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Manic Monday Markup 4/28/14…

…And the World: We begin today in Israel, which has received a stern warning from US Secretary of State John Kerry that the country risks becoming an “apartheid state” if it does not find peace with the Palestinians (AIPAC objected). The comments came in a

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For No Campaign Financing Is an Island…

UPDATED 5/4/14  11:07PM: For clarity, grammar and additional links. Three months after Senator Gale Candaras said she would retire from the 1st Hampden & Hampshire Senate seat, the Democratic primary has descended into a slugfest. The target: Eric Lesser, the former White House aide from Longmeadow.

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Manic Monday Markup 4/21/14…

…And the World: We begin today in the Ukraine, where violence in the East has flared up again. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Ukraine is failing to hold up its end of a bargain made in Geneva among the US, EU, Russia and Ukraine.

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Rep. John Velis, Solemnly Sworn…

BOSTON—Four new state representatives were sworn into the Massachusetts House of Representative in what will likely be the penultimate ceremony of its kind before legislature’s formal session ends in July. Among those sworn was John Velis, a Westfield Democrat, whose historic win earlier this month

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Manic Monday Markup 4/14/14…

…And the World: We begin today in the Ukraine, where militants in the country’s east have ignored a deadline to evacuate occupied government buildings, although Ukrainian forces have begun to push back. The pro-Russian militants, who represent a distinct minority compared to the situation Crimea