President Trump ordered special counsel Robert Mueller?s firing but was refused

The West Wing confrontation marks the first time Trump is known to have tried to fire the special counsel.

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The White House says President Trump is proposing to provide a path to citizenship for 1.8 million younger immigrants living in the US illegally.

FILE - In this July 25, 2016 file photo, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., son of former Rep. Joseph Kennedy II, speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Joseph P.

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Joe Kennedy to deliver Democratic response to State of the Union address

For many Americans, it will be their first introduction to the latest Kennedy on the political scene.

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The Boston Democrat?s surprise decision to take an executive post at Suffolk Construction will leave the Senate with no black members.

Andover High School hockey players at a game on Thursday night.

Details emerge on why Andover High hockey coaches were placed on leave

Students were allegedly denied food and water as punishment for losing, leading to three coaches being put on leave amid a state investigation.

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The 18-karat, fully functioning, solid gold toilet is an interactive work entitled ??America?? that critics have described as pointed satire aimed at the excess of wealth in this country.

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US District Judge Peter Messitte expressed skepticism about the government?s defense of the president?s handling of his expansive business interests.

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Melania Trump?s office said Tuesday she would not be able to make the trip as planned, citing unspecified scheduling and logistical issues.

VA Secretary David Shulkin, who visited Bedford in November, blamed the lack of a permanent director and general instability for many of the hospital?s problems.

Report says Bedford VA officials ignored costly ethics violations for years

A maintenance supervisor and his daughter improperly diverted $200,000 in federal funds to a relative?s company, and the VA did little to stop them.

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The state commission is under fire for making drastic changes to public employee health benefits with little notice, possibly violating Mass. open meeting law.

Shannon Mulaire and Phil Lipof anchor the NBC10 Boston newscasts at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

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Who won and who lost the local news war when NBC broke up with WHDH

Was NBC?s decision to drop Ed Ansin?s WHDH-TV as its Boston affiliate a big mistake?

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman talks about New York?s offseason and the rejuvenated Red Sox-Yankees rivalry and Pete Abraham weighs in on the Hall of Fame class.

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Even though he?s playing less, he feels his skills are better utilized ? and he?s back in the Super Bowl.

CHAD FINN | SPORTS MEDIA

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The ESPN documentary on the complex relationship between Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells is superb in several ways.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/01/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Clipboard-15798.jpg LeGarrette Blount is in ?enemy mode?

According to ESPN, Blount even stopped texting his former fellow running backs this week.

CAMBRIDGE, MA- JANUARY 25, 2018- : Mila Kunis does an impromptu commercial while being roasted in Cambridge, MA on January 25, 2018. Mila Kunis was awarded the Hasty Pudding Theatricals' Woman of the Year. (The event included Ms Kunis leading a parade through the streets of Cambridge, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals hosted a celebratory roast for the actress and presented the Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, the Hasty Pudding's historic home in the heart of Harvard Square since 1888.) (Craig F. Walker / Globe staff) section: metro reporter:

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Two reasons to celebrate at Hasty Pudding

Harvard?s Hasty Pudding Theatricals announced Thursday it will begin casting women in its shows next year.

Talking Points

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Governor Charlie Baker is making a big bet on Northern Pass.

Opinion | Cheyenne Montgomery

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The movie falsely romanticizes an exploitative relationship between a grown man and a teenager.

The Weddings Issue

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The latest dresses make a statement with slim shapes and accents that range from bohemian to edgy.

Opinion & Ideas

Opinion | Gina Scaramella

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The director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center responds to the Larry Nassar trial.

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Hospitals have been slow to replace traditional tie-in-the-back gowns with less embarrassing designs.