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The Mystic Valley Charter School in Malden dropped its ban on hair extensions following last spring’s protests—and we played a part. Here's to the courageous Cook sisters!

There’s nothing good about the hatred and violence in Charlottesville, or about Trump’s response—but at least some Republicans are finally calling out their president. Marco Rubio, for example: "Very important for the nation to hear @potus describe events in #Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by #whitesupremacists."

Senator Chuck Grassley, Judiciary Committee chair, said he no longer expected an imminent Supreme Court vacancy, bolstering the sense that Justice Anthony Kennedy won't retire this year.

Scott Pruitt’s EPA is being sued all over the place, and they’ve already had to back off a bunch of anti-environment moves.

Two LGBTQ rights groups filed the first lawsuit against Trump’s proposed ban on transgender service members, on behalf of 5 trans women now serving openly.

Airbnb canceled a number of accounts and bookings associated with participants in the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

A Washington, D.C., law firm has partnered with the Union of Concerned Scientists to provide at no cost experienced private lawyers with significant government experience to federal scientists looking to protect the independence of their agencies and their scientific findings.

A federal district court struck down a Louisiana state law that required people born abroad to produce a birth certificate before receiving a marriage license, thus denying marriage equality to foreign-born residents.

The Orlando City Commission unanimously approved a resolution to move to 100% clean and renewable energy by 2050. Orlando, the largest city in Florida, is the fortieth city in the U.S. to make such a commitment.

Chicago is suing the Trump administration for threatening to withhold public money from so-called sanctuary cities. "We cannot be forced to violate our residents' constitutional rights," the city’s lawyer said.

Bernalillo County commissioners voted overwhelmingly to retain the county’s immigrant-friendly policy after Jeff Sessions threatened to withhold federal grant money from Albuquerque, the county’s largest city.

FBI agents staged a pre-dawn raid on the home of Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, late last month and, using a wide-ranging search warrant, seized documents and other materials.

Mueller’s team has subpoenaed global banks for account information and records of transactions involving Manafort and some of his companies and reached out to Manafort business associates, including his son-in-law and a Ukrainian oligarch.

Democrat Phil Miller comfortably defeated (55% to 45%) his Republican opponent in a special election for the Iowa House, allowing Democrats to hold on to a key rural swing district that Donald Trump won by 22 points.

As part of a settlement in which he sold his gun shop and agreed never to sell firearms again, a Florida gun store owner issued a statement calling on gun dealers to exercise great caution to prevent firearms from getting into the hands of the wrong people. The lawsuit was brought by the Brady Center and family members of victims killed by a gun obtained via straw purchase from the owner’s store.

The super PACs that raised tens of millions of dollars to help elect President Trump have seen their fundraising slow dramatically since the election.

Republicans can’t resist airing their dirty laundry on Obamacare—senators blaming each other, senators blaming Trump, Trump blaming senators, Hannity blaming anybody but Trump, and on and on.

Costa Rica plans to become the world's first country to achieve a comprehensive national strategy to eliminate single-use plastics by 2021.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said that the expanding investigation into Russian interference in the election is continuing apace and that the special counsel can investigate any crimes he might discover within the scope of his probe.

The New York Times published a comprehensive draft report on climate change written by scientists from 13 different agencies. The report is still awaiting approval by the administration.

Democrats have already filed to run in 385 House seats out of 435 for 2018 and in 79% of districts with seats held by Republicans, while Republicans have done the same for just 32% of Democratic seats.

A federal judge threw out a lawsuit Texas filed to get its law banning sanctuary cities declared constitutional before its September 1 implementation.

Oregon enacted the country’s first statewide employee scheduling law, requiring big companies in retail, hospitality, and food service to give employees schedules at least a week ahead of time.

Bruno Mars donated 1 million dollars to address Flint's water crisis through the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

The army returned the remains of 3 Arapaho children who died at an assimilation school in 1883.

Hundreds of people of all faiths, ages, and races came together at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, to show their support and denounce the destruction wrought from an explosive hurled into an imam’s office last week.

The California Attorney General sued the EPA to compel it to say what steps it's taken to ensure its rule making and procedures remain impartial as it’s led by Scott Pruitt, who opposed the agency in at least a half dozen lawsuits.

Striking a blow for public-use activists in California, the state’s Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a suit challenging a billionaire’s claim that he had the right to block the only access road to a public beach because it was on his property.

Republican members of Congress are facing challenging questions about health care during their break. Even in a Georgia district that Trump won by 15.5 points, the crowds were “angry, wistful, and loaded with progressive activists”—in other words, us.

