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Political Happy Hour: Sept. 10, 2015

Here’s your afternoon coolamon of politics, from Joshua Miller of the Boston Globe, at Globe HQ in Dorchester.

INFO YOU CAN USE: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots tonight at 8:30 pm on NBC. http://bit.ly/1KaNlxZ

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us last night at our LIVE Political Happy Hour with Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston at Suffolk University. The mayor made a little news — he’s running for re-election — and also had a few laughs. I asked Walsh about the worst trouble he got in during high school, which resulted in one of my favorite exchanges with him. VIDEO: http://bit.ly/1izU6TZ


STAY TUNED for the link to sign up for our next LIVE Political Happy Hour, in October, with rising Democratic star Maura Healey, the Massachusetts Attorney General.

PRESS RELEASE AT 1:01 PM, via Governor Charlie Baker’s press office: “Governor Charlie Baker today named Maria Z. Mossaides to the position of Child Advocate. Maria is a skilled attorney, advocate and executive with nearly four decades of experience in child welfare, government and court administration. ... Mossaides succeeds Gail Garinger, who retires on September 11th. ...”

PRESS RELEASE AT 1:39 PM, via Attorney General Maura Healey’s press office: “Touting an entire career dedicated to protecting and serving youth throughout Massachusetts, Judge Gail Garinger has been appointed director of the new Child and Youth Protection Unit, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today. ...”

STEPHANOS LEAVING FOX 25, via Jessica Heslam on BostonHerald.com: “FOX 25 anchor Maria Stephanos — a fan favorite who has been at the Boston TV station for nearly two decades — is leaving the station to ‘pursue new professional endeavors,’ the station just announced. Her last day is tomorrow. ‘I have decided it’s time for me to embark on a new adventure,’ Stephanos said in a statement announcing her surprise departure. ...” http://bit.ly/1ODowij


REMEMBER, TOURISTS: THAT STUDENT YOU’RE GAWKING AT NOW WILL SOON BE YOUR BOSS, via Felicia Gans and Steve Annear on BostonGlobe.com: “With some students who live in Harvard Yard saying they feel like they’re in a zoo, university officials have posted sandwich board signs reminding the crowds of tourists that some kinds of sightseeing behavior just go too far. ...” http://bit.ly/1JXOA4g

NATIONAL — OBAMA SAYS US WILL ACCEPT REFUGEES, via the New York Times: “President Obama, under increasing pressure to demonstrate that the United States is joining European nations in the effort to resettle Syrian refugees, has told his administration to take in at least 10,000 displaced Syrians over the next year. ...” http://nyti.ms/1L4MpjQ

NATIONAL — THAT SPACE BETWEEN GOALS AND REALITY, via Jake Sherman of Politico: “Speaker John Boehner said it’s not ‘his goal’ to shut down the government over the funding of Planned Parenthood. Government funding runs out Sept. 30, and Boehner (R-Ohio) and his leadership team have been canvassing rank-and-file Republicans in search of a way to prevent a shutdown amid the furor over the government’s funding of Planned Parenthood. ...” http://politi.co/1Qr6BfW

YOUR HERBALIFE MBTA-DELAY LONG READ, which I found really fascinating, via Roger Parloff of Fortune: “Hedge fund titan Bill Ackman has been on a nearly three-year quest to bring down the $5 billion-in-revenue nutrition giant. Call it destructive activism. But worth asking: Do short-sellers make good regulators?” http://for.tn/1KaI8WV


2016— ELIZABETH WARREN WATCH, via Patrick Healy in today’s New York Times: “... Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Secretary of State John Kerry, Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Al Gore: Each has been discussed among party officials in recent weeks as an alternative to [Hillary] Clinton if she does not regain her once-dominant standing in the 2016 presidential field and instead remains mired in the long-running email controversy, with its attendant investigations. ...” http://nyti.ms/1J0qC6L

2016 — HOT ONLINE, via Warren Fiske and Amy Sherman on politifact.com: “... Trump said that under the Iran deal: ‘If Israel attacks Iran … we are supposed to be on Iran’s side.’ ... [W]e rate Trump’s statement False.” http://bit.ly/1i1U8E6

2016 — THE GREAT REALITY TV SHOW THAT IS AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS, via Annie Linskey of the Globe in Columbus, Ohio: “Hillary Rodham Clinton called out Republican front-runner Donald Trump for disparaging women — saying that she would relish a debate with him. ‘There is one particular candidate who just seems to delight in insulting women at every chance he gets,’ [Clinton] said ... Thursday. ‘I have to say if he emerges, I would love to debate him.’ Clinton’s comments came after Trump insulted fellow Republican Carly Fiorina’s appearance in a Rolling Stone article, saying: ‘Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?’ ...” http://bit.ly/1igBqZz

THE ROLLING STONE PIECE: http://rol.st/1Ns05an


REMEMBER WHEN PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS WAS KINDER AND GENTLER, via the front page of the Globe on this day in 1988 with a story by Ben Bradlee Jr. in Commerce, Texas: “After weeks of watching his patriotism called into question by Vice President George Bush, Gov. Michael S. Dukakis sought to recapture the flag in earnest yesterday, likening the attacks against him to the anticommunist witch hunts of the 1950s, and warning that ‘the American people can smell the garbage.’ Dukakis chose conservative east Texas as his battleground, specifically East Texas State College, the alma mater of the late and legendary speaker of the US House of Representatives, Sam Rayburn, whose legacy Dukakis invoked throughout his speech. ...” Front page: http://bit.ly/1KaVWAC PDF (better for iPhones): http://bit.ly/1UJts6R

Jump page, with the rest of the story and an ad from Aku-Aku (“GREAT CHINESE FOOD!”): http://bit.ly/1izONUv PDF (better for iPhones): http://bit.ly/1XQdWdM

Send memories of your favorite Boston-area restaurants of the past: joshua.miller@globe.com and @jm_bos.

And, before dinner, sign up your dining companions for Political Happy Hour here and also, a useful weekday read by my colleague James Pindell on the race for the White House.

Back tomorrow, which, it turns out, is Friday!

Joshua Miller can be reached at joshua.miller@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.