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First-term senators are getting quite a bit of media attention, courtesy of the latest parlor game, "Is Elizabeth Warren running for president?" All the senior senator from Massachusetts had to do was publish a folksy memoir to generate loads of speculation about her designs, or lack of them, on the 2016 presidential race.

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The years of legislative infighting that led up to the legalization of casinos in Massachusetts were supposed to be the hard part. When Gov. Deval Patrick signed casinos into law in late 2011, the rest was supposed to be downhill. It hasn't been. Casinos have been legal in Massachusetts for two and a half years now, and their fate is more uncertain than ever.

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The on-again, off-again run by John Fresolo to recapture his old state rep seat in Worcester ended on Wednesday when he sent a letter to state officials asking them to take his name off the September ballot. "I just don't think it's the right time now," Fresolo told the Telegram & Gazette.

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Politicians can proclaim their disinterest in an office all they want, especially president, but until the deadline passes - or they stop talking and acting like a candidate - they will be included in the conversations.

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The SAT, the college admission standardized test, has been under siege for years. Many critics of the exam contend that the test does not correlate to academic success in college and skews toward wealthy parents who can afford send their children to pricey test preparation courses.  

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