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Anthony Scaramucci threatens to sue Tufts newspaper, student » Boston Herald Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has threatened to sue the Tufts Daily and a Tufts student for defamation over an critical op-ed, the student newspaper reported last night…

As Health Care Changes, Insurers, Hospitals and Drugstores Team Up » New York Times Former adversaries see advantages in partnerships as they face the threat of interlopers like Amazon. But will consumers benefit or face a lot less choice?…

The Last Detail » Esquire On a blue-sky Sunday in September, John McCain sat down for brunch at Dirty Habit, a sleek hotel restaurant in Washington, D. C.…

“She Didn't Want This Come Hell or High Water'': Inside Melania Trump's Secretive East Wing » Vanity Fair Back in 2014, when Donald Trump was considering yet again a run for president, he polled his friends and advisers about what he should do.Back in 2014, when Donald Trump was considering yet again a ru…

In 3rd, a majority minority campaign » Lowell Sun Niki Tsongas was first elected in 2007, breaking a decades-long streak of male dominance in the state's congressional delegation.…

Bernie makes moves pointing to 2020 run » Politico Magazine Bernie Sanders is taking steps to address longstanding political shortcomings that were exposed in 2016, ahead of another possible presidential bid in 2020.…

Ethics Commission Investigating Revisions to Police Report » Cape Cod Online Massachusetts' Ethics Commission has launched an investigation into the former boss of Massachusetts State Police's ordering of troopers to scrub embarrassing information in a police report about a ju…

Tough climb seen for Dems against GOP Massachusetts governor » South Coast Today As he signed into law new protections for insurance coverage for women's birth control in Massachusetts, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker stood shoulder to shoulder with about three dozen supporters of t…

Partners HealthCare leads the way in lobbying at the State House » Boston Globe Partners HealthCare is the biggest employer in Massachusetts, and its flagship hospitals are world-renowned for their high-quality medical care and groundbreaking research.…

“I encourage anyone who has any information about any behavior that may violate the House’s sexual harassment or retaliation policy — or any behavior that otherwise poses a risk to the health, safety or welfare of any member or employee of the House of Representatives or visitor to the House — to report that information immediately,” wrote Kennedy. “The House will, to the fullest extent practicable, treat the report and the investigation of that report with confidentiality.”

Robert DeLeo’s top lawyer, James C. Kennedy

Speaking about new sexual harassment guidelines and protecting whistle blowers.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Showdown looms over consumer agency between Trump, Democrats » Boston Globe A high-stakes legal clash is unfolding over President Trump's temporary pick to run Senator Elizabeth Warren's favorite bank regulator, and the White House is holding its ground.…

Biden brings optimism, reflection to Nantucket stage » Cape Cod Times Former Vice President Joe Biden stopped at the Nantucket High School auditorium Saturday night as part of his nationwide book tour for his latest memoir, “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardsh…

Business

Startup promises a weather report just for your block » Boston Globe To that eternal question “How's the weather over there?” a Boston startup can give you an answer — literally, block by block.…

Worcester personal injury lawyers sue other lawyers over billboard » Worcester Telegram One personal injury law firm in Worcester is suing another in federal court claiming that it's been injured by a copycat billboard.…

AG Healey Investigating Uber Breach, Says It's Time For CEO To Go » WGBH News Attorney General Maura Healey launched an investigation into a massive data breach and cover-up at rideshare company Uber, following news that the company paid hackers $100,000 to keep quiet about a m…

The Seaport just might get a library after all » Boston Globe The Seaport just might get a library after all.…

Crimes

Q. and A. with Rep. Sanchez about criminal justice reform » Jamaica Plain Gazette The state House of Representatives recently passed a criminal justice reform bill. The bill includes more than 200 amendments to current laws that aim to increase equality within the criminal justice …

Education

State Legislature passes LOOK bill » Jamaica Plain Gazette The state Legislature passed a bill on Nov. 15 that updates existing law about educating English learners (EL) in the Commonwealth's public schools, according to a press release. …

