Tag: Massachusetts

Seth Moulton Ends 2020 Presidential Campaign With a Warning

Representative Seth Moulton of Massachusetts is dropping out of the presidential race, ending a candidacy that emphasized Mr. Moulton’s centrist politics and military service but gained no traction with Democratic primary voters. Mr. Moulton, 40, said in an interview that he had no immediate plans to endorse another candidate, but he warmly praised former Vice […]

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Joseph Kennedy III Said to Be Eying Edward Markey’s Massachusetts Senate Seat

WASHINGTON — Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III of Massachusetts is considering a primary challenge next year against Senator Edward J. Markey, according to a senior Democratic official. Such a race could substantially alter the state’s political landscape and has the potential to elevate a fourth member of a Democratic dynasty to the Senate. Mr. Kennedy, […]

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Old Town Road Is Real, and People Keep Stealing the Street Signs

Old Town Road is a real place. You could probably take a horse there, if you wanted to — except that these days, it might be a little harder to find. A quiet residential street in Wellesley, Mass., was called Old Town Road long before the country-trap song by Lil Nas X became a sensation. […]

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Stop Stealing This City’s ‘Old Town Road’ Street Signs, You Monsters

“Old Town Road” is now the longest-running number one single ever and 2019’s undisputed song of the summer, but the town Wellesley, Massachusetts, isn’t too happy about Lil Nas X’s massive success, apparently—because now people keep stealing the town’s Old Town Road street signs as fast as the local government can put them up, according […]

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McKinsey Advised Johnson & Johnson on Increasing Opioid Sales

At the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company, the rule is sacrosanct: Never publicly disclose client advice. And for the most part, adherence to that rule has served the company well. But in recent months, as government officials seek to assign blame for the opioid crisis that has strangled large parts of the nation, McKinsey’s […]

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The Invisible Hand of Justice Stevens on Abortion

During the days following the death last Tuesday of Justice John Paul Stevens, admirers posted lists of their favorite and not-so-favorite Stevens opinions. Free speech on the internet? A great one. No First Amendment protection for burning an American flag? Not so great. Access to federal court for Guantánamo detainees? Definitely. Upholding an Indiana voter […]

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Back-to-School Sales Tax ‘Holidays’ Lure Shoppers Despite Slim Savings

If you missed out on the blitz of deals offered early this week by many online retailers, don’t despair: There may be additional savings on the horizon, as more than a dozen states gear up for their annual summer sales tax “holidays.” This year, 16 states are offering back-to-school promotions, exempting many items, including clothing, […]

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Ilhan Omar Slams Trump as ‘Fascist’ While He Cries ‘Wasn’t Me’ on the ‘Send Her Back’ Chants

Rep. Ilhan Omar speaking at a press conference to introduce a piece of legislation in Washington, D.C., June 19, 2019Photo: Stefani Reynolds (Getty) Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar struck back Thursday against Donald Trump and his “Send her back”-braying fans, saying the raucous catcalls were not so much about her, but about what Trump stands for: […]

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Prosecutors Drop Sexual Assault Case Against Kevin Spacey

Prosecutors in Massachusetts on Wednesday dropped a sexual assault charge against the actor Kevin Spacey, bringing an abrupt close to one of the few criminal cases of the #MeToo era. Mr. Spacey, 59, had been accused of fondling an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket restaurant three years ago. In recent weeks, there had been signs […]

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The Other CBD: Christian Book Distributors Changes Name After Cannabis Confusion

Image“The problem is the other CBD is just so popular at this point in time that it just kind of overwhelms our brand,” said Ray Hendrickson, the company’s chief executive.CreditGetty Images The toll-free phone number for Ray Hendrickson’s family-owned business, Christian Book Distributors, is 1-800-CHRISTIAN but some callers were not seeking Bibles, religious texts or […]

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AOC Slams ‘Manufactured Cruelty’ at US Southern Border in Testimony Before House Panel

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) stands to be sworn in before she testifies before the House Oversight Committee hearing on family separation and detention centers, July 12, 2019, on Capitol Hill, flanked on her left by Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.).Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais (Associated Press) Four Democratic congresswomen shared harrowing accounts […]

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De Blasio Is on the Wrong Side of Gun Prosecution Reforms

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York took a break from his long-shot presidential campaign this week to attack a program in Brooklyn that keeps young people who’ve been convicted of having an unlicensed gun out of prison. It was a strange move. Brooklyn’s diversion program is doing good, not harm, the evidence shows. It’s […]

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The Woman Who Sneaked Into George Washington’s Army

PHILADELPHIA — Hers has always been one of the more astonishing, if little-known, tales of the American Revolution: a woman who stitched herself a uniform, posed as a man and served at least 17 months in an elite unit of the Continental Army. Wounded at least twice, Deborah Sampson carried a musket ball inside her […]

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Selling LaCroix Is Illegal in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is the origin of many things some residents might consider with regret: Good Will Hunting, the actor behind the disappointing recent Batman reboot, the “straight pride” parade. One thing the state can tout gladly, however, is the pride of Worcester: Polar Seltzer, whose perfectly sharp, flavored bubbles have earned cult-like following. For all the […]

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Jenny Slate Will Give a Graduation Speech to a Class of One

On Cuttyhunk Island, a tiny place just off Cape Cod, the only graduating eighth grader, Gwen Lynch, is the talk of the town. Gwen’s graduation ceremony from Cuttyhunk Elementary on June 17 will include a speech by a celebrity: Jenny Slate, best known for her role on “Parks and Recreation” and as the voice of […]

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Perfect Just As You Are: Massachusetts Bill Would Reward Companies for Not Altering Models’ Appearance in Their Ads

Photo: iStock One lawmaker in Massachusetts is set on making money moves in favor of “body confidence” by sponsoring legislation that would provide financial incentives to companies that did not alter the look of models in their ads. In the bill sponsored by state Rep. Kay Khan, cosmetic, personal care and apparel companies that “do not […]

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