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Crabby old men


Washington is gripped with Benghazi Fever. It is a tricky and treacherous disease.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 19, 2012
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Crises, real and imagined

McCain's hot air
Considered in totality, President Barack Obama's foreign policy has been remarkably strong, surprisingly aggressive, and — more often than not — successful.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 13, 2012



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Sarah Palin wilts as Glenn Beck self-destructs

Trouble on the right
Common sense has bloomed among right wingers — not once, but twice. And while these episodes are unlikely to become regular events, we should enjoy them while we can.
By EDITORIAL  |  February 10, 2011
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The GOP's top dog? It's T-Paw, not Mitt.

Pawlenty tops our list
Whatever the reason, the field of Republican presidential candidates is failing to form, just a year away now Iowa and New Hampshire voting in the nation's first presidential caucus and primary.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 05, 2011
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Poop and circumstance

Vo Dilun diplomacy; the Dunkin' Donuts state; networking; royal rapping
Knickers in a horrible twist in Educationland over the announcement of a three-tiered diploma system to be introduced in Rhode Island public schools.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 26, 2011
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American psycho

And the American psychosis
It will be unclear for some time whether alleged Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner will qualify for an insanity defense. But one need not be a practicing psychiatrist to see that the 22 year old is a disturbed individual.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 12, 2011
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The Kennedys will rise again!

Dynasties
As you've probably heard a couple thousand times by now, Rhode Island Representative Patrick J. Kennedy's retirement means Washington is without a member of Team Camelot for the first time in 64 years.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 12, 2011
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Review: Casino Jack


Not to be confused with the insightful documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money by the prolific Alex Gibney, this docudrama is nonetheless a fitting bookend.
By TOM MEEK  |  January 06, 2011

Is ‘post-racial’ possible?

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Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Solstice Greetings! Hopefully I have acknowledged all the winter holidays in a respectful manner without leaving anyone out, but since there must be someone I've missed, I'll toss in "Happy Holidays!"
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  December 08, 2010



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Transcript: The Phoenix interviews M.I.A.


In September 2004, Diplo still had to explain who M.I.A. was.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 06, 2010



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Going Gaga for gay rights

Rally report
Maine became a gay-rights battleground again this week, complete with junior-high-style political maneuvering and pop-culture madness.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 22, 2010



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The moron minority

A bad choice of words; World Cup trivia; Excess in the US; new pool rules
One may excuse idiot bimbo Sarah Palin's violent "lock and load" analogies, because she's the abstinence professor who was so persuasive within her own household that her daughter got knocked up by some hirsute dogsledder whose fake vows of marriage were so transparent as to be ludicrous.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 07, 2010
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Worse than Afghanistan

Mainstream media flunks again
At almost the same moment that Rolling Stone was reordering the political landscape with its devastating profile of the now-resigned Afghanistan commander General Stanley McChrystal, a smaller, lesser-known political monthly, The American Conservative (TAC), was publishing a blockbuster that by all rights should have had an even bigger impact.
By PETER KADZIS  |  June 30, 2010

Tugboats and bugboats

Balls, Pucks & Monster Trucks
As I write this, the Celtics are one win away from their 18th NBA title, but that is not our focus.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  June 16, 2010
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Mickey Mouse Multiculturalism

Governor Patrick's problematic Mosque visit. Plus, Bush — and the GOP — vote yes for torture
Massachusetts treasurer and independent candidate for governor Tim Cahill was off base when he accused incumbent governor Deval Patrick of "playing politics with terrorism" in the wake of Patrick's visit to the controversial Roxbury mosque maintained by the Islamic Society of Boston.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 14, 2010



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Library woes

Plus, Arizona declares war on immigrants
In an attempt to save four Boston Public Library branches that are slated to close due to budget shortfalls, some state legislators from Boston have threatened to block all state funding the library receives if it shutters any of its 26 branches.
By EDITORIAL  |  April 28, 2010

The ‘new Providence’?

Angel rising. Plus, the IRS blues, after the flood, drilling Obama, and Tiger talk
WRNI political reporter and Casa Diablo regular Scott MacKay was the first pundit to make the observation to your superior correspondents in the summer of 2002 that we were “about to witness either the last election of the ‘old Providence’ or the first election of the ‘new Providence.’ ”
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 08, 2010
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The Curse of the Big Dig

Tthe mere mention of the Central Artery Project can derail one's hopes for higher office. Charlie Baker is finding that out now.
Call it the Curse of the Big Dig: virtually every politician with statewide significance who has over the years become intertwined with the Central Artery Project (as it is officially known) has seen his or her dreams of higher office dashed.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 17, 2010
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China expert sees a nation at the 'shadow-line'

Across the Globe
Joseph Conrad wrote of a "shadow-line," an indistinct boundary between youth and adulthood that adolescents awkwardly straddle; one moment there is impressive poise and maturity, and the next, a slip into past boorish, immature behavior.
By PETER VOSKAMP  |  March 17, 2010
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The Big Ligotti

Like his homeboy Scott Brown, Boston's elephant in the room is poised to make noise beyond Massachusetts
Like his homeboy Scott Brown, Boston's elephant in the room is poised to make noise beyond Massachusetts
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 03, 2010
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TV's conservative bias

The Palin question asked and answered; plus, rescuing Lawrence
If Sarah Palin were to smoke a joint while piloting a flying saucer to Cuba, evidence suggests that more than one third of America would approve.
By EDITORIAL  |  February 10, 2010
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New and improved Romney

He's more fiscal, less social. And he's got millions. But will GOP voters give a Mitt?
Scott Brown's unexpected victory in last month's special US Senate election captured the attention of the country — and particularly of core Republican voters, who huddled eagerly before their TV screens to watch their hero du jour give his acceptance speech. But even in the midst of his moment in the sun, Brown made sure to thank the other handsome, well-coifed man on the stage, Mitt Romney.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 12, 2010
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Romney's new character: Macho man

In his new book, Mitt makes himself over as a muscular defender of America
Few things are more predictable than a GOP presidential candidate posturing as a he-man protector of America, and depicting his Democratic counterpart as an effete, appeasing girlie-man on the dangerous world stage.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 10, 2010

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