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Political Happy Hour: May 18, 2017

Here’s your evening mostly-headlines stein of politics, from Joshua Miller of the Boston Globe at the Massachusetts State House, still regretting that he got a hot Dunkin’ coffee this afternoon.

MASS. POLS GRAPPLE WITH ENDLESS TRUMP DRAMA, from me on tomorrow’s front page: “There’s anger. There’s agitation. But most of all there is impatience, as Massachusetts’ top politicians watch the Trump-driven drama unfolding in Washington and lament the serious work of federal governing that is not getting done. ...” Come for the fiery Katherine Clark quote at the beginning, stay for the yay-Massachusetts-bipartisanship Charlie Baker message at the end: http://bit.ly/2qBTP8s

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TRUMP DENIES TELLING COMEY TO BACK OFF FLYNN INVESTIGATION, via Ashley Parker and David Nakamura of the Washington Post: http://wapo.st/2qyI7gM

RUSSIA PROBE A ‘WITCH HUNT’? MOULTON DOESN’T THINK SO, via John Hilliard on BostonGlobe.com: http://bit.ly/2pQ3qLw

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WANTED: MASS. STATE HOUSE SECURITY DIRECTOR, via Frank Phillips in tomorrow’s Globe: “Terrorist attacks around the world are rattling the folks who run the State House, so much so they have created a new position — director of security — and are on the verge of filling it. ...” http://bit.ly/2pQa44p

JEB! TO SPEAK AT BOSTON COLLEGE IN JUNE. PLEASE CLAP, via Jim O’Sullivan in tomorrow’s Globe: http://bit.ly/2pQeQyW

HEALTH INSURERS PLAN DOUBLE-DIGIT RATE INCREASES FOR R.I., via the AP in Providence: http://bit.ly/2pQlQvR

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A PILE OF PROBLEMS FOR UMASS PROJECT; Asbestos-tainted dirt hikes costs, via Brian Dowling of the Boston Herald: http://bit.ly/2pQcfVI

BUDGET EEEEEEEEK — CONN. STATE BOND RATING DOWNGRADED AGAIN (THIRD TIME IN A WEEK!) AS LAWMAKERS NEGOTIATE BUDGET WITH MALLOY, via Daniela Altimari and Christopher Keating of the Hartford Courant: http://cour.at/2pQ8W0x

OH NO! — BUS DRIVER FORGETS 5-YEAR-OLD BOY ON GARDINER, MAINE, BUS. The boy was found walking on Brunswick Avenue and was given a ride home by a police officer, via Betty Adams of the Kennebec Journal: http://bit.ly/2pQm8CG

Oof. Let’s all agree to do better than that tomorrow. Which happens to be Friday.

I’ll be back.

Joshua Miller can be reached at joshua.miller@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos and subscribe to his weekday e-mail update on politics at bostonglobe.com/politicalhappyhour.
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