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Must-Reads

Jeff Sessions Needs to Go » New York Times What he did was as bad, if not worse, than Richard Kleindienst, Nixon's attorney general.…

The Trump effect on New England, in 2018 and beyond » Boston Globe President Trump has only been in office just over a month, but his presidency is already looming over the next set of major elections, in 2018 — the results of which may serve as once-in-a-gene…

Baker urges cooperation after second NE governor targets Lawrence over opioids » Lowell Sun BOSTON -- Gov. Charlie Baker called for finger-pointing to stop after another New England governor - this time New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu - tried this week to blame the city of Lawrence for his s…

Could the state pull the plug on Greenway funding? » Boston Globe The state is poised to pull the plug on millions of dollars in funding for the nonprofit that runs the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, setting off tense behind-the-scenes negotiations between state,…

Curt Schilling Backs Shiva Ayyadurai to Challenge Elizabeth Warren in 2018 » Boston Magazine Curt Schilling's interest in a 2018 run for Senate appears to be waning, after the former Red Sox pitcher threw his weight behind Shiva Ayyadurai's bid to unseat Sen. Elizabeth Warren. …

Netflix documentary about Trump political advisor sets world premiere » Entertainment Described as shining a light on “one man who has been with the mogul since the beginning, plotting his improbable ascent,” Get Me Roger Stone chronicles the rise and transformation of Amer…

Boston law firm could be charged on donations » Boston Globe State campaign finance officials plan to ask Attorney General Maura Healey to consider criminal prosecution of partners at Boston's Thornton Law Firm, saying they have evidence that the firm illegally…

Back in Lawrence, Lantigua's ready to run » Eagle Tribune Former Mayor William Lantigua returned this week after more than two years in the Dominican Republic and quickly affirmed his intention to reclaim the office he lost to current Mayor Daniel Rivera by …

Baker promises funding to offset any Planned Parenthood cuts » Boston Globe

“I’m not aware of any of those activities,” Mr. Sessions answered, adding, “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign, and I did not have communications with the Russians.”

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions

on Speaking with Russia’s Ambassador during Presidential Campaign

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Mixed messages from Trump on immigration » Boston Globe Remarks that the president made to a gathering of TV anchors this week briefly gave cautious hope to immigrants and their advocates that Donald Trump could support a path to citizenship for thousands …

Trump's working class appeal » Commonwealth Magazine The narrative explaining Donald Trump's surprise victory in November has been anchored by the undercurrent of white working class anxiety and discontent that he tapped. It helped flip three crucial in…

Mike Pence Used AOL Email For State Business As Indiana's Governor » WBUR Vice President Mike Pence used a private AOL account to conduct official business in his former position as the governor of Indiana, according to public records. And at one point, the account was hack…

Sessions Revelations Put 'Quiet, Behind-The-Scenes' Russian Envoy In Spotlight » WBUR Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, is not known to seek the limelight. He's a mild-mannered diplomat and an arms control expert who came to Washington as ambassador in 2008. But…

Attorney General Sessions To Recuse Himself From Any Trump Campaign Investigations » WBUR Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he will recuse himself from any investigations into possible Russian involvement in the 2016 elections. "Let me be clear: I never had meetings with Russian operati…

On Both The Left And Right, Trump Is Driving New Political Engagement » WBUR Donald Trump frequently boasts about starting a movement, and sociologists say they are seeing unprecedented grass-roots activism across the country. They credit Trump for inspiring people to become p…

Trump's pause in his war with the press » Eagle Tribune President Donald Trump pulled back from his attack on the news media in his address to a joint session of Congress, except for one little-noticed dig. In introducing the families of two California po…

Sessions breaks with intelligence agencies, says he doesn't know if Russia wanted Trump to win » Eagle Tribune Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Fox News he did not know whether Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government favored Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign. Th…

White House staff told to preserve Russia-related materials » Berkshire Eagle The White House counsel's office has instructed the president's aides to preserve materials that could be connected to Russian interference in the 2016 election and related issues, three administratio…

Democratic effort led by ex-AG Holder targets swing states » Sentinel & Enterprise Seeking a path back to power in Congress, Democrats first want to hold on to the governorship in Virginia this year. Then they're setting their sights in 2018 on crucial governors' contests in Michiga…

Kennedy among growing number of Democrats to call for Sessions' resignation » The Sun Chronicle U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III has joined a growing number of Democratic members of Congress calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign for making misleading statements about his meetings with …

