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Rate floor, regulation among health pricing panel's recommendations » State House News Service After six months of seeking ways to address the variation in prices charged by Massachusetts medical providers, officials plan to recommend a host of solutions including a rate floor for lower-paid co…

G.O.P. Health Bill Faces Revolt From Conservative Forces » New York Times Before the bill has even reached House committees, conservative senators and groups have come out against the plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.…

How would the GOP health plan play out in Mass.? » Boston Globe As Congress debates the Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act, Massachusetts is in a unique position. The state's landmark 2006 health care overhaul resulted in near-universal coverag…

Disowning Ivanka: The Art World Stares Down the First Daughter » ARTNEWS he death threats began early in the day on December 22. Warnings came by way of Instagram, Twitter, email, and phone. Suspicious cyber activity led to hacked passwords to accounts, and personal inform…

New anti-Obamacare ads conflate the exchanges with the entire health-care system » The Washington Post With the debate over the GOP replacement for the Affordable Care Act at full boil, a Republican nonprofit entity controlled by allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has launched a b…

The debate over the Affordable Care Act is really a debate over wealth redistribution » The Washington Post Redistribution of wealth — one of the most radioactive subjects in American politics — has moved from being a subtext in the national debate over health care to being the core of it. …

Pope Francis' reforms spark revolt of the [Catholic] hard-right » Financial Times Emboldened by the rise of rightwing populists across the west, including the presidency of Donald Trump in the US, these internal critics have stepped up their attacks on the Pope's softer tones on so…

DeLeo lays out latest to-do list at chamber breakfast » State House News Service After skipping his annual address to House members this year, Speaker Robert DeLeo unveiled plans to support a $2 million business pilot at UMass, provide new workplace protections for pregnant women …

Paul Ryan's health care vise » The New Yorker If there is a single person who made Paul Ryan the Speaker of the House, it is probably Mark Meadows. Back in 2015, Meadows, a former restaurant owner who, in 2012, was elected to represent the most c…

Pelosi's last stand: Saving Obamacare » Politico As Republicans prepare to dismantle Obamacare, the longtime House Democratic leader is facing her biggest fight in years, perhaps the biggest since she twisted dozens of Democratic arms to pass the bi…

Next step in Dem realignment: Their own CPAC » Politico Instead of CPAC, it'll be the Ideas Conference. Instead of at the National Harbor, it'll be in the main room at the St. Regis Hotel, a few blocks from the White House. Instead of featuring President D…

"As the winds of Washington threaten the safety and livelihoods of women, Massachusetts will stand for the opposite."

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On his plan to support a $2 million business pilot at UMass.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Analysis: GOP Health Plan May Not Fix The Problems They Want To Fix » WBUR House Speaker Paul Ryan from Wisconsin has been complaining about the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) for so long that his list of grievances sounds like a refrain of some pop song. "Obamacare is…

WikiLeaks Releases What It Calls CIA Trove Of Cyber-Espionage Documents » WBUR WikiLeaks has released thousands of files that it identifies as CIA documents related to the agency's cyber-espionage tools and programs. The documents published on Tuesday include instruction manual…

State Treasurer Seeks Clarity From Trump Administration On Marijuana » WBUR State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, who's in charge of implementing Massachusetts' new recreational marijuana law, on Tuesday wrote to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions seeking guidance on federal enf…

Sessions vows new war on drugs » Eagle Tribune As thousands of students from across the region made their way into the Southern New Hampshire University Arena for the state's first-ever Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness, organizers were finalizing …

Is Jeff Sessions Coming for Legal Marijuana in Massachusetts, or Isn't He? » Boston Magazine

Business

'Taxi king' Ed Tutunjian to abdicate his throne » Boston Globe Edward J. Tutunjian — whose Boston Cab empire crumbled amid competition from Uber and allegations of worker exploitation that triggered a federal investigation — has agreed to sell his c…

Appeals Court denies attempt by Gillette to dismiss case brought by startup » Boston Globe The state Appeals Court has denied an attempt from Gillette Co. to dismiss a case brought by a startup claiming it was unfairly targeted in a lawsuit by the Boston-based shaving giant.…

