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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, […]

Marathon bomber formally charged with 30-count indictment

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged by state and federal prosecutors on Thursday with a 30-count indictment that included using weapons of mass destruction, car-jacking, illegal use of a firearm during a violent crime and killing four people. “What we allege is that they [Dzhokhar and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev] took these acts […]

SCOTUS decision a win for same-sex marriage

In a major victory for gay rights, the U.S. Supreme Court  issued a decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, opening the path for gay married couples to receive federal benefits they were denied under the act. The 5-to-4 ruling deemed the law unconstitutional under the equal protection clause of the Fifth […]