CommonWealth Staff

Stories by CommonWealth Staff

All the president’s mess

It’s absurd to think a president could ever be impeached for lying about sex. Or so was the prevailing wisdom until it happened in 1998 to Bill Clinton. Twenty years later the specter of another such chapter is suddenly not that far-fetched. It’s too soon to know where things are heading, but it’s hardly rushing(...)

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The gloves are off in Secretary of State race

Galvin, Zakim go toe-to-toe on voter registration and dark money

The Democratic primary race for the normally staid office of Secretary of State is turning into one of the most bruising battles of the season. About the only thing missing in the one and only televised debate between incumbent William Galvin and challenger Josh Zakim was headgear and eight-ounce gloves. The debate on Greater Boston,(...)

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Berkshire County power politics

The race for district attorney in Berkshire County is shaping up to be a primer on what’s wrong with elections in Massachusetts. The first sign came in March, when then-District Attorney David Capeless announced he was stepping down after 14 years in office and turning the reins over to his assistant, Paul Caccaviello. Capeless admitted(...)

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Opioids’ path of destruction in construction

Differences in health patterns among different population groups is a well-established fact. Indeed, it forms the foundation for an entire field of health research, epidemiology, which has contributed enormously to our understanding of the causes of disease. But a new report from the state Department of Public Health documenting the astonishingly high rate of opioid(...)

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