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Democrats' Secret Weapon: Romney Voters » Politico Stop fetishizing the Obama-Trump converts. If you want to see the future of politics, here's who Dems need to understand. …

The Weather Channel Is Not Holding Back When It Comes To Climate Change » The Huffington Post The Weather Channel completely revamped its homepage to answer all your burning (sorry!) questions about the havoc that climate change is wreaking on the world. …

The most interesting man in the world - and Barack Obama » Politico How the World's Most Interesting Man Befriended the World's Most Powerful Man …

Exclusive: Ballot Effort to Unveil Trump Taxes to Debut at Mass Dem Convention… » Western Mass Politics and Insight The investigation into Russian interference with the United States presidential election last year picked up speed after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed a special counsel. Nonetheless…

Boston teachers union will welcome Chaffee » Commonwealth Magazine THE MASSACHUSETTS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION may not be interested in hearing from Sydney Chaffee, the Boston charter school educator who was recently named National Teacher of the Year, but the Boston Teac…

Democrats expect large turnout for Worcester convention » telegram.com On the eve of their annual convention, Democrats Friday will have an array of places in the city to grab cocktails and mingle.…

Hospital execs strategize to fight NIH cuts: Cite catastrophic job losses » Boston Herald The leaders of the Hub's top hospitals are preparing to launch a national campaign against President Trump's proposed budget that calls for slashing National Institutes of Health funding by nearly 20 …

Tufts nurses move closer to strike after failing to agree on 'final' contract offer » Boston Business Journal A nurses' strike and subsequent four-day lockout is looking imminent at Tufts Medical Center, after the nurses and hospital administrators failed to reach an agreement during the final scheduled negot…

State education commissioner Chester scaling back workload » baystateparent Commissioner Mitchell Chester, who leads the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), which oversees the Bay State's K-12 public schools, has scaled back his workload due…

Baker all talk on regional carbon limits » Commonwealth Magazine AS PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP moves forward with his efforts to dismantle the Clean Power Plan and accelerate the extraction of coal, oil, and gas on federal lands, it's worth taking a look at our own rec…

“President Trump did what candidate Trump promised. He is letting ideology and politics trump science. This is an ill-conceived decision which sets us apart from virtually every other nation in the world. I hope we will not next hear from the Trump Administration that the world is flat.”

Senate President Stan Rosenberg

Speaking about President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

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Beltway Politics

Conway wishes 'joyless' Clinton had 'self-awareness' » Politico “Yes, it was her fault she lost,” Conway said of Clinton in Manhattan. …

John Kerry, Who Signed Paris Climate Accord, Blasts Trump's 'Big Mistake' » CBS Boston Former Secretary of State John Kerry slammed President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord on Thursday.…

NPR Reporters Annotate Trump's Speech On Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal » WBUR The United States will withdraw from the international climate agreement known as the Paris accord, President Trump announced on Thursday, saying the U.S. will negotiate either re-entering the Paris a…

Trump Asks Supreme Court To Reinstate Travel Ban On 6 Majority-Muslim Nations » WBUR Trump Asks Supreme Court To Reinstate Travel Ban On 6 Majority-Muslim Nations…

Did James Comey Lie About Interference In The Russia Investigation? » WBUR Fired FBI director James Comey may tell the Senate Intelligence Committee next week that President Trump suggested he ease off at least part of the FBI's Russia investigation.…

Business

Kenmore Square catches up with the boom » Boston Globe The Rat is long gone. So is Deli Haus. The old Kenmore Army & Navy Store many years ago decamped to Downtown Crossing, and there's an oyster bar where Charlie's Cafeteria used to be.…

Brothers' arrest reveals underbelly of suboxone clinic business » Boston Globe Four years ago, the Tkhilaishvili brothers were running a pizza shop in Taunton. But the entreprenuerial immigrants from the former Soviet republic of Georgia thought they could make even more money, …

We sent our reporter to check out a new driving app. That was a mistake. » Boston Globe When you live life like I do — full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal, one hand on the steering wheel, the other flippin' the bird — you need a car that can keep up.…

GE CEO 'disappointed' at Trump's decision to leave Paris climate deal » Boston Business Journal General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt criticized President Donald Trump's decision to leave the Paris climate agreement Thursday, tweeting that he was “disappointed” by the action and declaring…

GE head fires back at Trump: 'Climate change is real' » The Hill The chief executive officer of General Electric responded to President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement on Thursday, flatly stating, "Climate change is real."…

Civil Rights

The forgotten riot that sparked Boston's racial unrest » Boston Globe CARS AMBLED UP AND DOWN Blue Hill Avenue as pedestrians darted back and forth across the street, stopping into stores such as Roxie Sales, Bookstein Drug, and the Grove Hall Dress Shop on a busy Frida…

