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Must-Reads

Lawmakers take care of themselves » Boston Globe They take care of themselves first, while pretending to care, first, about “the people.” …

Steve Bannon Carries Battles to Another Influential Hub: The Vatican » New York Times Mr. Bannon, a Catholic, has cultivated strategic alliances with those in Rome who share his view that the pope is a dangerously misguided pontiff.…

Short One Vote to Defeat Betsy DeVos, Democrats Refuse to Yield Floor » New York Times Republicans responded by vowing to keep the Senate in session, day and night, until lawmakers confirm Ms. DeVos and three other cabinet nominees.…

Record number of Massachusetts Health Connector signups during 2017 open enrollment » Politico BOSTON — As the Affordable Care Act faces an uncertain future, a record number of Massachusetts residents signed up for the state's public health care option in the most recent enrollment perio…

Andrew Puzder, Trump's Labor Pick, Admits to Hiring Undocumented Maid » New York Times WASHINGTON — Andrew F. Puzder, who as President Trump's pick to head the Labor Department has come under fire for criticizing worker protections, acknowledged on Monday that he had employed an …

How a Fractious Women's Movement Came to Lead the Left » New York Times Feminism brought the opposition together. But how long will that last, and how many converts can it win?…

No, President Trump, negative polls are not 'fake news' » CNN Media President Trump is encouraging his 24 million Twitter followers to ignore accurate polls. …

A federal judge is the latest to scrutinize Thornton Law » Boston Globe A federal judge plans to appoint a special master to investigate whether prominent law firms in Boston and other cities padded their legal bills by millions in a class-action lawsuit against State Str…

Fernandes apologizes for past Facebook posts » Cape Cod Times Facebook posts, some from a decade ago, have surfaced showing the newly elected 27-year-old legislator, a self-proclaimed advocate of social justice, making racist, homophobic, sexist or anti-Native A…

Some calming thoughts on Trump coverage from a #NeverTrump conservative » Media Nation One of the most eloquent conservative voices against President Trump belongs to Tom Nichols, a professor at the Naval War College and at Harvard Extension School. Last May he wrote an epic tweetstorm …

Neil Gorsuch's History at Harvard Isn't Adding Up » Boston Magazine There's something weird about Neil Gorsuch's history at Harvard. One big chunk of it—a part that makes him seem like a really nice guy—isn't adding up. …

“Based on what we’ve seen so far, there’s going to be a really significant role for our offices,” Healey said, singling out Trump’s executive order limiting immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries. “It’s scary when the president acts in a way that is so unconstitutional.”

Attorney General Maura Healey

Speaking about her office and the resistance to President Trump's immigration ban.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Administration urges court to reinstate travel ban » Boston Globe The Justice Department urged a federal appeals court Monday to reinstate President Trump's targeted travel ban, saying that a judge's order blocking it endangered national security and violated the se…

Kerry and Albright join opponents of Trump's travel ban » Boston Globe Fresh challenges to President Trump's immigration order took shape Monday with two former secretaries of state asserting the White House was undermining national security. A slew of civil rights group…

White House says law on prez's side in travel ban fight » Boston Herald A federal appeals court is now considering the Justice Department's vigorous defense of President Trump's order barring U.S. entry to people from seven Muslim-majority countries, urging the court to l…

Constituents Urge US Rep. Lynch To Oppose Trump With True Grit » WGBH As President Trump's policies enrage those on the left, Massachusetts' representatives in Congress are faced with a decision: Should they vocally oppose the president now or organize for opposition la…

Rural America Supported Trump But Will His Policies Support Them? » WBUR Moriah, N.Y., is a tiny, sleepy place on the shore of Lake Champlain. Not so long ago, this was a major industrial port. Iron ore carved out of the hills here was packed onto train cars and barges. Th…

Massachusetts House Democrats plan caucus to talk about President Donald Trump » MassLive Massachusetts House Democrats are planning a caucus this week to talk about what they can do about Republican President Donald Trump.…

Mass. Democrats taking aim at Trump presidency » The Sentinel & Enterprise The Democrat-controlled Massachusetts Legislature is coming to terms with President Donald Trump's presidency, with the Senate last week lashing out against his executive order on immigration and refu…

Trump says media 'doesn't want to report' extremist attacks » WCVB President Donald Trump on Monday accused the media of deliberately minimizing coverage of the threat posed by the Islamic State group, saying news outlets "have their reasons" for not reporting what h…