The federal Bureau of Prisons quietly issued a new policy requiring prisons to provide free tampons and maxi-pads to female inmates. Democratic senators had introduced a bill to do the same thing less than a month before.

The district attorneys of 4 New York City boroughs moved to dismiss 644,000 outstanding arrest warrants for minor offenses issued more than 10 years before in line with the city's discredited theory that petty offenses lead to more serious crime.

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Governor Baker announced he will sign legislation that imposes $200 million in higher fees on businesses to fund health care for the poor, even though the measure omits his plans to cut people off MassHealth.

Several Republicans in Congress have joined Democrats to block Trump’s plans to sabotage the ACA. The Senate Health Committee, along with a number of members of the House of Representatives, announced that they will work on strengthening the health insurance market and funding cost-sharing reduction payments for 2018 when they return in September.

One day after getting sued by 15 states, Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt reversed his earlier decision to delay implementation of Obama-era rules reducing emissions of smog-causing air pollutants.

A federal court told the EPA Monday that it has to enforce an Obama administration methane pollution rule.

Betsy DeVos abandoned her plan to overhaul how the federal government collects payments from the nation’s more than 42 million student loan borrowers after it faced growing resistance from congressional Republicans and Democrats and the public.

A group of teens from Boston’s Hyde Square vows to persist in demanding payments from TD Garden. The Garden and the state agreed to pay $2.65 million toward a recreation center in Jackson Square after the teens uncovered the fact that the venue had failed to live up to its obligations to hold three fund-raisers a year for recreation centers, which they calculated would come to $13.8 million.

The senate unanimously blocked President Trump from being able to make recess appointments by locking in nine "pro-forma" sessions during the August recess.

Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff who made his name cracking down on immigrants, was convicted of criminal contempt for refusing to stop traffic patrols from targeting immigrants. The once very popular sheriff was defeated in his run for reelection last November.

The ACLU committed at least $5 million to a campaign to end Florida’s felon disenfranchisement law by getting a “Voter Restoration Amendment” to the state constitution on the November 2018 ballot.

Rhode Island passed legislation to make community college tuition-free starting this fall, the beginning of a 4-year pilot program.

Calling out their financing of for-profit immigrant detention centers, protesters rallied outside J.P. Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo.

Robert Mueller has convened a second grand jury, this one in Washington. This gives him broad authority to subpoena documents and compel witnesses to testify under oath.

Mueller's Washington grand jury has issued subpoenas in connection with the June 2016 meeting that included Trump's son, his son-in-law, and a Russian lawyer.

Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled a “digital environmental legislative handbook” that will provide political leaders around the country with a comprehensive curated list of legal and legislative research, voting records, bill language, and data to help them prepare bills on a wide range of environmental action.

Two bipartisan bills were introduced on Thursday to prevent the president from firing the special counsel—one from Senators Lindsey Graham and Cory Booker, and one from Democrat Chris Coons and Thom Tillis, “a reliable Republican apparatchik whose vote party leadership can count on.”

A panel of 3 federal judges unanimously ordered North Carolina's state legislature to draw new legislative district boundaries for the 28 (of 170) General Assembly districts that the court determined last year discriminated against African-American voters by weakening their political power.

George and Amal Clooney’s foundation is partnering with UNICEF and Google to devote $2.25 million to allow Lebanon public schools to extend their hours so refugee children can attend classes in the afternoon. The foundation will cover the costs for 3,000 Syrian children to attend school.

Coast Guard Commandant Paul Zukunft pledged to "not break faith" with transgender service members. He reached out to all 13 transgender members of the Coast Guard immediately following Trump’s anti-transgender tweets.

Greg Andres became the sixteenth member of Robert Mueller's prosecutorial team, having served as deputy assistant attorney general from 2010-2012 in the Justice Department's criminal division where he oversaw the fraud unit and managed the program that targeted illegal foreign bribery.

Jordan’s parliament repealed a law that allowed a rapist to escape prison by marrying his victim.

New York federal prosecutors subpoenaed Kushner Companies, the real estate development company owned by Jared Kushner’s family, over its use of a visa program that offers green cards to wealthy foreign investors.

Gray wolves in the Great Lakes region should keep their spot on the endangered species list, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., ruled Tuesday.

75,000 trees have been donated so far to 'Trump Forest,' a worldwide reforestation project to help offset the potential environmental destruction caused by Trump’s anti-climate agenda.