Tufts postpones Scaramucci event after he threatens to sue student, paper » Boston Globe Tufts University postponed a Monday event featuring Anthony Scaramucci, a former Trump White House spokesman, after he threatened to sue a student and the school newspaper for defamation following the…

Claiming defamation, lawyer for Anthony Scaramucci demands retractions from Daily op-eds » The Tufts Daily On Nov. 21, the Daily received a letter from the law firm Sadis & Goldberg LLP, which was retained by former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci. …

Tufts Postpones Anthony Scaramucci Event Over Lawsuit Threats » WBUR Officials at Tufts University have postponed an event with Anthony Scaramucci after the former White House communications director threatened a lawsuit over opinion pieces published in the student new…

Baker Signs English Learning Overhaul Into Law » WBUR Massachusetts schools will now have more options for how they educate students learning the English language, under a bill Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law Wednesday. …

For black students, a college degree means long-term debt » Boston Globe Jasmine Reyes's college degree landed her a stable post-graduation job and opened up a wealth of learning opportunities, from an internship in Los Angeles to study abroad in the Netherlands.…

Boston Public Schools paid some workers off the books » Boston Globe Boston Public Schools used student activity accounts to pay employees under the table for extra work and did not report the income to the Internal Revenue Service, according to findings from an IRS au…

Three Framingham sites eyed for MassBay campus » The Metro West Daily News Three sites in Framingham are in contention to house Massachusetts Bay Community College's future satellite campus.…

Environment

On N.H.'s Coast, Preparing For Future Storms With Grass, Sand And A Bit Of Time » WBUR As New England's coastline prepares for a world with rising seas and stronger storms, communities and homeowners have different options, none of them simple: seawalls, raised structures, a retreat fro…

Federal

Senate GOP tax bill hurts the poor more than originally thought, CBO finds » The Washington Post The Senate Republican tax plan gives substantial tax cuts and benefits to Americans earning more than $100,000 a year, while the nation's poorest would be worse off, according to a report released Sun…

Trump wants to destroy Elizabeth Warren's brainchild. In a new interview, Warren hits back. » The Washington Post President Trump's perpetual scamming of his working- and middle-class voters takes a new turn Monday, amid a war that has erupted over the fate of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The battle …

Trump's Sinister Attacks on CNN » The Atlantic There are very good reasons to block the deal between AT&T and Time Warner—but the president is busily forfeiting the benefit of the doubt. …

Gaming

Wynn Casino Opens Final Phase Of Environmental Cleanup » WBUR Riding up the Mystic River, you can see all of the work underway to build the resort casino coming to the Boston area in about 18 more months. …

Health Care

Health advocates celebrate court-ordered tobacco company ads » Gloucester Daily Times Readers of 40 major newspapers across the country will open their papers Sunday to full-page ads, purchased by tobacco companies, advising that smoking kills an average of 1,200 Americans a day, that …

Gov. Charlie Baker signs law creating home care worker registry » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday signed a bill establishing a registry for home care workers.…

Human Services

'Estrella' program aims to empower young Latina women » Eagle Tribune A new program established at Lawrence High will help young women reach for the stars.…

Massachusetts tries to enroll more seniors in food stamps with new Holyoke-based unit » The Republican For an elderly person, applying for food stamps can be difficult. The application is complex, calls to customer service involve new case managers every time, and documents must be organized and submit…

Immigration

Fear of Trump crackdown haunts undocumented immigrants » Boston Globe The crying starts when Anayeli Cruz talks about the new troubles in her life, the impact on her US-born children, about the changes in the country she has called home for 12 years.…

Judiciary

Court: Animal cruelty not grounds for adult charges » Lowell Sun BOSTON -- The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday that juveniles cannot be tried as adults for causing serious injuries to animals because the statute allowing such prosecutions was not intended to p…

Labor

For low-wage workers, many obstacles to reporting sexual harassment » Boston Globe One woman's supervisor told her he'd give her credit for working a shift at a Charlestown bread company if she went home with him instead. When she resisted his advances, he cut her hours, according t…

