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An activist from a family of activists, first-term Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim jumped right in. He chairs the Committee on Human Rights and Civil Rights. That alone lets him put fingers in many pies. He's on immigration, housing, policing and much more. He joins us to talk about his goals large and small, To hit hot buttons like the 2024 Olympics and casinos, and, of course, the pending Council-wide re-election campaign. Join us at the usual day, but an hour later at 3:30PM Eastern.
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The Boston Globe has [assed my chokepoint, at $14.34 a week in its recent delivery price. Ihave subscribed since 1979 and flipping the bird is a bigger deal fol me than them. I shall move to the still exorbitant $3.99 online sub,... more

The high drama and low comedy of Boston politics surely plays out most publicly with its mayors. Yet since 1909, much of the real action and strongest personalities have been in the City Council. That's when Boston revised from a... more

Baltimore is burning but my mind is more with the Supremes in DC. I've but a lot of emotion and thought into marriage equality over the past 11 years. Now here we are two months away from a likely quasi-resolution. I do expect a Loving v.... more

The listing and the shuffling of Presidential candidates are great theater. We all figured Republicans to dance and change stage positions. Far more fascinating has been the quick and deep Elizabeth Warren-ization of Democrat... more

Say guilty 30 times for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber. Next up...execution or life in a federal pen. And for something completely different, MA Gov. Charlie Baker's Special Panel in Review of the MBTA (Metropolitan... more

With same-sex marriage battle lost — waiting only for the SCOTUS cymbal clap in June, wingers are pig piling on a new ploy. In numerous states, legislatures are pretending to protect religious freedom from the inevitable and... more

Why oh why do so many Americans fear big ideas? Seems like we'd rather have a President who is a stereotypical accountant than a bold-stroke leader. I wasn't even going to get into the HIllary Clinton v. Elizabeth Warren game, much... more

I guess this falls in the rant class, but in a largely pleasant way this time. I was struck most recently by two phenomena centered in my state. Both show the inexplicable tenacity of anti-gay types, even in an allegedly liberal fort. There is... more

This week's guest is Boston City Councilor Steve Murphy. He earned stripes on top of stripes, as long-time financial guru of the body along with a couple of terms as its President. While a quiet type, he has always been one of the highest... more

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