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Watch your backs, useless people

Poll numbers
Poll numbers
By JEFF INGLIS  |  May 16, 2013

Labor's love lost

Talking Politics
Steve Lynch is winning back much of the union support that left him in 2009.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 08, 2013

Rogues gallery

Politics + Other Mistakes  
Time to get your crazy on.
By AL DIAMON  |  March 07, 2013

‘Beyond description’: Aaron Worthing unmasked

Of everyone who answered the rallying cries of Frey and Breitbart, one of the loudest was a character who wrote under the pseudonym Aaron Worthing.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 27, 2013

Become a decorated drone hero!

Idiot Box
New from the Pentagon, collect your medals ...
By MATT BORS  |  March 01, 2013

Southie's last stand

A huge year in politics could see the next generation of South Boston political legends emerge — or get swept aside.
Twenty years since a Hyde Park Italian-American succeeded Ray Flynn, South Boston retains its public perception as the city's nexus of political power.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 12, 2013

Red Blues: Scott Brown exposes the empty Massachusetts GOP bench

It wasn't just that Scott Brown announced he was not running in the special US Senate election — it was that it quickly became evident that he was not handing the job off to another Republican.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 15, 2013

School for fools

Politics + Other Mistakes
If there's one Maine institution Governor Paul LePage hates more than the state's whiny newspapers, it's public schools. And for good reason.
By AL DIAMON  |  February 13, 2013

Stupid’s song

Politics + Other Mistakes
Here's a random assortment of stuff that makes me suspect Maine's IQ is falling faster than its economy:
By AL DIAMON  |  February 06, 2013

Instant Runoff Voting — How to Fix Much

Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, February 8, 2013
Al Diamon seemingly does not understand the role voting serves in the American way of life.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX EDITORS  |  February 06, 2013

Q&A: Harry Belafonte on a narcissistic America

Singer Harry Belafonte, now 85, has engaged in a social activism of extraordinary breadth.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 30, 2013

Wheels on the Bus: Mass Transit

Few parts of Massachusetts government need additional spending as badly as transportation — or have as publicly visible deficiencies.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 25, 2013

How to fix everything

Politics + Other Mistakes
I'm not a big fan of reform.
By AL DIAMON  |  January 23, 2013

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

West on the new political landscape

Darrell West, former political science professor at Brown University, moved to the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington a few years back. But he never quite left Rhode Island behind.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 02, 2013

Can gun reform misfire?

If, in the wake of the mass killings in Newtown, Connecticut, Congress does not summon the will to vote to ban semiautomatic weapons with large-capacity clips, then the institution will have blood on its hands.
By EDITORIAL  |  December 26, 2012

After Kerry, who?

Talking Politics
As word circulated on Thursday, December 13, that Susan Rice was withdrawing her name from consideration for secretary of state, it was like a 2013 starting gun going off in Massachusetts.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 31, 2012

What to look forward to in Maine arts, culture, and politics

In with a bang
We're thrilled the world didn't end in 2012 — aren't you?
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 26, 2012

The Great Debt Deception

One Cent’s Worth
As the country hurtles, Thelma and Louise -style, toward the fiscal cliff, there's been a steady drumbeat of calls for the two parties to join hands in the name of "shared sacrifice."
By MARC MEWSHAW  |  December 26, 2012

Death knell for the local GOP?

Obituaries for the Massachusetts Republican Party have been written many times — I've contributed several items to that genre myself.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 18, 2012

Twelve Important stories of 2012 that dropped off your radar

What you missed
So damn much went on in 2012, it's no wonder that some stories may have passed people by.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 19, 2012

Last of the dinosaurs

Politics + Other Mistakes
Maybe those nutballs who claim dinosaurs and cavemen existed at the same time aren't quite as batty as the scientific evidence indicates.
By AL DIAMON  |  December 19, 2012

The GOP's new Kommissar

The Washington establishment got all riled up last week at the news that South Carolina Republican Jim DeMint was leaving the US Senate to take charge of the Heritage Foundation, a once-respected conservative think tank that today is largely — but not yet exclusively — a shill for right-wing revolutionaries and a toady for the greediest and most socially insensitive corporations in America.
By EDITORIAL  |  December 12, 2012

UN Climate Talks 2030

Idiot Box
Let's get serious. Maybe.
By MATT BORS  |  December 13, 2012

The case for John Kerry

Despite it being against Massachusetts's best interests, our view is that Senator John Kerry is about as perfect a candidate to be the nation's top diplomat as can be found in either political or policy circles.
By EDITORIAL  |  December 04, 2012

Memphis tears down the house at PPAC

The soul of a city
There are worse concerns in America's history of racial inequities than a white DJ getting eyerolls for playing black music. Nonetheless, the musical Memphis will tick you off about the foolishness anyway.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 05, 2012

Red Alert! Code Webster!

Diverse City
Dear Agents of the Central Agency of Blackness — Maine Division ...
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  December 05, 2012

Gaza: What next?

Widespread hopes among democracy-loving Europeans and Americans that the grassroots revolt against authoritarian governments of various stripes would usher in a new era of tolerance, peace, and understanding have not gone according to script.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 27, 2012

Crabby old men

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

Him Again?

This was supposed to be the calm after the storm.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 21, 2012

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