'I'm a second-class employee.' Contractors suing state over full-time status » Boston Globe Michael McHugh has spent the past 27 years protecting wetlands for the state Department of Environmental Protection. Like most other state employees, he works at least 37.5 hours a week and has his pe…

Legislative

How they voted: Western Mass. lawmakers weigh in on immigrant detention, wiretapping » MassLive Massachusetts House and Senate lawmakers cast ballots on issues ranging from detention of immigrants living in the country illegally to expanded use of wiretapping as they met for various legislative …

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Nov. 20 to 24, 2017 » The Recorder Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators' and representatives' votes on roll calls from earlier November sessions. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. …

DiDomenico Receives Legislator of the Year Award » Charlestown Bridge Senator Sal DiDomenico recently received the 2017 Legislator of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) for his work on behalf of Massachusetts public schools and…

Local Government

Medway to appoint new School Committee member » Wicked Local Medway The town will be looking to appoint a new person to the School Committee to replace a member who is stepping down to serve as a judge.…

Barrett Promises to Fight For The Glen » iBerkshires Newly elected state Rep. John Barrett III, D-North Adams, spoke at the Maple Grove Civic Club about the importance of bringing the Greylock Glen project to fruition.…

'LOWELL IS FOR LORI': STATE REPS BACK TRAHAN FOR CONGRESS » Lowell Sun It was not enough for state Reps. Tom Golden, David Nangle and Rady Mom to endorse a candidate for the 3rd Congressional District seat. They backed one who is homegrown, and who was raised along with …

Attleboro mayor-elect's inaugural plans taking shape » The Sun Chronicle ATTLEBORO -- Plans for a Jan. 2 inaugural are being firmed up, including a tribute to outgoing Mayor Kevin Dumas.…

Walsh taps Broad executive as Boston's new CFO » Boston Business Journal Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is set to announce on Monday the hiring of an executive from the Cambridge-based Broad Institute to work as the city's new chief financial officer.…

Marijuana

Plan to put temporary moratorium on Attleboro recreational pot shops meets resistance » The Sun Chronicle A plan to temporarily ban recreational marijuana shops in the city met resistance at a public hearing last week.…

Norfolk County leaders discuss recreational marijuana law » Wicked Local Westwood Norfolk County leaders and community officials recently discussed the local and statewide implementation of the Commonwealth's new recreational marijuana law at the Norfolk County Commissioners' inaug…

Opinion

YOUR VIEW: Reforms needed in criminal justice system » South Coast Today Currently, the goal of criminal justice reform appears to be lowering the rate of recidivism. The numbers indicate work needs to be done. Within three years, 57 percent of Department of Correction (DO…

Editorial: An end to 'English only' » Boston Herald Beacon Hill quietly undid the will of the voters last week. Probably because the English immersion requirement in Massachusetts public schools has not been executed particularly well, there hasn't bee…

LETTER: The path to peace and prosperity » Wicked Local Plymouth “Let's Unify!” was the clarion call given at the Wampanoag Thanksgiving Unity reception in closing by Cedric Cromwell, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Chairman.…

Editorial: The road to recovery » Boston Herald After enacting legislation in 2016 to address the opioid crisis the Baker administration and the Legislature could have declared success and moved on. …

The tyranny of the tax bill » Boston Globe “Taxation without representation is tyranny!” was the rallying cry 244 years ago when a crowd of Boston patriots dumped 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor. But if those same freedom-lovi…

Our View: New Bedford to state: Dredge harbor now and reap economic benefits later » South Coast Today Bulkheads along the north side of Pope's Island extend several dozen feet out into the harbor with a handful of scallopers tied up at the makeshift dock. The vessels are waiting to be repaired in wate…

Editor's note: Tang vs. Kerr » Commonwealth Magazine How much editorial license should opinion writers be given? …

Editorial: Time to prepare for recreational marijuana » Gazette Net “Winter is coming,” murmur House of Stark characters in “Game of Thrones.” So is recreational pot in Massachusetts. Has your community taken its measure? …

Change or die: Choice is clear for Berkshire Museum » Boston Globe WHAT'S BETTER for the Berkshires? Keeping two Norman Rockwell paintings in a Pittsfield museum that's headed toward financial ruin? Or having a reinvented museum in Pittsfield that's financially stabl…