Mass. Lawmakers Call for AG Sessions' Resignation » Canton Patch Massachusetts lawmakers are calling for the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions following reports that he communicated with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential ca…

Business

Tremont Crossing project clears important hurdle » Boston Globe The board of the Boston Planning & Development Agency approved Tremont Crossing, which would put 718 apartments, a large retail center, and a new Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists…

City OKs downtown waterfront plan, allowing for 600-foot Harbor Garage tower » Boston Business Journal After years of debate and public meeting, the Boston Planning & Development Agency unanimously approved the draft downtown municipal harbor plan at its board meeting Thursday evening.…

State, Cape leaders discuss Blue Economy in Barnstable » The Barnstable Patriot Cape Cod's prosperity depends on balancing the region's green and blue economies, a buoyant tourism industry and promising maritime technology sector, members of the Cape Cod Commission and the Chambe…

Domestic Relations

Local Leaders Make Pledge To End Violence Against Women » Cape Cod Today The stabbing of a Cotuit woman earlier this week was on the minds of local leaders Thursday in Yarmouth while discussing the issue of domestic violence for White Ribbon Day.…

Education

Budget cuts possible for BPS » Boston Herald Forty-nine Boston schools are facing budget cuts due to declining enrollment, with some of the sharpest cuts aimed at struggling turnaround schools, school data shows.…

Federal

ICE Agents And The Power Of Discretion In Immigration Enforcement » WBUR At a sports bar in Randolph, the TV in the corner is tuned to Fox News and there's a White House press briefing on. Sports dominate every other screen and a steady stream of '90s pop music plays in th…

Yellen to speak after Fed officials hint rate hike is near » Sentinel & Enterprise One by one, several Federal Reserve officials have signaled in recent days that the Fed is ready to resume raising interest rates as soon as this month. The question is whether the official who matter…

Gaming

Massachusetts casinos are dealt new hands » Boston Herald The ground is shifting under the feet of the state's two marquee casinos under development, as Wynn Boston Harbor has scaled back its ambitions for retail at the Everett gambling complex and an allia…

Health Care

Healey praises community hospitals, cites concern over fate of ACA » Newburyport News

Housing

Sky's got a limit: How long can the boom in Boston's luxury condo market last? » Boston Business Journal With multiple neighborhoods in Boston hitting record prices for condominium sales, developers are building like crazy in the hope that the trend will continue.…

Boston condo sales hit high-water marks » Boston Business Journal A majority of neighborhoods in Boston hit high water marks for condominium sales prices last year, according to data from residential real estate research firm LINK Boston.…

Housing protesters come up short » Boston Herald Protesters demanding more affordable housing in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury boisterously disrupted a Boston Planning & Development Agency meeting, but fell short of their goal when the board approved gu…

Ben Carson Confirmed As Secretary Of Housing And Urban Development » WBUR Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has been confirmed as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, by a 58-41 Senate vote. Six Democrats and one Independent joined with the Republicans to approve …

Human Services

Reducing chronic family poverty in Massachusetts » WWLP 22 News Dozens of activists lobbied lawmakers Thursday to do more to lift people out of poverty.…

Anti-poverty activists work to lift welfare cap for Massachusetts families » The Republican

Judiciary

Federal suit aims to toss rapist's parental rights for good » Boston Herald A state court decision allowing a convicted rapist to press for parental rights of a child conceived in the sexual assault is unconstitutional and should be tossed, according to a federal lawsuit brou…

Labor

Vice Media's TV and Video Employees May Unionize » The Wall Street Journal Unions are looking to extend their success in organizing digital newsrooms as media companies expand into video and TV…

MBTA payroll grows despite job cuts; salaries topping $100G on the rise » Boston Herald The growing cadre of MBTA workers raking in $100,000 or more spiked by nearly 10 percent in a year that saw the cash-strapped agency shed hundreds of employees to cut costs, only to see its payroll ac…

Worker shortage adding to wait list for preschool programs » Gloucester Times A workforce shortage is creating a crisis at day cares and preschools, which advocates say is keeping thousands of children from getting into subsidized programs.…

Local Government

Committee to study custodian calculations » Lynn Daily News Item Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy has signed off on a plan to transfer management of the school's maintenance staff to the school department from City Hall.…

