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
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