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Must-Reads

Want to Get Rid of Trump? Only Fox News Can Do It » New York Times Sean Hannity might have more power over the president's fate than Mitch McConnell or Paul Ryan. …

Free-press groups warn of violence against media » Politico After President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted out a fake-wrestling video that showed him pummeling a person clothed in the CNN logo, free press organizations are starting to do what they never though…

At parades and protests, GOP lawmakers get earful about health care » The Washington Post For the 15th year, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) spent July 4 marching through this town of 1,331, a short boat ride away from Canada. She walked and waved, next to marching bands and Shriner-driven lo…

Christie Signs $34.7B Budget, Ending Historic Shutdown Over an Insurance Company » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS Holding up the $34.7 billion spending plan for fiscal 2018 was a controversial piece of legislation Christie wanted to overhaul the state's largest health insurance company, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Sh…

Popularity Of Potential Sales Tax Cut Measure Clouds 2018 Picture02:33 » WBUR The so-called "millionaire's tax" would raise the state income tax on those making over $1 million. Barring a successful legal challenge from business groups, the measure appears set to go before vote…

Baker health proposals would hurt poor, advocates say » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker has been a vocal opponent of Republican legislation in Congress that would sharply curtail Medicaid funding, cuts that would hit the state's poor, disabled, and elderly resident…

Flack for Setti Warren takes page from Trump's playbook » Boston Herald Democratic gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren's flack, Kevin Franck, may alienate every member of the #mapoli press corps before Gov. Charlie Baker even announces his re-election bid. …

At UMass Boston, hires come with political connections » Boston Globe Tom Sannicandro served 12 years in the Massachusetts Legislature, advocating on behalf of people with disabilities and co-leading the committee on higher education. For that job, he earned about $75,0…

'IT'S AMAZING I HAVEN'T RUINED MYSELF' » Esquire ONCE REVERED AS ONE OF THE GREATEST HEROES IN RED SOX HISTORY, TODAY CURT SCHILLING IS KNOWN AS MUCH FOR OFFENSIVE MEMES AS FOR HIS BLOODY SOCK. IS HIS GOAL TO DOMINATE RIGHT-WING MEDIA—OR TO W…

Mark Pincus and Reid Hoffman are launching a new group to rethink the Democratic Party » recode Not literally. Not the likes of what befell the team behind Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, resulting in scores of private emails being published online — and countless news stories that helpe…

How the Left Lost Its Mind » The Atlantic Polemicists, conspiracists, and outright fabulists are feeding an alternative media landscape—where the implausibility of a claim is no bar to its acceptance. …

"Some years the budget lands on June 22, some years it lands on July 22, some years it lands on Aug. 22. The commonwealth stills manages to find a way to function,"

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about the state budget which remains in conference committee.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Elizabeth Warren is finding her voice on foreign policy » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren, wrapping up her first fact-finding mission to Afghanistan Tuesday, denounced President Trump for over-relying on a military fix and failing to outline an effective overall st…

Warren to hold town hall–style forum July 15 » Martha's Vineyard Times .S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is coming to Martha's Vineyard Saturday, July 15, at 10:30 am at the invitation of the Martha's Vineyard Social Justice Leadership Foundation, according to an email from Arni…

Atkins: Core U.S. values at play in voter commission fight » Boston Herald WASHINGTON — As the nation celebrates the Declaration of Independence, a growing number of states have cited core American principles — the right to vote, the right to privacy and protec…

Business

A day later, taxi drivers regroup and reflect on disastrous crash » Boston Globe Lahcen Ezaghdani was partway through his shift Monday when he stopped at the Logan Airport taxi pool to wait for his next fare. As he and many drivers often do, he paused for a few minutes of that tim…

Uber is dealt a fresh blow in European legal case » Boston Globe Uber suffered a blow to its expansion plans in Europe on Tuesday after a senior adviser to the region's highest court said that the ride-hailing service should have to abide by tough rules governing t…

Drought over for Mass. biotech IPOs » Boston Globe The drought in Massachusetts biotech IPOs is over. But there's a caveat.…

Pappalardo to continue work promoting fisheries » South Coast Today John Pappalardo is a seasoned veteran of fishery management who cites the importance of achieving both the near-term goals that directly benefit area fishermen and solving the big picture problems tha…

