acts of bravery.…

Date is set for Uber driver checks » Lowell Sun Drivers for the ride-hail services Uber and Lyft will need to pass a state background check by April 3, according to the Baker administration.…

2 from Cape honored with state firefighting awards » Cape Cod Times Hyannis firefighter Barry Pina received the Norman Knight Award for Excellence in Community Service on Tuesday at the 27th annual Firefighter of the Year awards ceremony in Worcester.…

Marijuana-impaired driving case speaks to need for 'urgent' drug law, DA says » Metro The Suffolk County district attorney is calling for lawmakers to address marijuana-impaired driving following a fatal car accident last summer in which high levels of the drug was found in the driver'…

Commissioner Evans Defends Social Media Monitoring: “We're Not Going To Snoop On Anybody” » WGBH News Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans defended the use of a social-media-monitoring program proposed for use in December by the Boston Police.…

Bill seeks to change when Halloween is celebrated » Lowell Sun Americans mark holidays based on the day of the month - Veterans Day, New Year's Day and Valentine's Day - or by assigning it a specific day of the week at a certain point in the month - Election Day,…

DA: Pot-impaired driving law needed » Nashoba Publishing he Suffolk County district attorney is urging lawmakers to quickly address the issue of marijuana-impaired driving after a Swampscott man was arraigned on charges of killing two travelers from Texas w…

Evans: Nothing 'nefarious' with online tracking » Boston Herald Boston police Commissioner William B. Evans insists the $1.4 million social media monitoring technology his department is considering is “nothing sinister” and won't invade people's privac…

State Finance

Mass. treasury boosts short-term borrowing level to $1.5 billion » State House News Service Massachusetts Treasury officials have jacked up their annual short-term borrowing by $300 million, a move intended to facilitate bill-paying and smooth out the volatility in state revenue collections.…

State Government

The Gold Star 'no family ever wants' » Boston Herald Russell Currier sat alone in the front row, watching Gold Star families place pictures of lost military heroes on a towering Christmas tree in the State House's Memorial Hall.…

Gov. Baker heading to DC to discuss transportation, military » WWLP 22 Gov. Charlie Baker is heading to Washington, D.C. to discuss transportation and military issues.…

Maura Healey threatens to sue Donald Trump » Boston Globe In a new fundraising appeal, Attorney General Maura Healey is promising to take President-elect Donald Trump to court.…

AG Maura Healey says she'll sue Trump to protect state if needed » Boston Herald Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is telling supporters she's willing to sue Republican President-elect Donald Trump if that's what's needed to protect the state.…

High price tag for defense of AG in suit by Exxon Mobil » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey's office has shelled out $44,000 and counting to a high-powered Texas law firm a judge dubbed the “most expensive” in the Dallas area as she fights an order t…

Lawmakers and state officials signal possible delays to legal pot, retail stores » The Republican

Transportation

Commuter Rail proposal for daily Gillette Stadium service draws concerns » My Fox Boston A controversial effort to bring regular Commuter Rail service to Gillette Stadium seems to have new life.…

Planners seek solutions to wrong-way driving » Cape Cod Times A collision with a wrong-way driver on Route 495 early Thanksgiving morning left Tayler McBarron with broken bones, severe bruises and terrifying memories.…

Beset by delays, Worcester commuter rail line gets new attention from Keolis » Worcester Telegram Commuter rail operator Keolis has formed an internal Worcester Line Rapid Action Group to improve performance on the Worcester line, where only 61 percent of trains were on time during a recent 30-day…

Baker-Polito Administration reaches agreement with Transportation Network Companies to begin implementation of nation's most comprehensive state background checks » Sampan

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 6 to 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more as needed to thicken sauce
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or other vegetable oil
  • 1 3-1/2- to 4-1/2-pound boneless pork shoulder (pork butt or Boston butt), excess fat removed
  • 1 pound whole pearl onions (frozen and thawed or fresh)
  • 10 ounces sliced button (white) mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 cups hard cider, preferably local
  • 1-1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 large apples, any variety, skin on, cored and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • Garnish: fresh thyme sprigs

Directions

In a shallow bowl, stir together 3 tablespoons of flour, 2 tablespoons of salt, and the pepper. Roll the pork shoulder in the flour mixture to coat; then shake off any excess.

Preheat your oven to 325° and set a rack to the middle position. On the stovetop, set a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the oil and let it heat for a minute; then add the pork. Brown the meat all over, 3 to 4 minutes per side, adjusting the heat as needed to keep the flour from burning. Remove the pork and all but 3 tablespoons of fat from the pot. Set the pork aside and discard the excess fat.

Add the onions to the pot and increase the heat to high. Cook, stirring often, until browned in parts, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove half the onions with a slotted spoon and set them aside. Add the mushrooms to the remaining onions and cook, stirring often, until the mushrooms are nicely browned and have visibly shrunk, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the allspice and thyme and stir; then add the cider, stirring the bottom of the pot to pick up any browned bits. Add the chicken broth, and then return the pork to the pot. Bring the liquid to a simmer; then cover the pot and transfer it to the preheated oven. Cook 2 hours; then remove from the oven.

Add the apples and reserved onions to the pot, stir, and return to the oven. Cook 30 minutes more. The pork should now be very tender when poked with a fork; if not, cook 15 minutes more. Remove the pork from the pot, transfer to a carving board, and tent with foil. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the apples and onions to your serving bowl.

If you like, thicken the sauce: Pour about cup of it into a small bowl and whisk in 2 tablespoons of flour until smooth; then stir it back into the pot and simmer until the rest of the sauce thickens. Check the seasoning and add more salt if needed.

Slice or shred the pork as you prefer; then transfer to your serving bowl with the onions and apples. Pour the sauce over all, garnish with additional fresh thyme, and serve over polenta, noodles, mashed potatoes, spaetzle, or couscous. 



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