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In Massachusetts, outrage is a matter of geography

From Harvard Square to the birthplace of Connie Mack, the reaction to Robert Mueller’s work was told in a bifurcated tale of two distinctly different communities.

Larry Edelman | Analysis

What the Stop & Shop picket line says about 2020

The parade of pols backing the striking workers underscores the pivotal role the issue of economic security will play in the coming campaign.

Biden expected to launch presidential campaign next week

Former vice president Joe Biden is expected to announce he’s running for president next week.

Elizabeth Warren calls for impeachment proceedings against President Trump

The US senator and presidential candidate is calling for lawmakers to start the impeachment proceedings.

Mitt Romney says he’s ‘sickened’ and ‘appalled’ by Mueller report details

“Reading the report is a sobering revelation of how far we have strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders,” the former Mass. governor said.

You wanted to know these things about the Mueller report. Our D.C. bureau chief answered your questions

Jim Puzzanghera tackled questions that you asked.

Ground Game

After Mueller’s report, Democrats set to double down on electability in 2020

Following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report this week, the issue of electability became even more important to the party.

Brookline attorney files paperwork to explore challenging Markey

Shannon Liss-Riordan wrote Friday that she plans to make a final call about running “in the coming weeks.”

Nestor Ramos

Democrats have a strong hand, but to win they may need to fold

President Trump has to go, that’s now clear. But Democrats angling for impeachment risk overplaying their hand.

Who were the winners and losers of the Mueller report?

Here are some of the big winners and losers from the Mueller report.

Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar join Stop & Shop strikers

The Stop & Shop picket line is proving to be a popular stop for 2020 hopefuls and other politicians.

In Trump’s Washington, Mass. Democrats wield renewed power

At least one presidential candidate. Three members in House leadership. The best-known name in New England politics, plus one of the best-known freshmen in the House. Has the delegation got its groove back?

Muslims seek to increase activism in state amid Trump attacks

Despite the State House focus, national politics lurks in the background, all the more so because of Trump’s aggressive criticism of Ilhan Omar.

Federal regulators see no issue with state’s early education spending

The state’s congressional delegation raised questions last month, saying Mass. improperly used federal money targeted for low-income children.

Ground Game

Moulton secures co-working spaces in Salem, DC for potential presidential campaign

In Massachusetts, he has secured a spot inside Workbar Salem, which is next to the Bewitched Sculpture in Lappin Park. Moulton’s team will also have an office inside The Yard in Washington, the person said.

Did Trump obstruct justice? Here’s what legal experts are saying

Legal experts said the Mueller report makes it clear that the jury’s still out on whether President Trump obstructed the special counsel’s investigation into Russian meddling.

Here’s the full version of that mystery sentence from AG Barr’s summary of the Mueller report

Attorney General William Barr released a letter late last month that quoted only the end of a sentence from the Mueller report. Read the full version here.

‘This is the end of my presidency’ — major excerpts from the Mueller report

Here are some key excerpts from the highly anticipated and redacted version of the Mueller report.

Joe Biden rallies with striking Stop & Shop workers

The former vice president appeared Thursday at a store in Dorchester on the eighth day of the walkout by 31,000 workers in Mass., R.I., and Conn.

White House and Justice Dept. officials discussed Mueller report before release

Justice Department officials have had numerous conversations with White House lawyers about the special counsel’s conclusions in recent days, according to people with knowledge of the discussions.

Nestor Ramos

Nestor Ramos: Redacting? Why stop at the Mueller report?

When Bill Barr is done with the Mueller report, can he use his quiver of magic markers to take a shot at redacting a few key passages from my life?

Elizabeth Warren praises Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Time list of most influential people

“A year ago, she was taking orders across a bar,” Warren wrote. “Today, millions are taking cues from her.”

Trump administration cracks down on Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela

National security adviser John Bolton announced rollbacks of Obama administration policy and new restrictions and sanctions against the three countries.

Bill Weld says his primary challenge to Trump will be ‘ferocious’

Weld, who served as Massachusetts governor from 1991 to 1997, announced Monday that he would become the first — and possibly only — primary challenger to President Trump.

Tax returns show top Democratic presidential candidates are just fine financially

They’re doing all right. More than all right, in fact.

One in three MBTA retirees last year was under 55, putting another strain on pension fund

Continuing waves of younger retirees could add another potential strain to a $1.5 billion pension system where more pensioners are collecting benefits than there are workers paying in.

