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In harsh letter, DAs pan Senate’s criminal justice proposal

The missive also marks a break among the top prosecutors, with the signatures of two key DAs notably absent from the letter.


Trump’s biggest problem isn’t Democrats or McConnell, it’s John McCain

Of all the fights President Trump has picked, the one he might most regret is his battle with Senator John McCain.

Megyn Kelly blasts O’Reilly, Fox in extraordinary statement about harassment

Megyn Kelly said she complained about Bill O’Reilly while she was an anchor at Fox News, but was ignored.

The Bern is back in town: Sanders rallies for local candidates

Sanders assailed the budget that the US Senate passed last week, putting Congress on a path to a restructuring of the tax code.

Trump is Boston’s least favorite pol, survey says

Trump was particularly unpopular among local female respondents, 66 percent of whom labeled him their least favorite, compared to 49 percent of men.

States will ask judge to maintain health subsidies cut by Trump

Nineteen attorneys general, including those from Mass. and Rhode Island, will make their case before a federal judge Monday.

How will President Trump start his Asia tour? With a round of golf

Trump will start his first trip to Asia as president in somewhat predictable fashion.

Elizabeth Warren starts warming up to the media

The change in strategy is significant for the US senator, who cites “the urgency of the moment” in the era of President Trump.


Weston asks: Should Trump be impeached?

On Thursday at 7 p.m., the League of Women Voters of Weston will co-host a forum on the issue.

NAACP to release harsh report on Walsh’s promises to communities of color

The document graded Walsh on economic development, public safety, education, and diversity in the city’s workforce. There were no As.

Baker takes familiar stance on Amazon flurry

Boston’s plan is just one of dozens across the state that Governor Charlie Baker has publicly endorsed — all of them equally, with no public favorites.

Draft GOP bill seeks more constraints on Iran’s nuclear program

Sanctions against Iran automatically would kick in if Tehran violates new US constraints.

Senate backs GOP budget in step forward for tax revamp

Republicans muscled a $4 trillion budget through the Senate in a major step forward for President Trump’s ambitious promise of “massive tax cuts and reform.”

Mass. students, activists sue Betsy DeVos over campus sexual assault shift

Those suing DeVos say their rights under Title IX are being violated by the Education Department.

Corporations to keep tax break lost by millions of Americans

Millions of Americans would lose a prized tax break under President Donald Trump’s sweeping revamp of the tax code, but corporations would get to keep it.

Trump’s travel ban has already cost the US billions in tourism

Experts say each time the ban makes headlines, it turns off more travelers from a potential United States visit.

Trump reverses course on emerging Senate health care deal

The bipartisan Senate deal to curb the growth of health insurance premiums is reeling after President Donald Trump reversed course and opposed the agreement.

Senate moves ahead on GOP budget that’s key to taxes

The nonbinding budget plan would permit Republicans to pass follow-up tax cuts later this year that would cost up to $1.5 trillion over the coming decade.

Senators have deal on health subsidies, and Trump supports it

The president insisted, though, that he’d move forward to repeal Barack Obama’s signature health law.

Summary of Senate bipartisan health care agreement

 Continues payments for two years to insurers for reducing out-of-pocket such as deductibles for lower-income consumers. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates the government will spend around $20 billion on the cost-sharing reductions over the next two years. President Trump blocked the payments last week.

Lawmaker calls on Koh to return donation from Jared Kushner’s brother

Joshua Kushner, who attended college with Dan Koh, donated $2,700 to his campaign for the state’s 3rd congressional district seat.


Beth Lindstrom underperforms rivals in fund-raising

The GOP candidate for the US Senate collected about $50,000 in nearly six weeks between forming her fund-raising committee and Sept. 30.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

If Trump’s corporate tax cuts won’t help the middle class, what would?

There are many more direct ways to benefit individuals than cutting corporate taxes.


Partisanship in 2017 means civil war for both parties

The long-simmering feuds between Republicans and Democrats have now seeped into the parties themselves, with factions fiercely fighting within each side.

