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Lahey + Beth Israel: Is bigger better?

  Even with all the uncertainty surrounding health care and the Affordable Care Act, Lahey Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are convinced bigger is better. The two hospital systems, who have flirted several times in the past, announced on Monday that they intend to fully integrate their operations. Many details remain to be(...)

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Do your job

As local pundits press Gov. Charlie Baker to take a stronger stand against President Trump, it’s worth remembering what Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots always say as the big game approaches: Do your job. Baker, a Republican, was elected governor of heavily Democratic Massachusetts. His job is to manage the state as best(...)

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Trump’s America First vision

President Trump’s inaugural speech laid out a new “America First” vision for the country that may be more in keeping with the increasingly competitive world economy. “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first,” Trump said. “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made(...)

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Focusing on the optics of a pay raise

Just as lawmakers are putting down their right hands from being sworn in for the new term, they’ve decided to take up a two-year-old report that portrays them as woefully underpaid and recommends hefty raises all around, hikes that would push compensation for constitutional officers and legislative leadership near the top among all states. While there(...)

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