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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They’re Private Corporations

Requests by the American Civil Liberties Union for open records on Massachusetts SWAT teams begat refusals to comply based on the premise that the forces are not government entities.

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 READ MORE


Elizabeth Warren on Being a Woman in Politics and How Government Turned Into a ‘Rigged Game’

The Massachusetts senator went on “The Daily Show” on Tuesday night to talk about “A Fighting Chance,” her new book, but ended up explaining all the things that are terribly wrong with our country these days.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Obamacare Fails: Where Four State Health Exchanges Went Wrong

Much has been written (and will continue to be written) about the spectacular failure of health insurance exchanges in Minnesota, Massachusetts, Oregon and Maryland—all blue states that support the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 READ MORE



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States Rebel Against Obamacare Website Contractor

For Christmas, Vermont and Massachusetts are giving a lump of coal to CGI Federal, the Canadian company that built Healthcare.gov and seven other state-based health care exchanges.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE


Tea Party Father, Massachusetts Liberal Son For Congress

Here’s a cute ad from an openly gay Massachusetts liberal candidate for Congress whose dad describes himself as a member of the tea party.

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Elizabeth Warren, a Great Investment

How astonishing to have a public servant who actually cares to inform the public about the inner workings of the system of crony capitalism that has wedded big government with big business.

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What Happens When You Replace School Guards With Art Teachers

A K-8 school in Massachusetts “plagued by violence and disorder” became a picture of promise when a new principal stopped treating the place like a prison.

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School Cafeteria Denies Lunch to Preteen Debtors

Twenty-five students at a Massachusetts middle school went home hungry this week when the private contractor that runs the school’s cafeteria denied them lunch because the students’ accounts were a few cents overcharged.

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Adelson’s Company Admits to Bribery, Krugman Labels Sequester ‘Stupid,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including John Roberts being called out for a big error in the Voting Rights Act case and former NBA star Dennis Rodman defends his “good friend” Kim Jong Un.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Elizabeth Warren

At a Senate hearing Thursday, Elizabeth Warren exposed and shamed regulators for failing to prosecute banks that played a leading role in the financial crisis.

Posted on Feb 16, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Potentially Historic’ Winter Storm Nemo Forecast to Hit Northeast

More than 1,800 flights have been canceled in anticipation of a ferocious winter storm that’s expected to pound the Northeast beginning Friday.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE


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Prosecuting Prosecutorial Abuse

Massachusetts’ U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Heymann must be held accountable for their actions during their prosecution of the late Internet activist Aaron Swartz; in China, a father hired online “assassins” to kill his son’s avatar in an attempt to save his real life; meanwhile, the U.S. is giving the Afghan government a fleet of drones. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Where the Plastic Water Bottle Has Been Banned

A New England town has become the first in the nation to prohibit plastic water bottles. “Like its also-banned-in-some-places cousin, the single-use plastic shopping bag, the throwaway water bottle has a mighty adverse impact on the environment,” writes Matt Hickman at Mother Nature Network.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 READ MORE


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Romney the Reluctant Presidential Candidate, Another Kennedy Weighs Senate Run, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker’s personal connection with gun violence and the surprising information revealed by the FBI’s internal records on the Occupy movement.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 READ MORE


Warren and Wall St.

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Bye-Bye, Scott Brown: Elizabeth Warren Wins Massachusetts Senate Race

Multiple news media outlets are projecting that Democrat Elizabeth Warren has defeated incumbent Republican Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 READ MORE



Brown vs. Warren, Koch Brothers vs. Justices, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including how Paul Ryan’s 30 percent compares with Mitt Romney’s 47 percent and a Pennsylvania judge decides the fate of the state’s voter ID law for the 2012 election.

