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9:00am MSA Day of Service and Volunteerism, Grand Staircase

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Must-Reads

DIEHL WOULD ASK TRUMP TO BACK HIM IN U.S. SENATE RACE » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, APRIL 24, 2017....If state Rep. Geoff Diehl runs to unseat U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, President Donald Trump could hit the stump on his behalf. …

Dianne Wilkerson son charged in real estate scam » Boston Herald The son of disgraced former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson — himself a former candidate for City Council — has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from Boston residents while pr…

House adds $20M to its budget on first budget debate day » State House News Service House lawmakers on Monday night added about $20 million in spending aimed at education, local aid, transportation and state administration to the $40.3 billion fiscal 2018 budget.…

Consideration of elder affairs, HHS to start House budget day two » State House News Service The second day of budget debate in the House is slated to kick off Tuesday with a conference to go over amendments related to elder affairs, and health and human services. …

At Yale, Psychiatrists Cite Their 'Duty to Warn' About an Unfit President » New York Magazine “Batty,” says Maureen Dowd. “Nut job,” offers Gail Collins. “Unhinged,” “delusional,” “deranged,” “sadistic,' “sexual predatorâ…

Trump has enabled the Democratic Party to overlook its serious problems. » Politico By most traditional measures, the Democratic Party hit rock bottom at the outset of Donald Trump's presidency. …

Obamacare 'not in death spiral'? The case near Trump's Palm Beach door » PalmBeachPost.com Love the health law or loathe it, but Obamacare is “not in a death spiral” without a little shove from its current caretakers in Washington, according to a new report — and Exhibit …

Baker will commit $78 million to UMass Boston garage project » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker's office will commit $78 million toward demolishing a crumbling underground parking garage at UMass Boston, a significant influx of aid at a time when the campus is struggling t…

Rep. Lombardo will not run for Senate » Lowell Sun BILLERICA -- Despite many Republicans urging Rep. Marc Lombardo to run for a vacant Senate seat, he has decided not to run. …

Hearing Set for Class Action Lawsuit Against DNC » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS After deliberating since October 2016, a federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has recently issued an order for appearance to the lawyers representing the DNC and former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman S…

Framingham: Recount affirms historic vote to become city » The Metro West Daily News FRAMINGHAM — It's official: Framingham will become the newest city in Massachusetts. …

"One reason so many Americans voted for Donald Trump was he recognized their economic pain," Moulton said. "He didn't present a realistic argument for solving it, but he had some vision. Hillary Clinton's argument was basically 'that guy's nuts.'"

Congressman Seth Moulton

Speaking about President Donald Trump and how Democrats can work with him.

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Beltway Politics

Trump Adviser Gorka Walks Off Stage at a Discussion of Fake News » Bloomberg Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka, under fire for his alleged association with a Hungarian nationalist group and his views on Islam, walked off the stage during a conference in Washington after facing que…

With Shutdown Looming, Trump Is Tweeting Out Demands. Will He Stick By Them? » WBUR "I also protect myself by being flexible. I never get too attached to one deal or one approach." Those words from Donald Trump's The Art of The Deal may be giving congressional Republicans some hope …

Funding The NEA Ensures Art Is Not Just For 'Rich, Liberal Elites' » WBUR Last month, conservatives attacked National Endowment for the Arts funding as welfare for rich liberal elites. Even though this idea is demonstratively false, I understand why that concept might reson…

Obama Returns To Public Stage, Encouraging Next Generation To 'Take Up The Baton' » WBUR Former President Barack Obama on Monday gave his first public address since leaving office, moderating a panel with young people on community engagement while dancing around the turmoil surrounding hi…

Mexico Worries That A New Border Wall Will Worsen Flooding » WBUR As the White House pushes Congress to fund President Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall, a new wrinkle has emerged that could stymie parts of the massive project. Mexican engineers believe construction …

