Policy

Senate Fails In Bid To Override Obama's Veto On Keystone XL Pipeline

The final vote was 62-37 – short of the two-thirds needed to override the presidential veto.

Programs Help Students Cut Back On Booze, But Not For Long

Most colleges have some sort of alcohol education program. One-time interventions do cut drinking, but only short term. They tend to work better for women, with with no benefit for men in frats.

Few Clues On Health Law's Future Emerge In Supreme Court Arguments

Will the Supreme Court strike down tax credits that help moderate-income Americans afford coverage in the three dozen states where the marketplace is being run by the federal government?

Ferguson Report: Justice Dept. Says Wilson Won't Face Civil Rights Charges

The report concludes "that Darren Wilson's actions do not constitute prosecutable violations under the applicable federal criminal civil rights statute."

UK Government Is Selling Its Share Of Eurostar

The move is part of an effort by the British government to sell off national assets to raise $20 billion by the year 2020.

People With Eczema Are Itching For Better Health Care

Just a rash? Not if you have eczema. People with eczema often have a hard time finding appropriate health care and are apt to miss work dealing with the chronic skin problem, a study finds.

The British Group With A Very Different Take On 'Jihadi John'

Cage is a controversial group founded by a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay. It has presented a sympathetic portrait of "Jihadi John," drawing criticism that it defends terror.

Turkish Airlines' Near-Miss Creates Big Problem At Kathmandu's Tiny Airport

What do you do when a plane crash-lands at your country's only international airport and you have no equipment to move it out of the way? Nepalese airport officials are grappling with that question.

Spain's Wine Exports Soar 22 Percent — But Profits Fall

Spain's wine industry had a record year in 2014, posting numbers that could propel it past Italy as the world's biggest wine exporter. But most of the wine was sold cheaply, in bulk.

Putin Speaks About The Killing Of Kremlin Critic Boris Nemtsov

Russia's president said Nemtsov's death was a shameful tragedy. Nemtsov was gunned down near the Kremlin on Friday. His supporters blame Russian authorities.

Racial Bias In Ferguson, And Beyond

March 5, 2015
A car passes a memorial for Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson last summer, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Ferguson. A Justice Department investigation found sweeping patterns of racial bias within the Ferguson police department, with officers routinely discriminating against blacks by using excessive force, issuing petty citations and making baseless traffic stops, according to law enforcement officials familiar with the report.  (AP)

The big Justice Department report finds a pattern of racial bias in the Ferguson Police Department. Now what? We’re back in Ferguson – and beyond — for answers.

Gov. Baker’s Budget Calls For Cuts

March 4, 2015
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker makes a phone call to check on road and traffic accident conditions while attending the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. (AP)

Governor Charlie Baker has released his budget for the fiscal year beginning in July and it contains some steep spending cuts, made necessary by a $1.5 billion gap.

Gov. Baker Unveils $38B State Budget Plan

March 4, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled his 2016 budget proposal during a news conference at the State House Wednesday. (Charles Krupa/AP)

While the budget includes more than $1 billion in new spending, the administration says it also takes a number of steps to reduce what would have been even larger increases, particularly in the state’s Medicaid program.

FDA Says ‘Low-T’ Drugs May Lead To Heart Disease And Stroke

March 4, 2015
Tubes of Testim testosterone gel are seen at the Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc. packing facility in Norristown, Pa., Friday May 16, 2003. (Jacqueline Larma/AP)

The Food and Drug Administration has issued new warnings against products claiming to treat low testosterone due to aging.

Some Homeless Advocates Question ‘Rapid Re-Housing’ Program

March 4, 2015
Monique Chandler, with her son Logan. They have been in rapid re-housing since October. (Jacob Fenston/WAMU)

In Washington, D.C., “rapid re-housing” has become one of the main tools for helping families out of homelessness.

All Marriage On Hold In At Least 1 Alabama County

March 4, 2015
Shanté Wolfe, left, and Tori Sisson, right, wait for their marriage license to be processed before becoming the first couple to file their marriage license in Montgomery, Ala., Feb. 9, 2015. The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 ordered the state’s probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, saying previous rulings that gay-marriage bans violate the U.S. Constitution do not preclude them from following state law, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. (Brynn Anderson/AP)

Mobile County’s probate court says it’s not issuing any marriage licenses while it reviews the latest decision on same-sex marriage.

Gov. Baker Proposes Eliminating Film Tax Credit

March 4, 2015
Rebecca Hall, left, and Ben Affleck are shown in a scene from "The Town." (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Claire Folger)

The cut would pay for Baker’s proposed increase in the state’s earned income tax credit for low-income working families.

The New Antiwar Soldiers And The Movement They Built

March 3, 2015
This photo provided by the Medill News Service shows members of Iraq Veterans Against the War marching from Walter Reed Army Medical Center to the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010. (AP)

They had volunteered to serve, but after they were sent to fight in Iraq, they returned home feeling angry and betrayed.

Baker Wants To Eliminate State Film Tax Credit

March 3, 2015
Actor Ben Affleck in downtown Boston during filming of "The Company Men" in 2009. (Lisa Poole/AP)

The governor wants to double the earned income tax credit, which gives low-income families money back on their tax returns. But to pay for it, the Governor wants to eliminate the state’s film tax credit program, which provides tax credits to the local movie industry.

Supreme Court To Hear Challenge To Health Care Subsidies

March 3, 2015
This Oct. 3, 2014 photo shows the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The case could dismantle the Affordable Care Act and eliminate health insurance for more than eight million Americans.

Israeli Leader Uses Speech To Warn Against Trusting Iran

March 3, 2015
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress on March 3, 2015 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Netanyahu was invited by House Speaker John Boehner to address Congress without informing the White House. Looking on are House Speaker John Boehner (left) and President pro tempore of the Senate Sen. Orrin Hatch. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu said the negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program would actually pave the way for developing a weapon.

Netanyahu Assails Iran-Nuclear Talks In Congress Address

March 3, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Netanyahu said the world must unite to "stop Iran's march of conquest, subjugation and terror." House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah listen. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

The Israeli prime minister said the negotiations would “all but guarantee” Tehran will get nuclear weapons.

Baker Seeks Nearly $65M Hike In State Subsidies For MBTA

March 3, 2015
Commuters wait on the platform in Salem as an MBTA commuter rail train arrives Tuesday morning. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Gov. Charlie Baker plans to seek a nearly $65 million increase in state subsidies for the Boston area’s beleaguered public transit system.

Convicted And Unemployed: How Local Action Is Changing Criminal Job Access

March 3, 2015
A group of community activists in San Francisco, CA celebrate that city's February 2014 embrace of the Fair Chance Campaign's efforts to alter background checks on employment and housing for convicted criminals. (Courtesy All of Us Or None)

Is it time to stop asking job applicants if they’ve been convicted of a crime? We’ll look at employment and unemployment after prison.

Legislating Love On Campus

March 3, 2015
Why banning romantic relationships between professors and students is good policy. (Tobias Leeger/flickr)

Why banning romantic relationships between professors and students is good policy.

John Boehner And Lessons In Do-Nothing Leadership

March 3, 2015
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio responds to reporters about the problems in passing the Homeland Security budget because of Republican efforts to block President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

It has been less than two months since the GOP took full control of this Congress and sadly, nothing has changed.

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