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‘Cloud’ over Trump now a thunderstorm

Washington, a staid city known as a place of suits, statues, and steakhouses, is hosting a political spectacle of historic proportions.

// ‘I need loyalty,’ Comey to testify Trump said

Former FBI director James Comey will testify President Trump pressured him for loyalty and to drop investigations into Michael Flynn.

Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Spotlight follow-up

Whistle-blower files suit over alleged double-booked surgeries

A former MGH anesthesiologist charges in a lawsuit that orthopedic surgeons at the hospital put patients at risk and defrauded the government.

Asa Sevelius is the principal of the Heath School in Chestnut Hill.

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Yvonne Abraham

Brookline principal Asa Sevelius is finally becoming himself

At noon on Wednesday, Asa Sevelius hit send on the e-mail that would change everything. “I am transgender,” he wrote.

// EPA wants to reopen talks on GE cleanup

General Electric was ordered to clean up the Housatonic River, but now the plan may be scuttled by those who drafted it: the EPA.

The Nation

‘Cloud’ over Trump now a thunderstorm

epa06015225 Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe (L), Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (C-L), Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats (C-R) and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers (R) testify before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on the 'Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act' in the Hart Senate office Building in Washington, DC, USA, 07 June 2017. Former FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to testify before the same committee on June 08. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

By Matt Viser and Astead W. Herndon

Washington, a staid city known as a place of suits, statues, and steakhouses, is hosting a political spectacle of historic proportions.

‘I need loyalty,’ Comey to testify Trump said

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 03, 2017 shows then FBI Director James Comey being sworn in prior to testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. James Comey, the former FBI chief whose firing by President Donald Trump has triggered uproar, has agreed to testify publicly about Russian interference in the 2016 elections, lawmakers announced May 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

By Devlin Barrett

James Comey’s written remarks offered a vivid preview of his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Brownback tax cuts set off a revolt by Kansas Republicans

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback comments during a news conference about the Legislature's override of his veto of a bill increasing income taxes to fix the state budget, Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Brownback says the resulting tax increases will be bad for the long-term health of the state's economy. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

By Julie Bosman, Mitch Smith and Monica Davey

Kansas governor: “We’ve made a big step backwards.”

The World

As ISIS retreats in Syria, the US and Iran scramble for control

An air strike hit a building in a rebel-held area in the southern Syrian city of Daraa on Wednesday. For the United States, gaining control of Deir al-Zour, along Syria’s border with Iraq, would give it a bargaining chip for the future and demonstrate to regional allies its willingness to challenge Iran.

By Louisa Loveluck

As ISIS retreats in Syria, the United States and Iran scramble for control.

Senate attempting to add Russia sanctions to Iran bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., flanked by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

By Karoun Demirjian

The exact substance of the Russia sanctions senators hope to attach to the Iran bill is not yet clear.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Naomi Klein

If it’s all about the Trump brand, let’s jam it up

Globe Staff photo illustration/Lesley Becker

By Naomi Klein

In refusing to divest from his business holdings, Trump has left himself wide open to consumer pressure.


Candidate Trump got one thing right: Infrastructure. Whatever happened to that?

Boston, Massachusetts -- 4/10/2017 - The Mass Pike crosses underneath Commonwealth Avenue. MassDOT will close Commonwealth Avenue from Kenmore Square to Packard's Corner to most vehicular traffic for several weeks. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 11bridge Reporter:

By Dante Ramos

There’s little evidence the president is committed to what was supposed to be a trillion-dollar issue.


Trump passes the travel ban buck to the Supreme Court

FOURTH TWEET -- for06travelban from national -- (image source: trump twitter account) --- President Trump lashed out at his own Justice Department Monday for seeking the Supreme Court’s backing for a ‘‘watered down, politically correct version’’ of the travel ban he signed in March instead of pursuing a broader directive that was also blocked by the courts. In a series of early morning tweets, Trump urged the Justice Department to ask for an ‘‘expedited hearing’’ at the high court and seek a ‘‘much tougher version’’ of the order temporarily blocking entry to the U.S. from a half-dozen majority Muslim countries. He called the courts, which have blocked both versions of the travel ban, ‘‘slow and political.’’

By Joan Vennochi

If anything bad happens, Trump will be happy to do what he always does — pass the buck right to the Supreme Court.


