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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.

Notes from the End Times: Foreign affairs

The departure of the First Family.

Alan Chartock: School of scoundrels

Jared Kushner: Continuing the theme of familial conflict of interest, here is the spawn of a convicted criminal who is married to the daughter of the president of the United States.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘A Very Stable Genius’ — not

In retrospect, humiliating Sessions seems petty compared to reassuring the American public that anyone can get a test whenever they need for a virus that can kill them, when, in fact, they can’t get a test because this very stable genius had already presided over the mass firing of the very people who know most about viruses, and had already cut the budgets of every agency we’d normally rely on to combat the disease.

Alan Chartock: What to do about Bernie

I truly understand why so many Democrats favor Bernie. Their hatred of Donald Trump is so great that they are reaching for the strongest antidote they can find.

AMPLIFICATIONS: Looking through the lens of time

I am worried about what appears to be heading our way, because what is going to happen to those who speak out against Trump’s totalitarian policies?

PREVIEW: Ignat Solzhenitsyn and Russian food at Tanglewood’s Linde Center, Feb. 21

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's middle son, the conductor and pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn, has quite a few stories to tell about his dad.

REFLECTIONS: Haunted by a will

Like individuals, countries want to stretch and develop, yet it's not to the advantage of autocratic governments to encourage ambition and education among their people.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Crime in Progress,’ an attempt to set the record straight, offers other side of story

I found it refreshing that Simpson is honest enough to admit Fusion didn’t appreciate the great stakes involved, and I credit him with acknowledging the integrity of Christopher Steele, a man who’s been unfairly vilified. More than anyone else, he is the hero of this story.

REFLECTIONS: Afterlife

We’re fascinated by last words, as if proximity to death bestows a special wisdom on the dying.

Historians recommend impeachment to protect Constitution

In a letter to the editor, Justin F. Jackson writes, "It is my considered judgment, and the judgment of more than 2,000 historians, that if President Trump’s misconduct does not rise to the level of impeachment, and removal from office, then virtually nothing does."

BOOK REVIEW: ‘A Warning’ a chilling account of the Trump administration that’s not easily put down

At the end of the day, what’s most important is what Anonymous has been a witness to, and what we learn about our commander in chief.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Mindf*ck’ explains the chilling and comprehensive hijack of American democracy

Wylie knows how we moved in the shortest of time from Obamaland, from change you believe in, to Trumpovia and Build the Wall. ... He knows how this happened because he helped make it happen.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Siege’ reveals the constant provocations, never-ending nastiness of the Trump administration

Episode after episode reveals a mean-spirited, self-absorbed bully who doesn’t read, study or listen to anyone who says anything he disagrees with.

CAPITAL IDEAS: Heartbreaker, dream maker

After this week’s meeting, the real conversation begins: Will there be a Fed cut in July? In September?

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.
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