National Politics

How a health care bill becomes a law

While all eyes yesterday were on the Senate hearing where Attorney General Jeff Sessions was testifying, some actual legislating is taking place in Washington — or so we are led to believe. The once-moribund Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill, which the House resuscitated last month, passed, and sent along to the Senate, may be moving toward a(...)

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Warren: GOP trying to ram through health care bill

Warren: GOP trying to ram through health care bill

‘I’ve never seen anything like this,’ she says

Sen. Warren sent the following message to her supporters on Friday. I LEARNED SOME SCARY NEWS yesterday: the Senate Republicans are going to try to repeal the Affordable Care Act by the end of the month. And here’s the terrifying part: They seem to think they have the votes in the Senate to do it.(...)

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From refugee camp to high school grad

From refugee camp to high school grad

Along the way, she learned about herself, America

The following is a pre-graduation speech delivered at the City on a Hill charter school. MY NAME IS MARYAN ADEN and I am a member of the founding class at City on a Hill Dudley Square. Next month, my classmates and I will take the stage as the first graduates from City on a Hill(...)

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Political polarization complicates Watergate comparisons

Political polarization complicates Watergate comparisons

Trump’s poll numbers are lower than Nixon’s, but times are different

THE CASCADING INVESTIGATIONS into relationships between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign and staff rings loudly with echoes of Watergate. Trump sometimes seems to invite the parallel, tweeting about taping White House meetings, and inviting reporters into an unannounced meeting with Henry Kissinger, Nixon’s secretary of state. “We’ve seen this movie before. It’s reaching Watergate size(...)

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The elephant in the lab

An op-ed in today’s Globe by two leaders of the region’s biomedical community is as interesting for what it doesn’t say as what it does. The presidents of Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Partners HealthCare lay out a strong case for the huge value of the state’s “biomedical ecosystem” in driving enormous advances in the treatment of(...)

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Getting Trump’s attention

Someone needs to take away President Trump’s cellphone or shut down his Twitter account. Stat. Trump raised the specter of recording his January dinner conversation with now-fired FBI director James Comey in a threat that wasn’t even thinly veiled. It was downright translucent. “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations(...)

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Boston seizes clean energy opportunity

Boston seizes clean energy opportunity

Cities take initiative on climate change as federal government retreats

IT’S BEEN A sobering few months for clean energy advocates. Despite the Trump administration’s disdain for programs and policies intended to lower the carbon emissions that threaten the safety and well-being of the nation, Boston and like-minded cities are surging ahead to take advantage of the economic, health and other benefits inherent in a carbon-free(...)

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Opening the gate

Former FBI director James Comey now joins the growing ranks of law enforcement officials fired by President Trump, alongside former acting Attorney General Sally Yates and Preet Bharara, the former US attorney in New York. In addition to their shared fates, they also are three law enforcement officials who were overseeing active investigations into the(...)

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Brown seeks donors for group attacking Warren

Brown seeks donors for group attacking Warren

State PAC slams senator in appeal despite her support for former opponent

A CONSERVATIVE MASSACHUSETTS political action committee has sent out a fundraising request attacking Sen. Elizabeth Warren that includes an appeal to donors from former US senator Scott Brown, whose nomination as ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa has been backed by Warren, his one-time foe. The fundraising packet mailed out at the end of April from(...)

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