Dorchester waterfront proposal revised » Boston Herald Four new buildings with housing, a small hotel, restaurant and boathouse would be constructed on a waterfront section of Dorchester's Port Norfolk peninsula under revised project plans submitted for B…

Berkshire Life Sciences Industry Wants To See State Funding » WAMC

Civil Rights

The gap between black and white infant mortality is creeping up again, leaving researchers puzzled » STAT News The gap in infant mortality between black and white babies in the U.S. had been steadily closing for nearly a decade, but appears to be widening, researchers said Monday in a new study.…

Boston neighborhoods by birth nation » Levanthal Map Center In this unique word-map the size of the words in each neighborhood expresses the proportion of foreign-born residents in that area. For example, the large “Vietnam” in Dorchester indicates…

Crimes

Hay files bill that would make 'hides' punishable » Sentinel & Enterprise BOSTON -- Crafting hidden compartments in cars, boats or airplanes to conceal guns, drugs or drug money would be a crime punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of two years, under a bill that has …

Education

Hogan hailed a hero as 'Father' of UML » Lowell Sun All across UMass Lowell's campus, buildings are named for different leaders and donors.…

Free meals at all Salem schools next year » Salem News All of the city's public schools will offer free breakfast and lunch to students next year, a practice that has not, so far, been embraced elsewhere in the region.…

Environment

Fledgling Berkshire Communities Green Network seeks to rally 'green communities' » Berkshire Eagle Gone are the days when Berkshire towns struggled alone toward sustainability. A new group, Berkshire Communities Green Network, hopes to unify sustainability efforts across municipalities. …

United Church of Christ speaks out on climate change » Boston Globe The biennial national gathering of the United Church of Christ approved an emergency resolution on climate change Monday, denouncing President Trump's plans to withdraw the United States from the Pari…

Health Care

Hospital care would not suffer under nurses' strike, Tufts says » Boston Globe Every day, Tufts Medical Center has patients waiting for new hearts. At the critical moment when a donor becomes available, a team of care providers launches into action to carry out a complex, life-s…

Advocates call for public vetting of MassHealth reforms » Worcester Business Journal

Human Services

A life-changing summer for every Boston kid » Boston Globe For Dorchester parent Roberto Cardoso, the pressure to find a summer camp for Lianna, his 8-year-old daughter and only child, never goes away. He's already worried about what she'll be doing in the su…

Immigration

Walsh calls on Congress to figure out immigration » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh praised the important role that immigrants play in American society and challenged Congress to work toward comprehensive immigration reform during the city's annual Fourth of Jul…

Legislative

Long weekend failed to produce budget, pot deals » The Lowell Sun

Long weekend failed to produce budget, marijuana deals » Gloucester Times

Local Government

Self-described 'low-income' candidate Rachel Branch vies for North Adams mayor » Berkshire Eagle Rachel Branch plans to run for mayor, but you'll never see a lawn sign with her name on it. …

Amid recall effort, Southampton Select Board member abruptly quits » Gazette Net Facing an effort by some residents to boot her off the Select Board for absenteeism, Shannon Cutler lashed out at her Select Board colleagues in a tersely worded resignation letter submitted to the to…

Spilka: Let's dedicate ourselves to helping one another » Wicked Local Wakefield As we approach the Fourth of July holiday – one of my favorite days of the year, as it is also my wedding anniversary – I have spent some time reflecting on why government and public ser…

Boston District 7 candidates face off in debate over city issues » Bay State Banner

Marijuana

What's that smell in the air? In Boston, marijuana » Boston Globe Bonnie Sashin smelled it wafting on State Street. Cathy Kleinbart gets a daily whiff on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Asya Partan encountered it while waiting to cross the BU Bridge. “A couple o…

Opinion

Time To Make Fireworks Legal Again » New Boston Post The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.—I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Fe…

Breaking free of fashion's constraints » Boston Globe It's the Fourth of July, a day to contemplate the sublime human quest for freedom, from the Magna Carta to the Bill of Rights to...…

Donald Trump isn't normal; neither is America » Boston Globe “THIS IS not normal.” Anyone who spends time on social media or cable news has certainly heard or read that phrase. Of course, it refers to the deteriorating presidency of Donald Trump: hi…

Economic inequality goes well beyond the bank account » Boston Globe If President Trump's plan to cut individual and corporate taxes is enacted, it would accelerate the rise of income inequality in America. …

