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How to become a Trump judge » Boston Globe I was in a taxi enroute to the O’Hare Airport in Chicago Thursday afternoon. I had watched Christine Blasey Ford testimony in the morning. I was extraordinarily moved; I believed her, plain and simp…

Spotlight report on court clerks reveals system needs public scrutiny » Boston Globe This weekend, the Globe’s Spotlight Team drew much-needed attention to a little-noticed corner of Massachusetts’ criminal justice system, a “secret court” where a single official can decide, b…

Choking on growth: More Boston traffic fuels poorer air quality » Boston Herald Environmental experts and activists are sounding the alarm on Boston’s air quality, with high asthma rates as an economic boom fuels the region’s worsening traffic congestion. …

As Warren Steps Closer To Running, Could Her Anti-Corruption Campaign Get Her To The White House? » WBUR And she's pushing big national policy proposals, including anti-corruption legislation, which she introduced in August. That initiative is the focus of one of her political spots in which she casts he…

Kavanaugh opponents rally, predict electoral consequences » State House News Service Senate President Karen Spilka told the News Service after the rally that Kavanaugh should drop out of contention, or Trump should withdraw the nomination. …

Obama endorses Gonzalez, other Mass. candidates » State House News Service Democrat Jay Gonzalez has scored the endorsement of President Barack Obama. …

Trump to reporter: 'I know you’re not thinking, you never do' » POLITICO After calling on ABC News’ Cecilia Vega for a question, Trump said, “She’s shocked that I picked her. Like in a state of shock.” …

After Baker tasked Eversource with Merrimack Valley response, executives cut checks to his campaign » Boston Globe Margaret Morton, an Eversource lobbyist who made $141,535 last year for pushing the company’s interests on Beacon Hill, donated $200, the maximum for legislative agents. …

The public has a right to know what Charlie Baker’s son did » Boston Globe Any parent can understand why Charlie Baker wants to avoid a public revisiting of allegations that his 24-year-old son, Andrew “A.J.” Baker, groped a woman on a plane. …

I'm not a drinker. I can honestly say I never had a beer in my life. OK. ... It's one of my only good traits. (Laughter.) ... Can you imagine if I had, what a mess I'd be? (Laughter.) ... I'd be the world's worst.

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His response to a question about Brett Kavanaugh's drinking habits.

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Beltway Politics

Jeff Flake Met With Protesters In Boston » WGBH Politicians and sexual assault survivors rallied outside Boston City Hall Monday, calling for United States senators to reject Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and forecasting electoral consequen…

Protesters Greet Senator Jeff Flake in Boston » Boston Magazine The Arizona senator, who is now at the center of the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation, spoke at City Hall Plaza today. …

'Kava Nope': Boston Protesters Rally Against Kavanaugh Confirmation » WBUR Hundreds of protesters turned out at Boston City Hall Plaza Monday to rally against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. …

Evidence verifying assault allegations would disqualify Kavanaugh, Flake says » POLITICO Evidence that corroborates the sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh would disqualify him from serving on the nation’s highest court, Sen. Jeff Flake said on Monday night, adding …

FBI should conduct ‘real investigation’ into Kavanaugh, Flake says in Boston » Boston Globe With the nation’s eyes focused on him, Senator Jeff Flake came Monday to Boston and offered his most extensive remarks yet on why he pushed to delay the Senate’s vote on Brett Kavanaugh while the …

President Trump says he’d be a ‘mess’ as a drinker » Boston Globe President Trump joked on Monday that he’d be a ‘‘mess’’ if he indulged in alcoholic beverages.…

Silent protesters held signs with names of sexual assault survivors during Sen. Flake event » Boston Globe Around a dozen silent protestors stood up and held signs bearing the names of sexual assault survivors as Sen. Jeff Flake spoke at the Forbes Under 30 Summit at City Hall Plaza on Monday afternoon.…

Elizabeth Warren’s consideration of presidential bid may put her on road to Iowa, N.H. » Boston Herald Expect to see U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren start courting voters in early presidential contest states such as New Hampshire and Iowa in November if not sooner, after her starter-pistol announcement Satu…