The First 100 Days: Trump's Action Plan, Annotated » WBUR Back in October, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump laid out a 100 Day Action Plan. He called it his Contract With The American Voter. Among other things, it called for the full repeal and repla…

Shadow Banks And Shady Regulations Spell Caution For Trump's Treasury » WBUR They don't call economics the dismal science for nothing. A new study suggests we may be flirting with the same heedlessness that brought us the Great Recession. The study, by a quartet of economists…

Voices from around the world consider Trump's first 100 days » Eagle Tribune It was the most stunning political victory of the 21st century, one that brought shocked concern in many parts of the world and cheers in others. One uncontroversial certainty was that it would cause …

Avoiding government shutdown possible as Trump backs off on wall at Mexican border » Eagle Tribune Bipartisan bargainers are making progress toward a budget deal to prevent a partial federal shutdown this weekend, a major hurdle overcome when President Donald Trump signaled he would put off his de…

A budget deficit challenge for Trump's tax plan » Sentinel & Enterprise President Donald Trump plans to stick with his campaign pledge to slash the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, but the dramatic cut raises a problematic question for the White House: H…

Trump seeks 15% corporate tax rate » telegram.com President Donald Trump has instructed advisers to drastically cut the corporate tax rate even though doing so will expand the deficit and grow the national debt, sticking to one of his campaign pledge…

Warren gives Trump's first 100 days an 'F' » Politico If it were up to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, President Donald Trump would fail his 100 day report card.…

Trump may be tapped to campaign versus Liz Warren in Mass. » Boston Herald Republican State Rep. Geoff Diehl today said he would “absolutely” ask President Trump to campaign for him if he challenges Elizabeth Warren for her U.S. Senate seat in 2018.…

Moderate House Democrats open to working with President Donald Trump on transportation, taxes » The Republican A group of moderate House Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Massachusetts, opened the door to working with Republican President Donald Trump on issues such as tax reform and transportatio…

Ivanka Trump gets booed, hissed at during Berlin event » Politico

Business

Harvard Business School's annual contest for entrepreneurs is a case study unto itself » Boston Globe A dozen early-stage startups on Tuesday will make their case for why they should receive $75,000 and, perhaps more importantly, a whole lot of attention from the venture capital world.…

City leaders debate over proposed shadow-casting Boston skyscraper » WCVB It's been called a great deal for Boston, but critics say it casts an unacceptable shadow on one of the city's bright spots.…

Shadow of doubt for Boston tower » Boston Herald A divided City Council grilled backers of the billion-dollar redevelopment of the Winthrop Square garage in a City Hall chamber overflowing with hundreds of advocates and opponents, setting the stage …

Fairhaven to recommend Phase V dredging in harbor » South Coast Today FAIRHAVEN — Following suit with Mayor Jon Mitchell and state Reps. Bill Straus, D-Mattapoisett, and Robert Koczera, D-New Bedford, selectmen will also send a letter of recommendation in favor o…

Council leans toward easing of shadow law, despite critics » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh's bid to get state law revised so a skyscraper can be built on Winthrop Square was hammered at a City Council hearing on Monday, but the measure appears to have enough support to…

?Biogen shares jump as launch of new drug beats expectations » Boston Business Journal Biogen said Tuesday that its recently-approved drug for a rare infant disease had generated far more revenue in the first quarter of 2017 than analysts expected, lifting shares of the Cambridge biotec…

The inside story of No Boston Olympics » Commonwealth Magazine

Crimes

Revenge porn, teen sexts targeted in Baker's bill » Boston Herald Vengeful ex-lovers who post so-called “revenge porn” — making sexual photos or videos of their exes public online — could face up to five years in prison under a proposal fro…

Domestic Relations

Incomplete birth certificates create a bureaucratic morass » Boston Globe It took 52 years for Donald Cohoon to learn that his first name wasn't really Donald.…

Education

Who's speaking at this year's local college commencements? » Boston Globe They are the sure signs of spring in Massachusetts — the Red Sox are back in town, the weather is sporadic at best, and on the weekends, the streets are filled with an army of cap-and-gown glad…

