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We’re still screwed
To everyone on social media who thanked "god" for the Obama win: next time, please pray for a president who isn't bankrolled by the likes of Goldman Sachs, who respects civil liberties, and who doesn't indiscriminately bomb civilians. For now, you're just making your divine master look like a duplicitous, war-mongering asshole.
| November 16, 2012
The Irish playwright Brendan Behan, known for his plays The Hostage and The Quare Fellow and for his memoir Borstal Boy, was a raucous, charismatic, hard-drinking Irish Republican who began to write after he got out of prison for shooting at English detectives during a public event.
| October 02, 2012
Drinking with the devil
Politics + Other Mistakes
As the dog days of August drag on, you may be unlucky enough to encounter a campaigning politician.
| August 22, 2012
Review: The Newsroom
All in the family: Sorkin does Sorkin in 'The Newsroom'
The Newsroom is a dose of concentrated Sorkin, by turns maddening and exhilarating.
| June 20, 2012
Letters to the Boston editors, March 9, 2012
Letters to the Boston editors, March 9, 2012.
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| March 08, 2012
Maine journalists appear to disbelieve their own eyes, decline to do their own research, and prefer to quote officials instead of relying on independent knowledge and experience.
| February 08, 2012
Getting the Ron-around
Checking in with presidential hopeful Paul
While fellow Republican hopefuls Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum fight it out in Florida, Ron Paul, dark-horse candidate and Constitutional fundamentalist, sallied forth along his unorthodox campaign trail, hitting states with upcoming caucuses rather than primaries.
| February 01, 2012
Boenher's shame: The putrid politics of Republican negativity.
Or, the GOP’s Payroll-Tax screw-up explained
Pity John Boehner. By rights, as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Boehner should be considered one of Washington's most powerful leaders.
| December 21, 2011
Senator Collins helps derail prison reform
As a result of the apparent decision by congressional Republicans to oppose almost everything Democrats are for, Maine Senator Susan Collins — who claims to be above partisanship — helped derail Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb's bill to establish a bipartisan National Criminal Justice Commission. Maine's Olympia Snowe and three other Republicans joined unanimous Senate Democrats to support it.
| November 09, 2011
Night of the Republican Debate, Part X
Big Fat Whale
Death won't stop them from campaigning!
| October 25, 2011
Photos: 2012 Republican Presidential candidates debate at Dartmouth College
October 11, 2011 | Hanover, NH
The 2012 Republican Presidential candidates debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH on October 11, 2011.
| October 17, 2011
Review: The Ides of March
George Clooney's new directorial effort
Though more contemporary than Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), George Clooney's new directorial effort seems less topical.
| October 04, 2011
Drawing a line
Remain calm. You've probably heard that a special commission has failed to reach bipartisan agreement on a plan to redraw the boundary between Maine's two congressional districts in order to make their populations as close to equal as possible. Don't panic.
| September 07, 2011
Boston's last congressman?
Musical chairs dept.
At the moment, neither the Senate president nor the Speaker of the House lives in the city. And in two years, the unthinkable could become reality: Boston might not have a single congressman residing in its borders.
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| August 31, 2011
Mitt's best week ever
Romney's presidential quest is looking better than ever - no thanks to his own campaign
The quadrennial farce known as the Ames Straw Poll has once again made its mark on the race for the Republican presidential nomination — by rewarding the candidate smart enough to avoid it.
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| August 17, 2011
How they hate him
LePage vs. The Media Alliance to Ridicule, Degrade, and Eviscerate Normal Society
Republican Governor Paul LePage has every right to be angry at Maine journalists for depicting him as a clueless buffoon with the political skills of a rabies-maddened raccoon and the public-relations prowess of day-old bait.
| August 10, 2011
The politics of killing Granny
And why it matters to Scott Brown
All politicians love gimmicks. But Republicans seem to be especially fond of them.
| May 26, 2011
Republicans continue to wage war on women
Plus, Beacon Hill follies, youth violence
The Republican Party's unrelenting war on women is now being waged with such frenzied fury that sane people might well wonder if there is a GOP-wide obsession with punishing an entire gender.
| May 11, 2011
By exposing his haters, the president has forced the GOP into a corner
It was a good weekend for the president.
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| May 05, 2011
The LePage mantras
Contrary to popular belief, Republican Governor Paul LePage is not an idiot.
| April 06, 2011
Scum along the Potomac
The Republicans strike again, aiming to shut down government, but keeping Gitmo alive
As of this writing, a shutdown of the federal government appears to be a serious possibility. Perhaps sensible heads will prevail, but either way the Republicans now leading the US House of Representatives have been exposed as destructive fools with no interest in governing, or in the fates of real people.
| April 06, 2011
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.
| February 10, 2011
Politeness and politics
Republican Governor Paul LePage is a remarkably consistent guy. LePage doesn't just do stupid things in public. He can be just as big an idiot in private.
| February 02, 2011
What's gotten into Egypt?
Plus, Republicans for same-sex marriage, and trying to kill health-care reform
Being a dictator is a tough business. Just ask Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
| February 03, 2011
A critical reading of LePage’s inaugural address
Governor Paul LePage's inaugural address was fairly short, and was filled with rhetoric much like that from his campaign.
| January 12, 2011
Hating the government you lead
The Augusta Civic Center lobby swarmed with soldiers, security guards, legislators, lobbyists, and Republican ladies in nice dresses with "Volunteer" badges.
| May 26, 2011
The Nutting case
"If the diaper fits, you must acquit." According to press accounts from 2003, that was the wording on a sign carried at a State House rally by a supporter of Republican state Representative Robert Nutting of Oakland.
| December 01, 2010
Why Deval Patrick deserves your vote
A more-solid-than-recognized record, plus a realistically humane view of the future
When Massachusetts voters go to the polls on Tuesday, November 2, we urge them to cast their votes for the re-election of Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray.
| October 20, 2010
Six weeks on the campaign trail with a barely known Cambodian refugee who's running for Congress
Sam Meas was hardly a household name, even when he was running for the United States Congress seat in Massachusetts's Fifth District — and he's even less of one now that he lost.
| October 13, 2010
Charles in charge?
Republican Charlie Baker has been ready to be governor for years. But was he ready to be a candidate?
Voters should already have a good idea what they think about the candidates — which is why an increasing number of observers, across the political spectrum, are expressing surprise at how few Bay Staters like Charlie Baker.
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| October 07, 2010
Kung Fu + Contrapposto
@ Port City Music Hall
@ Mad Horse Theatre Company
So Percussion: "Where We Live"
@ Portland Ovations
Scenes from the Forget, Forget CD release
| September 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM
State to probe missing crude-oil reports #PanAm #mepolitics #crudeoil
July 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM
The answer to this week's game
June 08, 2013 at 12:15 PM
LePage: Big company didn't ask about Maine taxes #mepolitics
May 09, 2013 at 9:59 AM
LePage uses Obamacare to achieve his own political goal #mepolitics
May 08, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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