GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Last week was supposed to be a pivotal moment for an immigration deal. But despite days of debate and numerous proposals, senators were not able to pass a concrete immigration solution.

Four separate immigration measures failed in the Senate.

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Dave Roback / The Republican

The big story of the week: a horrific scene in Parkland, Florida -- a high school shooting that left 17 people dead. We know this cycle all too well in New England, with the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012. Almost immediately, the conversation turned to gun control at the national and state levels.

Marijuana advocates in Mass. say Gov. Charlie Baker is putting extraordinary pressure on the Cannabis Control Commission to force them to step back from some of their draft regulations.

The commission is proposing, in addition to cannabis retail stores, the licensing of businesses where customers could purchase and consume marijuana products. Baker’s call to “go slow” comes as the commission is set to finalize those regulations.

Asked about former Massachusetts Senate President Rosenberg's future at an event in Holyoke Thursday, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said that's up to Rosenberg's Senate colleagues and his constituents.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo is not weighing in on whether Amherst Democrat Stan Rosenberg should be able to regain the Senate presidency, or stay in the Senate at all.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

The vice president of the Berkshire Museum's board is defending a deal the museum struck with the Massachusetts attorney general's office. 

Updated at 3:22 p.m. ET

The White House's story about who knew what when about accusations of domestic violence against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter has been anything but clear.

Now, House Republicans have decided to open an investigation to get some clarity.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass.
Berkshire Museum / Creative Commons

There are plenty of complaints about a deal the Massachusetts attorney general struck with Berkshire Museum. 

A federal judge in New York has ruled that the Trump administration cannot end the Obama-era program designed to protect from deportation young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.

Updated at 3:52 p.m. ET

Russian influence operations in the United States will continue through this year's midterm elections and beyond, the nation's top spies warned Congress on Tuesday.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate intelligence committee that Moscow viewed its attack on the 2016 election as decidedly worthwhile given the chaos it has sown compared with its relatively low cost.

As plans for a casino in East Windsor seem stalled, the state legislature looks to be in for a lengthy debate over the future of gaming once again this session. Lawmakers from Bridgeport and New Haven are once again pushing for an open bidding process for the proposed third casino in the state. 

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