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A legacy of her own

Hillary Clinton's recent Capitol Hill testimony about the attack last year on the US embassy in Benghazi, Libya, showed the outgoing secretary of state at her strongest.

By EDITORIAL  |  February 01, 2013
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Number two blues

As we approach NFL draft season, it’s fun to look back at those great draft prospects of yore, the workout warriors and combine heroes who titillated coordinators, coaches, and fans leading up to the big selection day in New York.
Ryan Leaf’s sad story continues; plus, Ronnie Brown driving wild in Atlanta
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 02, 2010

Crossword: ''Who Wants Crabs?''

We got 'em right here!
We got 'em right here!
By MATT JONES  |  March 12, 2010
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A split atop the RI Tea Party

The Rhode Island Tea Party, a right-wing assemblage best known for its tax day rally against government spending on the State House steps, was until recently run by three women — Colleen Conley, Marina Peterson and, to a lesser degree, Nan Hayden. But n
Tea Time
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 25, 2009

Providence Fall Preview Listings 2009

A page of listings for local music, theater, art, festivals and more this fall.
Music, theater, art, festivals and more in the coming months
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 18, 2009
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Jimmy C. and Teddy K.

When the Camelot Caucus convenes in Faneuil Hall this Wednesday, the American presidency will once again become the trophy of a personality joust. In 1968 and '72, there was at least the issue of Vietnam to veil the overweaning ambitions of competing pu
An incumbent's lessons and the politics of personality
By MARCO TRBOVICH  |  August 28, 2009


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Jimmy C. and Teddy K.

When the Camelot Caucus convenes in Faneuil Hall this Wednesday, the American presidency will once again become the trophy of a personality joust. In 1968 and '72, there was at least the issue of Vietnam to veil the overweaning ambitions of competing pu
An incumbent's lessons and the politics of personality
By MARCO TRBOVICH  |  August 28, 2009
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Shooting from the lip

Washington – Edward M. Kennedy's presidential campaign has a serious problem, and the problem appears to be Edward M. Kennedy. During the week in which leadership was transformed from a word in the lexicon of his campaign rhetoric to a measurable realit
Kennedy's gaffe on Iran manages to make a bad image worse
By MARCO TRBOVICH  |  August 28, 2009
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Sarah Palin, Inc.

Confused commenters have no clue as to the opportunities that await Palin — because few understand the extraordinary, multi-billion-dollar marketplace that has developed for movement conservatives.
The biggest brand name in conservative politics is about to enter the burgeoning right-wing marketplace — and she's perfect for it. Ka-ching!
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 17, 2009

Supreme court

Next month, Congress will begin confirmation hearings to decide the fate of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, the 55-year-old Bronx native whom President Barack Obama nominated last month to fill retiring Justice David Souter's spot on the nine-memb
Maine senators playing major role in Sotomayor confirmation
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 19, 2009
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Female Trouble

Conventional political wisdom says that for a party to oppose a woman — or a women's issue — it's best to send out a female spokesperson.
A shocking dearth of Republican female pols should have the party in a panic. So why doesn't it care?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 05, 2009


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Legalize pot now

The Obama administration, already overtaxed with two foreign campaigns, made headlines this past week when the White House's newly minted director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy called for an end to the "War on Drugs."
With support from the unlikeliest circles, this could be marijuana's moment
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 29, 2009
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Generation Green

Republicans have a lot to say about the immorality of saddling the next generation with our national debt. But when it comes to leaving them a wrecked, depleted, and rapidly warming planet, they are taking the exact opposite line.
Once derided as tree huggers, eco-friendly youth are now the nation's most powerful (and feared) voting bloc. So why isn't the GOP listening?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 08, 2009
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Crossword: ''60 clues go in''

But in this themeless puzzle, only one solver reigns victorious.
But in this themeless puzzle, only one solver reigns victorious.
By MATT JONES  |  March 18, 2009

Make no mistake

Please note that David S. Bernstein's February 27 story "Capuano Cornered?" contains some inaccuracies.
Letters to the Boston editor, March 6, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 04, 2009
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Capuano cornered?

Republican lobbying-ethics scandals helped convince voters to toss out the GOP and put Democrats back in control of the US House of Representatives.
Could a developing Washington probe hurt the Somerville congressman, and derail his Senate hopes?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 25, 2009


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Congress bans kids from libraries?

Is it possible that Congress has just inadvertently turned millions of children’s books into contraband?
New safety law may prohibit children under 12 from libraries – or make many books illegal
By LISSA HARRIS  |  January 09, 2009
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00-Panetta

President-elect Barack Obama's pick of Leon Panetta as director of the Central Intelligence Agency caught Washington by surprise.
Why Leon might be right for the CIA. Plus: Al Franken, Roland Burris, and Caroline Kennedy.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 07, 2009
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Good news, bad news

It will be the best of times. Or, perhaps, it will be the worst.
Fear and loathing? Or happy days? The only thing we know for sure about the coming year is that we're all in this together.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 30, 2008
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Party like it's 1999

Just because you puked a lung on New Year's Eve doesn't mean you can't plan another five-alarm rager this month.
How to throw a wicked pisser goodbye Bush/HellObama bash
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 30, 2008

Pingree returns from a Congressional crash course

Newly elected Democratic House Representative Chellie Pingree split her time between the mundane and the meaningful during her freshman-legislator orientation in Washington DC last week.
Dispatch from DC
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 26, 2008


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The Impeachinator

From Caligula to Bush...er Obama: Bruce Fein watches them all.
Watchdog Fein
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  November 19, 2008
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Wacko patrol: America's 25 scariest conservatives

Imagine what will happen once the relatively sane folks now running the White House and the Republican National Committee pack up and go home?  
The Phoenix ranks the individuals who will hold the most sway over the right-wing message machine in 2009, and beyond.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 29, 2008

Young guns

This past Wednesday at the Capital Hill Hilton in Washington, DC, mayors from across the country were scheduled to sit down to a special session and learn how to combat youth gun violence.
Menino touting Boston’s gun-violence “best practices”
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 27, 2008
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Long national nightmare

Last night, I woke up in a sweat. I’d had a very bizarre dream.  
What if all the pundits, pollsters, and press are (gasp!) wrong about Obama’s chances?
By STEVEN STARK  |  October 22, 2008

Post-daily

After leaving daily newspapers, where do journalists go?
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 25, 2008


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Are universities selling out to oil nations?

As Academia searches for elusive dollars in a downward economy, oil-rich nations are enticing American schools to open satellite campuses in the Gulf.
As their big bucks beckon, Gulf campuses boom
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  September 24, 2008
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The ultimate Shill?

For a brief moment in late 2004, some people feared that Curt Schilling might pull through for President George W. Bush the way he did for the Sox.
Number 38's political timeline
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 17, 2008
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Where has all the Gonzo gone?

On top of everything else they’ve blighted over their awful eight-year reign, the Bushies did this: they killed Hunter S. Thompson.
In the first presidential election since the death of Hunter S. Thompson, we finally realize what we've lost
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 23, 2008
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David Banner

It would be a stronger statement if it weren’t for the conflicting cornerstones of conscientious-rapper soapboxing and standard-issue gangsta themes he’s laid at its foundation.
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By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  July 22, 2008