On Beat the Press, Emily Rooney questioned why reporters hadn't challenged the seeming passivity of Karen Klein, the bullied bus monitor. After all, Klein was hired to keep kids in line on the bus. So WGBH's Toni Waterman asked Klein herself.
Former Gov. Michael Dukakis thought the result at the high court was positive but saw challenges ahead in the struggle to fix the U.S. health care system.
The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act in a complex ruling. Here's our schedule of guests and conversations to help you make sense of it.
Gov. Deval Patrick praised the U.S. Supreme Court for striking down key provisions of Arizona's crackdown on immigrants. But he wasn't entirely satisfied — and neither were some of his critics.
As we drum our fingers, law professor Renée Landers explains four likely scenarios for the Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act ruling and their ramifications.
In a landmark decision, on May 31 a Boston federal appeals court declared the heart of the Defense of Marriage Act, called DOMA, unconstitutional. The 1996 law defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
Deval Patrick has thrown his weight behind the Democratic Senate candidate just days before the state party's endorsement convention.
In the Obama household, there are some rules at mealtime. The Obamas eat brown rice instead of white, limit dessert to a few times during the week, and pack lots of vegetables into dinner.
Massachusetts’ top securities regulator has subpoenaed Morgan Stanley related to allegations that it misled most shareholders about the value of Facebook's IPO.
The former senator, NBA star and presidential candidate says that to fix the broken American political system, we need a constitutional amendment restricting the role of money in politics.
Thomas Massie started a tech company and moved West ... and then moved back to Kentucky, where he's a Tea Party darling and favored to win the Republican nomination for Congress.
Pop quiz: If someone asked you what the "Sultana" was … how would you answer? A restaurant, a band, a kind of grape? The answer comes with a surprising story.
Mitt Romney's biographer predicted that the former Massachusetts governor is breathing easy now that Santorum is out. Barack Obama? That's another story.
Amid the fallout in the Trayvon Martin murder is a public relations conundrum for a product innocently linked to the Florida teen. It’s an unfortunate circumstance that’s plagued other brands from Kool-Aid to the Post Office.
Doctors for America, which filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, has 15,000 members of various political persuasions who all support President Barack Obama's health care law, the group's co-founder says.
Despite Gov. Deval Patrick's opposition, several lawmakers are backing a self-defense bill that's similar to the Florida law at the center of the Trayvon Martin shooting.
A look at the last century of health care and health insurance through video — including some proposals that seem ideologically unusual today.
A policeman and a preacher talk about working together to combat an increase in violence in the inner city — a problem brought home this week as jurors struggled to come to a verdict in the Mattapan trial.
The executive branch earned a C-plus on the nationwide State Integrity Initiative, which looked at laws on the books to prevent corruption in government.
WGBH SPECIAL REPORT
Mitt Romney's opponents call him a "Massachusetts moderate." In the week of Super Tuesday, we look at what characterizes the GOP voters who went to the polls.
At Tufts, a conference studying Barack Obama has grown into a center examining the role of race in democracy worldwide.
THIS WEEK ON BEACON HILL
This week in Mass. state politics, Gov. Deval Patrick continues his whirlwind tour of the nation's capital, former House speaker Sal DiMasi fights for his pension and the treasurer mulls online lottery sales.
Nationwide, Latino voter turnout has increased with every election. The bloc could potentially have a major impact in November, in Boston and beyond.
Activists and lawmakers gathered on Feb. 9 to protest Citizens United and urge the Legislature to pass a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to reverse the decision.
The Boston archdiocese's secretary for social services said the White House needs to respect the church's core values.
Black History Month
As we celebrate Black History Month, an odd twist of history is giving us the chance to hear a rare recording of Malcolm X at Brown University.
As sports fans watched the Patriots-Giants Super Bowl in record numbers, Indianapolis police, taxi drivers and private security were keeping a close eye on venues where trafficking might take place.
As college becomes ever more a necessity for economic success — it's also getting ever more expensive. Sen. John Kerry held a public meeting on Feb. 6 to learn how to keep costs down.
The director of the state Komen affiliate hopes local donors will see the impact of its state-level work.
In a new book, JFK Jr.'s former personal assistant shares her memories of the Kennedy heir and his life in New York.
A new study gives weight to Sen. Scott Brown's claim this election year that he's a political independent. Will it help attract moderate voters come November?
On Tuesday, the JFK Library and Museum released the final 45 hours of Kennedy's secret White House recordings for anyone to hear and download.
Your grades are in on the president's State of the Union address. Check out the report card results ....
As Sen. Scott Brown officially launches his bid for re-election, WGBH News has coverage of the rally plus new interviews with his Democratic competition: Marisa DeFranco, Jim King and Elizabeth Warren — who responds to Brown's kickoff speech swipe.
With Wikipedia dark for the day as a political protest, NPR, the Washington Post and the Guardian are teaming up to answer questions tweeted with the hashtag #altwiki. What are people asking?
It's legally unclear how much control Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren have over third-party groups, even though both say they would like to prevent such groups from airing attack ads.
