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Update: Welfare Overhaul Bill Clears Senate

The Massachusetts Senate has approved a welfare overhaul bill.

The bill would revive a 1995 state program designed to help place welfare recipients in full-time work and require the Department of Transitional Assistance to assign specialists to help high-risk recipients

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Sen. Howard Baker / Photo by Brian Alpert/Keystone/Getty Images

Former Senator Howard Baker Dead At 88

Former Sen. Howard Baker is being remembered for his ability to reach across the aisle and to broker compromise. As former Senate colleague Bob Dole puts it, Baker ``got things done by working with both parties when it was the right thing to do

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Candidate for Governor Steve Grossman (L) touring new construction at St. Lukes Hospital. Jim Phillips / TSM
Candidate for Governor Steve Grossman (L) touring new construction at St. Lukes Hospital. Jim Phillips / TSM

Grossman Says SJC Decision “Right Thing To Do”

State Treasurer and Democratic candidate for Governor Steve Grossman made several stops on the Southcoast Wednesday, highlighting advanced manufacturing and health care in the region.

During a stop at St

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Do You Approve/Disapprove Of President’s Handling Of Iraq Crises? [POLL]

The New York Times has published a poll that finds disapproval in the way President Obama id dealing with the crises in Iraq. The poll, as Politico's Glenn Thrush explains, is paradoxical because Americans may "basically back his foreign policy - but think he's a weakling for pursuing it."

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City Council Hardly Dents Mayor’s Budget

Mayor Jon Mitchell's $287 million budget remains pretty much intact, following the City Council's budget cutting session Tuesday night.

Councilors had submitted 89 proposed cuts, but only six cuts were given favorable votes

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U.S. House Passes Defense Bill That Limits Government Spying

The Republican-led House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a $570 billion defense bill that halts any Guantanamo transfers for a year in the furor over the American-for-Taliban swap and pulls back government spying.

The vote was 340-73 for the legislati

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Obama Promises “Targeted And Precise” Response In Iraq

President Obama says the U.S. is prepared to take "targeted and precise military action" in Iraq, if necessary. In a White House news briefing today, the President said he is poised to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help curb a growing militant insurgency

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Durkin Presents FY15 School Budget To City Council

Supt. Pia Durkin spent almost four hours defending her FY15 school budget Wednesday night, but it looks like it may have been worth it.

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Obama Updates Congressional Leaders On Iraq

President Barack Obama and congressional leaders believe he does not need authorization from Congress for some steps he might take to quell the al-Qaida-inspired insurgency sweeping through Iraq, the Senate's top Republican and Capitol Hill aides said after the president briefed senior lawmakers Wednesday

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Sgt. Bergdahl’s Investigation Has Begun With A Surprise

The Army has opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's disappearance and abduction by the Taliban from a base in Afghanistan in 2009.

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