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9:00am Mass. Coalition for the Homeless Legislative Action Day, Great Hall

10:00am Mass. Home Care Budget Lobby Day, Nurses Hall

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Birthdays: Senator Eric Lesser

Must-Reads

Trump Embraces 'Enemy of the People,' a Phrase With a Fraught History » New York Times It is unclear if the president is aware of the historic resonance of the label, but his use of it has left some historians scratching their heads.…

A divided White House still offers little guidance on replacing Obamacare » Washington Post A meeting Friday afternoon between President Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, his former rival in the GOP primaries, had no set agenda. But Kasich came armed with one anyway: his hope to blunt drastic…

The DNC isn't enough: Democrats demand more leadership changes » Politico Now that the party has a new chairman, restless activists are turning their focus toward the Capitol Hill leadership team. …

Healey raises cash with anti-Trump stands » Eagle Tribune Healey raises cash with anti-Trump stands …

MBTA leads nation in derailments » Boston Globe Eight Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority vehicles derailed in 2016, the nation's highest overall figure and the second consecutive year the transit agency has had among the most light-rail der…

Man who says he invented e-mail enters Republican race to take on Warren next year » Universal Hub V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai of Cambridge, who sues Web sites for disputing his claim that he invented e-mail as a 14-year-old, announced at a right-wing gathering in Washington yesterday that he will run aga…

Bay State seniors struggle to get by » Boston Herald More than half of Bay State seniors are struggling to pay for housing, food and health care as the cost of living in Massachusetts continues to surge, a troubling trend that has elder advocates callin…

“It doesn’t represent the people, it never will represent the people, and we’re going to do something about it,” Trump said about the media.“Many of these groups are part of large media corporations that have their own agenda.’’

President Donald Trump

Speaking about the media at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump to ask for major cuts to EPA, increased spending for military » Boston Globe President Trump will instruct federal agencies on Monday to assemble a budget for the coming fiscal year that includes sharp increases in Defense Department spending and drastic enough cuts to domesti…

Protesters compare Trump administration to Watergate era » Boston Globe “What did the president know, and when did he know it?” The quote by former senator Howard Baker during the Watergate investigation was written on signs, chanted by protesters, and served …

National Democrats want Charlie » New Boston Post Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican and sometime critic of President Donald Trump, may be seen by some Democratic governors as a potential ally in the political struggles with a GOP-con…

Here's What To Watch For When Trump Addresses Congress » WBUR Tuesday night, President Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time. After a chaotic first month, it will be a chance for Trump to reset his relationship with voters, who curren…

Navy Secretary Nominee Withdraws From Consideration » WBUR President Donald Trump's nominee to be secretary of the Navy, Philip Bilden, withdrew from consideration Sunday. In a statement, Bilden said he supports Trump's agenda:…

Across The Divide, Identity Politics Unites The Base At Both CPAC And DNC » WBUR It's a fascinating thing to watch activists in both American political parties grapple with a way forward in the Trump era. Conservatives gathered outside Washington last week at a convention, the Co…

George W. Bush on Trump and Russia: 'We all need answers' » WCVB Former President George W. Bush says "we all need answers" on the extent of contact between President Donald Trump's team and the Russian government, and he defended the media's role in keeping world …

Business

A better way to address regional inequality » Commonwealth Magazine IN THEIR RECENT PIECE “Bridging the urban-rural divide in Mass.,” Lawrence S. DiCara and Matt Waskiewicz address the issue of regional inequality. They explain how the erosion of manufactu…

How The Media Are Using Encryption Tools To Collect Anonymous Tips » WBUR There was a time when a whistleblower had to rely on the Postal Service, or a pay phone, or an underground parking garage to leak to the press. This is a different time. A renewed interest in leaks …

Pioneer Valley or West Mass? Regional rebranding is fraught » Berkshire Eagle A new nickname for the river valley in western Massachusetts isn't sitting well with some residents. Tourism and economic development officials have rebranded "Pioneer Valley" as "West Mass." They a…

FishOn: Swedes still fighting lobster imports » Gloucester Times Our travel budget here at FishOn is just about enough to get us over to McDonald's on Maplewood Avenue for a vegan Happy Meal, but we don't let that dilute our international sophistication or our glob…

Civil Rights

Split reaction on transgender rights » Sentinel & Enterprise

Education

Special education schools make case for funding » Milford Daily News A proposed tuition freeze at state-regulated private schools that serve students with high needs will further squeeze tight budgets at those learning centers, special education advocates say.…

Environment

Activists hope Massachusetts can go fossil fuel-free by 2050 » Worcester Telegram Massachusetts environmentalists have long dreamed of a green future in which the state shakes off its reliance on fossil fuels. Now they have a date: 2050.…

Federal

Community leaders: Local immigrants nervous about Homeland Security orders » Nashoba Publishing Orders issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to increase immigration enforcement earlier this week have many local immigrants, both documented and undocumented, nervous, according to loca…