Business

Travel ban creates anxiety in Boston arts community » Boston Globe Since enrolling in a Boston art school two years ago, Minoo Emami has returned to her native Iran each summer as part of an ongoing project in which she collaborates with local women to explore the ef…

Online prices cheaper than in store? Not so fast » Boston Globe Standing in the checkout line at Walmart waiting to buy a TV or the latest gadget, one might ponder whether it's cheaper to buy the same television from Walmart online.…

Moulton: 'Keep the faith' when it comes to business landscape » The Salem News The day after the New England Patriots' historic Super Bowl LI win, Congressman Seth Moulton urged local business leaders to “keep the faith.”…

Seminar explains success for small business » Lynn Daily News Item It was standing room only at the Enterprise Center at Salem State University on Monday as entrepreneurs packed a conference room hoping to learn how to expand their businesses.…

Aetna talks cool off » Boston Herald Talks between the Connecticut-based Aetna and Bay State officials about a potential move to Boston have slowed in recent months as the insurance giant worked through a merger and a subsequent court ru…

Companies caught in alleged tax scam could recoup penalties » The Salem News State revenue officials are offering to return some or all of the penalties paid by businesses caught up in a Gloucester man's alleged payroll tax scheme, while he remains at home awaiting his next co…

Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank Responds As Trump Takes Aim At Dodd-Frank » WBUR President Trump's plan to rewrite major parts of the Dodd-Frank Act is drawing ire from one of the people who helped create the financial industry regulations: former Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Barney Fr…

State grant focused on keeping cranberries cool » Wareham Week

Merrimack Pharmaceuticals employee arrested, charged with insider trading » Boston Business Journal

Civil Rights

For those from far away, reunions in a city of choice » Boston Globe Negar Jourabchian remembers the exact date she left her home in Iran: Sept. 7, 2013. More than three years ago. That's the last time she got a hug from her mother.…

Education

Who Governs Harvard? The Faculty Or The Bureaucrats? » WGBH A battle between Harvard's growing administration and its Arts and Sciences faculty is in full-swing, with a (likely temporary) truce declared last week. The contest, which might seem to some to be a …

To Build Better Learners, We Must Build Better Schools » WBUR A time traveler from the 19th century would find herself bewildered by our world today. She would marvel at the flying machines shooting across the sky, wonder why so many apples appear on magical han…

Bill seeks to force KP, Foxboro, Seekonk high schools to drop Native American nicknames » The Sun Chronicle

Environment

Lawmakers start to get behind carbon emission bills » Sentinel & Enterprise More than a third of state lawmakers have signed onto legislation that would put a price on carbon emissions as a way to reduce global warming, a sign of growing support on Beacon Hill for a policy th…

Power industry warns of greenhouse gas plan side effect » Worcester Business Journal

Federal

DeLeo shows interest in blocking use of inmates on Trump's wall » Sentinel & Enterprise The Massachusetts House may be able do more than symbolically oppose some of the actions taken by President Donald Trump, House Speaker DeLeo suggested Monday, floating the idea that Democrats on Beac…

Health Care

If Obamacare Is Repealed, Could Mass. Fall Back On State Law? It Wouldn't Be Easy — Or Necessarily Wise » WBUR Kai Vlahos is busy, balancing carpentry jobs with the drawing and painting he loves. So he doesn't keep up with every update from Capitol Hill about efforts to repeal, replace or repair the Affordable…

Massachusetts sees record Obamacare signups on state website » Boston Business Journal Negative press around the Affordable Care Act may have caused enrollment to drop in other states, but Massachusetts saw one of the best years yet.…

Gov. Baker touts 'very positive open enrollment' period for Mass. Health Connector » Berkshire Eagle About 53,000 people who previously did not have insurance coverage enrolled in plans through the Massachusetts Health Connector during an open enrollment period that ended Jan. 31 and more than 65,000…

Gov. Baker Touts Successful Open Enrollment At Health Connector » WAMC

Human Services

Weymouth rep's bill targets puppy-mill industry » Patriot Ledger A bill proposed by state Sen. Patrick O'Connor would ban pet stores in the state from selling dogs and cats from commercial breeders in an effort to curb the sale of animals bred in poor conditions. O…

Insurance

Insurers recommend three-year rollout of ACA changes » South Coast Today Citing "extreme uncertainty" in health care markets due to President Trump's approach to the Affordable Care Act, Massachusetts insurers are advising policymakers to keep three concerns in mind as Con…

Judiciary

Supreme protection for Bay State gov? » Boston Herald The state's highest court is considering whether a sitting governor has limitless protections against defamation lawsuits — an impenetrable privilege that would shield the Corner Office even if…

