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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Refill GB—a mission-based shop with a welcoming vibe (and zero plastic!)

Founded three years ago by Berkshire native Jamie McCormack, this charming Great Barrington retail space helps you make better choices for your health and the planet.

I Publius: U.S. Rep. Richie Neal deserves re-election

The very ambitious Morse is going for broke, making all kinds of accusations against Neal. As the old saying goes, people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

CONNECTIONS: Protests are us

In July in a tavern in Stockbridge, 60 delegates drew up and signed the “League and Covenant.” It was the first combined opposition to Royal rule in Berkshire.

CAPITAL IDEAS: IRS lets you save on taxes

I also think that the pullback does double in size, but I’m not smart enough to time the starts and stops of corrections, so I tend to use them as opportunities to get more aggressive by reducing hedges, or getting cash invested, as opposed to selling investments.

ORANGE ALERT: The (almost) daily outrage

The obvious answer is that he’s getting away with something, and everyone knows it.

Berkshire Democrats urge U.S. Rep. Neal to support Trump’s impeachment

In a letter to Congressman Richard E. Neal, the Sheffield Democratic Committee and Berkshire Democratic Brigades write: “You now have a national responsibility to ensure that no one, including the President, is above the law. So your refusal to take more aggressive action on Trump’s tax returns is very disappointing and dangerous to our democracy.”

PROFILE: Sen. Adam Hinds looks back at legislative accomplishments – and challenges

The Edge recently sat down with Hinds in his Pittsfield office to discuss his proudest accomplishments, how to align workforce development needs with the education system, and his hopes and concerns about the rollout of recreational marijuana in the state, among other things.

CONNECTIONS: Berkshire pomp and ceremony

The New York Times described Lenox as “all gaiety, life and fashion.”

Mueller for Dummies, Part II: Obstruction of justice

Mueller lists the actions that prompted his decision “that there was a sufficient factual and legal basis to further investigate potential obstruction-of-justice issues involving the President.”

Mueller for Dummies, Part I: Russia

Everything was made even more complicated for us when Attorney General William Barr and his deputy AG Rod Rosenstein decided to jump the gun and mischaracterize the report while keeping from Congress and the public the most easily understood sections of Mueller’s finding: the summaries.

Alan Chartock: Where’s Andrew?

I am the grandfather of three: two 5-year-olds and a 2-year-old. They love it when we read to them. Nothing is more important than...

CONNECTIONS: Waiting for Mueller

All the clever people who were calculating the odds, acutely judging the politics, and weighing cost/benefit, what do they have to say now? All elected officials who cared more about keeping their jobs than doing their jobs, how do they like waiting for Mueller now?

CONNECTIONS: The counterfeit veto

Untruth from the White House to the public is rife. Actually, it is more subtle than Twitter rants riddled with identifiable lies.

REVIEW: ‘The Threat’ offers a nuanced look at the always-complex challenges of trying to enforce law and order

Andrew McCabe has spent his life on the front lines and appreciates the stakes in a way most of us can’t. His passion is matched by his sense of urgency. It says something when some of the toughest folks in the land—FBI officials, former CIA officials—are frightened.

Alan Chartock: Democrats on the edge

The Democratic penchant for forming circular firing squads is well-known and it is showing not only in the House of Representatives, but in the New York State legislature.
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