“Women’s issues” front and center with Mermell, Grossman in 4th CD race

Two women stand out in the crowded race to fill Joe Kennedy's 4th district seat in Congess- Jesse Mermell and Becky Grossman.  Mermell, from Brookline, has paid her dues in politics and public affairs for 20 years.  Grossman, from Newton,  is a relative newcomer to elected office. Mermell headed the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus and …

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Trump keeps promise: expands war on women

First, it was the slurs against Mexicans; then the attempted ban on Muslims and the attack on  all immigrants. Now it's war against women.  The latest  salvo came in Alabama, with a virtual ban on abortions.  Other red states are falling in line.  Trying to take away women's reproductive rights usurps our freedom to control …

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Seventh CD a battle between good and better

Whoever wins  the Massachusetts  7th Congressional district Democratic primary on  September 4th  will be uncontested in November and  serve in the next Congress. It will be a Democrat, but what kind and what difference will that make for us? In the intergenerational struggle for control of the Democratic Party,  Ayanna Pressley, 44, hopes to unseat long-term incumbent Michael Capuano,66,  from the …

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Republican debate the same, only more so

Donald Trump has changed his messages not one iota.  He stands by every single outrageous thing he has said and is absolutely unfazed when challenged. That may be what his supporters like about him.  Last evening's unpleasantly raucous and poorly moderated debate on the Fox Business Network was dominated by Trump's head-to-head with Ted Cruz, and …

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Last night’s winners and losers

Would Donald Trump tone down his junior high school playground bombast? Or, for that matter, would he say anything substantive in response to a policy question? Would Jeb Bush show some "cojones" in confronting Trump?  Would Carly Fiorina get in Trump's face, stand up to the braggart who had dissed hers? Would John Kasich be able …

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Susan Komen Foundation blunder makes it a net loser

The Susan G. Komen Foundation’s move to eliminate its financial support of Planned Parenthood is a real losing proposition, for the people being served and for the organization’s reputation. Planned Parenthood was threatened with the loss of nearly $700,000 to expand breast examinations, and the Komen Foundation lost a huge amount of credibility. This blunder …

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