Islamic Society Wins Permit For Muslim Cemetery In Dudley After Protracted, Bitter Clash » WBUR After a more than year-long battle over a proposed Muslim cemetery, the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester won a permit Thursday from the town of Dudley. The proposal to locate the cemetery on old …

Report: The Boston Area Is Middling When It Comes To 'Inclusive Growth' » WBUR Here around Boston we talk a good deal about how the region is doing fairly well economically — but not so well for everybody. A new report offers a bit more evidence for that narrative. The …

Opinion

Trump's proposed defense splurge flunks basic math » Boston Globe ON TUESDAY night, President Trump began to confront the reality of transforming his campaign slogans into actual policies that must be passed by Congress and paid for.…

Generals to Trump: Gutting diplomacy endangers us all » Boston Globe ABOARD A $13 billion aircraft carrier plagued by cost overruns, Donald Trump made his pitch Thursday to boost Pentagon spending. He wants a 10 percent increase on a military budget that's nearly as bi…

Jeff Sessions' multiple personas » Boston Globe AND HERE we thought Bill Clinton was the unrivaled champion of hair-splitting in the interests of creating impressions that, um, run counter to events as they actually transpired. …

Greenway abutters, it's time to help pay more bills » Boston Globe It sounds awful every time we talk about it. How dare the state cut off its annual $2 million handout to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway?…

Editorial: Big railway dreams » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is fulfilling a promise by moving forward with a study of the proposed rail link between North and South stations. …

Our view: Good news for Baker, Massachusetts » Eagle Tribune The timing couldn't have been better for Gov. Charlie Baker, who was in Washington, D.C., meeting with the president and his fellow governors when U.S. News & World Report published its latest list of…

Letter to the Editor: Get off Baker's back » Wicked Local - Littleton I would like to take a few issues with your article "Our View — Governor Charlie Baker's dilemma" in the Littleton Independent dated Feb. 16.…

ViewPoint: ?Carbon fee bills make the most economic sense » Boston Business Journal A basic principle of economics is that the price of goods should reflect their costs. Buy a cup of coffee at Dunkin Donuts and you pay for the coffee beans, the staff behind the counter, and the costs…

Editorial: Housing solution need is critical » Boston Business Journal The market forces that have fueled the rise in demand for luxury housing have coincided with those demanding more low- and moderate-income housing.…

Carr: Both sides can reach the trough » Boston Herald If you're a Republican in the Massachusetts House, early on you have to make a career choice. You can be a watchdog, or a lapdog.…

Governor's Council begins to grow up (Editorial) » The Republican

Politics

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez raises $105,000 » Boston Globe

Public Health

Sununu, Rivera vow to work together on drugs » Commonwealth Magazine Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire and Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera talked by phone on Thursday after Sununu had claimed that most of the drugs flowing into the Granite State were coming from Lawrence…

Sununu, Rivera end their opiate war » Eagle Tribune The war of words between New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and Mayor Daniel Rivera over Sununu's allegation that Lawrence is fueling his state's opiate crisis ended peacefully after 24 hours Thursday. T…

Teen parents press for pregnancy prevention, parenting program money » Berkshire Eagle When Ciara Mejia became pregnant as a 16-year-old high school junior, she found little support in a school environment where teachers and administrators were not used to educating expectant mothers. …

Baker: Stop blame game on opioids » Lowell Sun

Public Safety

Brookline Police: We will not honor ICE requests » Wicked Local Brookline Brookline Police top brass issued a memo instructing police not to honor requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to detain specific people in their custody.…

Armed with Narcan, Weymouth police save 16 so far » Wicked Local Weymouth Police say five people have died in Weymouth from a fatal overdose of an opioid drug since the New Year began and officers have saved 16 people from dying by administering Narcan to a victim.…

Getting everyone on same team in Northampton » Commonwealth Magazine Jody Kasper, chief of the Northampton Police Department, is always looking for ways for her officers to better connect with the community they serve. She launched a program called High Five Fridays i…

After Blaming Lawrence For N.H.'s Opioid Problem, Gov. Sununu Urges Collaboration » WBUR New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said Thursday that he's eager to work with Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera battling the opioid epidemic. That's after Sununu blamed Lawrence Wednesday night for much of the …

State Finance

Baker budget proposal includes moderate aid increases » Wicked Local Maynard Municipal governments and public schools across Massachusetts can expect to see moderate increases in funding from the state under the fiscal 2018 budget proposal Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled Jan. 25.…