Emboldened by his attorney general, Trump confronts Mueller report head-on

The case was closed for President Donald Trump on March 24, the day Attorney General William Barr delivered to Congress his four-page summary of the special counsel’s 300-plus page report.

Baker administration hires four ex-employees of Mass. GOP

State officials have recently hired four of the state GOP’s operatives, including two directly within the governor’s office.

Capital Source

In City Council debate over rent control, the old guard faces the new class

The line was drawn Wednesday when Councilor Althea Garrison proposed an ordinance that would allow Boston to cap yearly rent increases in residential homes.

Proposed tax on high earners gets warm reception on Beacon Hill

The goal: Generate much-needed cash to plow into education and transportation with a surcharge of 4 percentage points on the state’s income tax for earnings above $1 million.

Rollins meets with Baker’s top public safety official

The hourlong meeting between Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins and Thomas A. Turco III — Governor Charlie Baker’s public safety secretary — was part of an effort to quell the heated dispute between the state and county officials.

Warren unveils plan for new tax on big corporations

Senator Elizabeth Warren is proposing another new tax that targets the richest entities in the US economy, this time Amazon and the nation’s other most-profitable companies.

Buttigieg campaign getting a Massachusetts boost from Grossman

Steve Grossman, the former Democratic National Committee chairman and three-time statewide candidate, is endorsing Pete Buttigieg for president.

Walsh proposes $3.4 billion spending plan, an increase of 5 percent from last year

The proposal would also rely on revenue from the administration’s previously announced increases in hotel and parking meter fees to fund new initiatives on homelessness and city streets and sidewalks.

IRS head: Average 2018 tax refund, $2,833, close to earlier

The head of the IRS, overseeing the most sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code in three decades, says the average refund in this year’s tax-filing season, $2,833, worked out to be close to last year’s.

Immigration chief quits after Trump calls for ‘tougher’ nominee

The announcement came after President Trump told reporters last week that he was pulling his nomination of acting ICE chief Ronald Vitiello for the director’s job.

Elizabeth Warren has opened her presidential campaign headquarters in Charlestown

About 60 people moved into the new headquarters earlier this month, the spokeswoman said.

House proposal increases education spending over Baker’s plan

The House’s $42.7 billion budget proposal, unveiled Wednesday, would add $218 million more in aid sent to local school districts across Massachusetts.

Ground Game

Here’s where presidential race fund-raising stands, and what it means for Elizabeth Warren

Many White House hopefuls have been releasing their fund-raising numbers already — mostly as a show of force for their respective campaigns. But Warren, so far, has been silent.

Capitol Hill hearing on online hate sees it firsthand

A congressional hearing on online hate turned into a vivid demonstration of the problem when a YouTube livestream was bombarded with racist and anti-Semitic comments.


The Democratic electorate on Twitter is not the actual democratic electorate

Perhaps the most telling poll of the Democratic primary season hasn’t been about the Democratic primary at all, but about the fallout from a 35-year-old racist photo on a yearbook page.

Boston Trust Act to be reviewed after city police informed ICE of immigrants’ whereabouts

The vow came after a testy City Council committee hearing that saw Boston Police Commissioner William Gross defending the department’s role in a recent incident involving federal immigration authorities.

Mnuchin says he’ll ‘follow the law’ on Trump tax returns

Also, things got a bit heated between the treasury secretary and Representative Maxine Waters at the end of Steven Mnuchin’s testimony Tuesday.

Clark, Pressley introduce bill to expand workplace protections for #MeToo cases

The bill would expand protections for many workers who are not explicitly protected under federal law.

A South End development project begins — in Roxbury

The Alexandra Hotel project has attracted interest from neighbors in both the South End and Roxbury, equally eager to see the restoration of the once majestic building.

Another day, another ‘acting’ Cabinet secretary as Trump skirts Senate

Temporary status is a seemingly permanent condition of the Trump administration.

With an upbeat tone, Cory Booker presents himself as a pragmatic idealist in N.H.

The New Jersey Democrat’s rhetoric at times seemed like a radical rewrite of President Trump’s words.

Suspicion is high as Barr redacts Mueller report

The attorney general will redact at least four categories of information from the report, which spans nearly 400 pages.

Former Maggie Hassan staffer pleads guilty to stealing data

Jackson Cosko, 27, pleaded guilty to hacking computers in the New Hampshire senator’s Washington office.

Nancy Pelosi to receive Profile in Courage Award

The House speaker will receive the award next month at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Dorchester.