Worcester, Massachusetts (CNN) – One by one, as students from Worcester Technical High School walked across the stage in cap and gown to collect their diplomas they stopped to shake the hand of a very special commencement speaker, the President of the United States.
Mr. Obama gave each one a hearty congratulations and a pat on the back. Some gave the President a hug and a peck on the cheek.
(CNN) - A controversial tweet sent from the state of Massachusetts' official Twitter account about sexual assault sent Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick into damage-control mode on Thursday.
The tweet, sent Wednesday from @Mass.gov, read "Sexual assault is always avoidable" with the hashtag #SAAM and a logo for sexual assault awareness month.
Washington (CNN) - A leading grassroots liberal group is forming a book club to try and help boost Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren's new book to best seller status.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee announcement Tuesday that it's forming a national progressive book club comes on the same day of the official book release from the freshman senator from Massachusetts. The group is encouraging its nearly one million members to purchase Warren's memoir, titled "A Fighting Chance," and spread it on social media.
Washington (CNN) - Chicago White Sox fan-in-chief President Obama honored the Boston Red Sox at the White House on Tuesday for their 2013 World Series championship, but he slipped in a quick plug for his hometown team while greeting the defending champs.
“Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Nation. Good luck this season. May the best Sox win,” Obama said.
(CNN) - Worcester Tech High School Principal Sheila Harrity got the shock of her life, and then had to keep it secret for a week and a half. But, on Thursday she got the okay to reveal to 311 graduating high school seniors that President Barack Obama will be their commencement speaker.
A White House official says the administration picked the high school in the central Massachusetts city because the school, "has made outstanding headway in boosting its graduation rate, implementing cutting edge vocational programs, and ensuring that all of its students have the opportunity to succeed."
(CNN) - A war of words is erupting in New Hampshire over a pledge from Massachusetts.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Monday criticized former Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, who's now taking steps to launch a Republican challenge against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of neighboring New Hampshire, for not signing a pledge to keep outside money out of the race.
(CNN) - Former Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts took his first concrete steps Friday towards launching a Republican challenge in neighboring New Hampshire against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who is up for re-election this year.
Brown announced at a speech at a major GOP conference in New Hampshire that he's launching an exploratory committee, which allows him to hire staff and raise money for a Senate run.
(CNN) - The rematch is on.
A former state lawmaker in Massachusetts who narrowly lost his Republican challenge in 2012 to unseat a Democratic congressman will officially announce his second bid for Congress on Thursday, a GOP official confirmed to CNN.
(CNN) - Polls are open in Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District, where voters are casting ballots to fill a vacant seat in the U.S House of Representatives that was long held by Democrat Ed Markey.
The winner of the election between Democratic state Sen. Katherine Clark of Melrose and Republican attorney Frank Addivinola of Boston will serve the final year of Markey's term.