Business

Who is H. Lawrence Culp, GE’s new CEO? » Boston Globe When it comes to public image, the new CEO of General Electric is no Jack Welch, the famed GE executive known for his outsize personality, brash reputation, and best-selling books.…

JPMorgan Chase, the new bank in town, promises a showdown » Boston Globe JPMorgan is the biggest bank in the country, based on assets, with branches in 23 states. But it has no retail locations in Boston. That’s about to change. The New York-based financial giant unveile…

General Electric headlines on CEO ouster 'don't concern me,' Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says » The Republican General Electric on Monday swapped out CEOs, jettisoning John Flannery after he spent just over a year in the job and tapping Lawrence Culp to serve as the new chairman and CEO.…

Here are the GE execs who have left since the Boston HQ move » Boston Business Journal

Education

Highly skilled black, Latino students face admission barriers to exam schools, study finds » Boston Globe Black and Latino students who do as well as their white and Asian peers on the MCAS exam nonetheless have a much lower chance of being admitted to Boston Latin School and the city’s two other exam s…

Kavanaugh Will Not Return to Teach at Harvard Law School » The Harvard Crimson Embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh will not return to teach at Harvard Law School in January, according to an email administrators sent to Law students Monday evening.…

Federal

There's a new NAFTA, and Trump got it done » Boston Globe In a surprise breakthrough just before a late Sunday deadline, Canada agreed to join the United States and Mexico in a new deal governing trade rules across North America. In addition to increasing da…

MA Senator Ed Markey Talks Kavanaugh, Gas Disaster, Charter At Pittsfield Appearance » WAMC In town to put pressure on a cable provider, Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey also discussed state and national issues while in the Berkshires Friday. …

Health Care

Doctors face rising violence in emergency rooms, report says » Boston Globe

Housing

Eastern Mass. communities eye 185,000 new housing units by 2030 » State House News Service Fifteen metropolitan Boston area communities are coalescing around plans to build even more new housing than Gov. Charlie Baker proposed in his statewide bill.…

Judiciary

State leaders call for transparency in closed-door criminal hearings » Boston Globe Governor Charles Baker and legislative leaders called Monday for greater transparency within the state’s closed-door clerk magistrate system, the private criminal sessions highlighted in a Boston Gl…

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to hear appeal of Michelle Carter's texting suicide conviction on Thursday » The Republican The Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court will address questions of manslaughter, suicide and free speech on Thursday, as justices hear arguments in the appeal of Michelle Carter -- the Plainville wom…

Labor

The Economy Is Growing. These Workers' Paychecks Aren't. » Governing When adjusted for inflation, many segments of the workforce -- including black men and people with bachelor's degrees -- are actually seeing their wages decline. …

Pensions Are Shelling Out Billions in Fees -- and It's Not Paying Off » Governing A new report shows pension plan investments are seeing lower returns and are more volatile than ever. …

National Grid lockout causing 'collateral impact' » The Republican The crews working to restore natural gas service to the Merrimack Valley are fully staffed despite the ongoing lockout of National Grid workers that is creating a "collateral impact" on other projects…

Legislative

State Rep. Carmine Gentile to hold office hours » Wicked Local State Rep. Carmine L. Gentile, D-Sudbury, recently announced upcoming office hours. Residents of the 13th Middlesex District (Sudbury; Wayland: Precincts 1, 2, 3; Marlborough: Ward 1, Ward 2: Precinc…

Local Government

$11,000 Donated To Shrewsbury Fire And Police Relief Association » Stoneham Patch "Let Your Spirit Sacrifice" raised $11,000 for the Shrewsbury Fire and Police Relief Association, a fund established to assist families with funeral and memorial costs for deceased members of the Shre…

Methuen councilors continue to bicker » Eagle Tribune The legislation was being hotly debated as the clock neared 11 p.m., the typical cutoff time for council meetings. While the resolution’s author, at-large Councilor Jessica Finocchiaro, wanted to ex…

Taunton city councilor sets up shop in District Center for Arts » For Estele Borges, running a business and a nonprofit would be the best of both worlds.…