Perspective | Magazine

What Donald Trump has in common with Napoleon III

Alexis de Tocqueville famously extolled democracy in America, but his look at French politics may say more about us today.

Dan Koh raised big bucks for his campaign, but 95 percent came from outside the district

The Democratic congressional candidate raised more than $800,000 in his first month on the trail.


Somebody throw this poor guy a bone

The owner of Dave’s Soda and Pet City has received a lot of blowback after he was at the White House when President Trump signed an order on health care.

Elizabeth Warren endorses Marty Walsh for mayor

The incumbent added another big name to his list of endorsements on Sunday.

Report says staff undermined Suffolk probate chief

A retired judge hired to review Felix D. Arroyo’s performance found he was inexperienced, but also subject to a mismanaged office.

Hillary Clinton attacks Trump on Iran, North Korea

The former secretary of state defended the Iran accord but said Tehran is engaging in other dangerous behavior.

Judge’s ruling in Menendez trial could alter legal landscape

Prosecutors say Menendez schemed to help a wealthy friend in exchange for free plane rides and luxury hotel stays.


Governor Raimondo begs for a stronger media

Wouldn’t it be great if Gina Raimondo has awakened a sleeping tiger?

Collins urges Trump to back effort to restore health subsidy

‘‘What the president is doing is affecting people’s access and the cost of health care right now,’’ said Senator Susan Collins of Maine

Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, and Harvey Weinstein get the ‘Saturday Night Live’ treatment

“SNL” had stayed away from taking on Weinstein the previous week.

Vicki Kennedy is quietly returning to her career, on her own terms

Eight years after Senator Edward Kennedy’s death, his widow remains the fiercest keeper of his legacy.

The Koch brothers (and their friends) want President Trump’s tax cut. Very badly.

The brothers’ network of donors has a message for President Trump and Republicans in Congress: Pass a tax overhaul, or else.

Wary of hackers, states move to upgrade voting systems

Election officials are pressing to make them more secure ahead of next year’s midterm elections.

A president’s promises often outrun his actions in Washington

So far, Trump has not reversed two of President Obama’s most significant policy initiatives.

Steve Bannon: ‘Nobody’s safe’ in GOP establishment

President Trump’s former chief strategist is promoting challengers to the party’s preferred candidates in next year’s elections.

GOP’s Lindstrom kicks off Senate campaign, saying Warren isn’t focused on constituents

“Winning stardom among the left wing is not the same as winning the confidence of the working people of this state,” Beth Lindstrom said.

New campus sex assault guidelines not an improvement, Biden says

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday defended college sexual assault guidelines he helped champion that recently were relaxed by the Trump administration.

Trump threatens to abandon Puerto Rico recovery effort

Trump threatens to abandon Puerto Rico recovery effort

N.H. governor taps House speaker for agriculture commissioner

Shawn Jasper’s leaving the Legislature removes a political problem for the Republican Party and for Governor Chris Sununu.


Trump takes to Twitter to blast NBC report he calls ‘fake news’

President Trump appeared to threaten to use the federal government’s power to license television airwaves to target NBC on Wednesday in response to a report by the network’s news division that he contemplated a dramatic increase in the nation’s nuclear arsenal.

Pledge to impeach Trump, a key donor demands of Democrats

In his message, Tom Steyer described Trump as a “clear and present danger to the republic.”

McConnell signals he will end the practice of allowing senators to block judges

The move comes as the Senate majority leader is facing increasing pressure from conservative groups to make the Senate more responsive to President Trump’s wishes.

In series of tweets, Trump threatens NFL, belittles Corker

The president threatened to use federal tax law to penalize the NFL over players who kneel in protest during the national anthem.

California’s Dianne Feinstein, the oldest US senator, announces reelection bid

The decision probably averts what would have been an intense scramble of politicians seeking to succeed her.

Pelosi won’t rule out voting against spending bills to strike Dreamers deal

Pelosi dismissed President Trump’s new hard-line immigration proposals as ‘‘a complete nonstarter.’’

Ivanka Trump takes key role in tax overhaul fight

Ivanka Trump has been wooing lawmakers and conservative advocacy groups, and will also lobby for the bill in public.