Globe's poll omission leaves Asian-Americans invisible and unheard » Boston Globe Asian-Americans don't expect much coverage in the mainstream media, but recent Globe stories from its poll on politics and race relations left me scratching my head.…

Editorial: No day at the beach » Boston Herald The fact that fiscal 2018 has begun and Massachusetts doesn't have a budget in place is regrettable. But the fact that there is a temporary spending plan, that there has been no government shutdown, t…

Here's how not to lead: Look at Chris Christie and Paul LePage » Boston Globe They say the best way to do a job is fearlessly, but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appears hell bent on testing the limits of that maxim.…

Save the sales tax holiday » Boston Globe THE SALES TAX disparity between in-store and online retailers is one of the worst aspects of our tax code. It creates an uneven playing field for brick-and-mortar stores, who lose millions in sales to…

Mega booze store out for self » Commonwealth Magazine MASSACHUSETTS LAWS AND regulations governing the sale of alcohol are partially based on the idea of maximizing carefully considered controls and oversight to help reduce negative impacts associated w…

Even in crisis, UMass Boston can't shake its habit of political hiring » Boston Globe I thought the University of Massachusetts Boston had fallen on hard times, but apparently that depends on whose times we are discussing.…

Politics

Bay State Republicans not expecting Trump blowback from voters in local elections » Boston Herald Plymouth Fireworks Got Off Without A Hatch One Year After Malfunction CBS Boston 2:17 0:42 1:53 1:31 2:17 0:42 1:53 1:31 Republicans running for office in Massachusetts are unlikely to take heat ove…

Dykes steps up for Indivisible Northern Essex » Newburyport News Part of a nationwide movement dedicated to challenging President Donald Trump's agenda, Indivisible Northern Essex founders Rosalin Acosta and Ed Lynch stepped down after Acosta was named the state's …

US Rep. Richard Neal celebrates July 4 in Chesterfield; congressman has been criticized for not spending time in the hilltowns » Mass Live U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal sent Independence Day greetings Tuesday from the Chesterfield Fourth of July parade.…

Is City Councilor Nadeem Mazen planning to challenge Rep. Capuano? » Wicked Local Cambridge

Public Safety

Protecting our children » Newburyport News There is a bill being evaluated in the House of Representatives and sponsored by several legislators. Rep. Brad Hill is one of these from Essex County.…

State Finance

Happy New Fiscal Year... But Still No Budget » New Boston Post While it lacks the flair of the situation in New Jersey, Massachusetts is still without a state budget three days into its new fiscal year.…

Massachusetts Lawmakers Look To Close Budget Gap » WAMC Legislators will return to the Massachusetts State House after the holiday to try to pass a final state budget. …

Mass. remains without state budget » The Valley Dispatch While it lacks the flair of the situation in New Jersey, Massachusetts is still without a state budget three days into its new fiscal year.…

Mass. among half dozen states without budget in place » State House News Service

Overdue budget's revenue base a "moving target," conferee says » State House News Service

State Government

Trial begins in ACLU suit challenging Massachusetts deadlines for voter registration » Mass Live A trial in a civil lawsuit that challenges the legality of Massachusetts to set a voter registration deadline prior to elections is scheduled to begin Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court.…

Bill would change voter registration from opt-in to opt-out » Gazette Net A bill making its way through the state Legislature would create an automatic voter registration system in the state, changing the current opt-in format to an opt-out system.…

Should Massachusetts offer same-day voter registration? » WWLP 22

Taxation

Short-term rentals should be taxed » Newburyport News Massachusetts is facing a serious revenue problem, something many residents of the state can relate to as we continue through a period of stagnant wages and a sluggish state economy.…

Plans for short-term rentals face opposition » Gloucester Times

Transportation

MBTA hits pause on commuter rail WiFi plan » Boston Globe The MBTA hit pause on a plan to improve wireless Internet service on Greater Boston's commuter rail trains Friday amid opposition from several nearby communities.…

Rail trail links Dennis and Yarmouth » Wicked Local Yarmouth Gov. Charlie Baker and a delegation of Cape state legislators and officials appeared over the crest of the new Cape Cod Rail Trail Bridge over Route 134 in Dennis and walked down the steep incline to …

Mass. highway administrator is stepping down » Boston Globe

Tinlin resignation leaves new bosses in place at highway, MBTA » State House News Service

