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McKay Coppins, senior political writer at Buzzfeed News, weighs in on the Republican race for the presidential nomination (and explains what it's like to get in a flame war with Donald Trump.)

Vermin Supreme

He wears a boot on his head, once dumped glitter on an opponent during a debate, and wants to fund time travel research so he can go back and kill Baby Hitler. His name is Vermin Supreme, and he wants your vote in 2016.

Our crack roundtable—or scrumtable, if you will—tackles some of the biggest headlines in #mapoli and beyond.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh gave his second State of the City address Tuesday night at Symphony Hall. Afterward, the Scrum caught up with a bevy of political observers to get their take on what the mayor had to say--and what he decided to omit or gloss over. 

Michelle Wu

Reporter Adam Reilly and WGBHNews.org Senior Editor Peter Kadzis sat down with Michelle Wu, the first Asian-American Boston City Council President.

It's not easy being green. Just ask Governor Charlie Baker. This week, The Scrum takes a look at his approach to renewable energy plans.

Ornaments!

Our usual order of business around here at The Scrum is to ask #mapoli a lot of questions. But this week, we kept is simple: what's on your holiday wish list this year?

Adam Reilly and Peter Kadzis discuss the political problems that arose in the wake of speculation that Senate President Stanley Rosenberg's fiancé would run for a state Senate seat of his own.

The move by the Tufts Medical School faculty -- full-time, tenured doctors and researchers, not part-time adjuncts -- to unionize and affiliate with the S.E.I.U. could open a new chapter in the history of organized labor. And it's happening in our own backyard.

San Bernardino, CA

Here we are again: wrestling with the aftermath of a mass shooting in the United States. Adam Reilly, Peter Kadzis, and David Bernstein look at how policymakers struggle to respond, time and time again.

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