Baker pitches plan to build state's reserve fund » WWLP 22 News The governor and his budget chief on Thursday morning pitched investors on their proposal to change the way the state stashes away money in its rainy day fund, an account that rating agencies give ser…

As State Budget Revenues Fall Short, Higher Education Faces A Squeeze » WBUR Eric Greitens had barely been Missouri's governor for a week when he faced a pretty tough decision: cutting the Show Me State's budget. The state didn't get as much revenue as expected, prompting the…

State Government

State Auditor Suzanne Bump to speak at UMass Friday » The Republican State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump will visit the University of Massachusetts Friday and speak at two events.…

AG presses Texas pol to butt out of Exxon case » Boston Herald Bay State Attorney General Maura Healey is urging Republican U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith to withdraw his committee's subpoena for documents related to her Exxon Mobil investigation.…

Baker pitches plan to build state's reserve fund » Berkshire Eagle The governor and his budget chief on Thursday morning pitched investors on their proposal to change the way the state stashes away money in its rainy day fund, an account that rating agencies give ser…

Walsh wants state to continue supporting Greenway » Boston Globe

Senate Republicans propose plan to reimburse Massachusetts cities and towns for early voting costs » The Republican

Auditor's ruling renews calls for early voting funds » The Enterprise

Transportation

Sen. Eric Lesser meets with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy to discuss high-speed rail » The Republican

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Teen parents press for pregnancy prevention, parenting program $$$ » State House News Service

AG reminds schools of ed access protections for immigrants » State House News Service

Letter: Kudos to Healey for fight against Trump » Gloucester Times

Baker urges cooperation after second guv targets Lawrence » State House News Service

Gov. Charlie Baker calls November charter school vote a 'mistake' but respects voters' will » The Republican

Baker-Trump relationship impact overrated (Editorial) » The Republican

Homeless advocates urge state to spend $50-million on homeless care » WWLP 22 News

Justice Department should uphold existing state marijuana law, Elizabeth Warren and other senators say in letter to Jeff Sessions » The Republican

LETTERS: Support the Safe Communities Act » Wicked Local Mansfield

Report of Justice Center enters debate on Beacon Hill » Mass Lawyers Weekly

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 70 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Valencia Hadley, an employee of the Department of Transitional Assistance

Most read bills of the week:

HB72 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2017 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects.

HB74 - An Act implementing the joint recommendations of the Massachusetts criminal justice review

HB1 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB1005 - An Act relative to transparency in employee benefits reporting in private construction

SB1474 - An Act relative to group insurance costs for certain public retirees

SB1305 - An Act to protect the civil rights and safety of all Massachusetts residents

HB1995 - An Act relative to direct mailings

SB181 - An Act promoting efficiency and transparency in economic development

HB495 - An Act to ensure focused quality improvement

House Actions This Week: 21

Senate Actions This Week: 23

Press Releases

Partners HealthCare Launches New Center of Excellence » Partners Healthcare

How Can a 'Biological Opinion' Help North Atlantic Right Whales? » Conservation Law Foundation

Cleantech Open Northeast Accelerator Program Awards 2018’s Top Cleantech and Energy Startups » Northeast Clean Energy Council

U.S. SETS NEW RECORD FOR OIL PRODUCTION IN SEPTEMBER MEETING VIRTUALLY ALL GLOBAL DEMAND GROWTH » Mass. Petroleum Council

MassDOT Commits Funds to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » MassDOT

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

More than Two Dozen NFIB Members Are Running for Office Across the Country » National Federation of Independent Business

Lt. Governor Polito Hosts Roundtable on Dangerousness » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration Further Expands Access to Opioid Reversal Medication » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Warren, Markey Query Columbia Gas On Uninhabitable Homes Following Merrimack Valley Disaster » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Commends MassDOT Commitment to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Urges FDA to Deny Approval of Powerful Opioid Dsuvia, Cites Warning of Committee Chair » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senators Press for Full Disclosure of Trump Family Business Ties to Saudi Arabia » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced Suspending Military Aid & Sales to Saudi Government following Khashoggi Disappearance » Congressman Jim McGovern

McGovern Statement on Apparent Murder of Jamal Khashoggi » Congressman Jim McGovern

Educators' Voices Are Influential on Ballot Questions » Massachusetts Teachers Association

CLIMATE CHANGE WILL COST LOCAL BREWERIES, WINERIES » Climate Action Business Association


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