CommonWealth Staff

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Where’s the story on Trump’s taxes?

Certain people over a certain age recall the old Wendy’s slogan that became a pre-internet viral cry for whenever someone offered something without substance. “Where’s the beef?” is a phrase that could easily be applied to the first revelation of President Trump’s tax returns. But the reaction by supporters and the president himself that the “exclusive”(...)

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Crunching the T’s numbers

News coverage of the MBTA’s budget-balancing initiatives focused almost entirely on halting weekend commuter rail service and curtailing rides for disabled riders, but the biggest savings would come from privatization. T officials estimated they could save $27 million, or about 61 percent of the proposed package of spending reductions, by privatizing bus maintenance at garages(...)

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Gants v Conley: Time for a real debate?

The Boston Globe delivered an editorial spanking to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley over the weekend for questioning the political activity of Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants. Gants has been leading the charge for doing away with mandatory minimum sentencing in most cases, an issue that the Globe editorial page is also(...)

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The Codcast: A conversation with teeth in it

Oral health is intrinsically related to overall physical health but for those without dental insurance, especially poor children, access to a dentist presents challenges both financially and geographically. State Sen. Harriette Chandler of Worcester and state Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli of Lenox have introduced bills in the Legislature to create a new practitioner called “dental(...)

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GOP dog catches the health-care car

The Republicans have finally rolled out their replacement for the Affordable Care Act, but the long-awaited health care fix may need some immediate resuscitation efforts. Opposition from conservative Republicans in the House coupled with balking by moderate GOP senators could spell doom for the Obamacare replacement offered by House Speaker Paul Ryan. The bill is(...)

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A welcome boost for Boston Medical Center

A $25 million donation to Boston Medical Center has, in the words of the hospital’s CEO, Kate Walsh, brought “addiction medicine out of the philanthropic shadows.” The gift, from billionaire investor John Grayken and his wife, Eileen Grayken, will establish the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine at BMC. It does indeed send a loud message about(...)

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Trump’s working class appeal

  The narrative explaining Donald Trump’s surprise victory in November has been anchored by the undercurrent of white working class anxiety and discontent that he tapped. It helped flip three crucial industrial states — Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania — into Trump’s column and handed him the White House. Trump is keenly aware of who buttered(...)

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