Judge clears way for Trump commission to collect voter data

A ballot box in Dixville Notch, N.H., as pictured in November 2016.

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A federal judge’s ruling was a win for the Trump administration but it did not say that states must comply with the request for data.

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Speaking in front a group of people he said have been harmed by the law, Trump said supporters of the law were ignoring its problems.

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President Trump said the health secretary ‘‘better get’’ the votes to begin debate. ‘‘Otherwise,’’ Trump told the crowd, ‘‘I’ll say: Tom, you’re fired.’’

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It looks as if Massachusetts is living up to its liberal reputation in at least one regard.

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‘‘If it was a guy from south Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style,’’ said Representative Blake Farenthold.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 24, 2017, to meet behind closed doors before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the investigation into possible collusion between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

‘I did not collude with Russians,’ says Jared Kushner

In a brief statement after meeting with Senate investigators, Kushner also defended his father-in-law, President Trump.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

Jared Kushner to face both intelligence committees this week

Kushner will meet behind closed doors with the Senate panel on Monday, then be questioned — again in private — by the House the following day.

In this July 20, 2017 photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., flanked by, Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, left, and Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., the ranking member on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, discusses the Republican efforts to replace

Promising ‘A Better Deal,’ Democrats try to rebrand their party

Democratic Party leaders rolled out a new agenda with a populist pitch on Monday as they sought to bounce back from their election losses.

The John Adams Courthouse (at left), where the state Supreme Judicial Court is located.

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Court officers can ignore federal requests to detain immigrants, SJC rules

Mass. court officers will no longer honor federal immigration agents’ requests to hold people for up to 48 hours after they appear in court for criminal cases.

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A law establishing a voter registration deadline of 20 days prior to an election denies qualified citizens their right to vote, a judge said.

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Trump administration debates replacing Jeff Sessions

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Robert Farmer, 78, legendary fund-raiser for Democratic presidential campaigns

Mr. Farmer, who died July 22, was a legendary fund-raiser for Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton, and John Kerry.

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