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The Codcast: Pacheco Law punch-out

In what may be a precursor to a soon-to-come Beacon Hill debate on the Pacheco Law, state Auditor Suzanne Bump squared off with Greg Sullivan, research director at the right-leaning Pioneer Institute, to discuss (sometimes heatedly) the pros and cons of the law that regulates privatization of state services. The Legislature approved a three-year suspension(...)

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Boston’s Lake Wobegon restaurant ratings

  We’re living in the age of data and metrics. Baseball now runs on them. Political campaigns have mastered the art of microtargeting voters based on preferences scraped from various consumer databases. Government is getting in on the act, too, making what are largely admirable efforts to measure and make available data that can inform(...)

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The long-running soap opera of Roxbury Community College

There was a time that missteps by administrators at Roxbury Community College were met with sighs and snickers over the continual stream of malfeasance at the two-year state school. But the recurrence of questions over administration and finances continues to roil what was planned to be a crown jewel for the beleaguered community and will once(...)

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Worcester T&G by way of Tokyo

More than 120 Massachusetts daily and weekly newspapers learned on Thursday that they will report to ultimate bosses halfway around the world after the private equity firm that owns GateHouse Media announced it was selling out to a Japanese multinational corporation for $3.3 billion. SoftBank Group Corp. said it is purchasing Fortress Investment Group, which(...)

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1984? Try 10 years earlier

Critics of President Donald Trump’s 26-day tenure liken it to an Orwellian world, where “alternative facts” and “fake news” mean the opposite of what we’ve always believed. But with the breathtaking events of the past 24 to 72 hours, a better comparison than 1984 might be 10 years earlier and the siege of the Nixon administration.(...)

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Is Trump crazy like a fox?

President Trump is taking an enormous amount of flak. The news is filled with stories questioning his policies and his judgment. Saturday Night Live is hilariously skewering the president and his spokesman Sean Spicer. And the Boston Globe, via its sister publication STAT, asked 10 psychiatrists and psychologists on Monday whether Trump has a mental(...)

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