What’s a Democrat to do?

Donald Trump is the president. Should Democrats accept that and work with him whenever possible? Should they fight him every step of the way? Or is there some middle ground?

The Boston Globe’s editorial page rarely has anything nice to say about Trump, but it tried to stake out some middle ground recently when it rapped the knuckles of Rep. Katherine Clark. She had attacked Trump for assembling a “lip service” opioid task force that included Gov. Charlie Baker at the same time the president was trying to eliminate opioid treatment by repealing Obamacare.

“I don’t think Massachusetts families will appreciate Governor Baker’s involvement if this turns out to be another of Trump’s charades,” Clark said.

The Globe said Clark went too far in attacking Baker. “Clark’s criticism of Baker reflects one strain of thought among Democrats — that the Trump administration is so dangerous that it must be battled on every front, in every way,” the Globe editorial said.

The newspaper said there’s a chance the task force could end up being a charade, but that chance would become a virtual certainty if governors such as Baker don’t get involved. The Globe said Trump won the presidency and “the state has to make the best of it.”

Clark responded on Monday with a letter to the editor that trumpeted her bipartisan bona fides while restating her belief that Trump is “dangerous and duplicitous.” She never mentioned her comments about Baker in her letter, instead focusing on her efforts and the efforts of Americans in general to oppose Trump’s health plan and his gutting of addiction treatment. “Had they heeded the Globe’s advice ‘to make the best of it,’ we wouldn’t have defeated his disastrous plan,” she wrote.

US Rep. Stephen Lynch waded into the same strategic political debate last week when he declined a White House invitation to sit down and talk. Lynch, perhaps the most conservative member of the state’s congressional delegation, said he felt Trump was trying to divide the Democratic Party so he declined the invitation.

“I am usually someone who looks for middle ground, but Mr. Trump’s opening position, especially as reflected in his budget, has been so extreme that there is no middle ground. It’s a non-starter for me,” Lynch said.

No word yet on what the Globe’s editorial page feels about a congressman refusing to even sit down and talk with White House officials.



Sen. Ken Donnelly died eight months after the Arlington Democrat and former firefighters union leader was diagnosed with a brain tumor. (Boston Globe)

State officials head to court against a bankrupt internet service provider, worried that public safety could be jeopardized without some entity to fill the gap. (Telegram & Gazette)

A federal judge in Texas who was overseeing a lawsuit filed by Exxon Mobil against Attorney General Maura Healey has ordered the case moved to federal court in New York. (Boston Herald)

A Herald editorial pans a bill filed by Rep. David Nangle to tax nonprofits with high-earning top officials, likening it to the “polite extortion scheme” Boston pulls by invoicing nonprofits for “payments in lieu of taxes.”


Plymouth residents could join two other towns that have voted to block the sale of recreational marijuana after selectmen approved a ballot question for the town election next month but, unlike those that have approved a ban, Question 4 passed in Plymouth last November. (Old Colony Memorial)

The Fall River city counsel will probe the failed sale of the former police department headquarters after questions were raised over a the qualifications of an outside consultant who was hired to market the building. (Herald News)

A familiar and comforting ritual will resume this afternoon, as grown men gathered on a Back Bay greensward are commanded to “play ball.”  (Boston Globe)


The Los Angeles Times editorial page begins a multipart series on President Trump, with the first installment entitled “Our dishonest president.”

Financial disclosure forms for many White House staffers, dumped en masse late Friday night, show many aides to the president made millions from private political work for right-wing donors and organizations. (New York Times)

Connor Lentz sides with US Rep. Michael Capuano in condemning Republican efforts to kill internet privacy regulations. (CommonWealth)

Sarah Palin has shut down her Sarah PAC, which was supposed to support like-minded candidates but instead spent nearly 90 percent of its budget on travel and promoting the Palin brand. (Washington Post)


Adrian Walker rips Boston City Councilor — and mayoral challenger — Tito Jackson for charging the Walsh administration with abandoning people in drug recovery based on flimsy evidence. (Boston Globe)

Sean Mulkerrin says the state Democratic Party has been commandeered by the professional-managerial class. (CommonWealth)


The cap on foreign workers nationwide was reached earlier than ever this year, leaving seasonal businesses on Cape Cod short of employees and pinning their hopes on a bill by US Rep. William Keating to raise the limit. (Cape Cod Times)

Some experts say there is no shortage of domestic tech workers necessitating the H-1B visa program that brings 85,000 skilled foreign workers to the US each year. (Boston Globe)

State scientists, who stepped in to examine the state of the region’s cod stocks after fishermen recoiled at the nearly complete ban cod fishing imposed by federal authorities, have largely confirmed the dire state of the cod in Massachusetts waters. (Boston Globe)


UMass President Marty Meehan says the $30 million deficit facing the system is only temporary and predicts the budget will be “under control” by the end of the fiscal year. (Keller@Large)

East Bridgewater will dump its pay model and offer free full-day kindergarten to everyone beginning in the fall. (The Enterprise)

A Globe editorial says Massachusetts should embrace early college programs that let high school students gain college credits.

An African-American math teacher finds a note with a single racial slur on her desk. (Eagle-Tribune)

A Lowell Sun editorial laments the knee-jerk reaction of public school officials to the possibility of federal budget cuts, saying “it’s easier to cry wolf than make tough spending decisions.”


Massachusetts had the highest rate of opioid-related emergency room visits in 2014 of the 30 states included a new federal report. (Boston Globe)


MBTA union president Timothy Dockery is indicted for fraud and kickbacks. (CommonWealth)

Uber has hired hundreds of social scientists and data analysts for a groundbreaking but shadowy experiment in behavioral control in an effort to get drivers, who are independent contractors, to work longer hours. (New York Times)


General Electric files a 127-page brief saying it makes no sense to transport PCBs recovered from the Housatonic River to out-of-state landfills, but no facilities in Massachusetts have the proper federal licenses to handle the contaminants. (Berkshire Eagle)

A study finds the Westport River has lost half of the salt marshes it had 80 years ago and is losing the remaining at an alarming rate. (Herald News)


The number of gun-related arrests of juveniles in Boston was up sharply over the first three months of the year compared with the same period in 2016. (Boston Herald)

A 5-year-old boy in Roxbury — whose father was apparently the intended target — was shot in the back Sunday night, but is recovering. (Boston Herald)

Leandro Arriaga, a construction worker from Lawrence, was one of those taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement  last week as he began the process of seeking a green card. (WBUR) Trump officials, responding to complaints by the chief justice of the California Supreme Court, defend their policy of picking up undocumented immigrants at state courthouses. (Governing)


Erik Wemple, writing in the Washington Post, calls Bill O’Reilly “an awful, awful man.”