Crimes

Sen. Ross Co-Sponsors 'An Act Relative to Odin Lloyd' » Milton Patch State Senator Richard Ross is co-sponsoring legislation filed by Representative Evandro Carvalho that would bring justice to victims such as Odin Lloyd should a criminal conviction be overturned due t…

Aaron Hernandez's Death Inspires Bill That Would Prevent Convictions Being Vacated » NECN A Boston lawmaker is reportedly proposing a bill that would change an antiquated Massachusetts law that allows inmates who die while their case is under appeal to have that conviction erased.…

Education

With Eye on Legislative Purse Strings, Public University Board Promotes Former Rep » JDSupra The board of trustees of Salem State University voted 7-3 on May 24 to elevate John Keenan, a lifelong resident of Salem, former state rep and former House chair of a powerful legislative committee, t…

Will $10M grant spur another industrial revolution? UML, state hope so » Lowell Sun It will be cut from a different cloth than the looms and lofty brick buildings of the 19th century…

Adult students visit the Statehouse » The Eagle Tribune Students of the Methuen Adult Learning Center visited Boston for a tour of the Statehouse this week.…

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $11.3 Million To UMass Lowell For Innovation In Advanced Manufacturing » Textile World Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced awards totaling $11.3 million to UMass Lowell to fund the creation of future technologies that will revolutionize the way fabrics are made and reinvent …

Environment

After Trump's decision, cities and states vow to step up » Boston Globe President Trump's long-anticipated decision Thursday to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord stirred vows of resistance and pledges from cities, states, and regional groups to comp…

Five things to know about withdrawing from Paris accord » Boston Globe President Trump has announced that the US will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, a landmark international accord in which nearly 200 countries agreed to confront globe warming by reducing the…

AG sues company for damaging Salisbury wetlands » Newburyport News The Attorney General's Office is suing a New Hampshire-based company for allegedly damaging protected wetlands in Salisbury and seeks civil penalties, the removal of hazardous waste and restoration of…

Local lawmakers comment on President Trump Paris Agreement decision » Western Mass News Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord is sending shockwaves throughout Massachusetts too.…

Marty Walsh says Boston is committed to the Paris Agreement standards—despite Trump's decision » Boston.com President Donald Trump announced his decision Thursday to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, abdicating the U.S. federal government's commitments to reducing emissions and participat…

Sen. Barrett wants Massachusetts to take lead in combating climate change » Wicked Local Concord A proposed Massachusetts Senate resolution would put the commonwealth on record in favor of a cooperative effort among American states and cities to meet U.S. commitments under the Paris Agreement on …

'Calamitous Error': Local Lawmakers Condemn Trump Decision to Withdraw From Paris Climate Agreement » NECN Lawmakers across New England wasted no time in speaking out against President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the international Paris climate change agreement.…

Coal's Days Are Numbered—So Where Will the Electrons Come From? » Union of Concerned Scientists The last big coal plant in New England is gone, New Jersey's biggest utility is done with coal generation, and Florida's largest electric utility is retiring yet another coal plant. These are more sol…

Sierra Club – Trump can't stop us from meeting goals of Paris Climate Agreement » Red Green and Blue I watched the press conference with my parents and 7-year-old daughter, and it felt like such a profound, painful betrayal of our responsibility to future generations. But I know that our powerful, so…

EPA moves to settle with GE on 'rest of river' PCB cleanup challenge » The Berkshire Eagle The Environmental Protection Agency now seeks to settle its long dispute with the General Electric Co. over Housatonic River pollution, just months after ordering GE to embark on a $613 million cleanu…

State Sen. Eric Lesser calls on Gov. Charlie Baker to join US Climate Alliance » MassLive

Health Care

Trump rule could deny birth control coverage to many women » Boston Globe The Trump administration has drafted a sweeping revision of the government's contraception coverage mandate that could deny birth control benefits to hundreds of thousands of women who now receive the…

How Boston hospitals are working to save NIH funding in the Trump era » Boston Business Journal At the urging of state and city officials, Boston hospitals are undertaking a grassroots campaign to save federal research funding from cuts.…

State health assessment urged near proposed compressor station » Wicked Local Weymouth A physician is recommending the state Department of Public Health conduct a health assessment near the Fore River basin in response to an air study he conducted within a two-mile radius of a proposed …

Human Services

Western Mass. Nonprofit Seeks To Build Homeless Female Vets Back Up » WBUR The federal government estimates that on any given night, 3,000 to 4,000 female veterans are homeless.…

Should Massachusetts lift the family cap on welfare benefits? » Boston Globe

Immigration

Unable To Be Deported, Man At Center Of Mass. High Court ICE Detainer Case Is Freed » WBUR After more than three months in federal immigration detention, Sreynoun Lunn, a man at the center of a case before the state Supreme Judicial Court, is free.…

