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New in the Phoenix: Fretting over the Fairness Doctrine

In which I contend that the Right's anxiety about the FD's impending return is, in part, aimed at fe...
By Adam Reilly  |  November 13, 2008

He’s not like us

While I’m still celebrating the election results — and don’t plan to stop until just before Thanksgiving — there is one sobering thing.
Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  November 12, 2008


1. As soon as Obama uttered the words: "Sasha and Malia, I love you both so much, and you have earne...
By Caitlin E. Curran  |  November 12, 2008

Faraone's final Chicago dispatch: A New Hope

You may have heard a little something about this, but we here in the US elected a new President on Tuesday. Barack Obama? Remember him?...
By Ryan Stewart  |  November 07, 2008

Obama wins; people get naked

88 percent of Cambridge voted for Barack Obama on Tuesday, so it's no surprise that impromptu celebrations were in full force there by midnight. Elsewhere...
By Caitlin E. Curran  |  November 06, 2008

Photos: Election night at Copley

Our photographer snapped photos around Copley, as Boston celebrated President-elect Obama
By CHRIS DEMPSEY  |  November 06, 2008


Mod on the move

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.”
Obama supporter Lincoln Chafee talks about the post-election landscape
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 05, 2008

At the Biltmore, exultation and ecstasy over Obama’s win

Shortly before 9:30 pm on Tuesday, a huge roar went up among the Democratic crowd packing the 17th floor ballroom at the Providence Biltmore.
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 05, 2008

Scattered after-thoughts

With the Phoenix going to press on Tuesday evening (before most election results came in), I struggled to come up with ways to be relevant on the morning after.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 05, 2008

Another Palin media critique!

First this, then this, and now this:  Maybe Palin is destined for a job at Fox.(Via the Daily Beast.)   
By Adam Reilly  |  November 05, 2008
Obama: no mandate?

Obama: no mandate?

 That's the conclusion of Bob Novak,a/k/a the Prince of Darkness, who writes: [Obama] may have opened the door to enactment of the long-deferred liberal agenda,...
By Adam Reilly  |  November 05, 2008

Final Chicago Dispatch: I Don't Want To Be A Hater No More

Start building the basketball court. And make sure it has glass backboards and breakaway rims. While you’re at it, paint the White House black…at least...
By Chris Faraone  |  November 05, 2008

The world responds

By now we've seen the photos of Barack Obama's grandmother celebrating his victory in her village in Kenya. But that's just the beginning. Here's just a quick selection of tidbits from the international media, covering the response to Obama's election:

By Jeff Inglis  |  November 05, 2008

Kudos to Bush

Is it just me, or is this a remarkably gracious speech by a president whose legacy was just repudiated in emphatic terms?  Brings me back...
By Adam Reilly  |  November 05, 2008

Gitell on Obama's win

Writing for the New York Post, former Phoenix reporter Seth Gitell does an excellent job analyzing the implications of Barack Obama's big win from a...
By Adam Reilly  |  November 05, 2008
Gizmodo explains CNN's hologram trick

Gizmodo explains CNN's hologram trick we don't have to! (In case, like some of us at the Phoenix, you were watching MSNBC - or Fox News, just to see...
By Caitlin E. Curran  |  November 05, 2008

So, What Happened?

In Massachusetts We confirmed that the state Republican Party should not be taken seriously as a major political party. Earlier this year, when people like...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 05, 2008

Screw the election . . . did you see those CNN holograms?!

I mean, c'mon: fuckin' HOLOGRAMS, dude! Let's see yer little Rachel Maddow do THAT, MSNBC. Way to get all Harriet Casdin-Silver on their asses. Good...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 05, 2008

Quite A Moment

I thought John McCain's speech was exceptionally gracious. I thought Barack Obama's speech was very good. I thought the moment was phenomenal. I'm not sure...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 05, 2008

"Yes we can!" And yes we did.

The noise outside my window was too much to ignore. Yelps. Honks. Sustained, full-throated cheers. More honks. Chants. "Yes We Can! Yes We Can! Yes...
By Mike Miliard  |  November 05, 2008

VIDEO: Obama Victory Speech from Grant Park

The Phoenix's Chris Faraone is in Grant Park, Twittering like a fool. Here's the full Obama victory speech, followed by Faraone's updates live from the...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 05, 2008

OK, Not Quite 35

Since we learned the nominees, I have said that Obama would win "comfortably" over McCain. But two months ago -- on the heels of the...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 04, 2008

VIDEO: McCain's Concession Speech

  Came away from this thinking that McCain, for all his faults and sleazy campaigning, is a fundamentally decent guy who was better than the...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 04, 2008
About that invocation...

About that invocation...

 ...Perhaps a bit much?I hate to be a wet blanket, but asking the crowd to pray that they can follow Obama and create the Kingdom...
By Adam Reilly  |  November 04, 2008

New England Delegation Now GOP-Free

After the remarkable 2006 elections, the only Republican US Representative left in New England was Christopher Shays, all the way down in the southwest corner...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 04, 2008

DAs Made To Look Stupid

All 11 Massachusetts District Attorneys, and Attorney General Martha Coakley, came out against the ballot initiative to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. They...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 04, 2008

First: Nate Silver

Unless I'm missing something, the brainiac was the first to call the election for Barack Obama this evening.
By Adam Reilly  |  November 04, 2008


It can now be said that Sara Orozco is no Angus McQuilken. Gamely though she tried, Orozco seems to have come up short in her...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 04, 2008

Jeanne and Kay in, Susan stays, Libby out?

MSNBC has called the New Hampshire Senate race for Jeanne Shaheen over incumbent John Sununu. Susan Collins has bucked the anti-GOP trend and defeated Tom...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 04, 2008

Rendell calls PA for Obama...--updated!

...In an interview with CBS's Katie Couric. Given the governor's nervous-Nellie tendencies, this is great news. Pennsylvania has long been the big prize as far...
By Adam Reilly  |  November 04, 2008