Sparks fly on electric vehicle provision » Commonwealth Magazine A FIGHT IS BREWING on Beacon Hill over how far the state should go in promoting the adoption of zero emission vehicles. Environmental advocates and many state lawmakers want new homes and commercial b…

Massachusetts employer confidence hits 13-year high » The Republican Business confidence in the state rose in February to a point not seen since August 2004, the business group Associated Industries of Massachusetts said Tuesday.…

Thornton Law, others to pay $2m for probe of their bills » Boston Globe Attorneys from Thornton Law and two other firms have agreed to pay $2 million by next week to cover the cost of an investigation into whether they dramatically overcharged for their services in a clas…

Mass. Biotech Council leader: Worcester ready for more growth » Worcester Telegram

Civil Rights

Marking International Women's Day, women say they still fight for equal pay » Eagle Tribune Yes, Merrimack Valley women feel diminished when their wages fall short of those earned by male colleagues. No, many of these women will not join today's "Day Without a Woman" actions — to str…

Education

Battenfeld: Cash-strapped school makes $250G hire » Boston Herald The financially troubled University of Massachusetts Boston has brought in a $250,000-a-year deputy chancellor in a newly created post just months after imposing a hiring freeze and slashing jobs in t…

Ex-wife of WPI donor seeks $4.5 million award from the university by claiming her former husband hid money from her » The Republican The ex-wife of a Worcester Polytechnic Institute donor is seeking $4.5 million from the university after claiming in a federal lawsuit that her ex-husband hid money from her and then donated millions …

Environment

Trump's puzzling clean energy stance » Commonwealth Magazine Celebrate or despise his politics, it is hard not to acknowledge the brilliance of President Trump as a competitive opportunist. His business and political success is…

Despite Improvements, Mass. Task Force Will Continue Close Monitoring Of Drought Conditions » WBUR The sense of urgency is dialed back somewhat. Gone are the dozens of representatives from environmental groups and the TV cameras. Gone too are the maps showing wide swaths of the state in red, warnin…

Trump's push to cut EPA shouldn't affect 'Rest of River' Housatonic cleanup plan » Berkshire Eagle Despite the sharp cutbacks in the Environmental Protection Agency's budget, staff and programs proposed by the White House last week, the EPA's Rest of River cleanup of the Housatonic by General Elec…

Gov. Baker wants greater control over state water supply » Berkshire Eagle Gov. Charlie Baker is pushing legislation he says will give Massachusetts greater control over protecting the state's water supply. The bill, which will be filed Wednesday, would let the Massachusett…

Federal

Comey avoids wiretapping questions at Boston FBI offices » Boston Herald Director James B. Comey remained mum today on President Trump's explosive allegations that former President Obama tapped his phones during the election, taking the chance to playfully toy with the aud…

Comey mum on wiretapping at dedication of new FBI building in Chelsea » The Enterprise FBI director James Comey did not address President Donald Trump's wiretapping allegations against former President Barack Obama during his visit on Tuesday to Chelsea, where he celebrated the agency's…

Health Care

Trump Supports GOP Health Care Plan, But It Isn't Everything He Wants » WBUR President Trump is offering some Twitter support for the Obamacare replacement plan put forward by House Republicans. In a tweet Tuesday morning, Trump described the GOP blueprint as "Our wonderful n…

In Mass., federal funds at risk under GOP health care proposal » The Metro West Daily News "This could mean billions of dollars lost in federal funding," said state Sen. Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, chairwoman of the Mass. Senate Ways and Means Committee. "I think it will have a direct negative…

DeLeo: House will have to address rising Masshealth costs » Berkshire Eagle The House budget for next fiscal year will likely address ballooning MassHealth costs, according to Speaker Robert DeLeo, who made it crystal clear Tuesday he does not yet want to step into that polic…

Health care replacement plan represents Trump's first big sale » WCVB The President on Tuesday fully embraced a House Republican plan to repeal Obamacare, shouldering a high-risk mission that holds huge implications for his own political future. In the process, the one…

