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Rosenberg likens Trump travel ban to Nazi Germany » Commonwealth Magazine DRAWING LINKS TO Nazi Germany, the president of the Massachusetts Senate condemned the Trump administration's move to bar entry into the country of nationals from seven countries in the Middle East an…

Legal Challenges Mount Against Trump's Travel Ban » New York Times President Trump faced intensifying legal challenges Monday over his decree sharply restricting immigration from the Muslim world, as two Democratic-leaning state signaled they would attack the policy …

Top lawmakers, competition take measure of Gonzalez as Dem launches guv race » WWLP 22 News Sizing up a potential opponent on live radio Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker called Democrat Jay Gonzalez a “good guy.”…

Baker defends a quieter resistance to Trump » Boston Globe The thousands of people who thronged downtown Boston on Sunday had come to protest President Trump's immigration crackdown, but some briefly expressed frustration with the governor as well, chanting, …

Editorial: Why Legislature needs two strong parties and term limits – pay-raise gravy train » Worcester Telegram In their backhanded way, the Democratic leadership and majorities of our state Legislature are making a great case for why Massachusetts needs a strong two-party legislature and term limits too.…

White House aides who wrote Trump's travel ban see it as just the start » Los Angeles Times Even as confusion, internal dissent and widespread condemnation greeted President Trump's travel ban and crackdown on refugees this weekend, senior White House aides say they are are only getting star…

How Obama will take on Trump » Politico Barack Obama and his aides expected to take on President Donald Trump at some point, but they didn't think it would happen this quickly.…

Proposal would expand juvenile justice system above age 18 » WWLP 22 News State lawmakers are looking at changes to the Massachusetts criminal justice system, which could keep teenagers away from adult prisons.…

“Tomorrow, we will be joining in a lawsuit challenging Trump’s immigration order. What he did was unconstitutional & harmful to MA,’’

Attorney General Maura Healey

Speaking about Massachusetts joining a federal lawsuit challenging President Trump's executive order.

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Beltway Politics

Trump Fires Acting Attorney General For Refusing To Defend Immigration Order » WBUR President Trump has fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, concluding she has "betrayed the Department of Justice" by refusing to defend his executive order that imposes a temporary ban on refugee…

White House Says Obama's Order On LGBTQ Rights Will Stay In Effect » WBUR An executive order protecting gays and lesbians who work for federal contractors "will remain intact" at President Trump's direction, the White House says. The move could allay concerns that Trump mig…

Trump Set To Announce Supreme Court Nominee » WBUR President Donald Trump is set to announce his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, fulfilling a promise he made to social conservatives on the campaign trail to name someone like the late Justi…

Trump fires acting AG after she defies order » Boston Globe In an extraordinary series of events, President Trump fired the acting US attorney general Monday night and replaced her with another appointee after she refused to defend his executive order on immig…

Did Trump reveal everything about how he'll govern on 'The Apprentice'? » Boston Globe Want to really know how President Trump feels about something? Keep an eye on his chin — it's a window into his soul.…

Afghanistan Veteran: We Need Massive Protests If Trump Escalates Military Action » WBUR I was just a couple of weeks into my freshman year in high school when planes piloted by al-Qaida hijackers slammed into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. At 14, I lacked the worldliness to fully wrap…

Clash over refugee ban brings firing of Justice Dept. head » Lowell Sun In an extraordinary public showdown, President Donald Trump fired the acting attorney general of the United States after she publicly questioned the constitutionality of his refugee and immigration ba…

As opposition outcry grows, Trump defends immigration order » South Coast Today Defiant in the face of an international backlash, President Donald Trump pressed into his second week in office defending his sweeping immigration ban. Protests persisted at major airports, and concer…

Trump's Supreme Court pick gets personal » Politico President Donald Trump's two finalists for the Supreme Court offer him a choice between a pair of competing personal narratives: an Ivy League pedigree or a blue collar history.…

Spicer Comment on Marathon Sparks Controversy With Massachusetts Lawmakers » NECN In his defense of President Donald Trump's new travel ban, White House Spokesman Sean Spicer mentioned the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday, which sparked some controversy among lawmakers.…

