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It's always dicey to talk about the political ramifications of tragedy, and the mass shooting in Orlando—the deadliest such event in recent American history—is no different. Yet there was such a rush by politicians to weigh in on the meaning of the massacre that the topic is impossible to avoid. And—as is so often the case in this strange election cycle—no one tackled this extraordinarily delicate topically with more aggression that Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, who (among other things) strongly implied that President Obama himself had a hand in the grisly outcome.

The Party Never Stops: Sean Wilentz on 'The Politicians & The Egalitarians'

Princeton historian Sean Wilentz and writer of  "The Politicians & The Egalitarians: The Hidden History of American Politics," discusses the inevitability and history of party politics.        

Verizon

The Vice President of IBEW local 2222 Kevin Holland and CWA Local 1400 executive board member and Vice President for Southeastern Mass. Greg Irving joined Adam to talk about the Verizon strike.

It's been a pretty rough stretch for Marty Walsh. In recent days, the Boston mayor has seen his name linked to a federal labor probe in the pages of The Boston Globe; watched the Grand Prix of Boston, an event he staunchly supported, go up in smoke; and—last but definitely not least—battled the incredibly painful scourge of kidney stones. 

It's one of the defining political debates of 2016 here in Massachusetts—but so far, we haven't seen or heard supporters and opponents of legalizing recreational marijuana sitting down face-to-face to hash things out. (Get it???)

Enter the Scrum! 

There's a big Massachusetts Senate election coming up in less than a week, #mapoli fans. The Scrum asked all seven candidates to come in for a sort of political speed-dating session, and five joined in the fun.

Tito Jackson

City Councilor Tito Jackson joined reporter Adam Reilly and WGBHNews.org Senior Editor Peter Kadzis to discuss the proposed Boston Public School budget, the extension of the BRA’s redevelopment powers, and whether or not he’d ever consider challenging Mayor Marty Walsh for his seat.

Peter Kadzis and Adam Reilly of WGBH News took in this year's breakfast at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center--then sized up the proceedings as they were winding down, along with Lauren Dezenski of Politico Massachusetts and Gintautaus Dumcius of MassLive.com and the Springfield Republican.

Donald Trump is a larger-than-life personality and, barring any major development, looks poised to win the Republican nomination. Our guests this week look abroad at two international figures—former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and former Haitian President Michel Martelly—and ask: could it happen here?

The Brothers Bernstein—Scrum co-founder David and his brother, Bloomberg View pundit and political scientist Jonathan—joined WGBH News regulars Adam Reilly and Peter Kadzis to consider the state of the 2016 Election.

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