The Good News

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.