By Ben White and Maggie Haberman
The anxiety over Warren grew Monday after a magazine report suggested the bank-bashing Democratic senator from Massachusetts could mount a presidential bid in 2016 and would not necessarily defer to Hillary Clinton — who is viewed as far more business-friendly — for the party’s nomination
And the fear is not only that Warren, who channels an increasingly popular strain of Occupy Wall Street-style anti-corporatism, might win. That is viewed by many political analysts as a slim possibility. It is also that a Warren candidacy, and even the threat of one, would push Clinton to the left in the primaries and revive arguments about breaking up the nation’s largest banks, raising taxes on the wealthy and otherwise stoking populist anger that is likely to also play a big role in the Republican primaries.
DENVER | Supporters of Colorado’s new civil unions law say a court ruling declaring a same-sex divorce final means gay couples married in other states can legally terminate their relationships in Colorado without uprooting their lives.
Juli Yim and Lorelei Jones wed in Massachusetts in 2009, where same-sex marriage is legal. Yim said that relationship went sour and she found a new partner in Colorado.
Colorado is one of several states that treat gay and straight couples the same in almost every respect through civil unions or domestic partnerships. Gay couples are not allowed to marry in Colorado, but can get divorced there under state statute.
Gay rights advocates said other states also grant divorces to gay couples who were married elsewhere, but some require in-state residency to dissolve the relationship. Gay-rights advocates contend the requirement is more than an inconvenience because it can put lives on hold for those who have moved to different states.
Denver lawyer Kyle Martelon said there is some confusion on how gay couples can get divorced, and the issues are different in other states.
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“Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced legislation this week that would increase federal student loan subsidies by lowering interest rates for a year and funding them through the Federal Reserve.
The bill is called the Bank on Student Loans Fairness Act, and represents Warren’s solution to the student debt crisis. It would set interest rates for federally-subsidized student loans at 0.75 percent for one year.
The current interest rate is 3.4 percent, but will double on July 1st unless Congress intervenes.” [QUOTE]
Martin Richard was standing with his family near the Boston Marathon finish line to cheer on family friends when an explosion took his life. He was 8 years old and in the third grade.
Hundreds attended a candlelight vigil held Tuesday evening at Garvey Park in Dorchester to remember the young boy. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell returned to his hometown to attend the vigil and see how the suburban community is coping.
(Photo of the Garvey Park vigil in Dorchester, Mass. taken by MSNBC’s Evan Puschak)
“I can’t believe it happened,” said a classmate of Martin’s. “It’s really sad.”
Her mother told O’Donnell how the parents in the community were feeling. “We were up to almost midnight last night talking to other parents just because it is just such a close neighborhood, you know. And they’re such a wonderful family. I mean, so… it’s terrible.”
Krystal Campbell, a 29-year-old fitness coach and restaurant manager, was identified as the second victim on Tuesday.
Published on Feb 14, 2013
Senator Elizabeth Warren at the Feb. 14, 2013 Banking Committee Hearing titled “Wall Street Reform: Oversight of Financial Stability
METRO – BOSTON
Some local political science experts weighed in today after WBZ News Radio reported that Cambridge-bred movie star Ben Affleck might jump into the Senate race if Massachusetts Senator John Kerry takes over as Secretary of State.
Emails to Affleck’s camp have not yet been returned, but with political analysts eyeing the 40-year-old “The Town” star, Metro reached out to some local political experts to see how the actor/director would fare if he did decide to run.
“What’s different about Affleck is normally these things are done as (actors’) careers is waning,” said Professor Thomas Patterson, who teaches at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. “It would be a little bit unusual… He is pretty much at the peak of his career.”
His personal wealth, star power and prior push for Senate star Elizabeth Warren would likely give him a leg up in a senate race.
“He probably has the internal fire, but it’s a pretty serious decision… You can’t be an actor, “slash” director, “slash” senator,” Patterson said.
If Affleck did decide to run, his movie-star status would not necessarily guarantee him a victory. FULL ARTICLE
ROMNEY’S LADY (AND MINORITY) PROBLEM – Remember how Scott Brown said his daughters were “available” while said daughters awkwardly looked on? Can you imagine just how mundane such occurrences would be if Mitt Romney had just one female offspring? Christina Wilkie: “In 1994, when Romney challenged the late Sen. Edward Kennedy in Massachusetts, the Boston Globe first raised the question of why there were so few women and minorities employed at Bain Capital Partners…At the time, all 95 vice presidents of the firm were white, and only nine were women. Romney’s answer at the time was… that there simply weren’t any female applicants. He blamed the profession, private equity, and said it didn’t ‘attract many women and minorities.’ He also blamed the elite business schools, from which Bain recruited almost exclusively. Those schools, he told the Globe, ‘graduate only a handful of minorities and women.’ Statistics suggest otherwise. In 1995, a year after Romney made his comment, the Harvard Business School graduating class was almost 30 percent women. And given the enormous potential of private equity to generate wealth, it’s difficult to imagine that women and minorities simply wouldn’t be ‘attracted’ to the profession. On the contrary, according to the Globe, ‘the team [Romney] put together to manage Bain Capital is exclusively white and male, all educated at the best business schools, mostly Harvard.’” [HuffPost]