AG Healey: Trump Executive Order On Religious Freedom May Land This Week » New Boston Post Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey told an audience at a town hall-style campaign event Monday night that she has learned President Donald Trump may be planning to sign an executive order tha…

Business

Funding via the crowd is now a reality for businesses » Boston Globe Lee Cooper figured he'd done just about everything right. Only two years after it was founded, Cooper's microbrew company, Hopsters, had surpassed $1 million in annual sales at its small Newton storef…

Trump travel ban dominates meeting of Boston CEOs » Boston Globe A wave of concern gripped top executives of many large American companies Monday, as they reflected on the abrupt nature of the Trump administration's immigration ban and whether it was a harbinger of…

GE adds to the size of its future South Boston campus » Boston Globe General Electric Co., it turns out, had one more deal to make before it could start building a new headquarters in South Boston's Fort Point section.…

Zanni seeks legislators' help in regulating legal pot » Eagle Tribune Mayor Stephen Zanni is enlisting the help of legislators to potentially give Methuen and other municipalities the power to decide whether or not they want recreational marijuana facilities in their co…

Galvin orders LPL brokerage to repay $2.5 million to investors » Boston Globe Massachusetts secretary of state William F. Galvin on Monday ordered Boston brokerage LPL Financial to offer $2.5 million in restitution to retirees and older investors who were sold variable annuitie…

Galvin orders LPL to pay $3.7 million in restitution, fines over unsuitable VA sales » Investment News

Aetna looking for property in Boston, NewsCenter 5 learns » WCVB

Healey, others make business argument against Trump's immigration ban » Boston Business Journal

Healey sues Trump, charges order strikes at 'lifeblood' of Mass. economy » Boston Herald

Civil Rights

Rosenberg Compares Trump Order to Third Reich Policy » New Boston Post Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg on Monday had some harsh words to say about the seven-nation travel ban that President Donald Trump enacted Friday, comparing it to Nazi Germany. …

Stan Rosenberg compares Trump order to Nazi Germany » Boston Herald

Hearing on restraining order on Trump's immigration ban set for Friday » Boston Globe

Environment

“Rattlesnake Island” working group holds first meeting in Athol » WWLP 22 News After several months of delay, a working group finally met for the first time Monday night about the “Rattlesnake Island” proposal. The state is trying to strike a balance between preservi…

Federal

Lawmakers aim to block Hodgson's plan to use inmates on Trump's wall project » The Herald News A Massachusetts sheriff's controversial offer of inmate labor to help with President Donald Trump's plan to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico has encountered pushback in the state Legisla…

Gaming

MGM Springfield casino update, January 2017 (photos, video) » The Republican The first month of 2017 is just about over, the weather has been relatively mild and the MGM Springfield casino project continues to move forward at a blistering pace. Resembling a human beehive, the…

Health Care

Brigham researchers barred from entry under Trump immigration ban » Boston Business Journal Samira Asgari was ready to arrive in Boston on Saturday morning to begin work conducting research on tuberculosis at Brigham and Women's Hospital when she was stopped from boarding her plane.…

Double surgery did not cause man's quadriplegia, jury finds » Boston Globe A Boston jury on Monday found that a spine surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital failed to inform a Westwood financial analyst that he planned to operate on two patients at once, but the jury conc…

Human Services

Making addiction treatment work for inmates » Commonwealth Magazine AS A PHYSICIAN, who treats and supports individuals battling substance abuse, I try to be available when the call for help comes, especially from those involved with the criminal justice system. The …

Labor

Gonzalez backs $15 min. wage, would explore single payer » Worcester Business Journal

Wages, taxes, benefits on agenda for powerful worker coalition » State House News Service

Legislative

Legislative pay raise sets up battle » Lowell Sun $18 MILLION IN PAY HIKES (S 16): House approved, 116-44, Senate approved, 31-9, and Gov. Charlie Baker vetoed an $18 million pay raise package, including hiking the salaries of the two leaders who fil…