Marijuana

Northfield gets a last crack at pot bylaw » The Recorder There should be some sense of urgency in Northfield about crafting a bylaw to regulate marijuana businesses in town, but so far, it’s not evident. …

California's New Marijuana Law Is a First But Likely Not the Last » Governing The unprecedented legislation implements an automatic statewide process to potentially reduce or dismiss sentences and records for crimes that are no longer illegal under state law. Other states are p…

Slow pot rollout costing state tax revenue » Commonwealth Magazine SAYING MASSACHUSETTS HAS missed out on $16 million in marijuana taxes, officials behind the 2016 legal marijuana ballot question on Monday pointed to staffing levels and bureaucracy at the Cannabis Co…

Here's how much 27 Mass. towns are charging marijuana businesses in fees » Boston Business Journal

Opinion

Our view: Lawmakers can help MBTA with cost savings » Salem News For the first time in a decade, the operating budget of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is in balance. …

Three CEOs later, is Boston a curse for GE? » Boston Globe Jeff Immelt, John Flannery, and here comes Larry Culp. Count’em: That makes three CEOs since General Electric Co. moved its headquarters to Boston in 2016.…

Politicians keep safe distance from State Police scandal » Sentinel & Enterprise I don't know about you, but I'd be totally embarrassed to be passed over in the biggest scandal in the history of the Massachusetts State Police.…

Our View: Beacon Hill should support MBTA improvements » Eagle Tribune For the first time in a decade, the operating budget of the MBTA is in balance.…

Thoughts from the Field » Medium In Mississippi last weekend with Mike Espy, and in Texas a few weekends back with Colin Allred, I saw similar things: citizens of all ages, of many races, and many of whom had been on the sidelines lo…

Politics

AG visits Pittsfield to endorse Harrington for district attorney » Berkshire Eagle The state's highest law enforcement official on Monday endorsed attorney Andrea Harrington in the race for Berkshire district attorney.…

Political Notes: Cyr on list of Obama endorsements » Cape Cod Times Former President Barack Obama, a frequent summer visitor to Martha’s Vineyard, has weighed in on the Cape & Islands District state Senate race.…

Former President Barack Obama endorses Ayanna Pressley, other Massachusetts Democrats » The Republican Ayanna Pressley, a Boston city councilor who claimed an historic victory over incumbent Michael Capuano in Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District last month, is among a handful of state Democrats t…

Opioid epidemic, education highlight 3rd Plymouth District forum » Patriot Ledger A live-broadcast political forum featuring the two candidates in the 3rd Plymouth District grew heated at times Monday night as Republican challenger Kristen Arute worked to distinguish herself from t…

State Finance

The Week in Public Finance: Some States Are Less Prepared for a Recession Than a Decade Ago » Governing But according to two analyses, a majority of states have nearly enough savings to weather a downturn. …

State Government

New round of funding available for 'vibrant and walkable' downtown districts in Massachusetts » The Republican Vacant storefronts. Confusing signage. Street layouts that can be hazardous for pedestrians.…

Transportation

Long wait for Red, Orange Line improvements » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD on Monday awarded the final major contract needed to complete an overhaul of the Red and Orange Lines, but the milestone agreement was another reminder of how long it tak…

T notes: Riders embracing early morning buses » Commonwealth Magazine MBTA OFFICIALS SAY the addition of early morning buses on 10 routes has increased ridership by more than 900 riders and reduced crowding.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

UML adjuncts: This is no laughing matter » Lowell Sun

Illegal gambling ring busted in Southeastern Mass. » Boston Globe

AG: Six nabbed in alleged illegal gambling scheme » Boston Herald

The Codcast: The women of pot » Commonwealth Magazine

GAS ACTION LAWSUIT: Firm files lawsuits against Columbia Gas for impacted residents and businesses » Wicked Local

Navy Capt. Stephanie Helm named as MassCyberCenter director » Patriot Ledger

City Hall Plaza protest calls on Senator Flake to reject Kavanaugh for Supreme Court » Boston Globe

Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission should 'pick up the pace' on retail pot shops, legalization advocates say » The Republican

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