Arup USA chosen to conduct rail link feasibility study » State House News Service

Utilities

Massachusetts sets 200MWh energy storage procurement target » Energy Storage News Expected since the beginning of this year, Massachusetts has confirmed that it will implement an “aspirational” 200MWh energy storage procurement target for electric distribution companies…

Weekend News

Baker hits Trump for 'inexcusable' comments on MSNBC's Brzezinski » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker on Friday joined the chorus of condemnation against President Trump's broadsides against the co-hosts of “Morning Joe,” in which the president took to Twitter to acc…

Mass. lawmakers consider a new tool against 'patent trolls' » Boston Globe The demands can come out of nowhere, warning companies that their products violate a patent developed by someone else. You could settle, the notices say, or you could fight us in court — a move…

State Representative Ponders Challenge To Senator Warren » CBS Boston State Representative Geoff Diehl's supporters were on the campaign trail in Braintree Saturday, working to drum-up support for a possible U. S. Senate run next year.…

Anti-Elizabeth Warren super PAC aims to 'Deal Her Out' » CNN There's a new super PAC on the scene and it's already got its eyes set on the 2020 race -- specifically making sure Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren never makes it there.…

Decoding Baker's Mass. Medicaid changes » Boston Globe Reforming MassHealth, the state's giant Medicaid program, is about as exciting as it sounds — which is probably why the state Legislature wanted no part of such a thankless slog earlier this ye…

Tufts Medical, nurses hope to avoid strike with upcoming negotiating session » Boston Business Journal ?A federal mediator is bringing Tufts Medical Center and its union nurses back to the negotiating table on Friday to try to avoid a one-day strike of its 1,200 nurses and subsequent four-day lockout.…

Seth Moulton: rebel with a cause of yet-to-be-determined change » Boston Globe SETH MOULTON wrote a sugary letter to Nancy Pelosi, thanking the House minority leader for getting him an intern and a coveted assignment on the House Armed Services Committee.…

MBTA control board calls for 30-day monopole review » The Eagle Tribune Andover residents don't need Wi-Fi, monopoles or any other device to make their voices heard.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Talks on Revamped Pot Bill Appear to Stall as Deadline Nears » US News and World Report

Pols miss deadline for agreement on pot bill » Boston Herald

DOR scraps online tax plans » Boston Herald

New State Fiscal Year Approaches Without Budget Deal » US News and World Report

Talks on revamped pot bill appear to stall as deadline nears » The Associated Press (AP)

Here's what you need to know about the Massachusetts proposal to ban handheld devices while driving » The Republican

[ Blog ] Union of Concerned Scientists » Union of Concerned Scientists

Secretary of Commonwealth William Galvin rejects Trump Administration's request for voting records » The Republican

Mass. push to force online retailers to charge sales tax hits snag » WCVB

The Latest: Talks on Pot Bill Set to Resume Next Week » US News and World Report

Informal Talks on Revamped Marijuana Bill Stall » NECN

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 4-6 Servings

Ingredients

1 small garlic clove, peeled
Pinch sea salt
¼ cup (2 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons minced herbs like parsley, chervil, marjoram or a mixture  
Zest of ½ lemon, minced
4–6 ears of corn, in the husk

Directions

DO AHEAD: With a mortar and pestle or with the side of your knife on a cutting board, mash the garlic and salt together into a paste. Transfer to a food processor with the butter, herbs and lemon zest. Pulse until well combined. Place on a piece of parchment and form into a log about ½-inch in diameter. Fold the parchment to cover and wrap thoroughly in plastic wrap or place in a lidded plastic food storage container. Refrigerate until ready to pack the cooler.

AT THE CAMPSITE: Bring the butter out of the cooler to soften. Light a fire and let the wood burn until it’s white-hot (but not blazing). Meanwhile, peel back the husks (leave them attached to the base of the cob) and remove the silk. Wrap the corn back up in its husks. Use a piece of husk or a length of string to tie around the corn and keep the husks in place. Soak the corn in a bucket of cold water for at least 30 minutes or up to an hour. Whether you do this or shuck the corn and wrap in foil, place the prepared corn in the coals. Use tongs or a shovel to place a few coals on top of the corn. Cook for 15–20 minutes, until the corn is cooked through. Move it to a cooler spot in the fire if you need to wait to serve it. Remove the corn from the fire, rub with herb butter and serve.


Press Releases

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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