Opinion

OPINION | JONATHAN GRUBER

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The ruling is ridiculous, but the case will likely head to the US Supreme Court, which does not represent anything close to the mainstream legal view on matters such as this.

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Since her election to Congress 11 years ago, Niki Tsongas staked out her own turf.

Editorial

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It’s not enough for the media to stand by itself to defend and protect press rights. It needs the support of other powerful institutions.

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Jerry McDermott of Westwood currently serves as chief of staff in the agency responsible for managing state buildings.

GOP Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee not seeking 2020 re-election

Alexander’s announcement leaves an open 2020 race after a 2018 election in which Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee declined to run again.

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White House senior adviser Stephen Miller.

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White House closer to partial shutdown with wall demand

The White House is insisting that Congress provide $5 billion to build a wall along the US-Mexico border despite lawmaker resistance from both parties.

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A one-time business partner of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was charged with illegally lobbying to have a Turkish exile returned from the US.

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Months after President Trump took office, Russia’s disinformation teams trained their sights on a new target: special counsel Robert Mueller, new reports say.

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Former FBI director James Comey had a second interview with two GOP-led committees investigating what they say was bias at the Justice Department before the 2016 election.

Ruling striking down Affordable Care Act won’t affect health coverage, yet

If you like your Obamacare health plan, you can keep it — at least for now.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee says he is not running for re-election in 2020.

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Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s attorney, is ruling out a presidential interview with special counsel Robert Mueller.

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The Maine Republican said a government shutdown must be prevented, as President Trump and Democrats tussle over funding for a possible border wall.