Shortly after the appointment of Robert Mueller, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told several high-ranking managers that they should consider themselves possible witnesses in any investigation into whether President Donald Trump engaged in obstruction of justice.

The special counsel’s investigators have seized on Trump’s and his associates' financial ties to Russia as one of the most fertile avenues for advancing the probe into whether Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia.

Senators voted overwhelmingly to pass a key FDA funding bill that continues the current formula despite the fact that Trump’s budget wants industry to finance 100% of FDA's premarket review.

Eight Democratic senators announced Thursday that they were co-sponsoring a bill that would allow people 55 and older to buy in to Medicare.

The Seattle City Council adopted legislation to ensure that the public can weigh the costs and benefits of any new surveillance technology—including its impact on civil liberties—before the city obtains it.

Honeybee populations are on the rise. As of April, an estimated 2.89 million bee colonies existed across the U.S., an increase of 3% compared to April 2016, and only about 84 colonies were lost in first quarter of 2017, 27% fewer than during the first quarter of 2016.

Fox News Host Eric Bolling, a vocal supporter of Trump, was suspended after HuffPost reported he sent unwanted lewd texts to at least three female colleagues. Both Bill O'Reilly and the late Roger Ailes left the station under similar circumstances.

A leading government ethics group requested that the White House, Department of Justice and Office of Government Ethics investigate Steve Bannon for using a private public relations executive to conduct official White House business.

Anthony Scaramucci was fired. Yep, that was just last week.

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We won. We protested, called, got friends to call, made our voices heard, and Trumpcare went down.

  • I just can't stop thinking of the Maine Indivisible groups who drove hours to coordinate protests at every one of Collins' district offices. Ezra Levin

  • Seriously, if you needed a demonstration that popular will can sometimes face down wealth and power and win, you've just lived through it. Rebecca Solnit

  • If you want to thank someone, thank ADAPT and murkowski/collins/mccain's constituents who raised hell about this. Paul Blest

  • Resistance works. Jon Favreau

In a big victory for civil rights, due process, and the rights of immigrants, Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court ruled that local law enforcement officials do not have the authority under state law to detain a person based solely on a request from federal immigration authorities. Although we still need the Safe Communities Act, this decision resolves a key issue and provides much-needed clarity for law enforcement under pressure from federal officials. On top of that, The Boston Globe endorsed the SCA the following day and called on the legislature to build on this historic ruling, the first of its kind in the nation.

The Suffolk Superior Court ruled that Massachusetts’ 20-day voter registration cutoff law is unconstitutional and disenfranchises thousands of potential voters every election.

After a week of nightly mass demonstrations throughout Poland, its normally compliant president, Andrzej Duda, vetoed 2 of 3 measures the ruling nationalist party had pushed through to dismantle the country’s Supreme Court and independent judiciary.

Massachusetts legislators again rejected Governor Baker’s plan to kick working people off MassHealth.

Saying that firing Robert Mueller “could be the beginning of the end” of Trump’s presidency, Senator Lindsey Graham outlined plans to introduce legislation to mandate that a special counsel established to investigate a president or his staff can't be fired “unless you have judicial review of the firing."

Protesters disrupted a State House press conference where Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson and Republican legislators introduced a bill to overturn the SJC’s ruling against complying with ICE requests.

The Center for New Community, a Chicago advocacy group, cites Sheriff Hodgson as a prime mover among a group of sheriffs recruited by anti-immigrant hate groups to implement anti-immigrant policies and practices in their jurisdictions and advocate for anti-immigrant legislation.

More people in the U.S. protested in June than in any month since the January Women’s Marches. The Washington Post tallied 818 protests, demonstrations, strikes, marches, sit-ins and rallies, at least one in every state and D.C, with a conservative estimate of from 954,298 to 1,173,771 participants. 65% of the protests were anti-Trump, 7.2% pro-Trump, and the rest not directly Trump related.

The head of the Boy Scouts of America apologized for America's president. From the Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts, “I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree. That was never our intent.”

The International Association of Police Chief reacted to Trump’s call for police brutality with a post highlighting the need for officers to “ensure that any use of force is carefully applied and objectively reasonable” and that all individuals are treated with dignity and respect. The Boston Police Department and others across the country affirmed their commitment to, as the Boston department put it, “helping people, not harming them."

Pedro Hernandez was released from Rikers Island, thanks to a human rights group who paid his bail. Despite evidence that he’s innocent, Hernandez was imprisoned for more than a year without a conviction because he couldn’t afford to pay the six-figure bail.