Is criminal justice reform misfiring? » Commonwealth Magazine This is the era of criminal justice reform. States across the country are reexamining criminal justice policies with an eye toward addressing the ignoble distinction the US holds of claiming astronomi…

New, energy-efficient Franklin County Justice Center opens in Greenfield » The Republican After three years of construction and a decade of planning, a brand-new consolidated trial court facility opened its doors for business Monday in downtown Greenfield.…

DOJ Files Brief In Appeals Court, Defending Trump's Immigration Executive Order » WBUR The Department of Justice has filed a brief with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, responding to a legal challenge to President Trump's executive order on immigration.…

Massachusetts lawmakers to consider raising juvenile court age from 18 to 21 » The Republican Massachusetts lawmakers this session will consider raising the age of offenders sent to juvenile court from 18 to 21.…

Trump's ban hits appeals court as travelers arrive to tears » South Coast Today The fierce battle over President Donald Trump's travel and refugee ban edged up the judicial escalator Monday, headed for a possible final face-off at the Supreme Court. Travelers, temporarily unbound…

Northern Berkshire District Court among three cleared to fill vacant judgeships » Berkshire Eagle

Legislative

DeLeo to detail plans for early ed, will pass on speech to House » State House News Service In a break from tradition, House Speaker Robert DeLeo won't give the time-honored annual address to the House this year, opting instead to lay out some of his key priorities in two separate events ove…

Attleboro state rep pens book on history of Middle East, terrorism » The Sun Chronicle When state Rep. Paul Heroux was a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005, he wrote a 1,200-word criminology analysis on terrorism.…

Senate agrees to more transparency for informal sessions » Wicked Local Sharon

Mirra, Tarr vote against pay raises » Wicked Local Georgetown

Local Government

Brockton is going green: Baker administration makes designation » The Enterprise Brockton was designated as a "Green Community" by the administration of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.…

Janet Rodriguez-Denney resigns as Springfield director of elder affairs » Mass Live Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said Monday that he has accepted the resignation of Springfield Elder Affairs Director Janet Rodriguez Denney.…

Loose ends in Swampscott » Lynn Daily News Item Swampscott's School Committee is scheduled to approve the public school budget on Wednesday even as answers to a number of spending questions remain out of reach to committee members.…

Worcester's downtown renewal plan under review » Worcester Telegram A proposed downtown urban renewal plan could have short-term environmental impacts on the area, such as construction and traffic detours, while long-term impacts should be positive, a consultant told …

State Senate hosts SouthCoast events including New Bedford transpotation forum » South Coast Today The state Senate's "Commonwealth Conversations" tour will come to the SouthCoast Tuesday with events in New Bedford, Taunton and Fall River.…

Opinion

Donald Trump is James Michael Curley in disguise » Boston Globe IN 2002, TWO HARVARD economists, Edward Glaeser and Andrei Shleifer, described what they called “The Curley Effect.''…

Lawmakers take care of themselves » Boston Globe THIS IS WHY people hate politicians. They take care of themselves first, while pretending to care, first, about “the people.”…

Our Opinion: Funding gap at root of last mile slog » Berkshire Eagle The Western Massachusetts broadband effort has traveled a long and winding road over the past seven years, and traversing the last mile has taken on the dimensions of World War I trench warfare in whi…

Voc-tech schools are a Mass. success story » Commonwealth Magazine MASSACHUSETTS VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL high schools are like the person who toils for years, only to be termed an “overnight sensation” when he or she finally achieves recognition. For over a …

Why all the Warren-bashing? » Boston Globe SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN has made plenty of enemies during four years of harpooning the corporate sharks who feed off consumers.…

Word for pay raises is 'reprehensible' (Viewpoint) » The Republican

Politics

Both parties agree: Patriots win was historic » WWLP 22 It is probably one of the only things that both Democrats and Republicans can agree on at the State House: that Tom Brady could very well be the best quarterback in NFL history after Sunday night's Su…

Super Bowl shows ads must tread delicately in today's political minefield » Boston Globe Anheuser-Busch has spent the past week insisting that its Super Bowl ad — in which Budweiser creator Adolphus Busch arrives in the United States to cries of “go back home!” —…

Political divides seep into Patriots euphoria » Boston Globe “I'm not going to go.” Those were the words of Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett shortly after winning a historic Super Bowl game Sunday night as reporters peppered him with questions a…

