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Murdoch Deviance

Rupert Murdoch's Watergate

Defining deviancy
Murdoch is a tycoon of darkness. Aside from his handful of quality publications — the Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Australian — his News Corporation specializes in smears, sensationalism, and mendacity.
By: EDITORIAL  |  July 13, 2011

Christian science center remodel

Redeveloping the Christian Science Plaza requires restraint. Plus, budget madness.

An urban jewel
In the coming weeks, initial plans by the Christian Science Church to develop the plaza will be reviewed by a citizens advisory committee of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). This is the next step in an intricate process intended to balance the project's commercial viability with the public interest.  
By: EDITORIAL  |  July 06, 2011

NY governor Andrew Cuomo

Freedom to marry

New York's inspiring move. Plus, gaming.
At last, good news. After demoralizing reversals in California, Oregon, Maine, and Rhode Island, New York's stunning decision to legalize same-sex marriage rekindles hope in the hearts of decent folk across the nation who are working and waiting for the day when gender becomes irrelevant for all who wish to celebrate their mutual love and commitment by enrolling in the ranks of the legally married.
By: EDITORIAL  |  June 30, 2011

Too big to sue: Wal-Mart versus women

When the Supreme Court disallowed a discrimination case against the giant retailer, it hurt workers across the nation
Getting screwed just isn't enough. Stripped of all the legal mumbo-jumbo, that's what the five Republican-appointed justices on the Supreme Court decided when they threw out claims that Wal-Mart's 1.5 million female workers were systematically discriminated against, denied an equal shot at promotion, and awarded lower raises than their male coworkers.
By: EDITORIAL  |  June 27, 2011


'I did not have sext with those women'

Can congressman Weiner survive wanker-gate?
Anthony Weiner, New York's embattled sexting congressman, seems determined to ride out the storm.
By: EDITORIAL  |  June 09, 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.  
By: EDITORIAL  |  May 26, 2011


What's going on; What's at stake

Two months and 7000-plus air strikes into its Libyan intervention, NATO is running out of straightforward combat targets and is expanding its hit list to include infrastructure, communications networks, and command and control centers.
By: EDITORIAL  |  May 18, 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.
By: EDITORIAL  |  May 11, 2011


Taking the long view

Obama's secret. Plus, Bill Taylor, RIP.
The surprising and dramatic death in Pakistan of Osama bin Laden at the hands of American Special Forces operating under shoot-to-kill orders from President Barack Obama was a triumph of singular rarity in the annals of international conflict.
By: EDITORIAL  |  May 09, 2011


Don't shortchange the arts

Plus: DeLeo's welcome health-insurance fix, and bicycles and burritos — only in Boston
Building a state budget in these challenging economic times is a thankless task. So much needs to be done, and there is so little cash with which to do it.
By: EDITORIAL  |  April 27, 2011


Japan's Chernobyl

Plus, what's Donald Trump all about?
It may have receded from the headlines, but the crisis at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station continues.
By: EDITORIAL  |  April 13, 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.
By: EDITORIAL  |  April 06, 2011


Libya: Why Obama is right

What's wrong with saving lives?
That the nation is apprehensive and ambivalent about President Barack Obama's military intervention in Libya is natural, even healthy.
By: EDITORIAL  |  March 31, 2011


What's behind the curtain?

Gubernatorial scorecard
Here's our third Gubernatorial Scorecard, in which we score Governor Paul LePage on political savvy, and on whether what he's trying to do is good policy. Note the running total.
By: EDITORIAL  |  March 30, 2011

Call for public art

Seeking designs for a 36-foot-long, 8-foot-tall mural to replace a degenerate, "one-sided" mural at the Maine Department of Labor office in Augusta. Please e-mail jpgs to .  
By: EDITORIAL  |  March 30, 2011


Give Malalai Joya a visa

Plus, Obama's Libyan War
In a display of mendacity worthy of the days when the late Senator Joseph McCarthy stifled free speech from coast to coast, the United States Department of State has denied a visa to Afghanistan's most internationally recognized activist, Malalai Joya.
By: EDITORIAL  |  March 25, 2011


Nuclear Failure

When safe enough doesn't cut it
"Most people today," writes political philosopher John Gray, "think they belong to a species that can be master of its destiny. This is faith, not science. The unfolding disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station sorely strains that faith, as did the 1979 crisis at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island nuclear plant and the 1986 catastrophe at Chernobyl in the Ukraine.
By: EDITORIAL  |  March 18, 2011

John Reinstein

Freedom's Foot Soldier

Plus, Why Romney, Brown and Kerry are wrong
No one has labored with more love and assiduity to keep those liberties established by John Adams secure than John Reinstein, who has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as the top lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.  
By: EDITORIAL  |  March 16, 2011


District 7 endorsement: Vote Tito

Plus, sex ed and race in Boston’s schools
Thirty-five-year-old Tito Jackson, a former economic development official in Governor Deval Patrick's administration, is the candidate most deserving of District 7's votes.
By: EDITORIAL  |  March 04, 2011

To your health

Gubernatorial Scorecard
Here's our second Gubernatorial Scorecard, in which we score Governor Paul LePage on political savvy, and on whether what he's trying to do is good policy. Note the running total.
By: EDITORIAL  |  March 02, 2011


Scott Brown's dilemma

Now that he has revealed his sexual abuse, will he confront his party's rape deniers?
During his first year in Washington, Brown proved to be a steadfast Republican. But on four high-profile issues — jobs, financial reform, gays in the military, and nuclear arms control — Brown joined a handful of Republican free-thinkers who broke ranks with their reactionary party.
By: EDITORIAL  |  February 23, 2011

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