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Massachusetts still isn’t Trump country, poll shows

Massachusetts voters have not warmed to President Trump, with 53 percent giving him a “very unfavorable” rating in a new poll.

Congress settles for stopgap to avoid government shutdown

The budget action amounted to more of a defeat for President Trump than a victory

What Donald Trump learned in his first 100 days

The president and his team learned an obvious lesson that they mocked on the campaign trail: They can’t do it alone.

Political Happy Hour: April 28, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Llama | Fear | Hope

Campaign season splinters former Patrick team

The sheer human sprawl of Deval Patrick’s two statewide campaigns and eight years in office made some fracturing inevitable.

This UMass Boston program faces uncertain future

The nursing school, one of the campus’s most successful programs, is looking for a new home.


Trump’s legislative promises for the first 100 days? He’s about to go 0-4

The fact that we’re measuring his failures by this timetable is largely his fault.

Biden calls on students to ‘change the culture’ to fight college sexual assault

Former Vice President Joe Biden said students should intervene if they see a questionable situation and speak up against so-called locker room talk.

House committee seeks charges for tech official in Clinton e-mail case

A congressional committee asked the Justice Department to consider prosecuting the head of a technology services company that was involved in maintaining an e-mail server for Hillary Clinton.

Political Happy Hour: April 27, 2017

Political Happy Hour: 1,600 buyouts | Long-winded man sets sail for new island | Guess who has a cold (again)

Warren ‘troubled’ by $400,000 Wall Street speaking fee for Obama

Money is “the snake that slithers through Washington,” Elizabeth Warren said about President Obama’s fee to speak at a health care conference.

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‘Ten people on Twitter’ flap is back

Mayor Martin Walsh disparaged opponents of the city’s Olympics bid as “10 people on Twitter” back in 2015. The controversy has returned.

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An upside to UMass Boston parking crunch

The campus received the state’s highest award for eco-friendly commuting. Students and faculty have little choice.

Congress aims for Friday vote on bill to avoid shutdown

Lawmakers are giving themselves a week extension on spending legislation to avoid a government shutdown.

Jay Dickey, 77, Ark. lawmaker who blocked gun research

But Mr. Dickey did an about-face in 2012. He declared that research could have been conducted without encroaching on the rights of legitimate gun owners.

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Flying foxes, pawpaws, and Scott Brown

Feeling a little hazy on Samoa? Here’s a quick refresher course.

When is a wall not a wall? GOP redefines Trump’s border wall

Congressional Republicans have a new talking point about President Donald Trump’s border wall: It’s not really a wall at all.

With dispute over health payments defused, spending bill is on track

The White House and congressional Democrats on Wednesday defused a tense budget standoff just days ahead of a shutdown deadline.

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Jacobs family, owner of TD Garden and Bruins, gives $13,000 to Walsh

The Buffalo-based family that owns the TD Garden and the Bruins just gave $13,000 to Mayor Walsh’s political committee.

Key provisions of proposed GOP health care compromise

House Republicans are debating a proposed compromise that might help them revive stalled legislation to roll back much of President Obama’s health care law.

Political Happy Hour: April 26, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Shadow, schmadow | Pretty modest state budget warning | Move it, move it

Republicans redefine Trump’s border wall

Congressional Republicans have a new talking point about President Trump’s border wall: It’s not really a wall at all.

House Freedom Caucus says it supports revised health bill

The conservative House Freedom Caucus says it supports the revised health care proposal, yet a leading GOP moderate criticized the reshaped legislation.

White House statement on court’s ruling against sanctuary city punishment

The White House issued a statement on the court’s ruling late Tuesday.

Environmentalists vow to fight Trump on Maine monument

The president plans to review the designation of a number of national monuments, possibly including Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

Fox News facing racial bias claims from current, former employees

It’s the latest issue to face the news network, which has seen the ouster of Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes within the past year.

Governor Baker files bill targeting ‘revenge porn’ and sexting

Sending “revenge porn” or threatening to do so would be a felony publishable by up to five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

Political Happy Hour: April 25, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Scott Brown Kiwi nom official | Baker targets revenge porn | Zoom, zoom

Scott Brown nominated as ambassador to New Zealand, Samoa

President Trump on Tuesday formally nominated former US senator Scott Brown to serve as his ambassador to both New Zealand and Samoa.

House Oversight lawmakers say Michael Flynn sidestepped disclosure rules

Michael Flynn did not inform the US government about payments he received for appearances before Russian organizations or lobbying for Turkey, documents show.

Sally Yates to testify May 8 in Russia probe

Former acting attorney general Sally Yates is scheduled to appear at a congressional hearing next month on Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

White House refuses lawmakers’ request on Flynn

The White House is refusing to provide lawmakers with information and documents related to Trump’s first national security adviser’s security clearance and payments.

Progress seen on budget deal that would prevent government shutdown

A major hurdle was overcome when President Donald Trump signaled he would put off his demand that the measure include money to build his border wall with Mexico.

State Department promotion of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago draws fire

The agency removed a promotional posting about the resort after a storm of ethics criticism.

Obama steps back into public life, trying to avoid one word: Trump

The former president used his first public appearance since leaving office to dole out advice to young people — what he didn't do was mention his successor.

Former Georgia gov. confirmed as agriculture secretary

Sonny Perdue won confirmation on a strong bipartisan vote, after razor-thin outcomes for the president’s previous Cabinet choices.

Political Happy Hour: April 24, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Mass. Dems’ West Bank drama | Kiwi tips | Pirates

Baker will commit $78 million to UMass Boston garage project

The administration will provide the money in its capital budget for fiscal year 2018, which is set to be released in the coming weeks.

Mass. Democrats move to kill Israel resolution

Top leaders said the resolution was starkly unbalanced and could lead to an exodus from party.

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A conspicuous absence at Teacher of the Year ceremony

Mayor Martin Walsh’s staff said he had a scheduling conflict.

Obama steps back into public life, trying to avoid one word: Trump

The former president used his first public appearance since leaving office to dole out advice to young people — what he didn't do was mention his successor.

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Pirates descend on Boston this weekend

Party planks (ha) include “the Internet as an open resource for all,” “free culture,” and government transparency at all levels.

Female astronaut sets NASA record for most days in space

Peggy Whitson surpassed the 534-day record for most time in space by an American.

Trump pushes wall funding in spending dispute with Democrats

President Trump plans a whirlwind of activities seeking to highlight his accomplishments while putting pressure on Democrats to pay for a wall on the US-Mexico border.

China’s Xi urges Trump to show restraint on North Korea

The Trump administration has warned that all options are on the table to stop North Korea from developing a nuclear-tipped missile.

Mayoral candidate Tito Jackson to replace campaign manager

Charles Onwuche had led the effort since January, when Jackson launched his bid.

Robert K. Massie enters race for governor

The longtime environmentalist and entrepreneur, a Democrat, says his résumé makes him uniquely qualified to take on Charlie Baker.

Trump assails 100-day mark as 'ridiculous standard'

Toward the end of his campaign, President Trump embraced the 100-day marker he is now questioning.

Political Happy Hour: April 21, 2017

Political Happy Hour: ‘America’s most beautiful citizen’ | ‘West Mass’ no more? | Mariachi band

State Democrats roiled by resolution opposing Israeli settlements

State Democratic Party heavyweights are sounding the alarm on a proposal to declare opposition to Israeli settlements in the West Bank.