GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Massachusetts officials and press got a look at one of the new MBTA Orange Line cars Wednesday before the first new set of cars was launched into general service.
Chris Lisinski / State House News Service

A Springfield lawmaker left a meeting with Chinese rail officials last week concerned that the headquarters of CRRC MA, where most of the high-salaried executives work, is in eastern Massachusetts and not Springfield — where the new Red Line and Orange Line MBTA cars are being assembled. 

Updated at 6:50 p.m. ET

Congressional Democrats walked out of bipartisan White House meeting with President Trump about his decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria, a meeting in which Trump called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "a third-rate politician" according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Speaking to reporters on the White House driveway, Pelosi said the president had a "meltdown" in the meeting, looked shaken, "and was not relating to reality."

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut wants the Federal Aviation Administration to stop the use of PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam at airports around the country.  

After a long, steady rise in the polls, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is now vying for front-runner status with former Vice President Joe Biden. On Tuesday night, more moderate candidates took aim at her progressive policy positions as unrealistic and expensive.

"Medicare for All" — the single-payer health care plan supported by both Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — was the main topic in this moderate-progressive fight.

Steve Pemberton.
Courtesy Steve Pemberton / State House News Service

A business executive who touted his experiences as a foster child when he announced a primary challenge to Democratic Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Edward Markey in July has ended his campaign. 

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