The federal government is heading toward a fiscal train wreck, and it’s far from clear how lawmakers will avoid it.
Due to partisan polarization on Capitol Hill, the U.S. currently taxes and spends on the basis of temporary legal authorities, … Read Full Story
Be prepared: In the next few months your trips to the grocery store will be interrupted by earnest people seeking your opinions – or at least your signature – on a wide range of issues facing Massachusetts. Groups have filed … Read Full Storyread more
The Wall Street Journal
Republican critics of U.S. immigration policy have long claimed that they welcome legal immigrants. That claim is going to be tested now that Donald Trump has unveiled a policy outline that would deport millions and sharply … Read Full Storyread more
The state of Massachusetts now estimates the total lives lost to prescription painkillers and heroin in 2014 at 1,256. A 34 percent increase over 2013. An 88 percent increase over 2012.
But ask any firefighter, police officer and paramedic who, … Read Full Story
President Obama unveiled the final version of his signature climate change policy on Monday, to aggressive attack and enthusiastic cheering.
In a rational world, legislators would take this as an opportunity to inaugurate a debate, not about whether the country … Read Full Story
The Dallas Morning News
Debate over the nation’s broken immigration system is certain to grow hotter as presidential campaign season approaches. So get ready for lots of inflammatory terminology like “anchor babies” to describe aspects of immigration policy that hard-liners … Read Full Storyread more
Thousands of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers face a difficult mission as they work daily to halt illegal immigration and drug smuggling on America’s southern frontier. But there’s no excuse for the dozens of suspicious shootings and other abuses … Read Full Storyread more
I often visit a bakery in the neighborhood that I grew up in to pick up some Portuguese bread. When I was a child, the people there (like myself) were mostly immigrants from the Azores. I noticed a lot has … Read Full Storyread more
By Esther J. Cepeda
New research has confirmed that our national conversation about immigration is so tainted by bad feelings and misinformation that it’s nearly impossible to actually converse.
Most of those who have been entrenched in the immigration issue … Read Full Story
When it comes to standardized tests in public schools, there’s plenty of room for argument. The Massachusetts Board of Education has invited as much, hosting five public comment sessions on the question of whether to replace the MCAS tests with … Read Full Storyread more
By Dr. Mark L. Hopkins
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When the signing of the Declaration of Independence was announced on July 4, 1776, it set off the greatest display of fireworks in the history of the world. No, they were not … Read Full Storyread more
The Augusta (Georgia) Chronicle
You may have heard earlier this month that a global airline association recommended reducing the size of passenger carry-on bags. Fortunately, the trade group has done an about-face thanks to “intense” opposition from North American airlines … Read Full Story
We’re 17 months away from Presidential Election Day and already impatient for the campaign to be over. We expect we aren’t alone. Each campaign is more expensive than the last, and seems longer as well.
It doesn’t have to be … Read Full Story
At a hearing in the Massachusetts Legislature recently, parents, legislators and doctors debated a bill that would add a “personal beliefs” exemption to current law that requires all children attending school be vaccinated against a variety of highly contagious diseases. … Read Full Storyread more
By Tim Hall
Paying for college may soon become easier — especially for low-income students.
President Obama just issued a Student Aid Bill of Rights that orders the federal government to find ways to help students repay their loans. The … Read Full Story
It’s fantastic news. The data released by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows a huge decrease – 56 percent – in the number of people killed by teen drivers since 1995 and a 51 percent drop in the number of … Read Full Storyread more
Since I arrived in this country in 1969, even long before I could speak fluent English, I attended City Council meetings because I was always fascinated by politics and the way our city has been managed.
Throughout these years, as … Read Full Story
The conventional wisdom is that young people no longer care enough to stand up for what is important. But a small group of students at Tufts University in Medford recently defied that stereotype, taking on administrators looking to cut the … Read Full Storyread more