Slow Space is design with dignity » Boston Globe You've probably heard of the slow food movement: the idea that our meals should be wholesome, sustainable, and locally sourced — that is, the opposite of fast food. (And no, it's not about eati…

Obamacare's individual mandate is a tax on the working poor » Boston Globe ALASKA SENATOR Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, repeatedly opposed her party's attempts this year to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But doing away with the ACA's individual mandate, a change included i…

Chabot: State House leaders must move to clean up Golden Dome » Boston Herald Beacon Hill's calcified sexual harassment policy undoubtedly needs updating, but if Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg want to show they're serious about making the Stat…

Democrats' attack on Tran is a disgrace » Lowell Sun Shame on the Massachusetts Democratic Party for playing loose with the facts and trying to create a controversy where none existed in attacking Republican candidate for State Senate Dean Tran.…

Our Opinion: New law bows to the language of learning » Berkshire Eagle Governor Charlie Baker on Wednesday signed into law a bill that will once again allow Massachusetts schools to teach English language learners in their native tongues. It overturns an ill-conceived ex…

Online learning can ease economic inequality » Boston Globe Digital learning is often seen a complement to sit-in-the-classroom colleges courses, but at a recent conference at MIT, experts convincingly portrayed innovative online offerings as a key tool for he…

Nazis Are Just Like You and Me, Except They're Nazis » The Atlantic … despite what you may have read in The New York Times. …

Editorial: Hypocrisy over booze » Boston Herald Mayor Marty Walsh has his holiday tinsel in a twist over the possibility that the cash-strapped MBTA may finally lift its ban on alcohol advertising.…

Would More Tolls Level The Playing Field For Drivers, Or Just Be A Money Grab For The State? » WGBH News These days, I have to leave very early to get to my dentist appointments because I travel the long and not-so-scenic Route 9.…

Politics

In 3rd race, all politics are local » Lowell Sun AS A Lowell High School student, Lori Trahan tended tables at the iconic Owl Diner.…

Enterprise Bank VP, former refugee Bopha Malone joins 3rd District race » Sentinel & Enterprise The field of Democrats vying to succeed U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas has hit an even dozen.…

SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: Leominster mayoral recount brought out the lawyers » Sentinel & Enterprise WHEN IT CAME TO navigating through the uncharted waters of Leominster's recent mayoral recount last week, neither candidate was taking the process lightly. …

A House race marked by diversity » Sentinel & Enterprise Women, minorities, LGBTQ community members pack Democratic field for 3rd District …

Lowell pols line up behind Trahan in bid for 3rd District House seat » Boston Herald Lowell's State House delegation — minus its lone senator — is closing ranks around Lori Trahan in her bid for its open congressional seat, echoing her pitch as the “Lowell candidat…

Senate candidates spent big bucks » The Sun Chronicle The seven men who ran in a special election for state Senate this fall spent more than $250,000 trying to win the $60,000-a-year job. …

State Senate race candidates draw big-name support » Sentinel & Enterprise With less than two weeks left before the Dec. 5 special election, state Senate candidates are ramping up their campaigns with visits from notable Democratic and Republican leaders in a final effort to…

Keller At Large: Gov. Baker Remains Mum On Potential Second Term » CBS Boston No matter how the question is asked, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker isn't ready to answer it yet.…

The Red-State Revolt Spreads to Oklahoma » The Atlantic Republican voters soured on tax cuts in Kansas. Now a similar budget crisis is playing out in Oklahoma, and in a string of special-election wins, Democrats are taking advantage. …

Public Health

Healey 'disappointed' Baker opioid bill doesn't do more in schools » The Salem News The lack of funding for school-based drug education in Gov. Charlie Baker's latest opioid abuse treatment and prevention bill has left Attorney General Maura Healey “disappointed” that the…

With priest's guidance, center gives addicts a chance to start anew » Boston Globe Eleven acres of emerald jut into Fishers Island Sound, where sunlight dances like so many well-cut diamonds on gray, wind-whipped water, and the causeway that leads to this place — Enders Islan…

