GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Ahead of a hearing on Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's opioid bill, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said he cannot support on-site injection facilities.
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The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts, said he cannot support on-site opioid injection facilities. That comes ahead of a hearing Tuesday on Governor Charlie Baker's opioid bill. 

Sarno said in an interview he supports "wraparound services," a treatment approach that focuses on underlying problems like unemployment and homelessness. The position marks a change from past years, when Sarno opposed needle exchange programs.  

However, Sarno said, the idea of opening facilities in which addicts can inject opioids under medical supervision is still unacceptable to him.

Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders.
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By the end of this week, the federal government will either shut down, or pass another spending extension in order to keep government running. 

A current driver's license application form in Massachusetts allows for the selection of only male or female.
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Two New England states could allow people who don't identify as male or female a new way to indicate their gender on their driver's license. 

State Senator Stanley Rosenberg roamed the aisles of the House Chamber on Thursday greeting colleagues during a farewell session for former Sen. Thomas McGee, on Jan. 11, 2018.State Senator Stanley Rosenberg roamed the aisles of the House Chamber on Jan.
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The week included some big personal news for former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg that could have big implications on his professional life. Rosenberg is now separated from his husband, Bryon Hefner, who is accused of sexually assaulting several men. 

Joe Arpaio, the controversial former sheriff from Arizona, announced this week that he will run for the U.S. Senate to help advance President Trump's agenda.

But he is breaking from the president on the future of people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

"Deport them," Arpaio told NPR Morning Edition's Rachel Martin in an interview that aired Thursday morning.

A strange twist of national security politics in Washington, D.C., has meant the United States isn't responding seriously to the ongoing threat of foreign interference, Senate Democrats charged in a new report.

The study, about Russian leader Vladimir Putin's international crusade against democracy, is expansive, at more than 200 pages. It documents Russian offensive efforts in 19 different countries. But what it doesn't include is any optimism that President Trump might act to push back against the Kremlin's aggression.

Updated at 4 p.m. ET

President Trump promised Wednesday to "take a strong look" at the country's libel laws, saying they are a "sham and a disgrace and do not represent American values and American fairness."

Trump made his comments at the beginning of a Cabinet meeting.

Gov. Charlie Baker continues to enjoy the kind of approval ratings that most politicians can only dream of.

That’s according to a new WBUR poll (topline results, crosstabs), which finds that 74 percent of Massachusetts voters approve of the job Baker is doing.

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump's Decision To End DACA

Jan 10, 2018

Updated 9:55 a.m. ET

A federal judge in California temporarily blocked the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program late Tuesday night.

Widely known as DACA, the program protects young immigrants from deportation. In September, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the program would be phased out.

Updated at 7:10 pm. ET

Former White House political strategist Steve Bannon has stepped down from Breitbart News Network, a conservative website for which he had served as executive chairman.

The departure had been widely rumored and anticipated since Bannon was quoted in author Michael Wolff 's new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, which was critical of President Trump.

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