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10:00am Executive Office of Health & Human Services Public Hearing, Via Zoom


Worcester Housing Authority being investigated for living and working conditions » WGBH

Fort Point could be home to a new shelter for migrants, officials say » Boston Globe

Immigration debate exposes divisions among Mass. Democrats » WBUR

Divided panel calls for shift away from natural gas » The Eagle Tribune

Ousted pot boss O’Brien’s appeal denied; hearing over job can go forward » Boston Herald

Massachusetts' sports betting market poised to bring in millions in 2024 » Axios

Healey’s ‘Washington solution’ to migrant crisis derails » Commonwealth Beacon

Poll: Voters object to right-to-shelter funding » Gloucester Times

Healey wants to allow a single position to earn both a government pension and full-time salary »

Massachusetts cannabis prices hit all-time low with record 2023 sales » MassLive


NH: Democratic representative defects to Republican party, widening Republican lead in N.H. House » Boston Globe

CT: Democrats in CT city to square off in primary contest for party leadership. Here’s why they don’t agree. » Hartford Courant

NY: It took cinematic levels of dysfunction for Democrats to finally get aggressive on their border strategy » Politico

NY: New York’s 3rd Congressional District Poll: Suozzi Holds Slight Edge Over Pilip » Emerson College Polling

NY: Inside the Bizarre Race to Replace George Santos » Vanity Fair

PA: The Ominous News for Democrats in Pennsylvania’s ‘Latino Belt’ » Politico

VA: Virginia House Dems move to force vote on GOP delegate’s anti-abortion bill » Virginia Mercury

VA: Lawsuit over Virginia’s departure from RGGI can continue, court rules » Virginia Public Media

WA: Energy and Commerce Chair Rodgers won’t run again » Roll Call


Age isn’t just a number. It’s a profound and growing problem for Biden. » Politico

Biden Cleared in Documents Case; Report Raises Concerns About His Memory » New York Times

Jill Biden after 2022 news conference: "Why didn't anyone stop that?" » Axios

Trump Plans to Make Ron DeSantis a ‘Political Eunuch’ » Rolling Stone

The Plan To Take Out Voting Rights » The Lever

A Ruling for Trump on Eligibility Could Doom His Bid for Immunity » New York Times

The Senate GOP ends up exactly where it started on foreign aid » Politico

Record January caps Earth's first 12-month period above 1.5°C » Axios

Biden and Trump: How the two classified documents investigations came to different endings » Boston Globe

Biden: "I am an elderly man ... I know what the hell I'm doing" » Axios

“You think I would f***ing forget the day my son died?” Biden said, according to the AP. He repeated a version of the line without the F-bomb during a Q&A with a larger group of House Dems while responding to a special counsel report released Thursday by Robert Hur.

President Joe Biden

In remarks at the White House Thursday, Biden denied that he improperly shared classified information and angrily lashed out at Hur for questioning his mental acuity, particularly his recollection of the timing of his late son Beau’s death.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Biden angrily pushes back at special counsel’s report that questioned his memory, handling of docs » AP News

Editorial: Biden skips charges thanks to age & poor memory » Boston Herald


States edge closer to regional fund for fishermen hurt by offshore wind projects » New Bedford Light

Amazon Web Services CEO dishes on Boston’s AI scene — and Harvard Square pizza » Boston Globe

Brown: Leftists out to slay ‘monster’ Amazon » Boston Herald

Kaiser: Debanking a serious problem for marginalized people » Boston Herald

Brouhaha over storage facility in Hadley bubbles » Gazette Net

Cannabis & Psychedelics

Ex-Massachusetts lawyer accused of trying to bribe Medford police chief for pot shop sentenced to prison » Boston Herald

Civil Rights

Lawyers for student barred from wearing shirt to school that said ‘there are only two genders’ argue before Boston appeals court » Boston Globe


Former Amherst schools leader slams LGBTQ+ scandal report as biased » MassLive

Will Middleboro 'two genders' T-shirt case land in Supreme Court? It's only one step away » South Coast Today

Harvard given 1 week to turn over documents in antisemitism case » WCVB

‘All the hallmarks of a political hit job’: Historian explains how Claudine Gay became a conservative target » Boston Globe

After crisis upon crisis at Harvard, a long-simmering issue is emerging: legacy admissions » Boston Globe

Endowments at the 20 wealthiest colleges in Mass. grew 30% in 3 years » Boston Business Journal


Two new urban forests are coming to Worcester. Here's what we know » Worcester Telegram

Mass. officials want the state to be a climate tech hub for the world. Can they pull it off? » WBUR