'We do need to fix Obamacare,' Massachusetts Rep. Stephen Lynch says » The Republican Massachusetts Rep. Stephen Lynch, one of 34 Democrats who voted against the Affordable Care Act seven years ago, says he still believes it needs to be modified, but he appeared skeptical of the latest…

Care access, funding threatened under GOP health act, officials say » State House News Service

Judiciary

Testimony hearing for judge nominee on Thursday » Gloucester Times They don't know each other, but a Gloucester woman who votes on who will be a judge in this state is hosting a testimony hearing Thursday for a Gloucester woman nominated as an associate justice in th…

Labor

Will women go on strike on Wednesday? » Boston Globe It's the kind of statement women make regularly, whether in loud, idle threats to their children or in whispered declarations behind their bosses' backs: “Tomorrow, I'm going on strike.”…

Boston women working on support for rights » Boston Herald Many women say they will mark International Women's Day today by wearing red — because the call to skip work in a show of solidarity is impractical.…

Legislative

Lawmaker shocked by 'insane' boozing at Rhode Island capitol » Boston.com A new state lawmaker said she's surprised by the ''insane amount of drinking'' that goes on in the State House. …

Freshman Amherst Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose lays out ambitious climate agenda » The Republican He is a first-term state representative less than a year out of college, but State Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose, D-Amherst, is hoping to make a difference on a global issue: climate change.…

Rep. Paul Frost of Auburn takes the pay raise he fought against » Worcester Telegram Three times Rep. Paul Frost, R-Auburn, voted against the recent hefty pay raise for legislative leaders. But now that the measure has passed, Mr. Frost plans to accept the salary hike.…

Our view: Tarr stands out in a matter of principle » The Salem News Gloucester Sen. Bruce Tarr, the Senate minority leader, was one of them, setting the standard for legislators who wanted their opposition to the money grab to be more than empty words. He turned down …

Local Government

Essex talks legal marijuana sales » Gloucester Times Town officials are preparing for the state's new marijuana laws go into effect in 16 months, and police Chief Peter Silva is concerned about what legalization could mean for the town.…

State senators get a sense of the Cape » Cape Cod Times The Commonwealth Conversations tour, billed as "Bringing Beacon Hill Back to You," is the brainchild of Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst. He created the event in 2015 to provide the state…

Somerville Mayor to Co-Headline Suffolk Sanctuary City Forum » Worcester Patch SOMERVILLE, MA – Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone will co-headline a forum at Suffolk University on Thursday about sanctuary cities and their impact on immigration policy. Curtatone has argua…

Worcester City Council opposes plan to close UMass Memorial psychiatric beds » Worcester Telegram The City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night opposing UMass Memorial Medical Center's plans to close nearly half the inpatient psychiatric beds at its University Campus.…

Braintree council seeks to keep lottery HQ » Patriot Ledger The town council voted Tuesday night to send a letter to state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg urging her to keep lottery headquarters in Braintree.…

Quincy throws its weight and dollars behind compressor-station appeal » Patriot Ledger The mayor's administration is throwing its support – and some money – behind a citizen group's challenge to the natural-gas compressor station proposed for North Weymouth.…

Opinion

Rewriting the history of slavery » Boston Globe LUDICROUS STATEMENTS recently made by Ben Carson and Betsy DeVos, both members of President Trump's Cabinet, are nothing less than a flagrant attempt by this administration to recast this nation's sha…

Immigrant heroes save American lives » Boston Globe LIZZIE BORDEN, who was unsuccessfully prosecuted in 1892 for the axe murders of her father and stepmother, had red hair.…

GOP sails into the health care storm » Boston Globe THE PASSAGE of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 involved months of hearings, endless negotiations, delays to other legislative priorities, and, ultimately, massive political cost. …

Kenneth Guscott was more than a developer. He was a pioneer. » Boston Globe Ken Guscott was a successful Roxbury developer at a time when many people in Boston didn't know there was such a thing.…