Attorneys general: Restore guidance to aid student borrowers » The Recorder Attorneys general from 20 states and the District of Columbia are faulting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for rolling back Obama-era guidance they say is helping protect student loan borrowers.…

Environment

Volunteers needed for annual state park cleanup day in Holyoke, Turners Falls and Goshen » The Republican State parks from Cape Cod to the Berkshires provide low-cost and accessible outdoor recreation to millions of Massachusetts residents and visitors every year. …

Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network seeks rehearing by FERC, asks for stay of construction in Otis State Forest » The Berkshire Eagle An environmental group Monday asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a rehearing on its notice for Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. to proceed with tree cutting and construction in Otis State Fo…

Federal

Hinds heads to D.C. to stave off budget cuts » The Recorder Hinds, others, hope to stave off budget cuts to Mass. programs …

Gaming

State Joins Town, Taxpayers in Appeal of Casino Ruling » Vineyard Gazette The Massachusetts Attorney General joined the town of Aquinnah and a taxpayer group this week in challenging a federal appellate panel's ruling that gave the green light to a tribal gambling facility …

This Is The Story About Robert Kraft's Casino Holdings That Rupert Murdoch's Paper Never Ran » Deadspin It goes without saying (hey there, Las Vegas Raiders!) that the NFL's gambling policy is a hypocritical mess. But now that I no longer work for Rupert Murdoch, I can plainly state that every word out …

Health Care

Wisconsin seeks to mandate drug tests for Medicaid recipients » Boston Globe Low-income residents seeking government help in Wisconsin often slog through a frustrating, outdated bureaucracy at a run-down state building in Milwaukee, enduring a process that generates complaints…

Republicans push to cap MassHealth costs » Eagle Tribune BOSTON — A Republican-led plan to reel in health care costs would require some MassHealth recipients to work to help pay for coverage and ban those who can get insurance from their employers.…

Nearly 65 to be laid off at UMass Medical School » The Republican Nearly 65 people will lose their jobs at UMass Medical School after the school's Commonwealth Medicine division did not renew a MassHealth contract, the Telegram & Gazette reports. According to a spo…

Tackling addiction a team effort, officials say » The Sun Chronicle Deaths from opioid overdoses in Massachusetts have nearly quadrupled from 532 in 2010, to an estimated 1,979, last year. But while there are no immediate cures for the scourge of heroin and other dan…

Massachusetts AG creates task force to scrutinize nonprofit hospitals' community benefit » Becker's Hospital Review

Housing

Baker announces bill at Quincy affordable-housing project » Patriot Ledger Gov. Charlie Baker used the site of a planned Quincy Point affordable-housing development as the backdrop to announce that his administration was seeking $1.3 billion for such projects.…

Rep. Dooley to host Norfolk forum on 40B law, affordable housing » Wicked Local Quincy

Immigration

Clergy start sanctuary network » Lowell Sun Clergy of various faiths are set to gather Tuesday to announce the creation of the Merrimack Valley Sanctuary Network, meant to protect undocumented immigrants.…

Labor

Cloudy future for employees, Somerset as Brayton Point remains on track for closure » The Herald News

Legislative

In Sen. Hinds forum, Cheshire poses tough questions, with few bright answers » The Berkshire Eagle Less than four months into his first term as a State Senator, Adam Hinds faced a small room of Cheshire residents dismayed with the impending closure of the town's elementary school.…

MA Senators Host Town Hall Style Forum: Commonwealth Conversations Tour » Worcester Patch Senators lead this town-hall style forum and invite all to attend, ask questions, and discuss. …

Rep. Paul Mark leads House panel looking ahead to redistricting plan » The Recorder We're three years away from the 2020 Census, but already state officials are anticipating the effects it could have on who represents the region in Congress and Beacon Hill. …

