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Michael Capuano and Ayanna Pressley agree on most things. But not everything. » Boston.com And while the 44-year-old’s congressional Democratic primary campaign against 66-year-old Rep. Michael Capuano draws similar parallels along the lines of race, age, and incumbency, the policy d…

All the President’s Crooks » New York Times From the start of the Russia investigation, President Trump has been working to discredit the work and the integrity of the special counsel, Robert Mueller; praising men who are blatant grifters, cons…

Endorsement: Jay Gonzalez is the best choice for Democrats » Boston Globe Single-payer health care. High-speed rail to Springfield. More money for early education — and hey, while we’re at it, more for K-12 education too. …

Endorsement: Charlie Baker deserves GOP nod » Boston Globe It’s important that Charlie Baker win big in the Sept. 4 Republican gubernatorial primary — important for him, and important for the Massachusetts GOP. His sole opponent, Scott Lively, h…

Larry Kudlow, Trump Adviser, Hosted White Nationalist Publisher At Home: Report » The Huffington Post The publisher of a white nationalist, anti-immigration website was a guest in the home of President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow. …

Poll: Trump trails several Democratic prospects in 2020 match-up » Politico Against the two best-known candidates — former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — Trump trails 12 percentage points and is mired in the low 30s. Biden leads Trump…

Massie paid out of pocket for public funds bond » State House News Service In addition to the $15,000 he loaned his campaign in July just to keep the operation afloat as he waited for public financing to come through, Democrat for governor Robert Massie paid an additional $9…

Beacon Hill hopefuls vow to support roll call voting » State House News Service Fifteen Democrats running for legislative offices, all women, are pledging that if elected they will join what are typically Republican-led efforts to put lawmakers' votes on record. …

Healey, Wu back Sanchez ahead of primary » State House News Service As he fends off a challenge from Nika Elugardo, House budget chief Jeff Sánchez of Jamaica Plain on Tuesday picked up the support of Attorney General Maura Healey and Boston City Councilor Michelle…

Warren proposes sweeping crackdown on lobbying » Politico The proposed lobbying overhaul, which will give Warren a fresh opening to pummel President Donald Trump for failing to fulfill his pledge to "drain the swamp," is the latest in a series of ambitious p…

"People don't trust their government to do right because they think government works for the rich, the powerful and the well-connected, and not for the American people," said Warren. "And here's the kicker: They're right."

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Education

St. Paul’s report substantiates new allegations of sexual misconduct against 10 ex-staffers, including a late congressman » Boston Globe A new report detailing decades of sexual misconduct at St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H., cited 21 additional victims at the elite boarding school and substantiated new allegations against 10 …

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Environment

Signing $2.4 billion environmental bill, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says climate change will keep intense weather coming » MassLive Thousands lost power as homes were hit with intense flooding that turned Quincy's Houghs Neck neighborhood into an island earlier this year. The footage of the coastal flooding and the National Guard…

Massachusetts awards $2.6 million to increase recycling » Recycling Today With the goal of strengthen recycling programs across Massachusetts and increasing public awareness, the administration of Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito awarded more than $2.6 million i…

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Trump’s new greenhouse gas policy is more of a stalling tactic than a solution » Boston Globe The mere fact that President Trump unveiled his latest environmental policy at a rally in West Virginia tells you a lot about the nature of his plans: They’re coal-friendly and minimally sensit…

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Invasive Asian tick on Cape's doorstep » Cape Cod Times Barnstable County officials are waiting to see if an invasive tick species that has made its way from overseas to New York state will cross the bridges to Cape Cod.…

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Federal

President Donald Trump's tariffs hurting farmers across the country, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern says during Massachusetts farm tour » MassLive President Donald Trump's trade tariffs are hurting farmers all across the country, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern said Tuesday during a tour of Western Massachusetts farms.…

Elizabeth Warren unveils plans to root out corruption in Washington, ensure federal government works for Americans » The Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, announced a wide-ranging set of anti-corruption policies Tuesday that aim to crack down on the role money plays in federal decisions and ensure the governm…

Gaming

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Health Care

AG: Pharmahealth Hawthorne pays $340K fine for improper prescription practice » South Coast Today Pharmahealth Hawthorne, 535 Faunce Corner Road, has agreed to pay the state over $340,000 for improperly using an automatic refill system, Atty. Gen. Maura Healey announced Tuesday.…