Editorial: Making 'dirty energy' a thing of the past » Wicked Local Cambridge With the federal government taking backward steps, rolling back Obama-era initiatives on carbon emissions and coal, the state of Massachusetts is going in the opposite direction, taking a long-term vi…

Politics

Jesse Clingan campaign kickoff held at Casey's » Wicked Local Somerville More than 200 people filled Casey's Bar & Grill on March 4 to kickoff Jesse Clingan's campaign for the Ward 4 seat on the Board of Alderman.…

Four takes on the human condition » Commonwealth Magazine Today's Boston Globe includes several random articles that illuminate some of the ways we interact — or fail to interact — with each other in these troubled times. Story No. 1 — …

District 2 race likely a battle of cash vs. clout » Boston Herald One candidate in the intensifying District 2 City Council race has already raised nearly $50,000, but another has lined up the support of South Boston's congressman and other Southie pols, setting up …

Female Workers Asked To Join In 'A Day Without A Woman' Protests » WBUR A broad coalition of groups across the nation is encouraging women to participate in Wednesday's strike, called "A Day Without A Woman." The organized protest comes on International Women's Day, and …

'A Day Without a Woman' rally to be held Wednesday in Boston » The Republican Organizers in Boston will host "A Day Without Women" rally at Downtown Crossing late Wednesday afternoon to voice support for the women's movement across on the country on International Women's Day. …

Public Health

Would medical weed benefit Westgate Mall in Brockton? » The Enterprise With expertise cultivated in Colorado, a Massachusetts native is planting the seeds for a medical marijuana dispensary at the Westgate Mall in Brockton.…

Public Safety

Crime last year on MBTA dropped to lowest level since 1997 » Boston Globe Major crime on the MBTA last year dropped to its lowest level in at least two decades, as authorities deployed more officers during peak travel times and cracked down on minor offenses to deter more s…

3 Mass. Jewish organizations targeted in nationwide wave of threats » Boston Herald At least three Jewish organizations in Massachusetts were targeted with threats today in the sixth nationwide wave of bomb threats this year, officials confirmed.…

State Finance

State revenue report dims hopes for tourism funding revival » Cape Cod Times The prospects for House and Senate Democrats to reverse even some of the mid-year budget cuts Gov. Charlie Baker made in December, including $7 million for tourism promotion, are getting bleaker by th…

State Government

If Trump cracks down on pot, where does that leave Mass.? » Boston Globe Officials in the four most recent states to legalize marijuana — including Massachusetts and Maine — are languishing in limbo after signals from the Trump administration that a recreatio…

North Attleboro state rep takes leadership raise after voting against it » The Sun Chronicle Like all of her Republican colleagues at the Statehouse, state Rep. Betty Poirier voted against a pay raise for legislative leaders. And like almost all of her colleagues in Republican leadership, sh…

Transportation

Charlie Baker's Transit Policy Isn't About What's Best for Boston — It's About His Image » Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has carefully cultivated the image of a business-minded Republican intent on running government more efficiently. Not only did he manage to win office in liberal M…

Utilities

Hinds opposes Eversource rate hike request » Berkshire Eagle State Sen. Adams Hinds has publicly joined the voices opposing Eversource Energy's recent rate hike request on Tuesday, referring to the proposal as "unacceptable" and "an absolute potential killer."…

Dem support touted as Baker renews push for water quality bill » State House News Service

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Speaker DeLeo proposes using pot revenue to help opioid addiction » Boston Business Journal

State treasurer seeks guidance from feds on recreational marijuana » Boston Business Journal

Patient at center of right-to-die case gets some good news » Boston Globe

Massachusetts Doesn't Like Travel Ban 2.0 Either » Boston Magazine

Guvs see South Dakota case leading to SCOTUS online sales tax ruling » State House News Service

Commission conflicted over health care pricing solutions » State House News Service

Becker college prez chosen for UMass-Dartmouth chancellor » State House News Service

Editorial: Boston's booze pitch » Boston Herald

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Ingredients

2 slices of white bread

creamy peanut butter

Marshmallow Fluff

Directions

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