The Massachusetts senate unanimously approved a bill that allows school systems to bring back bilingual education and includes a provision for a Biliteracy Seal to encourage students to study foreign languages. Now it heads to conference committee with the House, which has passed a similar bill.

A coalition of advocacy groups filed suit against Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Miami-Dade County for detaining Honduran-born U.S. citizen Garland Creedle at ICE’s request even after his bond payment had posted. The lawsuit contends that holding anyone on an immigration detainer without a valid arrest warrant contravenes both the U.S. Constitution and Florida law.

A federal judge in Seattle ruled that nonprofit legal groups can continue assisting immigrants facing deportation, after a Justice Department decision threatened to curtail that work.

Governor Cuomo signed an executive order mandating all New York state agencies to provide voter registration forms to those they deal with and to offer help filling them out.

The number of Americans with access to paid sick days increased dramatically in the past two years, the direct result of new state and local laws mandating the benefit.

For the first time in its history, MSNBC was the most-watched cable network during weekday prime time last week, ratings data show, averaging approximately 90,000 more viewers than runner-up Fox.

A federal judge upheld a $1,000 fine against Kris Kobach, the vice chair of Trump’s “election integrity” commission, citing a pattern of misleading the Court in voter-ID cases.

Nury Chavarria has been granted an emergency stay. The undocumented Guatemalan mother of 4 U.S. citizens had taken sanctuary in a New Haven church rather than return to the country she hasn’t seen in 24 years.

After Nancy Pelosi argued that the GOP’s expedited suspension process was inappropriate given the ongoing investigation into Russian election meddling prompted by U.S. intelligence findings, most House Democrats and a handful of Republicans joined forces to deny GOP leaders big-enough majorities to pass an annual intelligence policy bill and legislation to restore funding for a key veterans health care program. One suspension bill failing is a rarity. Two back to back is exceptionally rare.

As of the end of June, 209 Democratic challengers had registered with the FEC and raised at least $5,000, more than double the previous high mark since 2003. 105 different Republican incumbents have Democratic challengers with $5,000. At this same time in 2009, only 50 of the Democratic incumbents were up against challengers with $5,000. The chart in this article is a great visual representation of the magnitude of the change.

New Hampshire Democrat Kevin Cavanaugh defeated a former Republican state senator by 11 points in a New Hampshire special election that keeps a critical swing seat in Democratic hands and positions Democrats to flip the state senate in 2018.

The House rejected, 116-309, an amendment that would have eliminated one-third of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

The Association of American Law Schools will relocate its April 2018 Conference on Clinical Legal Education to Chicago from Austin in response to Texas’s anti-sanctuary law and its consideration of a bathroom bill.

The Government Accountability Office, the leading auditor of the federal government, has agreed to Democrats' request for an examination of whether the Trump administration violated the law by using government resources to promote the Republican replacement healthcare plan.

Facebook will provide initial funding for Defending Digital Democracy, the nonprofit organization led by the former campaign chairs for Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney that aims to help protect political parties, voting systems, and information providers from hackers and propaganda attacks.

An ethics watchdog group requested an investigation into EPA’s Scott Pruitt’s frequent flights to Oklahoma at taxpayer expense, pointing to the 31% proposed cut to the EPA’s budget while Pruitt was “spending scarce taxpayer dollars to fuel his personal ambition for higher office.” He was either in Oklahoma or on trips that included stops there for nearly half of the days in March, April, and May, costing more than $15,000.

Charges were dropped against a Houston-area college student whose arrest for not having ID when mowing lawns was captured in a viral video.

The defeat of Trumpcare has brought new attention to a bipartisan group of 40 House members who’ve been meeting quietly over the past month to explore ways to stabilize Obamacare.

A federal court ruled that public officials can't block social media users because of their criticism in a case with obvious implications for the suit over Trump's blocking of Twitter users.

TransCanada may decide not to build the Keystone XL pipeline. A top company executive told investors Friday that a decision is planned by December on whether to proceed.

The Minnesota Department of Education’s advisory council on bullying approved the dissemination of a toolkit providing guidance to Minnesota's public and charter schools for creating inclusive environments for transgender and gender-nonconforming students.

After Donald Trump announced he was banning transgender individuals from serving in the military, people mobilized for impromptu protests in cities across the country, Kirsten Gillibrand announced that she’ll introduce legislation to overturn the ban, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs said there’d be “no modifications" to the military’s transgender policy and underscored the importance of treating all personnel with respect, and many Republicans—including, most surprisingly, Orrin Hatch—spoke out in opposition. A poll released Friday shows the majority of Americans oppose the transgender ban. Thanks, President Trump, for showing us how far we've come.

