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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.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 16, 2012
Review:A Broth of A Boy

Sad Boy


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.
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  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.
By AL DIAMON  |  August 22, 2012
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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.
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 20, 2012
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Dog daze

Letters to the Boston editors, March 9, 2012
Letters to the Boston editors, March 9, 2012.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 08, 2012

Question authority

Press Releases
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.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 08, 2012
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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.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 01, 2012
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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.
By EDITORIAL  |  December 21, 2011

Senator Collins helps derail prison reform

'Toxic' Washington
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.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  November 09, 2011
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Night of the Republican Debate, Part X

Big Fat Whale
Death won't stop them from campaigning!
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  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.
By JOE DIFAZIO  |  October 17, 2011
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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.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 04, 2011

Drawing a line

Bipartisan agreement
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.
By AL DIAMON  |  September 07, 2011
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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.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 31, 2011
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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.
By 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.
By AL DIAMON  |  August 10, 2011
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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.  
By EDITORIAL  |  May 26, 2011
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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.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 11, 2011
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Obama's rebirth

By exposing his haters, the president has forced the GOP into a corner
It was a good weekend for the president.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 05, 2011

Easily distracted

The LePage mantras
Contrary to popular belief, Republican Governor Paul LePage is not an idiot.
By AL DIAMON  |  April 06, 2011
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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.
By EDITORIAL  |  April 06, 2011
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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

Family feud

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.
By AL DIAMON  |  February 02, 2011
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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.
By EDITORIAL  |  February 03, 2011

A critical reading of LePage’s inaugural address

Starting points
Governor Paul LePage's inaugural address was fairly short, and was filled with rhetoric much like that from his campaign.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 12, 2011

Hating the government you lead

LePage's inauguration
The Augusta Civic Center lobby swarmed with soldiers, security guards, legislators, lobbyists, and Republican ladies in nice dresses with "Volunteer" badges.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 26, 2011

The stain

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.
By AL DIAMON  |  December 01, 2010
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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.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 20, 2010
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Sam who?

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.
By LAWRENCE BERGMAN  |  October 13, 2010
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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.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 07, 2010

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