The Download

Presidential climate change

About an hour-and-a-half before President Trump delivered his most presidential speech to date, Greater Boston host Jim Braude offered viewers a prediction based on New England weather. “If you don’t like what you hear from the president tonight at 9,” Braude said, “Mark Twain might suggest, well, wait a few minutes then, too.” Braude was making the(...)

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MA-CT casino wars

Massachusetts stole GE from Connecticut, so now Connecticut is doing its best to undercut the $500-plus million MGM casino under construction in Springfield. Two Connecticut Indian tribes — the Mashantucket Pequots who own Foxwoods and the Mohegans who own Mohegan Sun — are teaming up to build a $300 million casino in East Windsor, which(...)

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A model for Baker in Maryland

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker continues his tightrope walk between owning the “R” after his name and trying to create distance with the R-occupant of the White House. The trouble is, distance and tightrope don’t always go hand-in-hand. On Sunday night, Baker was at a black tie dinner for the nation’s governors hosted by President Trump(...)

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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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