Trumpian excess has no place in Massachusetts » Boston Globe Beacon Hill legislators want to make sure Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson's harebrained plan to send local inmates down to the border to build President Trump's Mexican wall never materializes. …

Patriots' Martellus Bennett Doesn't Fear Backlash For Skipping White House Trip » WBUR Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett says he is not worried about upsetting team owner Robert Kraft by not attending New England's trip to the White House as Super Bowl champions.…

Hillary Clinton To Deliver Commencement Address At Wellesley, Her Alma Mater » WBUR Almost 50 years after giving the commencement address as a graduating senior, Hillary Clinton will return to her alma mater Wellesley College this spring to again deliver the commencement address at t…

Baker cautious in criticism of Trump's immigration orders » The Eagle Tribune Gov. Charlie Baker is wading into the prickly debate over President Donald Trump's immigration ban, criticizing the restrictions in a letter that Democrats are calling too little, too late. In a lett…

Public Health

Needle exchange mobile unit set to roll out in Taunton » Taunton Gazette A Worcester-based nonprofit is about to embark on a needle exchange program in Taunton.…

Public Safety

House speaker suggests curbing sheriffs' immigration powers » South Coast Today The Massachusetts House may be able do more than symbolically oppose some of the actions taken by President Donald Trump, House Speaker DeLeo suggested Monday, floating the idea that Democrats on Beac…

Boston police did not turn over immigrants to ICE in 2016 » Boston Globe The Boston Police Department refused to detain 15 immigrants they arrested last year so that federal deportation officers could pick them up, based on a city policy that has drawn criticism from Presi…

State Government

Healey joins AGs backing nationwide hold on Trump executive order » Boston Herald Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is among 16 attorneys general from across the country filing a brief supporting Washington and Minnesota in their landmark lawsuit challenging President Tru…

Baker outlines 2017 agenda » Taunton Gazette At mid-point of his four year term, Gov. Charlie Baker told the Herald News and Taunton Daily Gazette editorial boards this week of his approaches and rationale toward vetoing legislative pay raises, …

Baker cautious in criticism of immigration orders » Gloucester Times Gov. Charlie Baker is wading into the prickly debate over President Donald Trump's immigration ban, criticizing the restrictions in a letter that Democrats are calling too little, too late.…

Northbridge selectmen slam DCR over logging project » Worcester Telegram Selectmen blasted the state Department of Conservation and Recreation's oversight of a local forestry project on Monday, but offered constructive advice later in the meeting to a National Park Service…

Charlie Baker Appears to Get Booed at Patriots Parade » Boston Magazine

Transportation

Expanded Push for Self-Driving Cars in Boston? » NBC Boston Less than a month after a Cambridge start-up began testing self-driving cars in Boston, lobbyists are working on autonomous vehicle legislation to expand where you'll see these cars in and around the …

Where will Boston helipad go? The site is still up in the air. » Boston Globe City and state officials are reopening the search for a helipad location in Boston after hearing concerns about their proposal to install one at the pier behind the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion.…

T to jettison parking vendor » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA'S OVERSIGHT BOARD voted to approve a potential 15-year contract with one of the country's biggest parking management companies, ending a troubled relationship with its longtime lot operator t…

T finds demand for late-night » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA MOVED one step closer to restoring late-night bus service after members of the oversight board gave cautious support for subsidies because of surveys showing there would b…

The Man Who Tried To Abolish Tolls Looks Back And Grimaces » WBUR When the tollbooths were recently demolished on the Mass. Pike, I received numerous messages praising me.…

Beacon Hill Shows Early Support for 'Omni-bike' Bill » The Somerville Times Lawmakers at the Massachusetts State House showed strong early support for a massive transportation safety bill that includes several provisions to improve conditions for bicycle riders. As the deadli…

Utilities

Possible sale could speed Pilgrim decommissioning plan » Wicked Local Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station may be sold to a company whose sole focus is the efficient decommissioning of nuclear power plants.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Pay-raise override vote drew lots of attention on the hill » Lowell Sun

Deval Patrick argues for immunity from defamation claim » Boston Globe

State Report Finds Massachusetts Municpalities Face Big Expense For Water, Sewer Repairs » WAMC

Amazon is still on a hiring binge in Massachusetts » Boston Business Journal

Maura Healey joins 15 other AGs calling for blocking travel ban » Milford Daily News

Baker touts state's Health Connector » The Valley Dispatch

MBTA weeding out obstructed bus stops » State House News Service

DeLeo shows interest in blocking use of inmates on Trump's wall project » State House News Service

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