We’ll soon find out who’s been visiting Mar-a-Lago. In response to a lawsuit from 3 watchdog groups, DHS has agreed to hand over the visitor logs in September. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics will then release the logs.
Republican senators keep trying to push through their cruel plans for health care, and we keep defeating them. First, they failed to get enough votes to bring Trumpcare to the floor. Then they couldn’t get the support to simply repeal the ACA, thanks to 3 Republican women. Senators have admitted that our calls, protests, letters, and general outrage have made an impact. And the Senate Parliamentarian has ruled that major parts of the bill will require 60 votes.
A Texas grand jury indicted former police officer Roy Oliver for murder in the shooting death of Jordan Edwards, who was a passenger in a car that was driving away from the party Oliver had been called to.
An Illinois Circuit Court judge issued an order saying bail could not be set at a level defendants can’t afford to pay, a move that bail-reform advocates hope will be a turning point in the national controversy over requiring defendants to pay more than they can afford to be freed on bail.
Saying it "should not be a partisan issue," Senators Kamala Harris and Rand Paul co-authored an opinion column in the New York Times advocating reform of the U.S. bail system and highlighting the bill they've introduced to encourage states to reform or replace the system.
Bristol County’s anti-immigrant sheriff, Thomas Hodgson, has been ordered to appear at a civil contempt hearing for showing up 2 hours late at a trial where he was scheduled to testify.
A Toronto hotel paid millions to exit contracts with the Trump Organization and get Trump’s name off the building.
Rhode Island is the ninth state to adopt automatic voter registration. Gov. Gina Raimondo signed the bill Tuesday, and state officials touted the measure Wednesday as Trump’s “election integrity” panel had its first meeting.
Gov. Raimondo also signed a bill protecting LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy. Keep it up, Rhode Island!
Robert Mueller expanded his investigation to include Trump business transactions, the day after Trump told the New York Times that any digging into his financial matters would be out of bounds.
Grandparents can still be family—the Supreme Court let stand the portion of a Circuit Court ruling exempting grandparents and other relatives from the travel ban.
The Somerville Board of Aldermen unanimously passed a resolution affirming support for Temporary Protected Status for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, and Nicaragua. TPS would allow them continued legal residency.
The Mass legislature passed the Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act and sent it to Governor Baker for signing.
Attorneys general from 19 states (including Massachusetts) and D.C. have urged President Trump to save DACA. The group is twice the size of the 10-state coalition of Republican officials that have threatened to sue the Trump administration if it does not phase out the program.
325 years after the fact, Salem dedicated a memorial to the 19 people hanged as the result of false accusations of witchcraft.
Trump’s “election integrity” commission is facing at least 7 lawsuits, from organizations that include the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Common Cause, and the ACLU.
Banking regulators are reviewing hundreds of millions of dollars in loans made to Trump’s businesses through Deutsche Bank’s private wealth management unit, which caters to an ultrarich clientele. The bank has separately been in contact with federal investigators about the Trump accounts.
President Trump has inspired "The biggest upsurge of activism in favor of the climate that we have ever experienced," former Vice President Al Gore said in a town-hall interview.
An Oakland CEO whose contracting company had put in a bid to build Trump’s wall met with protesters from the group Bay Resistance and signed a pledge to retract the bid and never work on the wall.
A Vatican-approved magazine condemned those in American presidential administrations who espouse the ideology of "Christian fundamentalism," citing Steve Bannon as an example.
The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority plans to crack down on ads featuring harmful gender stereotypes.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating possible money laundering by Paul Manafort.
A White House reporter defied the White House's restrictions on reporters recording live audio coverage by streaming a live recording of a press briefing Wednesday.
The former managers of Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns are leading a new initiative aimed at preventing a repeat of Russia’s hacking of the 2016 election.
Three coastal California communities filed a lawsuit against 37 of the world’s biggest fossil fuel producers, seeking payment for damages brought about by climate change and the resulting sea-level rise.
The number of middle- and high-school students who are tobacco users dropped from 4.7 million in 2015 to 3.9 million in 2016.
New York City charged a landlord with retaliation for reporting tenants to ICE after they complained about him to the city.
Charlie Baker ordered state agencies to review a controversial proposal to build a natural-gas compressor station on the Fore River in North Weymouth.
Rep. Tackey Chan became the Mass House’s first Asian-American chairman when he was named co-chair the Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
Boston will put up 50 posters on how to diffuse Islamophobic situations.
Desjardins Group, North America’s biggest association of credit unions, has suspended new investments in energy pipelines out of concern for their environmental impact.
After a State House protest urging Charlie Baker to speak out for Francisco Rodriguez, the governor said that ICE’s mission is to deport violent criminals, and "based on what I've read, I don't think this gentleman meets that criteria."