CommonWealth Staff

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Judging the judge

A protest last week outside a Salem courthouse featured a refrain made familiar by the scholarly legal eagles who regularly populate the president’s rally, where they apply only the most reasoned conclusions to complicated issues. “Lock him up,” shouted about 200 people gathered outside the Ruane Judicial Center, according to this Salem News account. The(...)

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Our wheezing democracy

Who are you going to turn to make important decisions affecting the state? The sluggish Legislature or schizophrenic, knee-jerk electorate? Those seem to be the less-than-compelling options at this point in dealing with a set of questions that will have enormous implications for the state’s budget and initiatives we look for it to fund. Lawmakers(...)

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Funny, not funny

Comedy is in the eye of the beholder. This wasn’t funny. ABC canceled the wildly popular reboot of the “Roseanne” show after its namesake, Roseanne Barr, tweeted out a stunningly tasteless and racist comment about Valerie Jarrett, the former advisor and close friend of former president Barack Obama. Barr is an unabashed supporter of President Trump and(...)

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NFL owners yield to Trump, bottom line

In the end, the megamillionaire NFL owners decided to take a knee. Not a knee of protest or principle, as some of their employees pursued last season, but a knee of supplication. They bowed down to the royal leader, King Donald, hoping their new policy would satisfy his highness’s imperial ragings and lead him to(...)

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Conflicted about McGrory accusations

Wednesday’s Boston Globe had a story inside Metro about noted Harvard economist Roland Fryer being investigated for sexual harassment. It was not an unusual story for the paper to cover, given the Globe is the region’s most powerful media outlet. The Globe has done many stories on sexual harassment in the workplace, especially since the(...)

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Meehan, UMass Boston faculty at war

The faculty at UMass Boston, angered and threatened by the purchase of Mount Ida College in Newton by UMass Amherst, retaliated by scuttling the search for a new chancellor at their own campus. UMass President Marty Meehan announced on Monday that all three finalists for the Boston job had withdrawn their names from consideration after(...)

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The Codcast: Devin McCourty tackles criminal justice reform

When New England Patriots co-captain Devin McCourty joined the protests first set off by Colin Kaepernick and “took a knee” during the National Anthem last season, he was making a statement about racial justice issues in the country and the treatment of blacks by law enforcement officials. President Trump quickly “hijacked” the issue, McCourty says(...)

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Gag rule impacts Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, we view abortion rights as settled law, though acknowledging that there are still pockets of deep opposition. The debate over abortion rights rarely rises to an issue in federal or local races here because state law is so firm on a woman’s right to choose that a vocal opponent rarely has a chance(...)

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