New England marshes and seagrasses have huge potential to combat climate change » Boston Globe

Health Care

Top House Dems Rule Out Steward Bailout » State House News Service

South Shore Hospital sees record numbers of patients in emergency room. Here's why » Patriot Ledger


‘A murky area’: Milton residents may vote to defy the state’s ambitious housing law. A lawsuit could follow. » Boston Globe

Human Services

Mass budget cuts concern charity supporting families of homicide victims » NBC Boston


Immigration debate exposes divisions among Mass. Dems » News 22

Polls Show Voters Locked In On Immigration » State House News Service

Gov. Healey slams Republicans in Congress for blocking border deal » Spectrum News

Poll: Mass.’ migrant crisis a top concern for Bay State voters as immigration deal collapses » MassLive

Tracing the path to Massachusetts for thousands of new Haitian immigrants » WBUR

As Roxbury migrant shelter nears capacity, officials eye additional Boston locations, state rep says » NBC Boston

Fort Point could be home to a new shelter for migrants, officials say » Boston Globe

Most Bay State residents don’t want ‘Right to Shelter’ extended to migrants, poll shows » Boston Herald

Massachusetts eyeing office space for migrant overflow shelters » Boston Herald


What we know about the SJC nominating process » WBUR

Mass. Governor’s Councilors say Judge Wolohojian’s ties to Healey irrelevant » Boston Herald

Supreme Court justices appear skeptical of effort to remove Trump from a state ballot » WBUR


Berkshire legislators mull the departure of Rep. Pignatelli, longest-tenured member of the state delegation » WAMC

What some State House sunshine could show us » WGBH

Feeney appointed to initiative petition committee » The Sun Chronicle

Local Government

City councilor, Lawrence woman arraigned on voter fraud charges » The Eagle Tribune

‘It’s sad that makes me a villain’: Longtime Newton councilor ousted after leading city’s zoning rewrite » Boston Globe

Towns around Quabbin Reservoir should be better compensated for sacrifices, say lawmakers » WBUR

Despite doubts, Amherst Town Council backs bill boosting higher ed spending » Gazette Net

Andover local elections heavily contested » The Eagle Tribune

Hadley town officials unveil $27M budget » Gazette Net


Framingham voters must decide between two groups for local Democratic Committee leadership » The Metro West Daily News

Editorial: A ruling that frees up local political discourse » Boston Globe

AI-generated voices in robocalls can deceive voters. The FCC just made them illegal » Boston Globe

Public Health

Young kids aren’t immune: Mental health issues at crisis point amid lack of specialized therapists » Gazette Net

Public Safety

Healey not restoring $1.68M she cut from 30+ fire departments in state budget shortfall » Boston Herald

State Awards UTEC $1.7 Million to Discourage Repeat Offenses by Young People Leaving Prison » WHAV

Boston lowers security at Mass and Cass, but Mayor Wu refrains from ‘declaring victory’ » Boston Herald

State Finance

Healey urges lawmakers to approve budget » The Eagle Tribune

Declining revenues fuel calls for fiscal restraint » Salem News

State Government

Opinion: Massachusetts shouldn’t put its lottery online » Boston Globe


Audit finds SSA lacking in cybersecurity » Martha's Vineyard Times

T Official Says Fed Are Happy With Safety Progress » State House News Service

Massachusetts plans to spend $50 million on electric vehicle charging projects » CBS News

You got a fast charge: New EV chargers installed at six Mass Pike rest stops » Boston Globe

Andy Koziol tapped to lead West-East rail project that would bring regular passenger rail service from Boston to Pittsfield » Berkshire Eagle

2 JetBlue planes touch at Logan airport with passengers onboard » NBC Boston

How could the plan to shift the Mass. Pike transform Boston's Allston neighborhood? » NBC Boston


State and Local Leaders Ask for Reconsideration of Lead Water Service Line Grant Formula » Revere Journal

Deerfield looks to ‘most feasible alternative’ for wastewater treatment plant » Gazette Net

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

SB1297 - An Act authorizing the town of Wales to establish a department of public works

HB4250 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Jonathan Corey, an employee of the Suffolk county sheriff's department

SB2547 - An Act amending the charter of the city of Westfield

SB2524 - An Act changing the position of town clerk in the town of Wenham from an elected position to an appointed position

HB1341 - An Act authorizing the town of Reading to dissolve its Affordable Housing Trust Fund

HB2092 - An Act to amend the charter of the town of Middleborough

Most read bills of the week:

House Actions This Week: 2684

Senate Actions This Week: 1136

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