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For Mass., high stakes in health debate

Efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act gained some momentum this week as Republicans put forward legislation that would put the brakes on federal health care spending in a way that would disproportionately impact blue states such as Massachusetts, New York, and California. The legislation, filed by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill(...)

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Globe comes clean

The Boston Globe aired its dirty linen in public over the weekend, running a front-page story that revealed the newspaper is still a long way from resolving problems with its printing presses in Taunton that have delayed or even prevented deliveries. There have been mea culpas before about the breakdown-prone presses from publisher John Henry,(...)

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Chasing health care’s ‘big white whale’

As Margot Sanger-Katz wrote in the New York Times on Monday, Democrats “giddy” from their recent health victory were ready to reach for the big prize — a single-payer health care system. That happened Wednesday, when Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders rolled out his “Medicare for all” legislation. The speed with which Democrats have gone from(...)

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Come clean on pot use

The Cannabis Control Commission met for the first time on Monday, and two of the five members refused to say whether they had ever smoked pot. Commissioners Jennifer Flanagan, a former state senator, and Shaleen Title, who worked on the ballot question that legalized recreational marijuana, declined to say whether they had used marijuana. Britte(...)

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