Health Care

Pharma urges FDA to delay rule on policing off-label marketing » STAT News In a fit of anger, drug makers are urging the Food and Drug Administration to delay a final rule giving the agency greater leeway to police off-label marketing over concerns it would harm public healt…

Republicans showing their hand on ACA » Commonwealth Magazine LATE LAST WEEK, Politico released a leaked 105-page draft bill defining the House Republican plan to repeal/replace/repair/re-whatever the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare. The draft legislation was date…

Millions may lose coverage in Affordable Care Act repeal, governors told » Eagle Tribune Policies supported by Republican congressional leaders to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could lead millions of people to lose their health coverage, according to a presentation given to s…

Federal cuts threaten state's health reform » Cape Cod Times Massachusetts has led the nation in health coverage reform, but policy analysts say the Bay State is not immune from the impact of federal cuts or changes to the Affordable Care Act.…

Judiciary

On Beacon Hill: Doing time, with Baker and Healey and Trump » Worcester Sun After bottling up discussions in a roughly yearlong study, state officials this week uncorked a proposal to slow the criminal justice system's revolving door of recidivism. …

Labor

Politics, prejudice pose problems in workplace » Boston Globe The jarring message — “White Power” — was scrawled in fire-engine-red marker in one of the busiest spots at Massachusetts Eye and Ear hospital, near an elevator that hundreds…

Local Government

City pressing state for more neighborhood-based liquor licenses » Boston Globe City officials are pressing state lawmakers to add dozens more liquor licenses in Boston that would be designated for specific neighborhoods, in a move those officials say would close gaps in the law …

In civil lawsuit, three years may mean a lot » Sentinel & Enterprise During the civil lawsuit between Former Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong and police chief candidate Scott Heagney, the discussion occasionally gets heated.…

THE COLUMN: Council may take bite from LHS plans » Lowell Sun IS A last-minute shake-up in the cards for the four final Lowell High School options?…

Opinion

Mark Zuckerberg for president. Not. » Boston Globe LET'S STIPULATE THAT Mark Zuckerberg has political ambitions. It's not the best-kept secret in the world. …

Trump's foreign policy populism is doomed to fail » Boston Globe Listen to President Trump describe how he will make America great again. He will deport illegal migrants; cut corporate taxes; build a wall and make Mexico pay. …

Employer fee is necessary to support health care » Boston Globe Without using the dreaded T word, Governor Charlie Baker has proposed a stiff hike in the fees that some businesses must pay to state government. …

Columnist Gloria DiFulvio: In the face of being silenced, women will persist » Gazette Net Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to justify silencing Elizabeth Warren as she read the words of Coretta Scott King in the Senate chamber earlier this month: “She was warned. She was …

Suffolk Probate Court is a mess, but who caused it? » Boston Globe Three defenders of Felix D. Arroyo, the suspended Suffolk County Register of Probate, describe the office he inherited as so rife with racial tension, backbiting, and unprofessional behavior that dysf…

Trip to Caymans could show how out of whack drug pricing is in US » Boston Globe THE PHARMACEUTICAL industry in the United States is impressive. It is producing new drugs that can radically improve or even save people's lives. …

Sina-cism: On healthcare reform, Baker earns his 'D' » State House News Service Massachusetts residents have now had two full years to evaluate the leadership of Gov. Charlie Baker, whose victory over Democrat Martha Coakley in the fall of 2014 restored what passes for balance in…

Art Pichette: Defends Rosenberg after columnist's attack » Gazette Net I read with dismay Natalie Munoz's vitriolic and somewhat sanctimonious attack on Senate President Stanley Rosenberg in the Feb. 14 Gazette…

Baker and Walsh: Over the Top on Transgender 'Civil Rights' » New Boston Post

Public Health

Is violence a contagious disease? » Boston Globe Kynndal Martin was lying on the couch, still sore from the bullet that tore through his calf a few days before, when a woman arrived.…

Lynn faces cutback in outreach funding as opioid deaths rise » Boston Globe Opioids are believed to have claimed 11 lives in Lynn in 2017 as of Friday, more than double the number of fatal overdoses recorded during the same period last year.…

Bad grades for school water » The Sun Chronicle A year after lead contamination in the Flint, Mich., water supply burst into the national spotlight, a new report says Massachusetts public schools are largely failing to provide safe drinking water t…

Public Safety

AG Healey issues alert about Narcan availability » Cape Cod Today Attorney General Maura Healey has issued an advisory alert reminding all first responder agencies that they can still purchase the life-saving overdose reversal drug naloxone through a statewide progr…

Cooperation with ICE up to municipalities, says Baker » Milford Daily News Though he said cities and towns should form their own policy on immigration and cooperation with federal immigration agencies, Gov. Charlie Baker said in an editorial board that he would veto a bill t…

State Government

Baker gets a prime seat at Governors' Ball: Next to Ivanka Trump » Boston Globe Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker apparently got quite a nice seat at the Governors' Ball Sunday night: right beside first daughter Ivanka Trump.…

Do legislative staffers deserve a raise, too? » Commonwealth Magazine NOW THAT MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATORS have secured increased compensation for themselves, they should take a hard look at the pay levels of those who work for them. Fair and livable wages should be the n…

