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You call this winning?

President Barack Obama scored.
Afghanistan complications multiply. Plus, Congress is heading for a weak wrap-up.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 02, 2010
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How Rhode Island can eliminate homelessness

Making it a reality is a matter of political will.
The concept is as simple as it is radical: give the homeless a place to live, with no strings attached
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 14, 2010
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Brown-nosing and flip-flopping

Two months ago, when Senator Scott Brown crossed party lines to help pass a jobs bill, the Phoenix noted the political convenience of that supposed show of independence — since other Republican senators were also voting with Democrats, Brown’s vote was
Scott Brown heeds his boss’s orders; Charlie Baker sides with homophobic party base
By EDITORIAL  |  April 23, 2010
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Ladies' man

Early last week, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government announced suddenly that Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, would speak at a forum that Friday afternoon.
In his race for US Senate, Michael Capuano is using well-known women to battle the race's female front-runner.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 20, 2009
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Magik Markers | Balf Quarry

Before Balf Quarry landed on my desk, I figured the dirtiest thing in Connecticut was Chris Dodd's browser history. Not so.
Drag City (2009)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 15, 2009

One of a kind

Phillipe + Jorge took time to attend the funeral of Claiborne Pell, in deference to all that he did for both Rhode Island and civility everywhere he went.
Rest in peace, Claiborne Pell, former senator and all-around class act
By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  January 07, 2009


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The right stuff

Politics is often a matter of perspective.
Senator John Kerry has it; challenger Ed O’Reilly doesn’t. Plus, Sarah Palin’s Hannah Montana equation.
By EDITORIAL  |  September 10, 2008
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The Obama two-step

Barack Obama lost his best vice-president option when Ohio governor Ted Strickland removed himself from consideration for the number-two spot.
Now that we know for sure Obama is going to the dance, who’s he gonna bring as his partner?
By STEVEN STARK  |  June 18, 2008
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Ring of fire

An ugly squabble between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the nation’s biggest phone companies has, in one nasty blow, recast the image of all the entities involved.
The deadbeat FBI fails to pay its phone bills and jeopardizes its wiretapping program
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  January 23, 2008
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The amazing race

For the past year, presidential politics has been building to the crescendo that is the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.
We break down the Presidential campaign to its six essential parts, and predict your next Commander-in-Chief.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 26, 2007
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On the national affront

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


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Suffrage net city

Three years ago, when the Red Sox were winning and John Kerry was losing, YouTube hadn’t even been invented.
The Web has become key to presidential politics — we rate the candidates on how they’ve put Al Gore’s invention to use
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 28, 2007
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Damn you, Barack Obama

Now that Obama's small contributors have effectively rewritten the history of political-campaign funding, even die-hard cynics are drinking the Kool-Aid.
Win or lose, Obama's small donors may have already brought a revolution in campaign financing
By AL GIORDANO  |  September 26, 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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Stable — within limits

There’s been very little movement in state and national Democratic polls over the past six months.
Clinton’s dominated the Democratic field since february, but voters are getting used to Obama
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 29, 2007
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About-face time

Conventional wisdom says that debates help everyone but the front-runner in the polls, because they give the pack exposure and face time next to the leader.
Debates usually help lesser-known pols. This season, they’re crushing them.
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 15, 2007


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Iraq and a hard place

Getting out of Iraq is going to be more difficult than getting in.
The Democratic presidential candidates must articulate clear exit strategies
By EDITORIAL  |  August 01, 2007
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Pushing to replace Bush

On an overcast night in early June, nearly 100 of US Senator Barack Obama’s local supporters crowded into the Peerless Lofts in downtown Providence.
Rhode Islanders are getting busy while supporting their favorite democrats
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  July 11, 2007
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Power brokers

As the race for the Democratic nomination enters the summer, there are two figures lurking in the background: Al Gore and Elizabeth Edwards.
Al Gore isn't running (yet); neither is Elizabeth Edwards. But either could be a factor in an Obama win.
By STEVEN STARK  |  July 02, 2007
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Protest I

On Tuesday, 40 gagged demonstrators, clad in orange prisoner-style jumpsuits, made their way from the center of Boston to the JFK Federal Building.
Fighting for your right to civil liberties
By CAROLINE PERRY  |  June 27, 2007


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Wishing for more than a wash

According to national polls, Giuliani is leading as the Republican front-runner.
How are the GOP front-runners doing in the almighty early-primary states?
By STEVEN STARK  |  June 13, 2007
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Best in show

It looks as if Arthur Branch, a/k/a Fred Thompson, is about to swap Law and Order for the law and disorder otherwise known as campaign 2008.
Fred Thompson’s threatened GOP bid is making things trickier for those candidates facing another debate this week
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 30, 2007
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Size doesn’t matter

Call it the revenge of the little guys, if you will.
Nevermind the revamped primary schedule; the small states can still have plenty of bite
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 17, 2007
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Who’s with whom — and why?

Now that first-quarter campaign-finance reports have been filed, we can see which presidential candidates scooped up money from which Bay Staters.
Talking politics
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 18, 2007
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The debating game

Thursday April 26 marks the first mega-event of the campaign season: the Democrats’ initial debate, to be held in South Carolina.
 A few things to keep in mind while watching the Democrats’ first debate
By STEVEN STARK  |  April 18, 2007


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The rats in Romney’s corner

Mitt Romney’s powerhouse first-quarter fundraising numbers — he reports to have taken in more than $20 million — got him all kinds of press attention.
The dirty tricksters behind Romney’s money
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 04, 2007
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Who’s with whom

For Democratic presidential candidates, Boston is the ATM kiosk on the way to New Hampshire.
When John Kerry bowed out of the presidential sweepstakes, it freed Boston’s big Democratic brokers to find a favorite.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 29, 2007
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Diagnostic politics

It’s an unfortunate fact of American political life that one’s entire personal life becomes public the minute one runs for office.
Will Elizabeth Edwards’s cancer give her husband special grace?
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 28, 2007
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Presidential toteboard: why the odds favor Obama

When Barack Obama announced his presidential candidacy, there was some wild speculation that Obama might not receive a large share of the black vote.
Black vote + uncommon charisma = quantifiable advantage
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 14, 2007