Public Safety

Crisis Intervention Team Training for Police Officers » The Valley Patriot The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a very timely annual breakfast where Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, Essex County Sheriff Kevin Coppinger and our Merrimack V…

Ethics commission investigating altered State Police report » Boston Globe The state Ethics Commission has launched an investigation into how and why the former head of the Massachusetts State Police ordered two troopers to delete embarrassing information from an arrest repo…

State Government

Can Other States Tap Tennessee's Secret Sauce for Government Efficiency? » Governing Once seen as a laggard in public administration, the state is now a leader. …

On Beacon Hill: Birds of a feather? » Worcester Sun Recap and analysis of the week in local, state and federal government from State House News Service and Sun research. …

Weekly Roundup: Birds of a feather? » Newburyport News An estimated 51 million Americans were projected to travel more than 50 miles to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.…

Transportation

County seeks to privatize Route 6 rest area » Cape Cod Times A solution to what has become an annual debate about funding maintenance of the Route 6 rest area between exits 6 and 7 eastbound will likely go through Washington, D.C., and could lead to privatizing…

The options for rerouting the Mass. Pike in Allston » Boston Globe State highway officials have a big plan — three big plans, actually — to reshape the Massachusetts Turnpike in Allston.…

Marty Walsh: Alcohol ads on MBTA send 'wrong message' » Boston Herald Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh yesterday slammed the MBTA's decision to break from a five-year ban on alcohol advertising, saying the cash-strapped T should look at other revenue streams before allowing…

Utilities

Sheffield's proposed water rate spike is under the microscope: Here's how officials will scrutinize the 58% hike » Berkshire Eagle The Attorney General isn't the only one questioning the legitimacy of Mountain Water Systems' proposed 58 percent water rate hike for Sheffield customers, the state utility authority has suspicions as…

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

'It's A Prison. It's Punishing Addicts': Calls To Reform Civil Commitments Increase » WBUR

Springfield Cannabis Co. gets higher grades on updated presentation for proposed marijuana store in East Springfield » The Republican

Newbury College to shut down in the spring » The Boston Globe

The Loop takes over 5,000 riders through downtown Springfield in 1st 3 months; city wants schedule to align with trains » The Republican

Baker Chooses Wind over Fishing [OPINION] » WBSM

In shift from first election, Healey to raise funds from donors for inaugural party » The Boston Globe

Hector Montesino appointed to Alzheimer's advisory council » Wicked Local Concord

Somerville Receives $500K For Water, Sewer Improvements » Wakefield Patch

Future of Transportation: Baker says state needs to build reliable system » Fox 25 News

Commission’s transportation recommendations unveiled » Commonwealth Magazine

GE says it may replace KPMG as auditor » Boston Business Journal

Offshore Wind Auction For 390,000 Acres South Of Mass. Blows Through Sale Record » WBUR

In Quebec, clean energy goes to waste. Let’s use it. » The Boston Globe

State commission recommends VC funding for transit technology » Boston Business Journal

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 11/27

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Tuesday - 11/28

Birthdays: Rep. Louis Kafka

10:30am Joint Committee on Financial Services, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Public Health, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Judiciary, Public Hearing

6:00pm Campaign Rally for Rep. John Velis

6:30pm Special Campaign Announcement for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

Wednesday - 11/29

11:00am Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

11:00am Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

5:30pm Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Dean Tran with Gov. Charlie Baker

7:00pm North-South Rail Link Meeting, Quincy High School, Adams Lecture Hall, 100 Coddington Street, Quincy

Thursday - 11/30

Birthdays: Senator Michael Rush

11:00am ACLU & Committee for Public Counsel Services Press Conference, ACLU of Mass., 211 Congress Street, 4th Floor, Boston

11:00am Joint Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Women for Deb Goldberg Fundraiser

6:30pm Beth Lindstrom - Candidate for U.S. Senate

7:00pm Reception for U.S. House Candidate Randy 'Ironstache' Bryce with Rep. Katherine Clark

Friday - 12/1

No Hearings Scheduled


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