Judiciary

Two nominees approved for district court judgeships » Newburyport News The Governor's Council on Wednesday unanimously approved an administrative judge and an Attleboro solo practitioner to seats on the District Court bench.…

High-ranking court official swept up in prostitution sting » Boston Globe A high-ranking official in the state's court system was among nine men swept up in an online prostitution sting Tuesday in Boston.…

Gonzalez aims for "fairer and safer" system with justice reforms » The Berkshire Eagle Democrat Jay Gonzalez, in a pitch for comprehensive criminal justice reform that could appeal to the progressive wing of his party, called Thursday for the elimination of nearly all mandatory minimum …

Bill penalizing witnesses knocked as 'out of touch' » Boston Herald Civil rights groups are blasting as “out of touch” a new bill that calls for hiking fines to $10,000 and jail time to a year for jittery witnesses who fail to take the stand in violent gan…

Labor

Boston-area financial advisors are, relatively, among the lowest paid in U.S. » Boston Business Journal Lawyers. Architects. Computer programmers. Real estate brokers. All of those professions — and many others — make more money here in Boston on average than their peers do nationwide, acc…

Five T union officials have triggered their pensions this year » Boston Globe Five top officers at the Boston Carmen's Union have retired from the MBTA so far this year, cashing in on their pensions just as the retirement system is facing pressure from the Baker administration …

Union objects to police chief pension bill » Boston Herald A top police union is urging lawmakers to block a bill that would allow Braintree's interim police chief to work full-time and still collect his $116,00-a-year pension, warning the “precedent-se…

Real estate broker pay in Boston far exceeds the national average » Boston Business Journal In the often volatile, cyclical world of commercial real estate, 2016 marked a strong year for Boston brokers: On average, Boston's commercial real estate brokers made $115,440 annually — over …

Money in America: Paying for a changing job market » Boston Business Journal Companies want more specialized employees. Workers are trying to anticipate future jobs. The result is a new pay scale for U.S. employment.…

May Jobs Report: 138,000 More On Payrolls; Unemployment Dips Slightly » WBUR Some 138,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in May, according to the monthly jobs report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday morning.…

Local Government

City schools get Wi-Fi boost thanks to state grant » The Sun Chronicle Eight of the city's nine schools will soon see improvement in their Wi-Fi service, thanks to a $76,000 state grant.…

Memorial Day in Lakeville » South Coast Today The Lakeville Historical Commission on Monday hosted Memorial Day Observances inside the Historic Town Hall/House due to rain.…

Boston City Hall Was Lit Green For Environment, Walsh Says » WBUR Boston City Hall was lit green Thursday night, showing that "Boston stands with the environment," Mayor Marty Walsh said.…

Opinion

Trump abdicates US leadership on climate change » Boston Globe The Trump administration's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement has just made the question “What do the US, Nicaragua and Syria have in common?” a staple of late night comed…

We'll all be paying for Trump's bad decision on the Paris accord » Boston Globe Today in the Rose Garden, President Trump announced that the United States is pulling out of the Paris agreement on climate change.…

More than ever, Boston needs to host climate summit » Boston Globe Hosting a global summit on climate change for 2,000 attendees? Bostonians can do that in their sleep.…

How to save happy hour (and thousands of lives) » Boston Globe By the time you read this, Boston will be tipping back pints at Trillium Brewing's new beer garden on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Some of the best beer in the world in one of the city's finest settings…

The report card on Trump's foreign travels » Boston Globe President Trump's first overseas trip was marked by sharp contrasts. The man who proposed a total ban on Muslims entering the United States was well received in the center of the Sunni Muslim world, w…

Benton: Finally, an answer from the MBTA » The Salem News Kudos to members of the North Shore's legislative delegation who appear to have prevailed on the MBTA is maintain some semblance of train service north of Boston through its looming summer shutdown.…

Column: Remembering Marshall's influence » The Salem News “The cost of war in human lives is constantly spread before me, written neatly in many ledgers whose columns are gravestones,” said American five-star General George C. Marshall. “I …

Heslam: Boston minister needs to plead forgiveness » Boston Herald To the outside world, Pastor A. Livingston Foxworth is a good holy man and husband who blessed a newly elected Gov. Charlie Baker, hosted the Rev. Jesse Jackson at his Dorchester church in April and l…

Housing woes are a regional problem, with Boston just a puzzle piece » Boston Globe THE GLOBE'S May 29 editorial about housing prices in Boston gave well-deserved praise to Mayor Walsh yet missed the larger policy issue (“Walsh's housing policy pays off in lower rents”). …

Boston Calling just needs a little help from some friends » Boston Business Journal The festival clearly suffered growing pains from its days at the smaller, brick-laden City Hall Plaza where it had been held since it began in 2013.…

