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Gov’t. shutdown could delay court cases in Boston

After the government shutdown on Oct. 1, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit  is expected to run out of funding by Monday, forcing all court employees to either be furloughed or to work without pay once funds dissolve in Boston. Susan Goldberg, a spokeswoman for the Federal Court of Appeals, said the […]

Federal gov’t. shutdown leaves Boston agencies closed, employees furloughed

Closing for the first time in 17 years, the federal government shut down on Tuesday, leaving federally funded agencies in Boston closed and government employees furloughed indefinitely. Kent Portney, professor of political science at Tufts University, said the government shutdown was brought about by the failure of Congress to pass a budget that is due Oct. […]

Obamacare to take effect in Massachusetts amid government shutdown

The Affordable Care Act is scheduled to launch into effect Tuesday with the opening of the Health Insurance Marketplace, a state-administered online exchange where individuals and small business can purchase private insurance plans, despite the government shutdown looming on the same day. Alec Loftus, communications director at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, said […]

Despite offer from Russia, BU prof. says Syrian weapon disposal unlikely

While U.S. President Barack Obama said he has postponed military action in Syria to allow Congress to consider Russia’s proposal of confiscating and destroying Syria’s chemical weapons, Boston University experts say a weapons forfeit is unlikely. Obama addressed the nation Tuesday night and said while he supports a singular military strike in Syria, he has […]

U.S. Senate passes immigration reform based on DREAM Act

In a 68-32 victory, the U.S Senate issued a sweeping decision Thursday in favor of an immigration reform bill that may put undocumented immigrant students at schools such as Boston University on a quicker and easier path to citizenship. Although there was a strong showing from both liberals and conservatives in favor of this bill, […]