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Peace movement urges caution on Syria

 Interventions
 Interventions
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 12, 2013
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Book, film reveal the Third World War

United States commandos answerable directly to President Barack Obama are killing countless innocent civilians every night in dozens of countries around the world.
 Investigations
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 01, 2013
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The Cost of War

With the tenth anniversary of the war upon us, a team of economists, lawyers, humanitarian personnel, and political scientists has developed a comprehensive, by-the-numbers look at the human, financial, and social impacts of the Iraq conflict.
When assessing the cost to America of the war in Iraq, a blue-ribbon panel says President Obama is all wet
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 22, 2013
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Mrs. Warren goes to Washington

Elizabeth Warren was the only senator on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, aside from the chair and ranking minority, to show up at last Thursday's hearing on indexing the minimum wage to inflation.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren’s credentials, support, and savvy make her almost untouchable — and she knows it.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 22, 2013
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A shot at progressive reform

With their sizeable majorities, the Democrats' reconquest of the Maine House and Senate could lead to a rebirth of progressive politics in the state — to reforms in health care, taxes, social services, and other issues.
But will the Dems seize the day?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 04, 2013
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The Obama imperative

Two things stand between almost certain economic and social catastrophe: the prospect of the Democrats maintaining — or expanding — their majority in the Senate, and the reelection of President Barack Obama.

By EDITORIAL  |  November 02, 2012


Parsing the political process; Buddy in the Times; ready for their close-up

On debate nights at Casa Diablo, Jorge perches on the couch in the Boom Boom Room, providing a running commentary on the action while taking copious notes such that he can provide a nuanced and informed review of the proceedings in this space.
Heated debates
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 19, 2012
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Inevitability at the ballot box

Five weeks. Five weeks of polls, attack ads, debates, and stump speeches.
More than a month left, with nowhere to go
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 05, 2012
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Interview: The radicalization of Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz's writer's block is almost as legendary as her wit.

By JON GARELICK  |  October 05, 2012
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Netanyahu

Don't cross the line.
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  September 28, 2012
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Will race tip the balance?

Any hope that Barack Obama's election would usher in a "post-racial" politics was, of course, naïve. Race is the great American problem. The great American obsession.
Research from a Brown University professor points to an intriguing answer
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 21, 2012


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Review: 2016: Obama's America

Walking into Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's political hatchet job, I overheard a woman exiting an earlier showing, breathlessly informing someone on her cell phone that "it's not a movie — it's a documentary!"
Not much of a movie or a documentary
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 07, 2012
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The GOP has the nominee from Massachusetts, but Barack Obama’s convention will have more of a Bay State flavor

When the Democratic National Convention convenes next week, delegates will be gathering in North Carolina to renominate a man born in Hawaii, raised in Kansas, and officially residing in Illinois.
A Wicked Good Convention
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 31, 2012
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Can Netroots make a difference in November – and beyond?

Online progressive activists have grown and developed to the point where they are ready to play critical roles in 2012 elections all over the country.
Rallying the troops
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 01, 2012

Grad students get the knife

On July 1 graduate and professional students will no longer be eligible for federally subsidized Stafford loans.
Student Loan Cuts
By MELISSA NELSON  |  May 18, 2012
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Reading between Obama's lines

President Barack Obama's address to the nation from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan may have lasted less than 11 minutes, but it has big implications.
Afghanistan
By EDITORIAL  |  May 04, 2012


Obama Occupies

It's no surprise that the mainstream media are treating the latest policy moves by President Barack Obama as part of the strategic maneuvering supporting his reelection bid.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  May 04, 2012
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Chumps at the Pump

$5 for a microbrew? Clearly, it's Obama's fault
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  March 02, 2012
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'It's Halftime in America'

Karl Rove is pissed off, and for once we can understand why.  
Plus, same-sex marriage's latest boost  
By EDITORIAL  |  February 10, 2012
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Obama's Vision: ''An America Built to Last''

By any measure, President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech would have been considered a political winner, but coming just one day after the Republicans' constipated Florida-primary debate, Obama scored an undeniable triumph.
Plus, Deval Patrick
By EDITORIAL  |  January 27, 2012

Obama responds to the 99 percent

In announcements that could be interpreted as gifts to the Occupy movement, President Barack Obama recently introduced three measures to help struggling students, veterans, and homeowners.
Band-aids or benefits?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 11, 2011


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Obama’s jobs plan is a step in the right direction

President Barack Obama's September 8 speech outlining his new jobs program — and the tax policies needed to finance it — was a sign of hope.
Notes on class warfare
By EDITORIAL  |  September 23, 2011
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A Statesman Too Late?

The congressional debt "super committee" has begun its work, and already there are signs that its task is hopeless.
John Kerry heads to work on the debt ‘super committee’ with his usual earnestness and high hopes — despite the circus that surrounds him
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 23, 2011

Maine sneaker-maker could provide military footwear

As the only remaining manufacturer of athletic shoes in the United States — with three factories in Maine and two in Massachusetts — New Balance wants government assurance that military servicemembers wear American-made sneakers, not ones that are made
Born in the USA
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 23, 2011
The Lion King and the Elephant Man

The Lion King and the Elephant Man


 Why "The Lion King?" Why now? Seventeen years after the film entered the ranks of Disney animated classics, its 3D re-release last weekend shot to...
By Peter Keough  |  September 22, 2011

First Amendment battle in the Bucket

As regular readers of this column know, Jorge is a native of Pawtucket. It was with great pride that I attended the celebration at McCoy Stadium this past Tuesday evening, commemorating the 125th anniversary of the city's incorporation.
A Catholic controversy; Taibbi’s straight talk; dandy Don; wisdom from Warren
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 26, 2011


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Does Obama have the cojones to win?

To make sense of this bizarre and dispiriting moment in American politics, here are the things one needs to appreciate.
This WTF moment
By EDITORIAL  |  July 29, 2011
The case for capturing bin Laden alive: we’re a nation of laws not bullets

The case for capturing bin Laden alive: we’re a nation of laws not bullets


 A friend asked earlier this week what I thought of President Obama's late-night speech to the nation, announcing the death of Osama bin Laden, in...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  May 09, 2011
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Romney rides again

Mitt Romney has been running for president more or less nonstop for the past seven years — and still hasn't figured out how to do it.
To win the GOP nomination, Mitt will need to do things differently this time. Here's how.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 15, 2011

Is same-sex marriage the 2012 comeback kid?

A few years ago, the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders — a Boston-based legal advocacy organization — launched a "6 x 12" campaign to secure marriage rights for gay couples across New England by 2012.
Crystal ball
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 15, 2011