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The problem with liberals' dislike of Rick Warren

Uncivil Liberties
The need to be consistent in the defense of the rights of all in our country — even those whose views we may find abhorrent.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  December 23, 2008

Captain chaos

Steering a suddenly lost GOP ship,
The past two weeks or so have seen at least one historic meltdown.  
By STEVEN STARK  |  October 02, 2008

Portland scene report: August 22, 2008

Sibilance starts now
Eric Bettencourt dropped us a line to say Shadow Shine Records is close to its first releases, one of which will be a Strange Pleasure live album.

By George, it's Barack!

To win over the working class, Obama should study the acceptance speech of George H. W. Bush
Right now, everyone is focused on Barack Obama’s vice-presidential choice. But historically, convention acceptance speeches matter even more.
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 20, 2008

‘Great’ is definitely the wrong word

Richard Bradley’s fact-challenged book on the Sox-Yanks’ ’78 season finale is filled with Buckner-esque errors.
When I come across an obvious factual error in a book, my initial inclination is to wince in sympathy for the soon-to-be-embarrassed author. Unless, that is, the mistake is infuriatingly egregious, in which case I’m more apt to throw the book up against the wall in disgust.
By GEORGE KIMBALL  |  May 28, 2008

Beyond the spin

Why Clinton's commanding West Virginia win is more show than substance
The day after Barack Obama inched ahead of challenger Hillary Clinton in the superdelegate count, the indefatigable Clinton won the West Virginia primary.
By PETER KADZIS  |  May 14, 2008

The player

Trying to find some meaning in ace biz-boy columnist Steve Bailey’s move to London
The exit of Boston Globe business columnist Steve Bailey this past week to take a post in London as a general-interest news editor with Bloomberg signifies the exhaustion of a tradition.
By PETER KADZIS  |  April 02, 2008

Precedent-breaking president

An Obama win in November would be historic for reasons beyond race
With the news that Florida and Michigan are unlikely to redo their primaries, it’s become even more probable that Barack Obama will be the Democratic presidential nominee.
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 26, 2008

The old neighborhood

Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris at Gallery Kayafas, plus videos at MIT
Some call Charles “Teenie” Harris’s five decades of photos of Pittsburgh one of the grandest chronicles of African-American life ever assembled.
By GREG COOK  |  December 12, 2007

It’s time for real change

And Barack Obama is the guy to bring it
The Pawtucket schools used to offer a course called “Problems in Democracy.”
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 15, 2007

Listen up, newbie

We will make you one of us — all you have to do is trust
Hey, kid. Yeah, you with the hat on backward. New in town? Big city, huh? Not at all like back home. Scary. Unfamiliar. Fraught! Want some advice?
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  September 04, 2007

More rules for pols

Even Richard Nixon could get himself elected today with these tips
Well, there are less than 21 months before the election, and the “Tote Board” is already computing the odds.
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 21, 2007

Let the horse race begin

Odds are you won’t be able to avoid the run-up to 2008, so you might as well start laying your bests now
Welcome to the 2008 Presidential Tote Board.
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 14, 2007

Ongoing recovery

Kennedy pushes the fight for parity on mental health
Rhode Islanders at a packed State House hearing last week got a close-up look at how US Representative Patrick J. Kennedy is managing his very public struggle with addiction and mental illness.
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  January 24, 2007

The conspiracist

Gay-rights crusader Paul Kuntzler turns a sharp mind for detail to the JFK assassination
“Assassination-conspiracy theorist” is a relatively recent addition to Paul Kuntzler’s résumé. Watch Paul Kuntzler on the JFK assassination
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 11, 2007

Déjà Duke

Second verse same as the first
This article originally appeared in the May 1, 1987 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
By SCOTT LEHIGH  |  November 14, 2006

In the BAG

Politics and other mistakes
First the good news: Dennis Dechaine is still guilty.
By AL DIAMON  |  August 30, 2006

CSA: The Confederate States of America

Mockumentary recasts results of "The War of Northern Aggression."
Those who found Spike Lee’s Bamboozled too subtle won’t have that problem with Kevin Willmott’s satire.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 23, 2006

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