WASHINGTON (AP) – For years, President Barack Obama berated Republicans for putting their own political interests ahead of good policy on immigration. In two successive presidential campaigns, he held up Washington’s failure to act on immigration as a prime example … Read Full Storyread more
Two years ago, Massachusetts set what was considered an ambitious goal: The state would not let that persistent monster, rising health care costs, increase faster than the economy as a whole. Today, the results of the first full year are … Read Full Storyread more
It is time to address the plague of injuries resulting from youth sports – recreation leagues, high school, junior programs and the like.
While we are happy to see high school teams on the court and on the ice, we … Read Full Story
“You gotta be in it to win it.” That’s what they say about the lottery, or used to. Now some public officials in Los Angeles want to apply this logic to elections.
The Los Angeles Ethics Commission recently passed a … Read Full Story
As school begins again in Bristol County, I want to remind parents in our area that the tobacco industry continues to produce new and varied nicotine delivery products, like e-cigarettes and vape pens that are sweet, cheap and easy for … Read Full Storyread more
The nation’s attention is rightfully riveted on Ferguson, Missouri, where residents are reeling from days of protests and riots.
Touched off in the wake of the police shooting of a young black man under ambiguous circumstances, at best, the civic … Read Full Story
There are few people who do not like to receive gifts. Whenever they come, or for whatever occasion they are presented, they are gratefully received.
It is in this context I would like to suggest that we have, as a … Read Full Story
We, the members of the Massachusetts Coastal Caucus, recently learned that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued new regulations for the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan. Recognizing that the regulations would unnecessarily impose significant, negative consequences on our … Read Full Storyread more
Bank of America last week reportedly buckled to the Justice Department’s threat of litigation over alleged misdeeds in the mortgage-backed securities market, offering to pay upward of $16 billion to settle the matter, more than half of it as a … Read Full Storyread more
When my wife and I joined the demonstrators against the Pay-As-You-Throw Program (PAYT) at the Government Center on Tuesday, Aug. 5, we were shocked and disappointed by what we saw: People holding handwritten signs that contained messages and language not … Read Full Storyread more
Happy summer vacation, Congress. Clearly, you need a break.
Has any Congress ever produced so much drama and so little legislation? Let’s see what it did (and didn’t do) last week. Congress’s failure on immigration has been well-documented. Less heralded, … Read Full Story
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has produced his latest take on conservative anti-poverty policy.
Ryan’s idea is a substantial expansion of the earned-income tax credit, a wage supplement for low-income workers administered through the tax code. Currently the … Read Full Storyread more
WASHINGTON (AP) – The last time Republicans unleashed impeachment proceedings against a Democratic president, they lost five House seats in an election they seemed primed to win handily.
Memories of Bill Clinton and the campaign of 1998 may help explain … Read Full Storyread more
It appears the number of countries where Portuguese is an official language will soon be increasing from eight to nine. But at what price?
After a couple years of mounting pressure — mostly exerted by Brazil and Angola —Equatorial Guinea … Read Full Storyread more
The lands of Occupied Palestine and Israel are sad places to be these days.
With the failure of the peace process several months ago, the deaths of three teenage Jews and the immolation of a teenage Palestinian boy appear to … Read Full Storyread more
The U.S. Veterans Affairs Department scandal has brought to light the disconnect between the nation’s promise to its veterans and what is actually delivered. Here in Massachusetts, we are fortunate to have a robust network of local veterans service officers … Read Full Storyread more
Editor’s Note: National HIV Testing Day is observed on June 27.
By Thomas E Bertrand
It was September 1994, and I had never imagined myself sitting alone in the crowded and chaotic basement of Traveler’s Aid Society, now known as … Read Full Storyread more
Given the United States’ 11 years of involvement in Iraq as an invader, occupier and, most recently, facilitator and ally, it is difficult for the government and Americans to watch what is happening there with equanimity.
The United States withdrew … Read Full Story