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Senate shakes it up, House sticks to the good ol’ boys

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Senate President Karen Spilka’s “new broom” gets a workout even as Speaker Robert DeLeo remains in his comfort zone as legislative committee chairs get their assignments.

Opinion | Lee Pelton

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Few educational opportunities are offered to those in prison even though they need it the most.

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Opinion | Joseph M. Giglio and Charles Chieppo

Self-driving cars could make commuter rail obsolete

The rise of shared, self-driving cars will pose an existential threat to public transportation.

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With President Trump declaring a national emergency, readers start to put up a wall of resistance.

In this Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, photo Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand eats at Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles in Columbia, S.C. Gillibrand spent three days in the state as part of her effort to introduce her potential presidential campaign to the state’s heavily African-American Democratic primary electorate. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

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Faux fanfare for the common man (or woman)

The myth of the common man or woman is alive and well on the campaign trail.

Opinion | Niall Ferguson

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Brinkmanship led to the release of “Bohemian Rhapsody.’’ How will political brinkmanship play out?

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Opinion | Lee Pelton

Offering the college promise to those in prison

Few educational opportunities are offered to those in prison even though they need it the most.

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Opinion | Niall Ferguson

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ — political style

Brinkmanship led to the release of “Bohemian Rhapsody.’’ How will political brinkmanship play out?

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Offering alternatives to abortion, in both words and deeds

“Who are we as a society if we decide that, because a woman is poor, she should not be able to choose life for her baby?”

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Would mayors seeking higher office be ready for world stage?

The president’s “successor will need a deep knowledge of world affairs to repair fractured relationships with our key allies and competitors alike.”

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Ideas | Tina Cassidy

White women skewing conservative is a decades-long trend, but their power may be waning

For 100 years, the predominantly male political machine has been wrestling with that question. Now, women may finally get to answer it themselves.

Author Isaac Asimov autographs books at the Mysterious Book Store stall on February 2, 1984 during the Fifth Avenue Book Fair held in New York City, United States. The 64-year-old science fiction writer will publish his 300th book in 1984. (AP Photo/Mario Suriani)

Ideas | Aimee Ortiz

Why the FBI investigated Isaac Asimov

Scientists know things. Important things. And for years, that’s terrified the FBI.

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