Polito to visit tornado-stricken Conway » State House News Service Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on Monday plans to visit the Franklin County town of Conway where a tornado touched down on Saturday night.…

Baker flashes bipartisan stripes in D.C. » Lowell Sun

Taxation

Robichaud: New legislative season means hold onto your wallets » Boston Herald He still has his heart set on taking more money out of our wallets. Remember, DeLeo plotted for more than two years to pass the legislative pay raise heist. He's not going to give up on tax increases.…

Transportation

T is rebuilding station in worst possible way » Commonwealth Magazine MUCH OF THE MBTA COMMUTER RAIL network is still not accessible for disabled passengers. But the current proposed solution to add accessibility to the Auburndale commuter rail station in Newton will po…

Trump transpo chief challenges industry to advance automated technologies » State House News Service Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao challenged the automotive and technology industries on Sunday to help governors and the Trump administration break down public concerns over self-driving cars, dro…

Massachusetts leads country in train derailments for second year in a row » The Republican New data comparing subway safety across the United States placed the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority as a leader in light-rail derailments last year. Data from the National Transit Databas…

Boston transit agency leads US in light rail derailments » WCVB The eight Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority trains that derailed last year were the most of any light rail public transit agency in the country.…

Transportation secretary touts benefits of autonomous vehicles » Worcester Business Journal

Weekend News

New Democratic chairman pledges to repair, unite party » Boston Globe Newly elected Democratic national chairman Tom Perez pledged Sunday to unite a fractured party, rebuild at all levels from ''school board to the Senate,'' and reach out to chunks of rural America left…

Don't attack the symptom and ignore the disease » Boston Globe CONSTRUCTION OF a sea barrier across the harbor sidesteps crucial questions (“The great wall of Boston,” A1, Feb. 19). David Abel provides an informative description of the cost, perils, a…

For sea wall engineering: If not now, when? » Boston Globe THE BARR Foundation, the City of Boston, and the Globe deserve credit for sounding the alarm on climate change and the rising sea level (“The great wall of Boston,” A1, Feb. 19). …

Editorial: Stirring the pot pot » Boston Herald Just as Massachusetts lawmakers are about to get down to business, trying to craft a workable recreational marijuana law out of the mish-mash voters approved in November, along comes — oh, yes,…

Gov. Baker to focus on ACA replacement at weekend meeting in D.C. » Milford Daily News While Gov. Charlie Baker is in the nation's capital this weekend as part of the Governor's Council, healthcare will be on the top of his mind.…

Should a town that doesn't sell lottery tickets take in less lottery revenue? » Boston Globe A steady flow of customers pulled up to the Harvard General Store one recent afternoon, picking up groceries, beer and wine, or prepared foods like quiche lorraine and split pea and ham soup.…

Republican lawmakers introduce bills to curb protesting in at least 18 states » Washington Post Since the election of President Trump, Republican lawmakers in at least 18 states have introduced or voted on legislation to curb mass protests in what civil liberties experts are calling “an at…

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

Hong Kong Day celebrated at Massachusetts Statehouse » Sampan

VIDEO: New MassBay Campus To Be Built on Framingham State Property » Framingham Source

Senate candidates tangle in Middlesex-Worcester seat debate » The Metro West Daily News

Rivera clashes with council over city attorney » Eagle Tribune

Retired State Police lieutenant arraigned in overtime scam » Boston Globe

Court eyes challenge to dismissing murder verdicts » Boston Herald

Peter Lucas: Lelling does his job so Healey doesn't have to do her job » Lowell Sun

Political Notes: Conservative group urges no vote for Baker » Cape Cod Times

EDITORIAL: To regret, or not to regret » Newburyport News

Baker, Gonzalez detail positions in Gatehouse editorial meetings » telegram.com

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 2/27

Birthdays: Senator Eric Lesser

9:00am Mass. Coalition for the Homeless Legislative Action Day, Great Hall

10:00am Mass. Home Care Budget Lobby Day, Nurses Hall

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Tuesday - 2/28

9:00am Dental Hygiene Day, Grand Staircase

9:00am Rare Disease Day, Great Hall

11:00am Task Force on Integrity in State and Local Government, Hearing Room A-2

5:30pm Reception for Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley with former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley

6:00pm Jay Gonzalez for Governor Launch Reception

6:00pm Governor's Councilor Eileen Duff's Annual Mardi Gras Fundraiser

Wednesday - 3/1

9:00am Public Higher Education Advocacy Day, Great Hall

3:00pm MassINC Day of Empathy, Nurses Hall

5:30pm Attorney General Maura Healey's Birthday Party

Thursday - 3/2

Birthdays: Rep. Susannah Whipps

9:00am Teen Parent Lobby Day, Grand Staircase & Great Hall

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Reception for Rep. Adrian Madaro

Friday - 3/3

Birthdays: Rep. Carole Fiola

10:00am YMCA Annual Model Government Conference, Second Floor

6:30pm Annual DiDomenico Foundation St. Patrick's Day Celebration


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