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Does Obama have the cojones to win?

To make sense of this bizarre and dispiriting moment in American politics, here are the things one needs to appreciate.
This WTF moment
By EDITORIAL  |  July 29, 2011
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Considering Kagan

Elena Kagan, onetime dean of Harvard Law School and current US solicitor general, is a less than perfect candidate to sit on the Supreme Court.
She’s weak on free speech, but doesn’t deserve her ‘Seinfeld moment’
By EDITORIAL  |  May 14, 2010
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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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The Funn(k)y Drummer

Johnny Carson was revered for his impeccable comic timing. It was "so precise," wrote one newspaper in his obituary, "that we wouldn't be surprised to find buried in his skull a quartz crystal." And why might that be? Perhaps because Johnny Carson was a
What's the connection between comedy and percussion?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 14, 2009
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Peter Morgan's Frost-Nixon

Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon at the Colonial
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By STEVE VINEBERG  |  February 03, 2009
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Political Andy?

Was Andy Warhol more politically engaged than he's given credit for?
Warhol's court-painter years; plus doodling at the Rose
By GREG COOK  |  November 04, 2008


Flashbacks(1)

The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966. These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Ian Sands.
From the archives of the Boston Phoenix
By  |  October 27, 2008
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Putting up W’s

How is it that the least popular and possibly worst chief executive in American history has inspired no lasting impersonations?  
Screen depictions beat around the Bush
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 15, 2008
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Hello, old friend

There was a recent arrest of a onetime member of the Patriots defensive backfield — old friend Lawyer Milloy.
Sports blotter: "Past Pats" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 25, 2008
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Odium at the podium

In most presidential elections, the importance of the debates is over-rated.
This year, with such a close contest, the debates could have an impact like never before. Here’s what to watch for.
By STEVEN STARK  |  September 25, 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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Killing grounds

Chekhov wrote to a friend while composing The Seagull , first of his Big Four, that he was writing a “comedy with three female parts, six male parts, four acts, a landscape (a view of the lake), much talk about literature, and five tons of love.”
The Seagull flies at the Publick; Company One knocks off Assassins
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 15, 2008
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Is this thing on?

In the modern age, America’s major-party conventions are love fests, feting their preselected nominees. But that may not be the case this year for Barack Obama.
Rather than get a bounce  from his convention, Obama might actually be hurt by the Democratic nominating event
By STEVEN STARK  |  July 09, 2008
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Clinton fatigue

This past week, Vermont senator Patrick Leahy urged Hillary Clinton  to quit the Democratic race in the interests of party unity.
What is driving the widespread movement pressuring Hillary to drop out, even though she is very much still in the race?
By STEVEN STARK  |  April 02, 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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Common cents

Our government is now taking its cues from late-night infomercials.
Free money? Well, sort of.
By DOUG HEYE  |  March 12, 2008


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Civil war

The whole Democratic race is still only two steps away from becoming a train wreck that could derail the party’s chances of winning in November.
If Clinton can pull off a couple more victories, the democratic party is headed for a disastrous, fight-worn finish
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 20, 2008
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The ‘A’ word

How can the media cover a subject that nearly everyone’s thinking about, but is almost too abhorrent to discuss?

Is there one political story the press shouldn’t report?


By ADAM REILLY  |  February 15, 2008
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First impressions

Say you’re at a party and some guy comes up to you.
Can Frank TV save a tired comedy staple?
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 19, 2007
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Mood-swing votes

The nation’s political mood is shifting dramatically, and the campaign press has yet to notice the change.
Fed up with politics-as-usual conventional candidates, the public may well be ready to embrace innovative outsiders
By STEVEN STARK  |  October 31, 2007
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Political cartoons

Among its hordes of firsts, The Simpsons helped transplant politicians from the cartoon funny pages to our television sets.
The 20 Best Animated Politicians in Cartoon History  
By DAVID MASHBURN  |  July 26, 2007


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Lost in space?

As former senator and current Law and Order district attorney Fred Thompson contemplates a run for the presidency, the comparisons with Ronald Reagan continue.
Will Fred Thompson act the part of the next Ronald Reagan or end up like John Glenn?
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 02, 2007

Three in the Third

This article originally appeared in the November 7, 1972 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
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By JAMIE ROSENTHAL  |  February 02, 2007
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Who are you?

I’d hazard that when most of us think of pictures with “hidden meanings,” we don’t envision portraits, a genre that usually entails straight-ahead representations of, well, heads, at least.
"Identy Construction" at G-A-S-P, "Sensorium II" at MIT, "Traveling Scholars" at the MFA
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  January 30, 2007
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How will speaker Murphy use his power?

It was no big surprise when House Speaker William J. Murphy recently presented his wife, Stacey, with a bunch of roses — as thanks, he said, for the nights he had missed dinner while working late at the State House.
A brain drain, looming deficits, and other challenges await solutions
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 10, 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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Gerald Ford, Betty’s husband

It is the great irony of Gerald Ford’s public life that he is remembered so fondly in death because he lost an election. James Brown: 1933 - 2006. By Ted Drozdowski
The 38th president got a lot of things right
By FRANCIS J. CONNOLLY  |  January 03, 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

Higgins at large

This article originally appeared in the February 17, 1976 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
 
By GEORGE V. HIGGINS  |  November 14, 2006

Brief cases

This article originally appeared in the August 19, 1986 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
No Scalia wag
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  November 14, 2006