Baker urges pay raise opponents to call lawmakers » The Valley Dispatch People opposed to the pay raise bill vetoed on Friday should "make their voices heard" as the House and Senate prepare for override votes this week, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday.…

House Speaker DeLeo Visits Nurtury Learning Lab in Jamaica Plain » Jamaica Plain News On Monday Massachusetts State House Speaker Robert DeLeo visited the Nurtury Learning Lab located in the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments in Jamaica Plain.…

State lawmakers to override Baker's veto on pay raises » WWLP 22 News The Democrat-controlled Legislature will return to the State House this week to override Governor Charlie Baker's veto of controversial pay raises for lawmakers and other public officials.…

Senate prez expects lawmakers to override pay raise veto this week » Boston Herald

Senate moving out by April, moving ahead with major renovation » State House News Service

Local Government

Somerville Plans 'Sanctuary City' Rally Following Executive Order » Peabody Patch In response to last week's executive order pulling federal funding from sanctuary cities, Somerville will hold a rally this weekend in support of its policy. The rally will also celebrate 30 years of…

Opinion

Healey must forge on against NRA lawsuit » Cape Cod Times I write in support of our state attorney general, Maura Healey, for her stance to protect the people of Massachusetts and its laws.…

Seth Moulton is seizing the moment » Boston Globe US REPRESENTATIVE SETH MOULTON knows opportunity when he sees it — and he's seizing it, as he should.…

Cashman: Laid-back style might hurt Charlie Baker in election » Boston Herald If Gov. Charlie Baker wants to hold onto his seat, it's about time he grab a marker, make a sign and attend one of these anti-Trump rallies.…

President Trump's immigration order tests the nation's principles » Boston Globe In that lovely and atmospheric 1973 Oscar award-winning movie about the present and the past, “The Way We Were,” there is a powerful exchange between the two principal characters, Hubbell …

LETTER: State Rep. Lori Ehrlich and pay raise » Wicked Local Swampscott I was so happy to see that our esteemed state representative, Lori Ehrlich and her 114 co-conspirators voted a big, fat pay raise for herself and her cronies on Beacon Hill.…

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Politics

Gonzalez throws his hat in the ring » Commonwealth Magazine ON PAPER, JAY GONZALEZ and Charlie Baker look remarkably alike. Both are policy-minded managers who ran the state budget as secretary of administration and finance. Both went on to serve as CEOs of he…

Tito Jackson: 'This Is the Beginning of the Second American Revolution' » Boston Magazine Mayoral candidate Tito Jackson joined the demonstrators gathered at Logan Airport Saturday night to protest President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel from seven Muslim nations.…

Jay Gonzalez jumps into governor's race, calls for bolder leadership » Boston Globe Saying the state needs a bold leader, Democrat Jay Gonzalez formally launched his bid for governor Monday morning, accusing Governor Charlie Baker of keeping to the sidelines as President Trump's acti…

Public Health

Recover Act aims to aid in process » Lowell Sun People with histories of addiction often struggle to find work once they enter recovery, but a new bill filed by state Sen. Eileen Donoghue of Lowell aims to help them.…

Overdoses spur tribe leaders into action » Cape Cod Times The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has been hit particularly hard by the opioid crisis. Over the past 18 months, the 2,500-member tribe has lost 17 to addiction.…

Public Safety

Boston police boost security around mosques » Boston Globe Some local mosques reviewed security plans while the Boston Police Department posted officers near mosques Monday following a terrorist attack Sunday that left at least six people dead at a Quebec Cit…

AG Healey, 3Point Foundation announce new youth anti-violence program for Boston middle school students » Sampan Attorney General Maura Healey today announced a new innovative partnership with the 3Point Foundation and UMass Boston aimed at preventing and reducing youth gun violence in the state's urban areas. …

State Finance

Gov. Charlie Baker proposes shift in tourism spending, disappointing local tourism councils » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is - again - fighting with regional tourism councils over how much money tourism will get in the annual budget and how that money will be allocated.…

State Government

Mass. Agencies Scramble To Resettle Refugees — But They Move Amid Legal Chaos » WBUR There is widespread confusion and discord around the enforcement of President Trump's travel ban on refugees and people from seven majority-Muslim countries. So much discord that acting U.S. Attorney…

