Grasping bits of optimism and glimmers of hope

Today is One Boston day, the seventh anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, when the Tsarnaev brothers set off two crude pressure cooker bombs that resulted in three deaths, wounded hundreds of others and sheared off limbs brutally and indiscriminately.  The terrorist attack bloodied one of Boston's most iconic events and shattered our sense of …

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Markey tops Kennedy in 4th district debate

Last week's WGBH debate between Senator Ed Markey and challenger Congressman Joe Kennedy took me back to August, 1979.  Joe Kennedy's uncle Ted was about to challenge fellow Democrat and incumbent Jimmy Carter for the Presidency.  Seasoned CBS News correspondent Roger Mudd went to Hyannisport to interview Kennedy. The network set aside a full hour …

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How Trump is succeeding in his first 100 days

Don't snicker at Donald Trump's high unfavorable ratings and lack of legislative achievements. He's doing better than you think. Trump may not have succeeded yet on his promise to repeal/replace the Affordable Care Act. He may not have succeeded in building a wall or ending immigration. He may have reversed himself on the Export-Import Bank, …

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The milkman’s son rises to the top

Ed Markey's 40+ year  political career has come a long way.  His biggest state legislative accomplishment (a bill eliminating part-time district attorneys) incurred the wrath of then-House Speaker Tommy McGee, who threw Markey off the Judiciary Committee and moved his desk into the hall.  Markey, a  tall and skinny 29-year old two-term state rep from Malden, went from …

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