Legislature looking to help improve export industry » Sentinel & Enterprise

House GOP still waiting for Healey response on guns » State House News Service

Local Government

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse in Ireland to form sister-city tie with Tralee » The Republican Mayor Alex B. Morse is in Ireland on a combination business trip and vacation and will meet with Tralee Mayor Terry O'Brien to discuss a sister-city relationship between the communities, he said today…

After 60 Years, Chinatown May Finally Get Its Neighborhood Library Back » WBUR East Boston has an award-winning new library: one big, bright room designed to bring a diverse neighborhood together. And in a few weeks, Jamaica Plain's library will reopen after a $10 million renov…

Marijuana

Weed bill expected by July » Boston Herald A Beacon Hill committee tasked with coming up with a plan to implement legal pot use in Massachusetts is hoping to have a finished bill on Gov. Charlie Baker's desk by July 1, after listening to nearl…

Pot panel looks to let ex-cons in » Commonwealth Magazine THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE shaping the state's new marijuana law wrapped up its final session of hearings Monday with an impassioned plea from a convicted drug felon to change the laws to allow him to …

Sheriffs say raise Mass. pot tax to pay for addiction treatment » telegram.com Two sheriffs urged lawmakers on Monday to use the legalization of marijuana as an opportunity to invest in substance abuse treatment by raising the tax on pot sales to support public and private addic…

Opinion

Making dollars count in Haiti » Boston Globe IN EVERY country, every day, a lot of money is spent by various governments and agencies with the intention of making life better for citizens.…

Renew protected status for Haitians » Boston Globe THERE WAS AT least one immigrant group that President Trump didn't demonize relentlessly while he was campaigning for the White House.…

Impure thoughts about the Democrats' 'purity' test » Boston Globe “Get over it.'' That's what US Representative Richard Neal told a fellow Democrat still bemoaning the 2014 primary defeat of John Tierney — a lock-step liberal who represented his North S…

Editorial: An art to spending » Boston Herald When it comes to budget cuts, “devastating” is of course in the eye of the beholder.…

Chieppo: Hotel project a sign of BCEC success » Boston Herald The recent announcement that an Omni hotel with more than 1,000 rooms will rise next to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center is good news for the local hospitality industry. It's also the most p…

EDITORIAL: Time for Legislature to show fiscal restraint » Sentinel & Enterprise It's going to be a busy week on Beacon Hill as legislators consider more than 1,200 bills and amendments relating to the fiscal 2018 state budget, which goes into effect July 1.…

House should hold budget discussions in public » Newburyport News Leaders of the state's House of Representatives are set to conduct an annual ritual of meeting behind closed doors this week to sort out local budget requests, deciding winners and losers while leavin…

Politics

Cornell Mills, former Boston City Council candidate and son of ex-senator, charged with embezzlement, acting as real estate broker » The Republican Cornell Mills, a former candidate for the Boston City Council and the son of former Massachusetts state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson, has been charged with embezzlement and acting as a real estate broker wit…

Mass. Democrats move to kill Israel resolution » Boston Globe After fierce backlash from state party leaders, Massachusetts Democrats are moving to formally kill a provocative proposal for the state committee to declare opposition to Israeli settlements in the W…

Sex trade feared to be even 'worse than it once was' » Boston Herald Advocates say issue goes beyond convictions; prevention and substance abuse help needed …

Possible Senate candidate Geoff Diehl assails Elizabeth Warren for writing books while in office » The Republican Geoff Diehl, a Republican who is eyeing a run against Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2018, condemned the Massachusetts Democrat for writing books while in office.…

Political Happy Hour: April 24, 2017 » Boston Globe Here's your Yeastie Boys Pot Kettle Black New Zealand beer bottle of politics from Joshua Miller of the Boston Globe at the Massachusetts State House.…

Public Health

Massachusetts receives nearly $12 Million in federal funding to fight opioid epidemic » Wicked Local Newton

State Finance

Reps working out state budget privately » State House News Service With no appetite among House members for tax-raising amendments, the bulk of action in the House on the first day of budget deliberations is occurring behind the scenes. …

