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Maura Healey and Jennifer Childs-Roshak
Abortion rights advocates march outside the Texas Capitol in September in Austin. Lawmakers passed SB8, which effectively bans nearly all abortions and went into effect Sept. 1.

The Texas abortion ban is an affront to democracy

The states that ban abortion are not Republican states. They’re voter suppression states.

Marty Meehan and Marcelo Suárez-Orozco
US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene holds up a picture of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as she speaks outside of the US Supreme Court on July 27 in Washington, D.C. Republican legislators filed a lawsuit against Pelosi for her mask mandate to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 inside the House chamber.

Let’s rescue truth

As we have seen today and throughout history, lies have the power to pervert public policy, undermine institutions, fan hatred and violence, and claim lives.

Barbara Lee
From left: City Councilors Lydia Edwards, Annissa Essaibi George, and Kim Janey, then-City Council President Andrea Campbell, and City Councilors Ayanna Pressley and Michelle Wu pose for a photograph after the first City Council meeting of the year in Boston on Jan. 2, 2018.

An inclusive City Council ensures Boston’s government works for all

Although many people consider the Commonwealth a stronghold for progressive politics, women and people of color have been chronically underrepresented in elected office statewide.

Gregg Martin
US Army veteran Daryn LaVoie, who is blind, shares a moment with horse Riley during a program pairing horses with veterans, on July 11 in Indio, Calif. LaVoie, a combat veteran, served during Operation Desert Storm from 1993 to1997 and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after his return home. He attempted to commit suicide in 2017 with his gun; the bullet severed both his optic nerves rendering him blind.

Afghanistan war vets are enraged and hurting – reach out and listen to them

While most troops are justifiably proud of what they did at the tactical, local level, they’re now seeing their efforts go up in smoke. I fear that the mental health of some of them will unravel so unrelentingly they’ll take their own lives.

Joan Vennochi
The podium where Acting Mayor Kim Janey was supposed to address her supporters election night remained empty as, at around 11 p.m. Tuesday, word came that she would not be making an appearance.

It was Kim Janey’s race to lose and she lost it

A Rose Garden strategy may have worked on the campaign trail, but it failed in the mayor’s office.

Michael E. Mann
An aerial view of Lafitte, La., after Hurricane Ida, one of the strongest storms in the state's history, made landfall in September.

Is this the beginning of the Category 6 hurricane?

Category 5 is what we use to identify the strongest hurricanes on the planet, with sustained winds of 157 miles per hour or more. But some Atlantic hurricanes are arguably strong enough to merit a Category 6 designation thanks to climate change.

JEFF JACOBY
Orthodox Jewish men perform the "Tashlich" ritual in the coastal city of Netanya, Israel, on Sept. 14 during which "sins are cast into the water to the fish," ahead of Yom Kippur, the highest of holy days in the Jewish calendar, which this year starts at sunset on Wednesday.

The sins we commit with words

Yom Kippur teaches the importance of seeking forgiveness from those we have hurt.

SCOT LEHIGH
A message from former president Donald Trump plays on a video screen during a "Let Us Worship" prayer service on the National Mall on Sept. 11 in Washington, D.C.

Will the GOP dump Trump?

Some noteworthy signs are emerging.