EPA wants to reopen talks on GE cleanup

General Electric’s plant in Pittsfield dumped large amounts of toxic chemicals known as PCBs into the Housatonic River from the 1930s to the 1970s. PCBs, once ubiquitous as coolants and insulating fluids, were banned in 1979.

By David Abel

General Electric was ordered to clean up the Housatonic River, but now the plan may be scuttled by those who drafted it: the EPA.

Spotlight follow-up

Whistle-blower files suit over alleged double-booked surgeries

Massachusetts General Hospital.

By Jonathan Saltzman and Todd Wallack

A former MGH anesthesiologist charges in a lawsuit that orthopedic surgeons at the hospital put patients at risk and defrauded the government.

Spotlight Follow-Up

Governor Baker’s quiet approach to the mental health crisis draws criticism

Governor Charlie Baker has quietly proposed an array of mental health care initiatives, but what he hasn’t been prepared to do is provide much in the way of public leadership.

By Todd Wallack, Jenna Russell, Scott Helman and Maria Cramer

The governor has proposed measures to help people with mental illness, but he has declined to speak publicly about the crisis.

Business & Tech

Tech Lab

You got a warrant? For cops tracking cellphones, the answer should be yes

Courts have set a low standard for obtaining cellphones’ “metadata”— information on who you’re calling, what time you’re calling, or the physical locations of those on the line.

By Hiawatha Bray

The Supreme Court will decide whether investigators should have gotten a warrant before using cellphone data to review the movements of two suspects.

Where local companies fall on the Fortune 500 rankings

By Jon Chesto

The biggest local gainer was a cellphone tower owner and the biggest local loser was a company with revenues heavily tied to oil prices.

Questions arise about campaign for $1b Union Square overhaul

In Union Square, a developer is planning more than 2 million square feet of housing and office buildings on several blocks.

By Tim Logan and Carolyn Bick

Some Somerville aldermen are suspicious about the origin of e-mails supporting a proposed billion-dollar overhaul of Union Square.


Adnan Khashoggi; was hardpartying Saudi weapons dealer

FILE - In this April 4, 1990 file photo, Adnan Khashoggi arrives at Manhatten Federal Court, New York. Saudi arms dealer Khashoggi, once one of the world's richest men who was implicated in the Iran-Contra affair, has died. He was 81 and had been suffering from Parkinson's disease, it was reported on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (AP Photo, File)

By Brian Murphy

Mr. Khashoggi was connected to the Iran-Contra Affair and dictators around the world, including the Phillipines’ Ferdinand Marcos and Haiti’s Jean-Claude Duvalier.


Warriors 118, Cavaliers 113

Warriors score final 11 points, push Cavaliers to the brink

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 07: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket against Shaun Livingston #34 and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors in the first half in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 7, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

By Tom Withers

Kevin Durant scored 31 points and hit a crucial 3-pointer to give the Warriors a lead late in the fourth.


Rick Porcello hit hard, Red Sox can’t touch Yankees

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Rick Porcello #22 of the Boston Red Sox reacts as Chris Carter #48 of the New York Yankees rounds first base after a three run home run in the fourth inning on June 7, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

By Peter Abraham

New York scored four runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by Chris Carter’s three-run homer.


Piling on David Price makes no sense

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 03: David Price #24 of the Boston Red Sox pitches in the seventh inning during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 3, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Red Sox won 5-2. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

By Dan Shaughnessy

If you are a Red Sox fan you should be rooting for this guy to succeed.

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Thursday Scene

New report gives snapshot of region’s creative economy

In March, Sean Cooper (left) and Bob Farrell hung works for a Matisse exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts.

By Malcolm Gay

The creative sector plays a larger role in New England’s economy than in other parts of the country, employing more than 300,000 people who earn roughly $17 billion.

Pete Townshend talks ‘Quadrophenia,’ the Who’s excesses, and his Tanglewood debut

By Lauren Daley

Townshend is bringing “Classic Quadrophenia” to Tanglewood for its US debut.


‘Black-ish’ star Yara Shahidi is going to Harvard

Yara Shahidi attended a “Black-ish” event at the Television Academy in Los Angeles in April.

By Mark Shanahan

The actress posted a picture of herself on Instagram proudly wearing a Harvard sweatshirt.