Is Trump making liberals reconsider George W. Bush?

George W. Bush’s speech rejected much of what Trump represents, even if he didn’t call out the sitting Republican president by name.

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Since he left the White House nine years ago, George W. Bush has largely stayed out of politics. But he stepped firmly back into the political spotlight Thursday.

// Congresswoman accuses John Kelly of lying, escalating dispute over Trump’s condolence call

Frederica Wilson said President Trump’s chief of staff lied about her role in a 2015 dedication ceremony for a federal building.

// Democrats reject a proposal to urge Bernie Sanders to join the party

The resolution attracted attention this week as one more skirmish between the supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

// No expected outcomes in cases like Bergdahl’s, White House says

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl argued that President Trump’s criticism prevented him from receiving a fair sentence.

// Thousands of immigrants could lose protected status

A form of legal immigration status will expire soon for 300,000 Haitians and Central Americans residing legally in the United States.


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// Spreading Trump Salt in every wound

President Trump continues to demonstrate his complete lack of empathy.

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// Doing Trump’s bidding, Kelly kicks a widow when she’s down

Whether intentional or not, Trump did not console Myeshia Johnson; he made her pain worse.

// State Senate bill could let drug dealers out of prison early

Hundreds currently jailed for certain drug crimes would become eligible to earn deductions in their sentences and apply for parole if new legislation becomes law.

// Mixed reviews for Walsh on handling of opioid crisis

While some praise the mayor, others blame him for the crowds of people — clearly in the throes of addiction — who have become increasingly visible.

// Former city councilor John Connolly to back Marty Walsh for mayor

Former city councilor John Connolly said that his former rival has “more than earned his second term.”

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Baker takes familar 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.

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