AG Healey 'considering all of our options' in response to Trump order » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey said her office is “considering all of our options” in the wake of President Trump's controversial executive order restricting immigrants from seven Muslim-ma…

Baker elaborates on governing in era of protests » WWLP 22 News A moderate Republican governor who did not support President Donald Trump's candidacy, Gov. Charlie Baker now finds himself having to advocate for his state's needs in Washington while keeping the new…

Boston: Gov. Baker Opposes Religious Tests for Nation's Refugee System » 95.9 WATD A spokesman for the Republican said Saturday that Baker believes focusing on countries' predominant religions won't make the U.S. any safer because terrorists have found a way to strike from all corne…

Healey to join suit by UMass professors against ban » Boston Globe The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is set to become one of the first states to join a federal lawsuit challenging President Trump's executive order temporarily banning immigrants from seven countries a…

Galvin's office wins $3.7M settlement from LPL in fraud case » Boston Business Journal LPL Financial will pay $3.7 million to settle claims from Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin that one of its advisers sold financial products to senior citizens that were unsuitable for that…

Jay Gonzalez running against Baker for gov » Lowell Sun Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is facing his first official Democratic challenger in next year's governor's race. Jay Gonzalez, the former budget chief for former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick, announc…

Outraged callers urge Charlie Baker to nix pay raise for pols » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker said he was flooded with roughly 700 phone calls in one day from residents protesting the Legislature's controversial pay raise package, a sign of public discontent as lawmakers pre…

Baker, Healey To Fight Trump's Executive Order On Immigration » New England Public Radio Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said the state plans to file legal briefs against President Donald Trump's executive order on refugees and immigration.…

AG Healey to join ACLU suit against Trump immigration ban » Boston Business Journal Attorney General Maura Healey is planning to join a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts on behalf of two UMass professors against President Donald Trump's immi…

State's payroll falls — slightly — for first time in years » Boston Globe

Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey: My message to Donald Trump is 'no one is above the law' » The Republican

Transportation

T board wary of expansion proposals » Commonwealth Magazine THE MEMBERS OF THE MBTA'S oversight board indicated on Monday that they are extremely wary of expanding service at a time when so much work remains on improving the quality of existing operations. The…

Despite high scores, T may replace private cleaning vendor » Commonwealth Magazine MBTA OFFICIALS ON MONDAY said they may replace one of their private cleaning contractors as part of a selection process that requires would-be vendors to, wherever possible, maximize the use of full-…

Anxiety, but no problems reported at Logan Monday morning » Boston Globe Hayley Woldseth plans to marry the love of her life, an Iranian national, in Boston, and she had been counting on having her fiancé's mother there.…

Massachusetts state senator urges White House to consider Springfield to Boston HSR line » RT & S State Sen. Eric Lesser (D- 1st Hampden & Hampshire) sent a letter to the White House urging the president to include the high-speed line as a priority following reports that the Massachusetts Bay Tran…

Utilities

Pilgrim critics strategize on eve of NRC meeting » Cape Cod Times Focus on the email. That's the message watchdogs of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station worked to convey during a Monday meeting to prepare for Tuesday's showdown with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.…

Admin charts new course for solar incentives » State House News Service

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

AirBNB taxes, regulation in new House bill » Boston Globe

Mike Case leaves DCR after inquiry said to find pornography on office computer » Berkshire Eagle

Beth Israel, Lahey health systems agree to pursue merger » Boston Globe

Beth Israel, Lahey in advanced merger talks » Boston Business Journal

Trump travel ban sparks backlash in Massachusetts » Wicked Local Medway

Gov. Charlie Baker to 2018 opponent Jay Gonzalez: 'Hop in' the race » The Republican

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker criticizes implementation of President Trump's refugee order » The Republican

Dem gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez: State may need new taxes » Boston Herald

Baker to send Trump 'concerns' about immigration order » Boston Globe

Mayors, Activists Respond To Trump's Sanctuary City Crackdown » WAMC

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Press Releases

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

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