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Peace movement urges caution on Syria

 Interventions
 Interventions
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 12, 2013
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Book, film reveal the Third World War

 Investigations
United States commandos answerable directly to President Barack Obama are killing countless innocent civilians every night in dozens of countries around the world.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 01, 2013
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The Cost of War

When assessing the cost to America of the war in Iraq, a blue-ribbon panel says President Obama is all wet
With the tenth anniversary of the war upon us, a team of economists, lawyers, humanitarian personnel, and political scientists has developed a comprehensive, by-the-numbers look at the human, financial, and social impacts of the Iraq conflict.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 20, 2013
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Mrs. Warren goes to Washington

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren’s credentials, support, and savvy make her almost untouchable — and she knows it.
Elizabeth Warren was the only senator on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, aside from the chair and ranking minority, to show up at last Thursday's hearing on indexing the minimum wage to inflation.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 21, 2013
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A shot at progressive reform

But will the Dems seize the day?
With their sizeable majorities, the Democrats' reconquest of the Maine House and Senate could lead to a rebirth of progressive politics in the state — to reforms in health care, taxes, social services, and other issues.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 31, 2012
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The Obama imperative


Two things stand between almost certain economic and social catastrophe: the prospect of the Democrats maintaining — or expanding — their majority in the Senate, and the reelection of President Barack Obama.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 05, 2012

Parsing the political process; Buddy in the Times; ready for their close-up

Heated debates
On debate nights at Casa Diablo, Jorge perches on the couch in the Boom Boom Room, providing a running commentary on the action while taking copious notes such that he can provide a nuanced and informed review of the proceedings in this space.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 18, 2012
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Inevitability at the ballot box

More than a month left, with nowhere to go
Five weeks. Five weeks of polls, attack ads, debates, and stump speeches.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 03, 2012
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Interview: The radicalization of Fran Lebowitz


Fran Lebowitz's writer's block is almost as legendary as her wit.
By JON GARELICK  |  October 05, 2012
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Netanyahu

Idiot Box
Don't cross the line.
By MATT BORS  |  September 27, 2012
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Will race tip the balance?

Research from a Brown University professor points to an intriguing answer
Any hope that Barack Obama's election would usher in a "post-racial" politics was, of course, naïve. Race is the great American problem. The great American obsession.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 21, 2012
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Review: 2016: Obama's America

Not much of a movie or a documentary
Walking into Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's political hatchet job, I overheard a woman exiting an earlier showing, breathlessly informing someone on her cell phone that "it's not a movie — it's a documentary!"
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 05, 2012
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The GOP has the nominee from Massachusetts, but Barack Obama’s convention will have more of a Bay State flavor

A Wicked Good Convention
When the Democratic National Convention convenes next week, delegates will be gathering in North Carolina to renominate a man born in Hawaii, raised in Kansas, and officially residing in Illinois.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 31, 2012
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Can Netroots make a difference in November – and beyond?

Rallying the troops
Online progressive activists have grown and developed to the point where they are ready to play critical roles in 2012 elections all over the country.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 30, 2012

Grad students get the knife

Student Loan Cuts
On July 1 graduate and professional students will no longer be eligible for federally subsidized Stafford loans.
By MELISSA NELSON  |  May 16, 2012
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Reading between Obama's lines

Afghanistan
President Barack Obama's address to the nation from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan may have lasted less than 11 minutes, but it has big implications.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 02, 2012

Obama Occupies

Press releases
It's no surprise that the mainstream media are treating the latest policy moves by President Barack Obama as part of the strategic maneuvering supporting his reelection bid.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  May 02, 2012
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Chumps at the Pump

Big Fat Whale
$5 for a microbrew? Clearly, it's Obama's fault
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  February 29, 2012
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'It's Halftime in America'

Plus, same-sex marriage's latest boost  
Karl Rove is pissed off, and for once we can understand why.  
By EDITORIAL  |  February 08, 2012
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Obama's Vision: ''An America Built to Last''

Plus, Deval Patrick
By any measure, President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech would have been considered a political winner, but coming just one day after the Republicans' constipated Florida-primary debate, Obama scored an undeniable triumph.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 25, 2012

Obama responds to the 99 percent

Band-aids or benefits?
In announcements that could be interpreted as gifts to the Occupy movement, President Barack Obama recently introduced three measures to help struggling students, veterans, and homeowners.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 09, 2011
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Obama’s jobs plan is a step in the right direction

Notes on class warfare
President Barack Obama's September 8 speech outlining his new jobs program — and the tax policies needed to finance it — was a sign of hope.
By EDITORIAL  |  September 22, 2011
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A Statesman Too Late?

John Kerry heads to work on the debt ‘super committee’ with his usual earnestness and high hopes — despite the circus that surrounds him
The congressional debt "super committee" has begun its work, and already there are signs that its task is hopeless.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 21, 2011

Maine sneaker-maker could provide military footwear

Born in the USA
As the only remaining manufacturer of athletic shoes in the United States — with three factories in Maine and two in Massachusetts — New Balance wants government assurance that military servicemembers wear American-made sneakers, not ones that are made overseas.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 21, 2011



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First Amendment battle in the Bucket

A Catholic controversy; Taibbi’s straight talk; dandy Don; wisdom from Warren
As regular readers of this column know, Jorge is a native of Pawtucket. It was with great pride that I attended the celebration at McCoy Stadium this past Tuesday evening, commemorating the 125th anniversary of the city's incorporation.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 24, 2011
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Does Obama have the cojones to win?

This WTF moment
To make sense of this bizarre and dispiriting moment in American politics, here are the things one needs to appreciate.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 27, 2011



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Romney rides again

To win the GOP nomination, Mitt will need to do things differently this time. Here's how.
Mitt Romney has been running for president more or less nonstop for the past seven years — and still hasn't figured out how to do it.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 14, 2011

Is same-sex marriage the 2012 comeback kid?

Crystal ball
A few years ago, the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders — a Boston-based legal advocacy organization — launched a "6 x 12" campaign to secure marriage rights for gay couples across New England by 2012.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 14, 2011

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