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John Birch Society alive and confused in Maine

The Maine arm of the John Birch Society, founded in 1958 to combat communist influence in government, visited the State House in Augusta last week, calling for legislators to, well, do nothing, as it turns out.
Out of the woodwork
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 28, 2011
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American psycho

It will be unclear for some time whether alleged Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner will qualify for an insanity defense. But one need not be a practicing psychiatrist to see that the 22 year old is a disturbed individual.
And the American psychosis
By EDITORIAL  |  January 14, 2011

Right wing done wrong

As someone who is Republican by party and conservative by inclination, I must take issue with your editorial “Right Wing Terror” on several fronts.
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By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  June 19, 2009
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Right-wing terror

Conservatives scoffed in April when the Department of Homeland Security warned that the United States could face another wave of homegrown attacks.
The murder of Dr. George Tiller
By EDITORIAL  |  June 05, 2009
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Fair is foul

These are scary times for far-right conservatives.
What's the fuss over the Fairness Doctrine really about?
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 12, 2008

McCain's nuclear strategy: past as prologue


Today on Salon, Gary Kamiya makes a convincing connection between John McCain's new win-at-all-costs strategy and the approach Barry Goldwater used during the final days...
By Adam Reilly  |  October 07, 2008


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Sarah, get your AK-47

Ever since John McCain selected Sarah Palin to be his running mate, she has been the focus of the campaign.
The Alaska governor is dominating the election as we head into the fall — Why that is bad news for the Obama campaign
By STEVEN STARK  |  September 17, 2008

Change we can still believe in

Steven Stark is right to remind us that the presidential race isn’t a done deal.
Letters to the Boston editor, September 5, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 01, 2008
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Radical tweak

Every candidate has vulnerable blind spots, especially one new to the national scene, so there are ways to run against Obama. But the current approach has a particularly fatal flaw: it’s untrue.
Conservatives are missing the mark on Obama’s vulnerability
By STEVEN STARK  |  July 02, 2008

Campaign spying is an old, old game

This article originally appeared in the May 22, 1973 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Ward 8
By MARTIN LOMANSEY JR.  |  May 22, 2008
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Precedent-breaking president

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.
An Obama win in November would be historic for reasons beyond race
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 26, 2008


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King said George Romney didn't march

Romney was not satisfied with what George Romney actually did. He inflated it, placing his father into the iconic position of marching alongside the civil rights leader.
But, as usual, the truth wasn't good enough for Mitt
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 21, 2007
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Raising Hill

Hillary Clinton took only two questions from the audience at the end of her 35-minute speech at the American Association of Retired Persons conference.
Hillary Clinton’s ‘aura of inevitability’ might hide her weaknesses — at least until the Republicans get their hands on her
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 12, 2007
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Four years later

In the aftermath of a surprise attack by Egypt and Syria that overwhelmed Israeli forces in 1973, a special commission was convened to determine what went wrong.
Bush's bullshit
By EDITORIAL  |  May 02, 2007
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Take a sad song and make it better

In two weeks the Democratic candidates will gather for their first debate.
Hillary had better learn the art of apology — and fast
By STEVEN STARK  |  April 11, 2007

Ford and the USA

Many of the thoughts recently expressed about Gerald R. Ford’s presidency remind your superior correspondents of just how dangerously far to the right this country has veered.
Where are the sensible conservatives these days?
By PHILLIPE AND GORGE  |  January 03, 2007


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Tortured logic

Back in 1993, US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York wrote a famous essay, entitled “Defining Deviancy Down,” for the American Scholar .
The Bushies persist in trying to justify self-defeating behavior
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  September 20, 2006
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Rhode Island’s great communicator

The Governor's message mastery is a prime asset — and a leading challenge for democrats — in the 2006 campaign
Is Carcieri RI's Barry Goldwater?
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 13, 2006