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Ground Game

Trump’s absence in shutdown debate leaves lawmakers on their own

Members of Congress are taking their cues from their constituents back home.

Set your voicemail and clean out the fridge: A pre-shutdown memo

At least one government agency is offering guidance to its employees in the event Congress does not pass a short-term spending bill.

Senator Elizabeth Warren says now, as she has from the first days of her public life, that she based her assertions about her heritage on her reasonable trust in what she was told about her ancestry as a child.

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Elizabeth Warren’s Native American problem goes beyond politics

There’s a ghost haunting Elizabeth Warren: her enduring and undocumented claims of Native American ancestry.

// Adult-film star details alleged Trump affair in transcript

The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump’s attorney negotiated a $130,000 payment to secure the woman’s silence before the 2016 election.

// People are mad about empty shelves at Whole Foods

It turns out, logistics are to blame.

// Rock star Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, family says

Legendary rock musician Tom Petty died of an accidental overdose “as a result of taking a variety of medications,” relatives said in a Facebook post.

// Facebook, Google try to get their stories straight

Two Internet titans are finding out that journalism is harder than it looks.

Professor Timothy Jay, an emeritus professor at the Mass. College of Liberal Arts in North Adams is pictured at the college in North Adams on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Jay written extensively on profanity and has some interesting thoughts about the

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An expert in the craft examines Oval Office profanities

“Not only it is a swear word, a bad word, but it encapsulates a whole perspective,’’ said Tim Jay, who has long studied cursing.

// No, Obama wasn’t playing HQ Wednesday night

It was Michelle’s birthday, and the former president was out to dinner and saw a play.

Tech Nomad

// Our smartphone habits are more like full-blown addictions. So how can we regain control?

Our phones aren’t so much phones anymore, they’ve become something else entirely.

Red Sox notebook

// Red Sox moving forward with plan to rename Yawkey Way

The Sox are negotiating with city and property owners on the street and hope to file a petition soon.

// Newton-Needham road project finally shifts into drive

But will the Needham Street/Highland Avenue plan ease traffic congestion?

Patriots officially list Tom Brady as ‘questionable’ for Sunday

Brady, who was limited in practice Friday, said, “We’ll see,” when asked if he was ready to play.


// After the ‘Minnesota Miracle,’ Vikings fans believe that this is their time

If the Vikings win on Sunday, they will be the first team to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium.

Nestor Ramos

// Is Tom Brady shilling Uggs for hands? And other thoughts on his injury

This is far from the first time in history we’ve all been fixated on a particularly notable set of digits.

Pope Francis arrived at a beach near Iquique, Chile, on Jan. 18.


Pope Francis, company man

The promise of this pontiff died in Santiago, Chile, this week when he slandered victims of sexual abuse.

With flu hospitalizations up again, MGH turns to Gatorade in place of IVs

Significant numbers of extra patients are showing up with flu-like illnesses, stretching the hospital thin.

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// Why did Amazon choose these cities?

Here’s a map that shows the places that made bids to host Amazon’s second headquarters and those that are on the short list.

Green Leaf Medical CEO, Philip Goldberg, second from right, and his brother and general council, Kevin Goldberg, right, inspect the marijuana plants as they walk through one of the flower rooms at Green Leaf Medical in Frederick, Maryland. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Ricky Carioti

Will Massachusetts become the first marijuana ‘sanctuary state’?

A new bill would ban public employees from helping the feds crack down on state-legal cannabis operations.

// Needham Olympian Aly Raisman addresses her abuser

She called the abuse of gymnasts by their team doctor the “worst epidemic of sexual abuse in the history of sports.”

// ‘Minor’ delays on the MBTA? Not to riders

The MBTA’s handling of delays and the warnings it sends to riders leave many feeling frustrated and helpless.

// The Season Ticket podcast

Jackie Bradley Jr. On Yankees' Splashy Offseason: 'Paper Doesn't Win Ballgames'

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Opinion & Ideas


// A new rule allows discrimination against transgender individuals for medical care

The new rules appear to open the way for a doctor or nurse to turn away a transgender individual with a broken arm.


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Special reports

Abdulkader Hayani put his daughter Ameenah to bed.

The Last Refugee: A three-part series

A series of occasional articles on the Syrian refugee families resettling here, and the local people assisting them.

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// Experts clash on whether hitting the gym helps the brain

The disagreement sheds light on a deep ideological schism between equally respected experts about what constitutes proof.

Real Estate

What your money rents in Cambridgeport

A sampling of the market in this neighborhood between Harvard and MIT includes a condo with high ceilings and an apartment with river views.


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The Tesla Model 3 is making an East Coast debut in Boston

Here’s likely your first chance to get an up-close look at Tesla‘s newest sedan: The Model 3 is making its public East Coast debut following its West Coast debut last week. The car will be on display Friday at the Tesla showroom on Boylston Street in Boston as well as at Tesla’s Manhattan Meatpacking location […]