Climate Change Isn't A Political Issue. It's A Moral Reality. » WBUR Of all the troubling aspects of the 2016 election, the one that historians are likely to look upon as the most galling and catastrophic was the virtual absence of climate change as an issue.…

Marty Walsh improves Boston's civic climate » Boston Globe A cloud has lifted over Boston. I don't mean literally. Not the way this spring has been.…

Politics

Tito Jackson's address? It's complicated » Commonwealth Magazine TITO JACKSON, the Boston city councilor who is challenging Mayor Marty Walsh this fall, is not generally one to shrink from a tough question or dodge and weave around a topic.…

Charlie who? Democrats focus ire toward Trump to Baker's benefit » Boston Globe

Public Health

Lowell High safety report fuels firestorm » Lowell Sun The city's Board of Health says a report on the conditions of Lowell High School is the crux of its recommendation Wednesday that the school be temporarily closed in order to address a myriad of build…

Brewster Ambulance unveils new headquarters in Weymouth » Wicked Local Weymouth Opioid deaths on the South Shore are on the rise, making Brewster Ambulance's moving of its headquarters from Boston to Weymouth especially welcome.…

Public Safety

Drone bill seeks to bring some order to 'Wild West' » Gloucester Times The Bay State's skies are a "wild west" for law enforcement operating remote-controlled aircraft, known as drones, according to a Weymouth Republican who is seeking to provide a "foundation" for how t…

State Government

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito visits T-Wharf, Cordage » Wicked Local Plymouth Money talks. It can also restart an engine.…

Convention will feature Democratic candidates for governor » Newburyport News One thousand first-time delegates will participate in the Massachusetts Democratic State Convention on Saturday, a number Chairman Gus Bickford says is indicative of a “terrific amount of energy…

Baker wants to create cabinet-level IT czar » The Salem News BOSTON – Citing security, privacy and economic considerations, Gov. Charlie Baker is proposing the creation of a new secretariat in his administration to oversee information technology services…

State's official website gets a makeover » Boston Globe “It's a beast.” That's how Baker administration officials describe the state's official website,mass.gov. Officials acknowledge that navigating the site can be confusing, particularly for …

Mass. leaders decry Paris withdrawl » Worcester Business Journal

Charlie Baker's labor secretary to depart cabinet » Boston Globe

Baker names Lowell bank executive as new labor secretary » Boston Herald

Taxation

Debate Heats Up Over State Bill to Tax Rental Properties » Martha's Vineyard Gazette Against a backdrop of rocketing demand for vacation rentals on the Cape and Islands and a rapidly expanding online booking industry, state lawmakers are anticipating the passage of a sweeping tax on s…

Advocates weigh in on film tax credit report » Boston Herald A Massachusetts-made movie should be judged by the local spending it spurs, not its box office take, advocates for the state's film industry say, pushing back on a Herald report showing that the state…

Utilities

Somerset rep reflects as sun sets on state's last coal plant » State House News Service The cooling towers and stacks at Brayton Point billowed Wednesday evening as Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad drove home to Somerset, and as the sun set on Massachusetts's last coal-fired power pla…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Cable access programming hopeful for high definition » WBUR

Baker gets tour of CTEi (SLIDESHOW) » WBUR

Boston's US-China climate summit likely off the table, Walsh said » Metro

Cape officials react to possible withdrawal from climate pact » Cape Cod Times

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says President Donald Trump 'would imperil our planet' in break from climate agreement » Mass Live

Baker proposes cabinet-level IT agency led by tech secretary » The Associated Press (AP)

Bob Massie Is Putting Climate and Democracy at the Center of the Massachusetts Governor's Race » The Nation

Democratic candidate asks who said it: Baker or Trump? » Boston Globe

Slots parlor hit with $65,000 fine » State House News Service

State Senate okays $40.8B budget; leaves revenues uncertain Local aid programs are highlighted » Dorchester Reporter

Governor proposes state tech overhaul » Boston Globe

Here's a full list of nations that won't participate in the Paris climate accord » Boston Globe

Mass. Dems ask IG to investigate Baker environmental hires » Boston Globe

Wolf sees DeLeo as "tone deaf" to progressive agenda » State House News Service

Neal: House Republicans "very divided" on tax reform » State House News Service

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

SB 22 - An Act relative to a lease for the bathing beach bathhouse facility and surrounding grounds located on Otis Street in Hingham

Most read bills of the week:

SB3 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB3601 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB2825 - An Act providing for provisional licensure for speech-language pathologists

HB3718 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2017 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

SB1348 - An Act relative to the use of unmanned aerial systems

HB2308 - An Act for justice reinvestment

HB3150 - An Act relative to fair pay for comparable work

SB1095 - An Act relative to behavioral health telemedicine

SB943 - An Act to protect electronic privacy

House Actions This Week: 564

Senate Actions This Week: 61


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