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Business community raises close to $1m for transgender rights

As his peers at other local companies worried about their summer vacations, Eastern Bank CEO Bob Rivers had a different kind of concern.

If passed, when would the nurse staffing law take effect?

Question 1, which would sent strict limits on the number of patients assigned to nurses working in hospitals, says it will take effect on Jan. 1. But hospitals and state officials say that would be essentially impossible.

Trump takes center stage in second Senate debate between Warren and Diehl

They sparred on the Republican-passed tax cuts, GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, gun control, and Washington’s response to the hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico.

Baker gets praise for handling opioid crisis, but challenges remain

As the governor seeks reelection, even his fans identified shortcomings in confronting a catastrophe that no one believes is close to ending.

US Senator Elizabeth Warren and her challenger, Republican Geoff Diehl, took part in Sunday’s debate in Springfield.

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Trump takes center stage in second Senate debate between Warren and Diehl

They sparred on the Republican-passed tax cuts, GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, gun control, and Washington’s response to the hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/12/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/turner061218METRO13opioids48.jpg Baker gets praise for handling opioid crisis, but challenges remain

As the governor seeks reelection, even his fans identified shortcomings in confronting a catastrophe that no one believes is close to ending.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/16/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Rinaldi17lowell09.jpg As Democrat seizes on national headwinds, a Republican seeks to avoid the ‘D.C. circus’

Rick Green has sought to insulate his campaign in the Third Congressional District from the daily news out of Washington — a difficult task as Lori Trahan and Democrats sew national calls of resistance into her pitch as a locally grown candidate.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/20/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/GeraldandElaineSchuster.jpg Gerald Schuster, 89; was a developer, political fund-raiser, philanthropist

Mr. Schuster and his wife, Elaine, were an inseparable couple whose fund-raising was essential to the success of generations of Democratic candidates.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/21/BostonGlobe.com/Foreign/Images/5643bc71beaf43249527f1e0d14dd67b-77801a69515942daaa7b735c68646abb-0.jpg Congressional leaders reject Saudi’s story on journalist’s death

Republican Senator Bob Corker and other Congressional leaders said they don’t believe the explanation from Saudi Arabia that a fistfight led to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/22/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/766a1e8c53b84a8aae735d302b0e35fa-766a1e8c53b84a8aae735d302b0e35fa-0.jpg Latinos not all sold on Democrats

Polling shows it’s more affluent and predominantly white college-educated women with whom Democrats have made the most inroads.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/21/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/TRANSGENDER_RECOGNITION_2.jpg Trump administration eyes defining ‘transgender’ out of existence

The Department of Health and Human Services is spearheading an effort to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, according to a memo.

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/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/19/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/22bizRoadblock.psd The biggest barrier to President Trump’s plan for cutting the trade deficit? It’s Trump

It’s the tax cutter versus the anti-free-trade crusader, and so far the cuts are winning.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/21/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/AFP_HL1B8.jpg Early voting for Nov. 6 election starts Monday

Local election officials expect to put in long hours over the next two weeks to make it easier for voters to cast ballots ahead of Nov. 6.