Who’s really packing the Court?

Somewhere Robert Bork is chortling. In 1987, his honest articulation of his extremist originalist philosophy was deemed so frighteningly outrageous that, despite his excellent paper qualifications, he was deemed unfit to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Now, unless four Republican senators exercise profiles in courage, Amy Coney Barrett will become the fourth doctrinaire …

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Debate winner, Kristen Welker; runner up,the mute button

Donald Trump apparently listened to his advisers not to be the rabid beast he was in the previous debate. This may have firmed up some Trump voters who had been wavering. But the fact that he was reined in by the mute button didn't hide, and may even have emphasized, how lacking he is in …

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Vote Yes on 2: Ranked choice voting

Question 2 on the Massachusetts ballot would provide voters the opportunity to rank their preferences in a multi-candidate field.  The option would apply in primaries and general elections for state offices, legislative districts, and federal congressional offices but not for president, county or regional school district committee members.  It's less complicated than it sounds, and …

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Trump COVID behavior even more outrageous

Donald Trump just received the best government-financed medical care in the country.  He left the hospital while still infectious, still needs monitoring for abruptly deteriorating and possible side-effects of the medication he's on, has given no indication that he'll modify his longstanding flouting of rules for protecting himself and others, and without his doctors having …

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Trump debate behavior an embarrassment to the country

Last night's despicable mud-wrestling, schoolyard bullying, name-calling event was neither Presidential nor a debate. Thank you, Donald.  The President who  violates all norms of behavior,  tramples science and facts, lies about virtually everything, foments divisiveness,  incites violence,  savages all who differ with him, broke the rules of the event to which his campaign had agreed. …

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Charlie Baker – big mistake with Collins endorsement?

No, Charlie, we do not need more Senators like Maine's Susan Collins.  We don't even need Susan Collins.  What we do need is to flip the Senate and deal responsibly with Covid-19 impacts, revitalize environmental standards to halt climate change, launch an infrastructure jobs bill, reform voting laws, redress economic inequities, protect the Affordable Care …

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News of RBG death hits hard

News of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death Friday hit hard, but it did not come as a surprise.  She had been diagnosed with cancer five times since 1999 and fought back fiercely. When she succumbed, at the age of 87, she left hundreds of millions of people indebted to her for her lifelong battle for …

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Not too late for end-of-summer reading, pt. 2 fiction

Neighborhood barbecues, beach gatherings, blockbuster movies, Fenway Park. Well, that didn't happen. But the few remaining lazy, hazy, crazy days could still pluck summer from COVID and politics with the pleasures of well crafted novels.  There's still time to pick up one of the following before the leaves turn color. FICTION News of the World …

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Not too late for end-of-summer reading, pt. 1 non-fiction

When you're done reading James H. Barron's new sweeping biography and political thriller,  "The Greek Connection," (shameless plug!)  here are some other non-fiction possibilities for the last weeks of summer. Not everything has to be about Donald Trump! The Yellow House by Sarah Broom is a memoir of a New Orleans writer, the youngest of …

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CO2 not DNA shapes outcome of Markey/ Kennedy race

The most discordant note in Joe Kennedy's elegiac concession speech on Tuesday night was his observation that, even knowing the outcome, if he had to do it all over again, he would do it "in a heartbeat." Giving voice to the frustrations of tens of thousands of working-class voters living in Massachusetts gateway cities is …

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