Anthony Brooks

Once again, it was about President Trump. That’s the big takeaway from the final debate between the leading U.S. Senate candidates in Massachusetts.

Incumbent Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Republican challenger Geoff Diehl clashed Tuesday night over Diehl’s support for the president and Warren’s interest in replacing him.

Warren and Diehl wasted no time in the debate, using their opening statements to launch what have become familiar lines of attack.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, right, and Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez wait to be introduced prior to a televised debate at the studios of WGBH-TV in Boston on Wednesday.
Meredith Nierman / WGBH-TV via AP, Pool

Gov. Charlie Baker and his Democratic challenger, Jay Gonzalez, debated on Wednesday night for the second time — and with less than three weeks to go until election day.

At a town hall meeting on Saturday in Holyoke, Sen. Elizabeth Warren moved a step closer to becoming a presidential candidate in 2020.

“After Nov. 6, I will take a hard look at running for president,” Warren announced to a room full of cheering supporters.

Warren has done a lot to fuel speculation that she’s preparing to run for president: She’s raising a lot of money and campaigns frequently across the country for fellow Democrats, raising her national profile.

“Wow, look at this room,” Ayanna Pressley said to a diverse crowd of cheering Democratic supporters in Cambridge this past weekend. “This looks like the 7th Congressional District!”

That was more than just an applause line, because it explains a big part of how Pressley scored an upset victory last week over 10-term U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano.

More than three weeks after a school shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead, students are demanding that Congress pass tougher gun laws, but so far U.S. lawmakers have failed to act.

In the absence of federal action, gun control advocates are urging states to take up the fight — and point to Connecticut as a successful model. After the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School more than five years ago, the state passed some of the toughest gun laws in the country, and advocates say they’re working.

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