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How do you filibuster, anyway?

Filibustering can highlight an important issue or delay the vote on a topic, obstructing abill from moving forward, andSenate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York is threatening a filibuster to thwart the confirmation of President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.Just thethreat of...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 11:56pm

11 Longest filibusters in US history

Democrats are promising to filibuster Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court nomination Thursday, as the Senate readies to bring itto a vote.The term filibuster — from a Dutch word meaning "pirate" — is an obstructivetactic used by lawmakers to delay or obstruct avote. In the case of the Democrats, they will...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:09pm

A long list of everyone Donald Trump has sued or threatened to sue

A section in this article has been updated to include recent developments.Long before President Trump battled judges over contentious travel bans, the billionaire-turned-politician often dispatched his lawyers to court to sue cities, real estate developers, palm tree vandalizers, pageant...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 6:15pm

Boston students and after-school programs would lose in Trump budget cuts, educators say

President Donald Trump's budget proposes big cuts to education spending. In Boston, educators are worried after-school programs and the students who benefit from them will end up being the big losers.During a recent fashion design class at Boston's Bridge to Excellence nonprofit, 8-year-old Alicia...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 1:50am

Every time Trump's team had contact with Russia

Since before President Trump’s inauguration, the public has seen a steady stream of reports alleging contact between members of his inner circle and the Kremlin. To the intelligence community, it appears as if these campaign and cabinet members may have even colluded with the Russian government to...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 12:43am

Democrat claims write-in victory in North Philly special election, but no one is conceding

A write-in candidate will be headed to Harrisburg to represent North Philadelphia, but it's still unclear who that will be.The official winner of Tuesday's special election for state representative of the 197th House District won't be determined until Friday, when roughly 92 percent of votes cast...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 7:10pm

Federal authorities publish list of 'uncooperative' sanctuary cities

Officials are speakingout against an federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement list they say is aimed at shaming communities that identify as sanctuary cities and towns.The 35-page report calls out more than 100communities, including Boston, New York City and Philadelphia, and says they are "...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 4:48pm

State wants more federal dollars for needle exchange programs

Facing a rising tide of opioid overdoses and deaths in Massachusetts, the state Department of Public Health is requesting additional funding from the federal government to add more locations where addicts can obtain clean needles.During testimony on the department's proposed fiscal 2018 budget,...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 12:07am

Gorsuch says Trump did not ask him to overturn Roe v. Wade

During the Neil Gorsuch confirmation hearings Tuesday, the Supreme Court nominee told lawmakers President Trump never asked him to overturn Roe v. Wade.On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly vowed to nominate a judge who would overturn the landmark 1973 abortion-rights decision, but Gorsuchdenied...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 9:56pm

WATCH: Schwarzenegger throws shade at Trump’s latest ratings

Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken the latest shot in the ongoing battle between himself and President Trump.The actor and former California governor on Tuesday posted an Instagram video mocking Trump’s low approval ratings in a recent Gallup poll. The president dropped to 37 percent from last week’s...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 11:45am

Ex-NYPD detective, de Blasio critic announces mayoral run

The New York City mayoral race is getting a little more crowded.Former NYPD detective and frequent Fox News guest Bo Dietl is set to formally announced his candidacy at City Hall on Tuesday afternoon, according to his campaign’s Facebook page.He plans to run as an independent with a campaign...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 9:59am

Can Trump be impeached for his wiretap claims?

While some Democrats now look to President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia as the coup de grace for impeaching the real estate magnate, others think the president’s Twitter feed might hold the answer.Last month — and without evidence —the president accused his predecessor of wiretapping Trump...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 9:06am

Tax on pot could generate $100M annually: Officials

Massachusetts revenue officials are expecting a pretty high return when retail marijuana sales begin next summer.The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy held its inaugural hearing on Monday, and officials estimated that taxes on recreational pot could bring in more than $100 million...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 6:53am

NY Attorney General hires corruption prosecutors to target Trump

On the same day that the FBI director confirmed the agency is investigating possible Russian interference in the presidential election, the New York attorney general said he has hired two special prosecutors to scrutinize the Trump administration.Attorney General Eric Schneiderman hired Howard...

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 2:33pm

High-stakes Senate hearing on Trump's Supreme Court nominee begins

With the ideological balance of the Supreme Court at stake, a U.S. Senate committee began its high-stakes confirmation hearing on Monday for conservative appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee for a lifetime job as a justice.Gorsuch entered the packed hearing room...

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 11:49am

PA Republican pol 'cannot support' his party's plan to repeal Affordable Care Act

A Republican congressman from Pennsylvaniasaid on Sunday he can't support the GOP's plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act "in its current form," making him the party's first Philadelphia-region Republican to admit publicly that he will notvote for the new legislation.Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick...

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 2:33pm

DNC chairwoman admits to giving Clinton campaign debate topics

The former interim chairwoman for the Democratic National Committee has admitted to passing along topicstoHillary Clinton's staff in advance of a CNN town halldebate.Donna Brazilecalled it"a mistake I will forever regret," in an interview with ABC.Brazile also admitted to sending info to the...

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 1:09pm

US appeals over ruling against Trump's revised travel ban

The U.S. government took the legal battle over President Donald Trump's travel ban to a higher court on Friday, saying it would appeal against a federal judge's decision that struck down parts of the ban on the day it was set to go into effect.The Department of Justice said in a court filing it...

Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 10:35am

Trump to Merkel: 'At least we have something in common' about wiretapping

President Donald Trump addressed his claim that his predecessor, Barack Obama, wiretapped him during the 2016 election campaign by joking that he and his guest, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, had "something in common, perhaps."A German reporterasked Trump on Friday about a Fox News report cited...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 4:08pm

Trump's budget cuts to domestic, aid programs draw Republican scorn

President Donald Trump's first budget outline, calling for a security-heavy realignment of federal spending, drew resistance on Thursday from his fellow Republicans in Congress as many balked at proposed deep cuts to diplomatic and foreign aid programs.Conservatives have plenty to like in the White...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 11:45am