As President Donald Trump mulls a comprehensive response to what he says was an Iranian attack on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf last week, his smarter critics are not questioning Iran’s likely culpability. Instead, they are asking, “What did you expect?”

A campaign with an early start and a multitude of contestants heads into high gear this week with a complicated set of debates. And while the contenders struggled mightily to qualify for these events, they will struggle even more to make their voices and their views clear in sessions with ni…

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James Holzhauer recently took “Jeopardy” by storm, setting a single-game record of more than $131,000 won and taking home more than $2.4 million in total. Mr. Holzhauer shared his strategy to prep for the show: He read children’s books he got from the public library.

Despite the last-minute deal between the United States and Mexico, President Donald Trump continues to hold out the threat of across-the-board tariffs if the number of Central American migrants arriving at the U.S. border isn’t significantly reduced in the coming months.

 A plan by House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) to engineer a pay raise for members of Congress — whose salaries have been frozen at $174,000 since 2009 — has run aground, at least for now. It’s a reminder that pay increases for elected officials, no matter how modest, are politicall…

Those concerned about the health of the Merrimack River — which should be everyone in the Merrimack Valley and North Shore — can find reason for hope in a recent strategy by environmental regulators to tighten rules on sewage treatment systems that too often dump untreated effluent into the …

With young men and women marching across stages last week, I thought it would be funny to put together a graduation speech for them consisting solely of tweets from Donald Trump.

Every April, thanks to National Autism Awareness Month, there’s a renewed sense of support for people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and those who’ve worked tirelessly to foster environments of inclusion and self-determination for all. Yet, when Autism Awareness Month comes to an end, …

Charlie McAvoy put on a wallop 50 times during hockey’s long second season. The tough, quick skating defenseman knocked down 43 shots through 24 games of playoffs, scored twice and assisted on six more goals. Yet, one of the enduring images from last Thursday night at TD Garden was McAvoy, o…

WASHINGTON – Now that we have absolute proof Russia interfered in the 2016 election and knows it is free to intervene in the 2020 U.S. elections with impunity, let us turn to the stunning amount of old-fashioned corruption going on in your nation’s capital.

Sure, it’s a Hallmark holiday, but this year it’s my husband’s first Father’s Day and I’m thrilled. Why? I think he’s actually excited about this one. He’s smitten with our son, who was born at the end of March, and I’m in awe. I knew he’d be a great father, the kind of great father we all r…

With two train derailments in the past week – including one on the Green Line that caused numerous injuries and a second on the Red Line that will likely cause long-term disruptions – the MBTA’s woes aren’t going away any time soon.

Massachusetts spends almost $1.25 billion a year on its 29 public colleges and universities. It makes sense that the hundreds of trustees who help spend that money be well-versed in matters ranging from finance and administration to open government and conflict of interest laws.

At long last, a recent weekend presented one of those pristine days that remind us here in Massachusetts why we endure those winters. With warm spring weather finally here, many of us hit the water for the first time this year, visiting local rivers. With more than 10,000 miles of rivers tra…

Martin Shkreli is the face of evil pharma. Four years ago his company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, ratcheted the price of a drug used by AIDS patients from $13.50 a pill to $750 — increasing their bills nearly 55 times over. Two years later, the thirtysomething “Pharma Bro” was sent up the river…

To sleep or to snooze? You probably know the answer, but you don’t prefer it.

Today’s teens and tweens have grown up casually using cutting-edge technology their parents never possessed. These “digital natives” can work their way around an iPhone or Android like a concert pianist at the keyboard, connecting to millions of people in the world at large in the time it ta…

Years ago, I was a leukemia patient and bone marrow transplant recipient confronting an extremely difficult decision: Do I continue down an uncontrolled, life-threatening spiral caused by “wasting syndrome” (persistent and potentially fatal weight loss), or do I try an unproven, unregulated,…

Two recent cases of sex crimes involving children illustrate the barriers faced by prosecutors who want people facing serious charges to stay locked up in jail before trial. Both happened in Lawrence. And while the circumstances are quite different, both involve grown men accused of aggravat…

This May marked 30 years since I graduated from Salem State University. I fell in love with this city while I was in school, so I stayed here. I felt welcome and safe, and I loved raising my family here.

You probably missed it, because some of the major papers missed its significance, too: the death of former U.S. Rep. Don Fraser. In fact, you may never have heard of Fraser, who also served a record four terms as mayor of Minneapolis. But he shaped the politics of the last half-century of Am…

There once was a school of thought that held the best way to deal with random displays of anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance was to ignore them. Reacting publicly to a swastika scrawled on a bathroom door or carved into a school desk would only serve to give the offenders what they…

When Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 – a bold invasion of Nazi-held territory that helped tip the balance of World War II – they were using a remarkable and entirely untested technology: artificial ports.

You might want to think twice before downing that 12-ounce can of Coke. Since sugary drinks can cause a host of health problems, drinking one sugar-filled soda ends up imposing about 10 cents of health costs on others because the resulting medical bills are paid through Medicare, Medicaid or…

Two nonagenarians were buried in snow-covered cemeteries in the Merrimack Valley this past winter, both having outlived most of their friends and families. James McCue, 97, of Lawrence, died in February and was buried in Bellevue Cemetery. Albert “Al” Corn, 95, of Methuen, passed away about …

President Donald Trump often sounds more desperate for a deal than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The latest example came on Monday, when Trump insisted that North Korea had not tested ballistic missiles earlier this month — contradicting not only his own national security adviser but also…

President Trump’s “new rules” on conscience protections for health care workers cast a wider net and open the door to sanctioned discrimination. Moreover, they mark another alarming indication of a backward trajectory in the United States under his leadership.

Congressman Seth Moulton’s quest for the presidency may seem quixotic, given he’s one of 23 Democratic candidates (so far) struggling to distinguish himself among a field of better-known candidates like Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Some have dismissed Moulton’s candidacy, …

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