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The other side of the McGovern legacy

George McGovern's death on October 21 has inspired remembrances of his status as a longtime liberal champion, but also his losing 1972 presidential campaign.

By LISA WEIDENFELD  |  November 02, 2012
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Tormenting Teddy

After 32 years in the US Senate, Ted Kennedy remains a force to be reckoned with, both for his legendary family history and his considerable accomplishments.
Republicans threaten Kennedy reign
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 28, 2009
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Luis's Lost Years

It had been nearly half a century since Luis Tiant stood on the Cuban soil where he was born, and where he first learned the skills that would see him become one of the greatest and most beloved pitchers in Red Sox history.
After five decades of exile, Red Sox great Luis Tiant journeys back to Cuba
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 24, 2009
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Lou Dobbs in 2012?

On November 4, the United States will elect a new president. And, on November 5, in this era of the permanent campaign, the Road to the White House 2012 will begin in earnest.  
As the GOP implodes, the financial crisis may present a white-hot moment for a third-party voice to enter the fray
By STEVEN STARK  |  October 16, 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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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


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Going Dutch

One odd thing is already clear about the fall campaign: in it, one of the two major candidates, John McCain, is going to play only a minor role.
If Obama is to win the general election, he’ll have to crib from the playbook of . . . Ronald Reagan
By STEVEN STARK  |  June 11, 2008
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Could America face a committee choice for president?

Like many thoughtful voters, I have privately wondered what would happen if John McCain, Hillary Clinton, or Barack Obama were to die after being nominated.
Surprise Scenario
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  April 09, 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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Know your superdelegates

If they choose wisely, they’ll follow the will of the people all the way into the Oval Office.
Democratic insiders in Maine and throughout the country will decide the party's nominee
By BRIDGET HUBER  |  March 12, 2008
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Up-Hil climb

Those in the press always prefer presidential races to be close contests, and this year they’ve seemingly lucked out again.
Even if Obama goes three for three in January, he still faces a steep challenge from Clinton
By STEVEN STARK  |  December 19, 2007


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Take it for granite

With roughly a month to go until the nominating process actually begins in Iowa, the contours of the 2008 presidential race are now clear.
If Hillary clinton wins New Hampshire, she’ll be tough to beat for the nomination. But Iowa is up for grabs . . .
By STEVEN STARK  |  November 28, 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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Outsmarting himself

Much of Barack Obama’s appeal is rooted in his promise to bring a new style of thoughtful politics to Washington.
Can race trump the egghead factor in Obama’s bid for the nomination?
By STEVEN STARK  |  July 20, 2007

The measure of a mayor

This article originally appeared in the May 2, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
What have ten years of Kevin White meant for Boston?
By TOM SHEEHAN  |  November 14, 2006
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Off with their heads

The signs are getting bleak for the man in the White House and the party in power.
Recent polls are giving the GOP the willies. So should the movies.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 20, 2006


Stuck inside of Warwick

This article originally appeared in the July 25, 1972 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
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By BEN GERSON  |  October 16, 2006
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The U.S. VS. John Lennon

Those who are drawn to the darker side of John Lennon may find this documentary from David Leaf and John Scheinfeld’s about the murdered ex-Beatle’s political activism a tad squeaky clean. Watch the trailer for The U.S. VS. John Lennon  (QuickTime)
A tad squeaky clean
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 27, 2006
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Lowlights from DemCon 2006

Yes, Virginia, there were some inspiring moments in Worcester’s DCU Center last weekend, with Deval Patrick’s first speech on Saturday topping the list.
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By ADAM REILLY  |  June 07, 2006