Question 2 Wants Mass. Voters To Take A Stand Against Citizens United -- If Only A Symbolic One

This year, ballot Question 2 asks Massachusetts residents to consider whether or not corporations have the same constitutional rights as people. Its been a much-debated topic in and out of courtrooms since as far back as the late 1800s , and more recently, following the Supreme Courts 2010 decision in  Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission . Back in 2011, former Massachusetts governor and then-presidential hopeful Mitt Romney told a crowd at the Iowa State Fair that corporations are...

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Oliva Llano visits the food pantry.
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Food Pantry In Pittsfield, Mass., Tries To Ease Stigma Of Getting Help

Early on a Wednesday morning in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, a line of people perused boxes of fresh apples and green beans, frozen meat, and bags of bagels and biscuits at the South Congregational Church Community Food Pantry.

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MGM's Mike Mathis (second from left) gives a tour of the casino site to officials including Governor Charlie Baker and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.
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Casino Execs Support Baker-Polito, While MGM Goes Big For GOP In Senate Races

Executives at MGM Springfield have not made many political donations this election season, but they do have some favorite politicians.

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Some more good news for Connecticut homeowners who are struggling with crumbling foundations -- many will now be able to deduct the cost of repairs from their federal taxes over the next two decades. 

Marijuana plants.
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One of the last hurdles standing in the way of retail cannabis sales in Massachusetts is slated to be cleared this week.

Kelly Link of Northampton, Massachusetts, is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow.
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Among the 2018 MacArthur Foundation award recipients is Kelly Link, a fiction writer and small publisher from Northampton, Massachusetts.

Should the law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places of public accommodation be removed from the books? That’s one of the questions that will be placed in voters’ hands in the coming weeks.

The law under consideration mandates that it’s illegal to deny service to transgender people in hotels, stores, restaurants or other public places.

It was overwhelmingly passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Baker, and has been in effect for just over two years.

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Election 2018

Voter Turnout Could Hit 50-Year Record For Midterm Elections

The 2018 elections could see the highest turnout for a midterm since the mid-1960s, another time of cultural and social upheaval. "It's probably going to be a turnout rate that most people have never experienced in their lives for a midterm election," Michael McDonald, a professor at the University of Florida who studies turnout and maintains a turnout database , told NPR. McDonald is predicting that 45 to 50 percent of eligible voters will cast a ballot. That would be a level not seen since...

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A Visit to a Barber of Quality

In the more than 200 years since its second performance, Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia ( The Barber of Seville ) has been one of the most popular of all operas. The first performance was a fiasco, which we'll get to later.

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Khashoggi Disappearance Tests Ties Between Jared Kushner And Saudi Crown Prince

Entering the White House as a foreign policy novice, Jared Kushner has leaned on his personal rapport with foreign government leaders to help push the Trump administration's goals. Before joining the White House, Kushner was a real estate investor in New York City, where personal relationships can help cement deals. But that approach is now being put to the test in light of the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Turkey more...

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It's Legal. In Canada, Recreational Marijuana Gets Green Light

Starting Wednesday, the sale of recreational marijuana begins in Canada following a law passed over the summer. The law says anyone in Canada over the age of 18 is allowed to possess marijuana, provided it's less than 30 grams — just over an ounce. Canadians can also grow up to four marijuana plants in their home and buy from a provincially regulated retailer. The country had months to prepare for the law's launch. The House of Commons and the Senate approved legalization in June , and later...

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'Ruth Bader Ginsburg' Reminds Us Why The Justice Is A True Legal Icon

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a cultural icon, the subject of two movies in 2018 alone — and an opera and a workout book, among other things. She is the Notorious RBG, emblazoned on T-shirts, made into memes on the internet, and parodied on Saturday Night Live. She even has an action figure. Jane Sherron De Hart reminds us in her new scholarly biography Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life just what got the ball rolling on all of this: Ginsburg is a true blue legal icon. Though unauthorized,...

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In A Year Of Reckoning, The Skies Are Full of Us

“A woman in the shape of a monster / A monster in the shape of a woman / The skies are full of them.”

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