National Politics

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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NH voter fraud claims baffle Mass. officials

NH voter fraud claims baffle Mass. officials

GOP, Dem leaders say Kobach's claims are fiction

AT A MEETING of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity on Tuesday, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner dismissed assertions by commission vice chair Kris Kobach that widespread voter fraud influenced the state’s 2016 presidential and senate races. “The problem that has occurred because of what you wrote is that – the question(...)

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Monument tradeoffs are necessary

Monument tradeoffs are necessary

Preserving the ecosystem, biodiversity is crucial

CAN ANYONE REALLY SAY why there is such an outcry about the establishment of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument? It is doubtful that a majority of those speaking out against it could accurately locate the area on a chart. Let’s face it: there are a lot of politics involved in what should(...)

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Perchance to dream

College campuses are anxiously waiting for President Trump’s decision on whether to dismantle or even substantially change the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA was an executive order from then-President Barack Obama in 2012 that stopped deportation of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children and who pose no security threat. But(...)

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Was Boston Common rally really about white supremacy?

Was Boston Common rally really about white supremacy?

Ayyadurai says Walsh, Baker, media created a fiction

THE 40,000 PROTESTERS who showed up at Boston Common on Saturday had nothing to protest because the free speech rally was focused on free speech and not white supremacy or racism, said Shiva Ayyadurai, a Republican candidate for US Senate and one of the keynote speakers at the rally. Ayyadurai on Monday said the portrayal(...)

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‘This ain’t Charlottesville’

‘This ain’t Charlottesville’

Protesters far outnumber rally participants, violence avoided

This story was updated at 5:15 p.m. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PROTESTERS converged on Boston Common Saturday to chant, wave signs, and boo about 50 people holding what they described as a free speech rally at the Parkman Bandstand. The protesters surrounded the bandstand, but police barricades kept them from getting any closer than 100(...)

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On immigration, Baker follows Trump playbook

On immigration, Baker follows Trump playbook

Governor’s legislation is likely unconstitutional

ON JULY 24, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued its decision in the case of Lunn v. Commonwealth, holding that Massachusetts law enforcement officers lack authority to hold individuals on the sole strength of a federal immigration detainer. In response, Gov. Charlie Baker filed legislation to allow Massachusetts law enforcement officers to detain targets of(...)

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Trump misunderstands history’s arc

Trump misunderstands history’s arc

Comparing Washington and Lee is a false equivalence

“A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE is a dangerous thing.”  It’s an old saying that perhaps resonated more clearly than ever before when one heard the person holding the office of president of the United States equating the secessionist leader Robert E. Lee with the nation’s first and third presidents.  Painting with a broad brush dipped in a(...)

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Walsh, Baker condemn hatred, bigotry

Walsh, Baker condemn hatred, bigotry

Mayor says 'hate groups' not welcome in Boston

BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH delivered a stern message on Monday to “hate groups” who may be planning to come to Boston this weekend. “Boston does not welcome you here. Boston does not want you here. Boston rejects your message,” he said. “We reject racism. We reject white supremacy. We reject anti-Semitism. We reject the KKK.(...)

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