I often hear people predicting President Donald Trump’s reelection. Some are conservatives and Trump supporters who echo the president’s unfailing optimism. But others are Democrats who can’t resist embracing a gloom-and-doom scenario.

The most important truth that reaches Official Washington each day appears not in a bold black breaking-news headline, but in small italic letters just below The Washington Post’s proud front-page, top-o’-the screen nameplate:

WASHINGTON -- Elizabeth Warren was supposed to be the thinking person’s Bernie Sanders, impeccably progressive but with realistic arithmetic connecting aspirations to resources. Then came her explanation of how she would finance “Medicare for All.”

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I often hear people predicting President Donald Trump’s reelection. Some are conservatives and Trump supporters who echo the president’s unfailing optimism. But others are Democrats who can’t resist embracing a gloom-and-doom scenario.

The most important truth that reaches Official Washington each day appears not in a bold black breaking-news headline, but in small italic letters just below The Washington Post’s proud front-page, top-o’-the screen nameplate:

WASHINGTON -- Elizabeth Warren was supposed to be the thinking person’s Bernie Sanders, impeccably progressive but with realistic arithmetic connecting aspirations to resources. Then came her explanation of how she would finance “Medicare for All.”

On Oct. 12, construction worker Delmer Joel Ramírez Palma was working on the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans when the structure collapsed, killing three workers and injuring dozens of others. He survived a fall of three flights by swinging on a rope, although he sustained serious injuries.

HANOVER, N.H. — Al Foley, who taught history in these parts for decades and still is remembered in song and lore, was one of the great up-country raconteurs of his time. He died in 1978, but I met him once and, like so many others marinated in the folklore of this rugged state, I knew by hea…

WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Warren was supposed to be the thinking person’s Bernie Sanders, impeccably progressive but with realistic arithmetic connecting aspirations to resources. Then came her explanation of how she would finance “Medicare for All.”

WASHINGTON — Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, a decorated Navy SEAL, was accused by other members of his unit of war crimes, including stabbing a wounded prisoner in Iraq who was awaiting medical care.

Your halibut steak, fresh flounder fillet and plump sea scallops sometimes come with a price that's not reflected at the cash register.

The state’s newest minor league baseball team, set to begin playing in Worcester in 2021, reverted to the silly when choosing a name (the “WooSox”) and mascot (a yellow, smiley faced character reminiscent of a Wal-Mart commercial).

When Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving holiday in 1863, it was during our own Civil War. Lincoln wanted Thanksgiving to be a day of prayer for peace. Lincoln asked Americans to “fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to …

Thanksgiving means real, not ideological, inclusiveness. President Abraham Lincoln profoundly demonstrated this fundamental point. On Oct. 3, 1863, the White House issued the Thanksgiving Proclamation, declaring the last Thursday of November to be a “day of thanksgiving and praise to our ben…

Shoppers were wheeling carts filled with groceries out of the Market Basket in Gloucester last weekend — and giving them away. The city’s police were on volunteer duty, “stuffing” a cruiser with cans of soup, peanut butter, healthy snacks, juice boxes and other donated non-perishables.

The state’s transportation system is literally riddled with challenges: Potholed roads, inadequate public transit service, soul-crushing traffic congestion, and tailpipe pollution that both causes asthma and heart disease and is the state’s largest source of greenhouse-gas emissions. To addr…

It took well over a decade, but the Massachusetts Legislature finally approved a ban on handheld cellphone use while driving, and Gov. Charlie Baker signed it into law on Monday.

WASHINGTON — A long list of aides to President Donald Trump could have appeared in the House impeachment hearings to defend his efforts in Ukraine, especially since the president insists everything he did was “perfect.”

William Francis Galvin’s name gets printed everywhere, which is a benefit of being the secretary of the commonwealth. It appears on signs, letterhead and websites. If you’re trying to register to vote in Massachusetts, look up a deed or need to file the right paperwork to do business in this…

Gordon Sondland was in trouble. In the vernacular of the Trump impeachment inquiry that riveted at least part of the nation last week, he had “a Gordon problem” — that is, himself. A multimillionaire hotelier-turned-President-Trump-donor-turned-ambassador-to-the-European-Union, Sondland had …

PITTSBURGH — Just when we need it the most, fresh inspiration about the value and virtue of a free press is here. It's from the year 1644.

The impeachment hearings have given Americans a view into a world rarely seen beyond the Washington beltway and in foreign capitals, namely the work performed by U.S. diplomats and Foreign Service professionals. Much has rightly been made about the elaborate ways the White House sidelined, u…

Brookline Town Meeting voted 207-3 Wednesday night to ban oil and gas heating infrastructure in new construction and major renovations in town, putting a stake in the ground for green energy supporters and a potential wrench in the works for developers.

The minority crescent, as Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr calls the seating arrangement of the Senate’s GOP caucus, is on the wane. Two of its half-dozen members are leaving, State House News Service reports this week, and the potential loss to the party carries more significance than not …

Local education officials were up in arms earlier this year when Pioneer Institute proposed giving the commonwealth the power to appoint some school committee seats in urban districts that are mostly state-funded. It would be hard to imagine a better example of why we need to adopt that refo…

On Nov. 13, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey visited in Washington with his counterpart in the United States, Donald Trump. Both leaders are controversial, in different ways, both at home and abroad.

A small arsenal of weaponry arrayed on tables at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston last week was tangible proof of the violence permeating the North of Boston region, particularly Lawrence. There were pistols and revolvers, AR-15 style rifles and bulletproof vests. In all, 79 weapons …

If Rob Gronkowski wasn’t one of the best tight ends to ever play pro football, no one around here would be giving his will he or won’t he act a second thought.

Vaping is an epidemic. Since starting its investigation in August 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has documented more than 2,000 cases of vaping-related illnesses and over 40 deaths. Here in Massachusetts, there have been three vaping-related deaths and more than 2…

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Beverly - Francis "Frank" Joseph Toronto, Jr. of Beverly died at Beverly Hospital on November 7. Frank was born in Boston on May 2, 1936, and attended Boston Latin School and Northeastern University, from which he earned an Associate Degree in Accounting. From 1959 until his 1961 Honorable D…

Salem - Michael D. Guinard, age 57 years, beloved husband of Wendy (White) Guinard, died Sunday December 1, 2019, at the Massachusetts General hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born in Saugus, he is the son of Frances Law-Davis of Florida and the late Alfred W. Guinard, Jr. He was ra…