Housing

Gov. Baker inaugurates Harborwalk and Plymouth Station » Wicked Local Gov. Charlie Baker smashed a champagne bottle over the ship, so to speak, at the groundbreaking ceremony of Harborwalk apartments, rechristening Cordage Commerce Center as Plymouth Station from here o…

Human Services

Expansion of veterans’ services signed into law » The bill also grants paid military leave for those called to duty by the armed forces for up to 40 days for training and operation purposes. To help ease the costs of housing, it changes the requireme…

Immigration

Immigrants testify about ordeal of detention, separation from families » Boston Globe It has been nearly seven months since US Immigration and Customs Enforcement released Lilian Calderon from detention, but her children are still in therapy and her husband now takes medication for anx…

Judiciary

Uproar over judges underscores problem with laws, Baker says » WCVB Expecting to talk about cancer research and philanthropy, Gov. Charlie Baker instead found himself Tuesday morning trying to earn support from a sports talk radio show for forthcoming legislation deal…

Baker: Dangerousness hearings a priority » Commonwealth Magazine Governor: Problem is not with judges but the law …

Labor

Baker opponent: workers angry about losing Sunday overtime pay » Boston Business Journal In a statement, GOP candidate for governor Scott Lively said workers "are rightfully angry about losing overtime pay in Charlie Baker's 'Grand Sellout Bill.'"…

Nurses rally for ballot initiative on staffing, target hospital execs » Boston Globe The battle for Question 1 is officially on. The Massachusetts Nurses Association, the labor union behind the statewide ballot question to increase nurse staffing in hospitals, slammed hospital executi…

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40 Under Forty: Kate D. Campanale, 32 » Worcester Business Journal In 2014, Commonwealth Magazine gave Campanale a 6-percent chance of winning her first election to the state House of Representatives.…

Local Government

Radiant Acts of Kindness at North Andover’s Ashland Farm » Northshore Magazine Now, more than ever, we all need to give and receive a little old-fashioned kindness, so Ashland Farm has embarked upon a Radiant Acts of Kindness campaign this summer with the goal of touching thousa…

Mystic Ave to see improvements to pedestrian safety » Medford Patch Many residents know Mystic Avenue as one of the least pedestrian-friendly parts of Medford. The wide road parallel to I-93 is well-traveled by trucks and cars and contains few crossing areas for pedes…

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Marijuana

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Kimberly Longey: Describes Natalie Blais as collaborator, advocate » Gazette Net I’m supporting Natalie Blais for state representative in the 1st Franklin District that includes my hometown of Plainfield.…

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Public Health

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State Government

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Transportation

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Recipe of the Week

Makes 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup almond flour (see Note)
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 3/4 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chilled vegetable shortening, cubed
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes, plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 cups blueberries (about 12 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 cup crème fraîche

Directions

Step 1    

Preheat the oven to 400°. Spread the almonds in a pie plate and toast for about 6 minutes, until lightly golden and fragrant.

Step 2    

Line a large baking sheet with parchment. In a medium bowl, whisk the all-purpose flour with the almond flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt and 1/4 cup of the sugar. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the shortening and cold butter until they resemble peas. Add the buttermilk and stir until the dough is evenly moistened.

Step 3    

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and pat into a 1-inch-thick round. Using a 3-inch biscuit cutter, stamp out 8 biscuits, patting the scraps back together as needed. Transfer the biscuits to the baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes.

Step 4    

Brush the tops of the biscuits with the melted butter and sprinkle with sugar and kosher salt. Bake for about 18 minutes, until golden. Let stand until cool, 30 minutes.

Step 5    

Meanwhile, in another medium bowl, toss the blueberries with the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar, the orange juice and zest. Let stand until the sugar is dissolved, about 15 minutes. Transfer 1 cup of the blueberries to a food processor and puree until smooth. Scrape the puree into the blueberries in the bowl. Cover and refrigerate.

Step 6    

In another medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the crème fraîche at medium speed until thickened, about 30 seconds. Using a serrated knife, cut the biscuits in half horizontally and set the bottom halves on plates. Top with a dollop of crème fraîche, the blueberry compote and a few toasted almonds. Cover with the biscuit tops and serve.

Notes

Almond flour is simply ground blanched almonds. Look for it at specialty-food stores and health-food stores.



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