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Political Happy Hour with Joshua Miller

Monday, December 22, 2014
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Here’s your afternoon mug of eggnog, er, politics, from Joshua Miller of the Boston Globe.

AP NEWS ALERT THAT MAKES YOU GO HMM around 3 p.m. today: “WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea suffers massive Internet outages; US official declines to say if it is responsible.”

MARTY WALSH REITERATES SUPPORT FOR POLICE, via John R. Ellement on “At a promotion ceremony held Monday ... Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh made it clear that he supported the Boston police. ‘I have your back,’ Walsh said. ‘As your mayor, we will always stand behind you.’ Walsh’s words of support came as friction has arisen in New York between the police union and Mayor Bill de Blasio, in the wake of the fatal shooting of two officers there Saturday ...”

DE BLASIO CALLS FOR SUSPENSION OF PROTESTS, via Marc Santora of the New York Times: “Mayor Bill de Blasio called [Monday] for protesters to suspend demonstrations in the aftermath of the killing of two New York City police officers, who were gunned down on Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn as they sat in their patrol car. ...”

TOP LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS BACK PARDON, via Gintautas Dumcius on the State House News Service: “Saying he has reformed his life, current and former law enforcement officials on Monday backed the proposed pardon of a man convicted of armed assault with attempt to murder for his part in a 1989 shooting that left a victim paralyzed. ... Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley joined Gov. Deval Patrick’s public safety secretary, Andrea Cabral ... retired [top] Boston Police Department officials [and the victim’s widow] ... in supporting a pardon for [True-See] Allah. ‘I believe in accountability but I also believe in redemption,’ Conley told the Governor’s Council, an independent eight-member body that votes on gubernatorial pardons and commutations. ...” Behind paywall:

TODAY’S MBTA DELAY LONGREAD, via Adrian Chen in MIT Technology Review with a fascinating read on internet trolls in Sweden with the sub-headline A group of journalists and researchers wade into ugly corners of the Internet to expose racists, creeps, and hypocrites. Have they gone too far? : “... It is generally no longer acceptable in public life to hurl slurs at women or minorities, to rally around the idea that some humans are inherently worth less than others, or to terrorize vulnerable people. But old-school hate is having a sort of renaissance online, and in the countries thought to be furthest beyond it. ... ”

PAGING PITTSFIELD, via Jim O’Sullivan in today’s Boston Globe: “Governor-elect Charlie Baker hustled in the five weeks after his election to corral a transition team that reflected the state’s diversity, filling the changeover corps with people from a wide range of socioeconomic and professional backgrounds. One box Baker didn’t check? Western Massachusetts. Of the approximately 175 people named to Baker’s transition team, none hails from Berkshire, Hampshire, or Franklin counties, three of the state’s four westernmost counties — all three of which voted for Baker’s opponent, Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley, in last month’s gubernatorial election. ...”

MAINE ELVES GIVE OUT CHRISTMAS CHEER, CASH via Judy Harrison on the front page of the Bangor Daily News: “The Bangor Elves struck the Queen City again ... handing out Christmas cheer, candy canes and cash to unsuspecting strangers. ... The last time the Bangor Elves surfaced in the city was a year ago, when they perpetrated a similar spree of joy-spreading. ...”

That seems like a pretty good Christmastime tradition. What’s your favorite way holiday cheer is spread?

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