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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, a teenaged 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."

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A federal judge issued a stay on the deportation of Francisco Rodriguez, ordering ICE to keep him in the country until Monday, when the court will hold a hearing on whether he must remain in Massachusetts while his immigration case plays out.

Lancaster Against Pipelines opened a chapel in the path of a proposed Pennsylvania pipeline with the blessings of the land’s owners, the nuns of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ religious order.

Former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Nevada’s Republican Governor Brian Sandoval will co-host the clean-energy summit last headlined by President Obama in 2015.

A judge in D.C. threw out a jury’s conviction of Desiree Fairooz, the protester who laughed during Jeff Sessions’ Senate confirmation hearing, and ordered a new trial in the case.

Grandparents are family, a Hawaii judge ruled, saying the government could not enforce Trump’s travel ban on grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-laws, sisters-in-laws, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins of individuals living in the U.S.

Hyde Square teens looking for funding for a new neighborhood hockey rink uncovered a long-ignored commitment by TD North Garden to host 3 fundraisers annually for Boston recreational facilities.

Democrats won two special elections in deep-red Oklahoma,including a surprise victory in a district that’s been Republican since the 1990s.

Workers at a Mississippi Nissan plant will be able to vote for union representation after years of activism.

Hawaii passed a law providing financial assistance to help family caregivers with jobs pay for costs associated with caring for their elders.

Twenty-four GOP reps joined Democrats to defeat a defense budget amendment prohibiting military health services from spending on gender transition surgery and hormone therapy.

Forty-six House Republicans, including almost all the GOP members of the House Climate Solutions Caucus, joined Democrats to defeat an amendment that would have prevented the Department of Defense from analyzing and addressing climate change.

President Trump’s Navy secretary nominee said he is “totally aware” of the threat posed by climate change and committed to addressing it if confirmed.

Saudi Arabia will begin offering physical education classes for girls for the first time in the country’s history.

The ACLU filed suit against Trump, Pence, and the “election integrity” commission.

And Trump's “election integrity” commission put a freeze on its effort to collect sensitive voter data from states in the face of growing legal challenges.

The Afghan six-girl robotics team that was twice denied visas have arrived in the U.S. after White House intervention on their behalf. Their story’s well worth reading.

Health and Human Services’ annual report about the ACA’s risk-management provisions established that key programs are “working as intended,” protecting insurers from unexpectedly large risks and moderating premiums for consumers.

Enrollees in Medicaid reported in a nationwide survey that they’re largely satisfied with the health care they receive, giving the program an average rating of 7.9, with 10 representing the best care possible. Eighty-four percent of enrollees reported that they had been able to get all the care they needed in the past six months.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau banned mandatory arbitration contracts, which prevent consumers from filing class-action lawsuits against their credit card companies and banks.

Joe Scarborough, conservative co-host of “Morning Joe,” announced he’s leaving the Republican Party, asking, “How much of this country and our values are they [Republicans] willing to sell out?”

Scotland will provide free sanitary products to low-income women, the first country to do so.

Massachusetts (finally) approved retroactive funds to compensate private lawyers who represent the poor and had gone without pay for weeks.

Democratic Party donors and a former staff member have filed an invasion of privacy lawsuit against the Trump campaign and Trump’s buddy Roger J. Stone Jr., accusing them of conspiring to release hacked information that exposed their personal information.

NASA’S Juno spacecraft is closer than any human-made object to Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, the biggest storm in the solar system, and the images are amazing.

Malala Yousafzai celebrated her 20th birthday at an amusement park with a group of girls who’d been forced out of school in Mosul, part of her trip around the world visiting young women at refugee camps to talk about the importance of education.

Malta has legalized gay marriage.

Twitter users blocked by Trump sued him arguing that his account is a public forum from which he, as a government official, can’t bar people.

We’re guessing you’ve followed the story of the ever-expanding meeting between Trump family members and Russian agents. Here’s a timeline of events. One thing that makes it good news is the unexpected intensity of some of the reactions, including that of Fox News host Shepard Smith. "Why is it lie after lie after lie?" he asked in an impassioned speech Friday.

If that story leaves you feeling a little dirty, this one will help you feel clean again. Eighty strangers on a Florida beach formed a human chain and rescued 10 people, including 6 members of a family, caught in a riptide and pulled too far from shore. You have to see the pictures!