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