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Casino Jack And The United States Of Money
TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE
Review: Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010)
Alex Gibney has a gift for turning stories of corruption so thick they're nearly impenetrable into simple tales of unfettered greed and malfeasance.
The globe-trotting misdeeds of Jack Abramoff
| June 25, 2010
Review: Casino Jack And The United States Of Money
Had someone fire-bombed an annual college-Republicans meeting in the early 1980, he would have spared this country a lot of pain and strife.
Peering into evil conservative souls
| May 21, 2010
There is no sense to be found in the prosecution of individuals for possession of small amounts of marijuana.
A less-than-perfect but much-needed initiative. Plus, more evidence that Trent Lott is a weasel.
| November 28, 2007
The biggest political story in Massachusetts right now is the state’s ongoing dalliance with casino gambling.
One Cape Cod blogger is getting the scoops and setting the pace for Massachusetts casino coverage — for better or worse
| September 12, 2007
There’s no doubt about it: right now, God is on the side of the atheists.
A new army of atheists is taking no prisoners in its battle with God and his self-appointed faith dealers
| June 06, 2007
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
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| April 04, 2007
“Turd Blossom.” That’s what President Bush affectionately calls Karl Rove, his top political aide. It’s an apt nickname, especially these days.
Where Karl goes, corruption is sure to follow. Plus, a solution to military immorality.
| March 14, 2007
Can Mitt win?
To understand why Mitt Romney’s dream of capturing the Republican presidential nomination is not far-fetched, you first have to understand what Rudy Giuliani is doing — or rather, not doing.
Romney’s chances of winning the GOP presidential nod hinge on conservatives’ hatred of John McCain
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| November 21, 2006
The GOP’s secret stash
Give one thing to the GOP: they know how to play the game.
| October 25, 2006
House Speaker Dennis Hastert took office in the wake of one Republican sex scandal, and it looks like he might lose his chair in the wake of another.
The former congressman’s true crime
| October 05, 2006
French fries strike back!
P&J consider it amazing that this story from the Washington Times (via MSNBC), forwarded by our friend Tommy from Queens, didn’t get wider national front-page coverage.
Self-satisfied faux patriots get their comeuppance
PHILLIPE & JORGE
| August 09, 2006
Part internal-affairs cop, part complaint department, American news ombudsmen are truly a unique breed.
Once the most thankless job in journalism, the lowly ombudsman is now poised to be a star
| June 19, 2006
Who’s footing the gov’s latest bills?
Sadly, Mitt Romney’s staff members have cut way back on the use of his gubernatorial-campaign credit card, which had made it easy for us to track their cross-country sojourns.
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| May 17, 2006
Apartheid, Bush style
More pitiable than being a Democrat in President George W. Bush’s America is to be an African-American Democrat.
The Republican rape of New Orleans. Plus, Rumsfeld and Romney
| April 19, 2006
Although your superior correspondents don’t know how many people were sucked in by WBRU’s April Fools’ Day joke, the biggest dupes had to be the newsies at NBC-10.
Channel 10 bites on the bogus ’BRU “sale”
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| April 07, 2006
The worm turns. Former Republican House Majority leader Tom DeLay is resigning his seat in Congress.
A leading political gangster is forced from office amid a widening criminal scandal
| April 05, 2006
Don’t get too hip
Officials at the Maine Department of Agriculture and Assorted Other Kultures are still reeling from the news that TV celebrity Homer Simpson has endorsed Maine potatoes.
Politics and other mistakes
| March 08, 2006
Where is the love?
Within a couple months of its release, Brokeback Mountain went from being simply a well-made, serious film to a widely recognized, highly satirized cultural artifact.
Brokeback Mountain perfectly captures our ambivalence about marriage — gay and straight
| March 06, 2006
Republicans, large and small
Going into the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Judge Samuel Alito Jr., prevailing wisdom held that the acid test would be abortion rights.
Bush, Alito, Abramoff ... and Healey
| February 27, 2006
Do the Donald
Now that The Donald has emerged as the bankroller of a proposed casino in deepest Johnston — and wouldn’t the landfill be wonderful as a site, symbolic in so many ways — it’s time to get into full Trump mode.
Trump’s entry raises the casino sweepstakes
| February 23, 2006
Letters to the Portland Editor, February 17, 2006
If you agree that our US senators ought to grant Maine citizens the opportunity to be heard at town meeting forums please contact their offices.
Readers fire back on the issues of Maine's senators participating in town meeting forums, and Governor Baldacci's Venezuelan heating-oil deal
LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR
| February 15, 2006
Look in the mirror
What’s a new year in Rhode Island without a few indictments?
A disengaged public supports an environment in which political misdeeds flourish
| January 18, 2006
’81 “Jack Abramoff is married with five children.
Least likely to attend his 25th reunion
| January 13, 2006
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