Massachusetts wrestles to adapt to post-Obama Washington

Politicians struggling with protecting state's relationship with federal government

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BOSTON (AP) — For the past eight years, Massachusetts enjoyed a special rapport with the White House, fueled by the friendship between former Gov. Deval Patrick and fellow Democrat President Barack Obama.

Those days are fading fast.

Many political leaders in Massachusetts were among President-elect Donald Trump’s fiercest critics during the campaign. Even fellow Republican, Gov. Charlie Baker, rejected Trump.

Now those politicians are wrestling with how to move past the election and protect the state’s relationship with the federal government come January.

At the top of that list is Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren who savaged Trump during the campaign as “a small, insecure moneygrubber.”

Warren still says Trump encouraged a “toxic stew of hatred and fear,” but she’s willing to work with him to help middle and working-class Americans.

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