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The Codcast: Baker and the T

There’s no consensus about what specific actions the MBTA should take to right itself, but so far everyone seems to appreciate the work of the all-volunteer Fiscal Management and Control Board and Gov. Charlie Baker’s decision to take ownership of the T and all its headaches. Baker this week waded into the weeds at the(...)

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Why are tax forecasts off?

The state’s economy is humming along. Unemployment is 4.2 percent, well below the national rate. The state’s gross domestic product grew at an annual pace of 2.3 percent in the first quarter, well above the national rate. And the Dow Jones Industrial Average keeps setting record highs as stocks keep gaining. So why is Massachusetts(...)

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Irony abounds in health agency cuts

Sure, if you’re highlighting irony in this irony-filled world of ours, the easy stop is Cleveland, where the opening night of a GOP convention that is about to nominate a man who suggests Barack Obama is a cop killer-sympathizing Muslim turncoat featured that man’s wife delivering a heartfelt speech about her husband that cribbed heavily(...)

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The Notorious RBG

People in their 70s and 80s may not always say it but there is a liberating sense to reaching that age. It comes with impunity to say what’s on your mind without fear of reprisal or hurting feelings. That gift, however, does not extend to octogenarians who don the robe of Supreme Court justice because(...)

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The Codcast: US Attorney Carmen Ortiz

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz says her office is not the source of press leaks about ongoing federal investigations. “I know people think that, and I know that they’re wrong,” she said. CommonWealth interviewed Ortiz on June 28 for a story that appears today in the just-released Summer print issue of the magazine. The story, entitled(...)

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