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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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The annunciations

The broad brush strokes of Teddy Kennedy's presidential announcement may have uplifted liberal hearts, but Jerry Brown's announcement challenged liberal thinking with some pencil-sharp specifics about the role of government in economic planning for the 1
East Coast, West Coast: It's the Ted & Jerry Show
By MARCO TRBOVICH AND CHARLES P. PIERCE  |  August 28, 2009
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Back to the barricades

In the fall of 2005, when the artist and curator Mark Tribe began teaching at Brown University, he was struck by how little protest there was on campus at a time of war.  
Can reenacting Vietnam-era protests help us rethink Iraq?
By GREG COOK  |  October 15, 2008
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A history of violence

It was August 28, 1968, and Ron Pownall could feel the storm brewing as he arrived at a Vietnam War protest during the Democratic Convention in Chicago.
Ron Pownall’s photos of the ’68 Democratic Convention
By GREG COOK  |  August 26, 2008
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War stories

“We will be fighting for forty years.” Reading those words at the end of Norman Mailer’s 1968 Miami and the Siege of Chicago , you can’t help but feel a chill.
Mailer on the ’68 conventions
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 19, 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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Beyond the spin

The day after Barack Obama inched ahead of challenger Hillary Clinton in the superdelegate count, the indefatigable Clinton won the West Virginia primary.
Why Clinton's commanding West Virginia win is more show than substance
By PETER KADZIS  |  May 14, 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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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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Rhode Island: Vote for Obama

The 2008 election is guaranteed to enjoy a special place in history.
Barack offers the best chance for a fresh start
By EDITORIAL  |  February 27, 2008
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One for the books

It’s hard to believe that we just had a week without a primary.
Can tales of the Democratic party’s glory days help Obama and Clinton?
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 27, 2008


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Vote for Obama

If ever there were a need for clarity — of purpose and resolve — it is now.
Barack offers America the best chance for a fresh start
By EDITORIAL  |  February 06, 2008
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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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Say it ain’t so, Cindy Sheehan

The best place to observe the masochistic tendencies of the American left these days is in San Francisco.
Plus, the turd’s blossom has finally fallen off
By EDITORIAL  |  August 15, 2007
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The shape of things to come

The Democratic front-runners and the Republican establishment will be making critical decisions in the coming weeks that will shape the course of the race.
The defining issues of each party’s campaign are being decided now
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 09, 2007
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Presidential toteboard: To run, or not to run

In virtually every election cycle, there is a group of candidates who linger on the sidelines, unable to decide whether to enter the race.
As saviors or spoilers, would-be candidates could still change the ’08 race
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 21, 2007


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More rules for pols

Well, there are less than 21 months before the election, and the “Tote Board” is already computing the odds.
Even Richard Nixon could get himself elected today with these tips
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 21, 2007