Posted on Oct 2, 2012 READ MORE



Romney Voter Drive Dust-Up, GOP Lawmaker’s Possible Prostitution Link, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the real percentage of Americans who receive financial help from the federal government and the Massachusetts Senate race between Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren gets nasty.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE



Mitt’s New Message, Obama’s ‘Biggest Failure,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why women in New Mexico may soon have to prove they were “forcibly raped” to get welfare and one of Jon Stewart’s most epic takedowns of Fox News.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 READ MORE


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Elizabeth Warren vs. Mr. Personality

Elizabeth Warren is the kind of person Massachusetts has always liked to send to the U.S. Senate. So why hasn’t one of this year’s most exciting Senate candidates put the election away?

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Impeach the Supreme Court?

Michael Dukakis, the three-time governor of Massachusetts and 1988 Democratic candidate for president, has the guts to say it.

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Accused Norwegian Terrorist Has a Pen Pal

Early in the 20th century, Ayn Rand admired serial killer William Hickman from afar. Today, 23-year-old Massachusetts resident Kevin Forts has found his own murderous darling in the figure of accused terrorist Anders Breivik.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE


Dukakis, Kerry, Romney

Newt Gingrich isn’t giving up his fight for the presidency. The kamikaze candidate has released a new ad attacking Mitt Romney as someone from Massachusetts, the hippie gay rainbow brown people state, or something.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Another Kennedy Mulls a Run for Congress

Rep. Barney Frank may be leaving the Capitol soon, but a member of the nation’s most famous political clan could succeed him in the House of Representatives. Enter Joseph Kennedy III, stage left.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



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The Sayings of Chairman Barney

"I’m used to being in the minority," he said. "I’m a left-handed gay Jew."

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Barney Frank to Call It Quits

Want to get a quick read on another American’s politics? Say the words Barney Frank. The Massachusetts congressman has become a distinctive presence in the House of Representatives over the last 32 years, becoming a lightning rod for condemnation and celebration, depending on where you sit. On Monday ... (more) Updated

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE


It’s Time to Occupy the Majority

Will the Occupy movement play into the hands of its enemies by living up to the stereotypes they are trying to create? Or will it instead move to a new phase that builds on its success?

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 READ MORE


Refuting Straw Liberals

It’s not often that a sound bite from a Democratic candidate gets so under the skin of my distinguished colleague George F. Will that he feels moved to quote it in full and then devote an entire column to refuting it.

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 READ MORE



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7 States Back DOJ in Opposing AT&T Merger

Attorneys general from California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington have all come out in support of the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit to block AT&T from acquiring T-Mobile.

Posted on Sep 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Romney Acknowledges Climate Change

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney held his stance on climate change Friday, recognizing that humans have contributed to global warming even though GOP leaders have typically disputed this scientifically supported concept. (more)

Posted on Jun 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Romney’s In for 2012

He’s tall, he’s telegenic and he’s back: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is throwing in to run for president again in 2012. He’ll have some work to do when it comes to helping Republicans forget his role in revamping his home state’s health care system ... (more)

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama Gives Mass. Governor Patrick a Boost

With less than three weeks left before the midterm elections, President Obama is making the rounds in support of Democratic allies such as Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, whom Obama praised in a Boston appearance Saturday while ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 16, 2010 READ MORE



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New England Republicans Assure Financial Reform Passage

Scott Brown of Massachusetts has decided to support the anemic financial reform bill because, as The Washington Post reports, “he got nearly everything he wanted.” The bill is now expected to pass with the support of at least two other Republicans, including Maine’s Olympia Snowe.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Wind Farmers Head Out to Sea

You’ve heard of offshore oil drilling, how about offshore wind farming? The first offshore wind project has been approved to be built five miles off the Massachusetts coast over the objections of Cape Cod residents and vacationers who worry it might disturb their view. The $1 billion project could power 400,000 houses.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE


The Criminalization of Bullying

Bullying should be taken seriously—by teachers, administrators, parents and, yes, fellow students. I’m doubtful, though, that criminal prosecution is the best way to punish or prevent it.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE


‘Your Kid Is Ugly’

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Senate Dems Go for Job-Creation Angle

Just a day after their motivational session with President Barack Obama, Senate Democrats got back to the task of regaining some lost political capital, making a bid to better their situation and that of out-of-work Americans by introducing a job-creation package—on the same day, the Los Angeles Times noted, that Massachusetts Sen.-elect Scott Brown was to be sworn in.