Jon Huntsman staked his entire campaign on New Hampshire. Less than a week after that state's primary, he has decided to drop his bid for president.
A growing number of Americans believe there are class conflicts, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.
Mitt Romney says the South Carolina GOP primary will be an uphill climb. But one analyst thinks it's downhill all the way from now to the Republican convention.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has won the Republican New Hampshire primary, taking 37 percent of the vote with 46 percent of precincts reporting.
The proportion of unaffiliated voters is growing in states across the nation but New Hampshire's 40 percent is still unusually high. That said, they might not be as independent as they seem.
The author of a new book about Mitt Romney thinks the candidate should embrace his long life in politics instead of trying to distance himself in response to rivals' criticism.
On the surface, Mitt Romney's 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns look the same: He stresses his business credentials and tries to make the case that he would be the best candidate against Barack Obama. The difference? This time, the polls are predicting a Romney New Hampshire win.
Long before Newt Gingrich announced his run for president, Americans had an opinion about his politics, his personality and even his many marriages.
Joseph P. Kennedy III is forming an exploratory committee to consider running in the 4th District. Democratic analyst Warren Tolman thinks he could rise to the challenge.
Mitt Romney may get a one-week reprieve from facing an evangelical Protestant voting block but he might not be able to avoid addressing his faith in the race.
An adviser says last-place Iowa caucus finisher Michelle Bachmann is ending her presidential campaign. That leaves her supporters up for grabs as Rick Santorum tries to establish himself as the conservative heavyweight in the Republican race.
Though he hasn't struck sparks in the Granite State so far, Rick Santorum might have an impact in New Hampshire after his surge in Iowa.
It came down to the wire for Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucuses.
What do the Republican candidates' words reveal about their strategies? We analyze debate transcripts by Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and the rest of the GOP field.
Ron Paul's name will top the ballot for Massachusetts' March 6 GOP presidential primary. Secretary of State William Galvin said that each vote really does matter.
One political scientist says our candidates for president are less experienced than ever before — and an outsider can't fix a system they know nothing about.
House Speaker John Boehner says he has reached agreement with the Senate to renew the payroll tax cut before it expires Dec. 31.
Former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney is making resolutions not for 2012 but for 2013. In an interview on “The Howie Carr Show,” he discussed his plans for his very first day as president.
WGBH SPECIAL REPORT
The Occupy movement has taken a beating in the press and elsewhere — and finds its image in desperate need of repair. For a fix, we look to an unlikely source: the advertising industry.
This year, the voters in the Republican hotbed of Salem, N.H. seem unexcited about their options for next month's primary.
The U.S. Postal Service has agreed to delay the closing of 252 mail processing centers and 3,700 local post offices until mid-May. This week, WGBH News explores the question of whether two of these offices matter to the people of Cambridge, Mass.
The political group Americans Elect is inviting the public to choose its presidential nominee, betting that voter disaffection will make 2012 a strong year for third parties.
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
With the N.H. primary just around the corner, how much of a threat does Newt Gingrich’s recent surge in the polls pose to Mitt Romney’s presidential hopes? Adam Reilly of WGBH's "Greater Boston" went north to find out.
Beleaguered Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain announced Saturday that he was suspending his campaign to avoid news coverage that hurt his family.
In an interview with WGBH News, Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley defended her decision to sue five major banks. One of those banks has announced it will stop buying new mortgages written by third parties in Mass.
COURTS AND THE LAW
Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a lawsuit on Dec. 1 against five national mortgage lenders, in what could be a setback for broader national negotiations.
WGBH News takes a critical look at the changing political landscape with former Mass. Gov. and past presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.
The Occupy movement's emphasis on including different views reminds some analysts of old Democratic Party national conventions. Can they all fit under the tent?
With longtime Congressman Barney Frank’s political eulogy being read far and wide, attention is turning to the obvious question: Who’s next? And which side of the aisle will they be on?
Cain is "reassessing" his options after accusations of a 13-year extramarital affair — and a former N.H. Republican party chair has had it up to here.
A dramatic sea change appears to be taking place at the Occupy Boston encampment downtown. WGBH News has spent several days visiting the site. For the first time, we are witnessing the depth of problems, including drug use and violence, directly from the protesters.
Rep. Barney Frank explained his decision not to run for a 17th term thus: "My view was that I could do my job best of fighting for the public policies I care about by making this my last term."
An MIT economist who helped craft President Barack Obama’s affordable care act told WGBH News that like it or not, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is the “hero of national health care reform.”
WGBH News commentators say Romney's hard drive purge was apparently within the letter of the state's public records law — but may have violated its spirit.
Tom Bradley, considered the leading in-house candidate to replace Joe Paterno, will coach the Nittany Lions through the end of the season.
It had nothing to do with a new Apple device or the latest Twilight movie. Monday at midnight people lined up at electronics stores waiting to be among the first to buy the latest video game in the "Call of Duty Series." It will likely become the best-selling game of all time. And it's all about very violent combat.
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