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
June is arriving and with it Massachusetts and Rhode Island come alive with numerous celebrations marking the unofficial month of Portugal in this region.
Although the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities is only officially celebrated on June … Read Full Storyread more
The cost of a college degree has been rising sharply for a generation, for many reasons political leaders cannot easily control. But over the last decade, state legislatures have had a direct hand in the rise of tuition and fees … Read Full Storyread more
It seems nothing passes through Congress without the bitterest fight to the death. The latest example is a little line item that has held a spot in the Internal Revenue Service Code for more than three decades, even though it … Read Full Storyread more
According to the Kauffman Foundation, 52 percent of Silicon Valley startups were “immigrant founded.” The list includes Google and Yahoo, Intel and Instagram. That finding, along with scores of other studies and snapshots of the U.S. economy, shows that some … Read Full Storyread more
The recent tragic deaths of two infants and a young boy have brought longstanding problems of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families to the forefront. It’s clear that the agency responsible for intervening in family crises is in crisis … Read Full Storyread more
Last week, a Quincy home was declared a total loss after a discarded cigarette ignited two nearby gas containers, fire officials said, leaving a family homeless.
That same day, a Weymouth police officer working a detail noticed smoke coming from … Read Full Storyread more
With the recent release of the United Nations Climate Report, conversation around collective action to slow down global warming and climate change has been all over the media.
The U.N. panel, which has released the report in three parts over … Read Full Storyread more
There is much to like in the domestic violence prevention bill being considered on Beacon Hill, and one provision that goes too far.
The bill approved by the House Wednesday would set stiffer penalties for domestic violence, make strangulation a … Read Full Story
It is hard to imagine anyone, from conservative to liberal, who would want their employer’s religious beliefs imposed on their workforce or insurance coverage. Religious freedom is a personal freedom, not an employer choice.
For that reason, the U.S. Supreme … Read Full Storyread more
As a result of the mounting costs of child care these days, the issue has gone well beyond just a personal decision for parents. It has become an issue with significant public-policy implications.
Child care is becoming unaffordable, often eclipsing … Read Full Storyread more
El Paso Times
President Barack Obama will no doubt face criticism for his decision last week to review the nation’s deportation policy. But it’s a correct step, and one made necessary by Republican refusal to even consider immigration reform at … Read Full Storyread more
Last week President Obama ordered the Department of Labor to revise regulations determining which workers qualify for federal overtime protections, a move that was presented as a way to increase income for some lower-wage workers.
The issue begins with the … Read Full Story