Massachusetts grants absolution to its last remaining witch
Elizabeth Johnson is believed to have died in 1747 and been buried in an unmarked grave in the Old Burying Ground in North Andover.
Supreme Court expands free speech on government property
Once a government opens up a forum to the public, it might have to allow viewpoints it doesn’t agree with, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a decision that scolds Boston for being selective about which flags citizens can fly outside city hall.
Flag censorship case tests limits of viewpoint discrimination
Framed by a national debate on censorship of controversial viewpoints, the Supreme Court struggled at oral arguments Tuesday on where to draw the line for private speech in public spaces that the government finds inappropriate or offensive.
Trump presidency was brief, but legacy will stretch further
Trump engineered what many believe will be a lasting realignment of the political parties, turning Republicans into a vehicle for working- and middle-class interests in opposition to economic and professional elites.
Count the ballots now: Bernie Sanders says Trump will steal a second term
Senator Bernie Sanders accused President Trump on Thursday of trying to steal the election, saying Trump “is prepared to undermine American democracy in order to stay in power.”
Trump faces class action over mail slowdown ahead of election
Days after President Trump confirmed that his deliberate withholding of funds will make it harder for people to vote with absentee ballots in the November election, he was hit Monday with a federal class action.
States sue Trump over ban on online classes for foreign students
Seventeen states and the District of Columbia brought a massive federal complaint Monday over the Trump administration’s new rule requiring foreign students to take classes in person, not just online, to stay in the country during the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump administration’s new student visa limits spurt suit by Harvard, MIT
Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology hit the Trump administration with a federal complaint Wednesday over a rule that says foreign students must take classes in person to stay in the country.
Experts see ‘deep trouble’ for Trump overcoming plummet in the polls
President Trump’s plummeting poll numbers have Republicans concerned, but political experts sharply disagree about whether the polls reflect a hardening verdict of the electorate or simply another temporary extreme of the wildly swinging 2020 pendulum.
Biden unveils sweeping plan for America’s COVID-19 recovery
The government would pay many employees’ salaries, provide testing and personal protective equipment to returning workers, guarantee paid sick leave, hire people to do contact tracing, and provide financial assistance to small businesses, schools and health departments.