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Rocket Redux

Recalling Charlie’s F-bomb. Plus, ACORN-bashing, and BIG LOST
In case you missed it, comedian Jenny Slate, a new cast member of the still-atrophying Saturday Night Live, caused a stir by saying “fuck” on the September 26 show in a biker chicks sketch with Kristen Wiig.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 30, 2009

Merchants of death

Wall Street's latest bad idea. Plus, where the health debate will likely go.
Wall Street has found a new way to make a buck: buy up the life-insurance policies of the sick and the aged at a fraction of their cost, bundle them into bonds that will be sold to investors, and profit from them when the policy holders die sooner rather than later.
By EDITORIAL  |  September 09, 2009

California’s shame

Equal marriage rights suffers a setback, but there is hope. Plus, young voters.
The politics of division as practiced by lame-duck president George W. Bush at the connivance of his onetime Svengali Karl Rove are not dead.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 24, 2008

Dance, Monkey: Baron Vaughn

We put a comic on the hot seat. This week's victim...
We're not far off from a time when discontented McCain supporters will say things like, "Argh! I stubbed my toe! Damn you, Obama, and your move-around-my-furniture-while-I'm-sleeping ways!"
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  November 11, 2008

Mod on the move

Obama supporter Lincoln Chafee talks about the post-election landscape
The Brown University class being taught this semester by Lincoln Chafee, the Republican US senator-turned-independent supporter of Barack Obama, has an up-to-the-moment title: “Whither America.”
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 05, 2008

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

An excellent and frightening documentary
Barack Obama is darn lucky that Lee Atwater, who died in 1991, isn’t around to lead the Republican dirty-tricks department.  
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 25, 2008

How to eat seed corn

Fiscal due-diligence is a concept unfamiliar to denizens of Smith Hill
It is now revealed that the first quarter revenue projections for the state have come in an additional $33 million less than expected, running our deficit up to $66 million.  
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 16, 2008

W. gets a B

Josh Brolin prevails over Oliver Stone’s shaky portrait
Josh Brolin prevails over Oliver Stone’s shaky portrait
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 15, 2008

Ben Dover’s big bailout

Our congressional officials owe Rhode Island an apology
Phillipe + Jorge are furious over the $700 billion bailout of the pinstriped pirates of Wall Street, who are laughing as they return to their McMansions.  
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 09, 2008

Interview: John Hodgman

One man's operating system
Long before John Hodgman became universally recognized as the systems-challenged PC in Apple’s ads, he was writing fake trivia for such publications as McSweeney’s and the New York Times Magazine.  
By CLEA SIMON  |  November 21, 2008

Blunt object

The political fight over a November marijuana-reform ballot question has sparked a Battle of the Bong
Question 2 supporters claim Massachusetts district attorneys committed “at least 15 violations of Massachusetts campaign-finance and election laws” in the runup to the marijuana-decriminalization vote. 
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 25, 2008

Rhode Islanders vie to make difference in NH

Campaign 2008
With less than 50 days until the presidential contest between Barack Obama and Sarah — whoops — John McCain, there is good news and bad news for Democrats.
By MATT JERZYK  |  September 17, 2008

The enthusiasm gap

This election, with Obama having stoked pennant fever in Denver, it is the Dems who have cornered the excitement market  
The selection of gun-shooting, anti-abortion, creationist, doctrinaire conservative Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as John McCain’s vice-presidential nominee has finally got the GOP’s conservative base excited.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 03, 2008

Leggo my ego!

The GOP is smearing Obama as a narcissist. So why is the press playing along?
If Barack Obama loses the presidency this November, it won’t be because of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, or “Bitter-gate,” or sundry other vulnerabilities.
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 30, 2008

Man of the Century

The late, great Bo Diddley helped put Lupo’s on the map
Bo Diddley, a particular favorite of Lupo, was the first “name” performer to play the club.
By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  June 04, 2008

Cylons for McCain

12 clues that suggest one of Battlestar Galactica's "Final Five" is running for President
The lateset season of Battlestar Galactica is kind of ho-hum: until you suddenly realize that one of the Final Five is running for president!
By MEG MUCKENHOUPT  |  April 30, 2008

Everybody’s Irish?

Tommy Tiernan, Lil’ Bush
Tommy Tiernan is an Irishman, a son of Erin.
By JAMES PARKER  |  March 04, 2008

That’s what he said

Barack Obama sounds just like Deval Patrick. Is that good or bad?
More than any other presidential candidate, Barack Obama owes his success to sheer rhetorical power.
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 17, 2008


Mitt Romney is a liar, and Republican voters deserve better.
Members of the GOP must reject the shameless, dishonorable, dishonest former governor of Massachusetts, Willard Mitt Romney.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 09, 2008

Poppy parks the tiger amidst Crawford holiday splendor

Phillipe and Jorge
Phillipe + Jorge’s invitation to share Christmas with the Bush family and their closest friends in Crawford, Texas, was once again lost in the mail.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 26, 2007

On the national affront

An inescapable year reaches its inevitable conclusion
Where does one begin to recap 12 months of such willful self-parody?
By BARRY CRIMMINS  |  December 19, 2007

Capital loss

How has moving from Boston to Washington changed the Atlantic ?
Two things stood out when the book tour for an impressive new anthology, The American Idea: The Best of the Atlantic Monthly , rolled through town this past month.
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 05, 2007

Why Mukasey stinks

Plus, what the Obama endorsement shows about Patrick
The idea that former federal judge Michael Mukasey may soon be confirmed as US attorney general is almost a welcome relief. But it should not be.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 25, 2007

In tragedy’s shadow

Politics encroached on 9/11 this year in Massachusetts, even if nobody wants to admit it
Jim Ogonowski, a 28-year military veteran and small-farm owner in Dracut, brings plenty of life story, personal accomplishments, and policy positions to his campaign for US Congress.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 19, 2007

In praise of four-letter words

Or why the FCC should go fuck itself
The perversity of today’s FCC is that by being vague it can be more effectively chilling, censorious, and repressive.
By EDITORIAL  |  August 29, 2007

Kong maker

Seth Gordon learns the rules of the game
Seth Gordon’s The King of Kong poses a microcosm of America. A very tiny microcosm.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 22, 2007

Law and order in Nawt Prov

Woman’s leg used as a wishbone during IWW protest
Nice work by the carabiniere in Nawt Prov, who broke the leg of a young woman who was taking part in a protest .
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 15, 2007

Say it ain’t so, Cindy Sheehan

Plus, the turd’s blossom has finally fallen off
The best place to observe the masochistic tendencies of the American left these days is in San Francisco.
By EDITORIAL  |  August 15, 2007

Political cartoons

The 20 Best Animated Politicians in Cartoon History  
Among its hordes of firsts, The Simpsons helped transplant politicians from the cartoon funny pages to our television sets.
By DAVID MASHBURN  |  July 26, 2007

The man who wasn’t there

Politics and other mistakes
Imagine you’re a Republican candidate for Congress in Maine’s 1st District whose name isn’t Charlie Summers.
By AL DIAMON  |  July 18, 2007

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