GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

A minimum wage campaign rally in 2013 in front of the State House in Boston.
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The Supreme Court sided with South Dakota in its legal battle with a Boston based online retailer. The ruling last week basically paved the way for a widespread taxation of online sales.

But will widespread taxation actually happen, and is there something that needs to be done on Beacon Hill in order for the state to be able to collect that tax?

An array of liquor bottles.
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Several Massachusetts ballot questions may have fallen by the wayside this week after action by the Supreme Judicial Court and state lawmakers. 

People detained at a facility in McAllen, Texas, on June 17, 2018.
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A Harvard brain scientist who studies trauma in children is warning of lasting damage to the young migrants who've been separated from their parents at the border.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno in February 2018.
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Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Domenic Sarno is facing criticism after he vetoed an ordinance establishing a chief diversity officer for the city.

The Massachusetts State House.
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Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday agreed to historic wage and benefits legislation designed to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of workers, but the bill's passage was tainted with charges that legislators had backtracked on important worker issues in order to appease the retail industry sector.

Richard Robinson has been sworn in as Connecticut’s next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He is the first African American to hold the post. 

Updated at 7:55 p.m. ET

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is continuing to defend the Trump administration's controversial "zero tolerance" policy that results in separating children from their parents who enter the U.S. illegally.

Nielsen appeared at the White House press briefing on Monday, falsely blaming Democrats for the current crisis and arguing that the impetus is on Congress to pass a law to close legal loopholes.

A jar of marijuana buds for sale inside the River Rock dispensary in Denver, Colorado.
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Many adults in Massachusetts supported the legalization of recreational marijuana. And it seems delayed.

Smith and Wesson pistol.
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Massachusetts authorities say hundreds of residents previously cleared by a state board to own a firearm may lose their gun licenses because of a clash between state and federal regulations. 

In Connecticut, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim is likely to qualify for the Democratic Party primary for governor. That’s what state officials are saying following Tuesday’s deadline for petitioning candidates to submit signatures.

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