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE


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Scott Brown Wants to Make It Official

He’s already the stuff of “SNL” parodies, so Massachusetts’ newly minted Sen.-elect Scott Brown might as well go ahead and drop the “-elect” part from his title. Brown sent letters to state officials Wednesday prodding them to get on with the election certification process so he could be sworn in Thursday.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE



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Congress Health Care Is Not Real Reform

Two doctors from the Physicians for a National Health Program dissect the current government health care plan, arguing that the health care bills passed through Congress are not “real reform.”

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE


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Jon Stewart and His Many Pairs of Glasses Take Olbermann to Task

Let it be known that MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann is not a fan of Massachusetts Sen.-elect Scott Brown. In turn, let it be known that Jon Stewart is not pleased by Olbermann’s apparent descent into “the fetid swamp of baseless name-calling”—except, that is, for his creatively crass description of Rush Limbaugh.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE



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Dean: Health Care Not Dead Yet

In the face of growing pessimism after the Republican U.S. Senate victory in Massachusetts, Howard Dean, who in December vocally denounced the Senate health care legislation as weak, says he still believes the Democrats can pass a scaled-down health bill despite Republican foot-dragging.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Sen. Brown Goes to Washington

Fresh off pulling off a major upset in Massachusetts, newly elected U.S. Sen. Scott Brown on Thursday made his way to the nation’s capital, where he reflected to the press about what he believes won voters to his side, what he likes about President Barack Obama and how close his ties are (or aren’t) to the right-wing, tea-party movement.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


Ted on Arrival

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What Massachusetts Got Right

The president got creamed in Massachusetts. No amount of blaming this disastrous outcome on the weaknesses of the local Democratic candidate or her Republican opponent’s strengths can gainsay that fact.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


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Democrats Lose Ted Kennedy’s Seat

Well, the Democrats really made a donkey out of this one. The Commonwealth of Taxachusetts, as it’s known among tea-partiers, will now have a Republican senator. That means the Democrats’ filibuster-proof majority—which only amounted to doing Joe Lieberman’s bidding, anyway—is over. (continued)

Posted on Jan 19, 2010 READ MORE


The Bay State Lesson

Democrats should be worried about the trouble in Tuesday’s Massachusetts Senate race that forced President Obama to Boston on Sunday for a last-minute campaign rescue mission.

Posted on Jan 19, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama Guest-Stars in Pro-Coakley Ad

In hopes of ensuring that Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is the winner in Tuesday’s special election for the U.S. Senate seat once occupied by the late Ted Kennedy, President Barack Obama has taken to the airwaves in a TV ad supporting Coakley’s bid for office in a tight race against Republican challenger Scott Brown.

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 READ MORE


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Massachusetts Senate Race Heats Up

He’s not your, er, conventional Republican—having spent part of his childhood being raised by a bona fide welfare mom, not to mention posing nude during law school—but regardless, Massachusetts state Sen. Scott Brown could pose a serious challenge to his Democratic opponent, Martha Coakley, in the race to fill the late Edward Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat.

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama Pushes Climate Bill in Cambridge

Continuing on his Doing Too Many Things at Once ’09 Tour, President Barack Obama made a stopover at Cambridge, Mass., on Friday to push for “the passage of comprehensive legislation that will finally make renewable energy the profitable kind of energy in America.” Echoing himself on the subject of health care reform, Obama warned that the negative buzz from naysayers will get louder as the pro-reform team inches closer to its goal.

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 READ MORE


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