Politics Roundtable: Trump In The U.K.; The Trade War Spreads To Mexico; Kushner’s Eyebrow-Raising Interview; Gun Violence Returns To The Election Booth
President Donald Trump visited the United Kingdom on Monday, rubbing shoulders with the royal family and getting embroiled in the contentious Brexit deal. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, pointedly declined, in a much-publicized interview with Axios, to say if the president’s “birtherism” conspiracy theory about President Barack Obama was racist. After another mass shooting with Friday's attack in Virginia Beach that left 12 people dead, some key 2020 Democratic presidential candidates once again called for greater gun safety legislation.
Jim Braude was joined by Jennifer Braceras, a senior fellow with the conservative organization, Independent Women’s Forum, and Michael Curry, chair of the NAACP Advocacy & Policy Committee and former president of the Boston NAACP.
Construction And Congestion: Coming To A Mass. Turnpike Near You
You wouldn’t be blamed for thinking that the Boston area is always under construction. Well, prepare for more of it, courtesy of a Prudential Tunnel extension project starting this summer, which will then be followed by a 10-year major reconstruction of roadways in Allston — both of which will bring road closures and congestion along affected parts of the Mass Pike.
Officials say the work is needed not just for safety, but also to better design the area for the city’s long-term growth and to help reduce traffic in the future. Transportation advocates say that now is the time to properly prepare for the work, creating temporary roadways and ramps that can alleviate the growing pains when the construction begins.
To discuss, Jim Braude was joined by former state Transportation Secretary James Aloisi and former member of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority board Mary Connaughton.
With The WooSox Looming, Worcester's Other Minor-League Team Gears Up For A Fight
Last year’s announcement that the Pawtucket Red Sox are moving to Worcester was widely hailed in that city, with civic leaders hoping the team takes an ongoing civic revival to new heights. But for the minor-league team that already calls Worcester home, the news isn’t cause for celebration, Adam Reilly reports.
IMHO: A Callous Bishop
Jim Braude shares his thoughts on a Providence bishop’s call for Catholics to avoid Pride events in the name of protecting children.