House advances $40.3 billion state budget » State House News Service After turning back proposals to raise taxes or authorize a sales tax holiday, the Massachusetts House on Monday gave initial approval to a $40.3 billion budget for fiscal 2018, which begins on July 1.…

House Democrats block effort to set annual sales, meals tax holidays » Boston Business Journal House Democrats blocked efforts by GOP lawmakers on Monday to establish an annual sales tax holiday in August and a meals tax holiday in March.…

GOP reps push health-care spending curbs » Lowell Sun

Baker preparing for potential tax revenue shortfall » Lowell Sun Without divulging any details, Gov. Charlie Baker said his administration is drafting "reasonable and appropriate" plans to deal with a revenue shortfall in the nearly 10-month-old state budget.…

State Government

Oil giant tried to throw Mass. AG off climate case » Greenwire Exxon Mobil Corp. tried to get the attorney general of Massachusetts thrown off her own case against the company, one of her attorneys told a federal judge.…

House Dems kill tax holiday proposals » Sentinel & Enterprise House Democrats blocked efforts by GOP lawmakers on Monday to establish an annual sales tax holiday in August and a meals tax holiday in March. Rep. Shaunna O'Connell, a Taunton Republican, filed a b…

Governor's office should be subject to records laws » Eagle Tribune While Massachusetts lawmakers have made modest strides toward increasing transparency on Beacon Hill, there is still plenty of road to travel. The latest example of the work that remains is the battle…

Our view: Governor's office should be subject to records law » The Salem News While Massachusetts lawmakers have made modest strides toward increasing transparency on Beacon Hill, there is still plenty of road to travel. The latest example of the work that remains is the battle…

Political Notes: Healey to hold town hall meeting on Cape » Cape Cod Times Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey will host the latest installment of her “Moving Forward Together” town hall meeting series on Cape Cod next week.…

Taxation

House Democrats kill tax holiday proposals » The Republican STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, APRIL 24, 2017.....House Democrats blocked efforts by GOP lawmakers on Monday to establish an annual sales tax holiday in August and a meals tax holiday in March.…

Tax on Sugary Drinks Goes Flat in Massachusetts » Bloomberg BNA

Transportation

Mysterious malady plagues commuter rail wheels » Commonwealth Magazine JUST AS THE MBTA'S COMMUTER RAIL operator is starting to get a handle on its shortage of working locomotives, the company is facing a mysterious problem with the wheels on its passenger coaches.…

Uber ego » Commonwealth Magazine Uber is what many describe as a “disruptive technology,” that emerging portion of the so-called gig economy that is challenging traditional models of commerce with little regard for the ni…

T trying to speed up Green Line trains » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA IS WORKING ON WAYS to speed up service on the Green Line by coordinating traffic lights, consolidating stops, and using technology to prevent bottlenecks. T officials estimate they can shave …

MBTA to skip out of shutdown meeting; Tarr, other officials to listen to concerns about summer rail closures » Gloucester Times The first of three North Shore public forums focusing on a Department of Transportation plan to shut down commuter rail service north of Salem for 28 days this summer to carry out bridge repairs and o…

Steamship Authority gets license for $60M Woods Hole project » Cape Cod Times The Department of Environmental Protection has issued a waterways license for reconstruction of the Woods Hole ferry terminal, ending months of uncertainty over the future of the six-year, roughly $60…

Here's why your MBTA train is so crowded » WCVB A shortage of trains is causing the issue and is expected to persist through next month. Keolis, which operates the commuter rail, was required to operate 362 trains each day last month, but was only…

Utilities

Gasoline prices at highest level in two years » The Sun Chronicle Gasoline prices in Massachusetts have jumped for the sixth straight week and are at their highest levels since August 2015. AAA Northeast's weekly survey Monday found the cost of self-serve regular h…

Proposed Massachusetts efficiency, clean energy programs shoot for low-income access » Utility Dive

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