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The Codcast: Tipping point for Confederate statues

After this month’s white nationalist rally in Virginia, statues of Confederate leaders are falling across the South. Protests by white supremacists against the planned removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville have set in motion a rush to rid town greens and parks of icons to the Confederate cause. Many have decried the(...)

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The Codcast: The T’s chief technology officer

Riding the T sometimes feels like a step back in time. Red Line cars that are 40 years old. Payment systems that are slow and inefficient. Underground stations that leak whenever it rains. But David Block-Schachter, the MBTA’s chief technology officer, says the transit authority is changing. In an interview for The Codcast with Josh(...)

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Drowning out health care

Amid the chaos that passes for leadership in Washington these days, the fate of health care for millions of people, including in Massachusetts, hangs in the balance as President Trump continues to threaten to withhold subsidies that are the lifeblood for many. Trump’s threats are roiling even the most stable markets such as in the Bay(...)

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Feds overreach on Teamsters

The feds came up short again on Tuesday in trying to turn obnoxious or even sleazy behavior into federal crimes. It happened when the US Attorney’s office in Boston tried to make bare-knuckled political patronage at the state’s Probation Department a crime of racketeering and it happened again on Tuesday when a jury rejected a(...)

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Casino clash

The debate over casinos in Massachusetts clearly isn’t settled yet. Sen. Jamie Eldridge of Acton says a recent change in state law allowing casinos to continue serving alcohol two hours longer is proof that “our worst fears about casinos are coming to fruition.” He says the new 4 a.m. “last call” is not only a(...)

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