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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
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 25, 2010
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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
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 21, 2010
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Marijuana reform

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.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 28, 2007
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House pest

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
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 12, 2007
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Holy War!

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
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 06, 2007
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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
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 04, 2007


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Rove’s footprints

“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.
By EDITORIAL  |  March 14, 2007
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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
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 21, 2006
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The GOP’s secret stash

Give one thing to the GOP: they know how to play the game.
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By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 25, 2006
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Foleygate

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
By EDITORIAL  |  October 05, 2006
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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
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  August 09, 2006


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Your ombuddy

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
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  June 19, 2006
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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.
Romney watch
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 17, 2006
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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
By EDITORIAL  |  April 19, 2006

April fooled

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”
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 07, 2006
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Justice DeLayed

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
By EDITORIAL  |  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
By AL DIAMON  |  March 08, 2006
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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
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  March 06, 2006
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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
By PHOENIX EDITORIAL  |  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
By  |  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
By LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR  |  February 15, 2006


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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  
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 18, 2006

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’81 “Jack Abramoff is married with five children.
Least likely to attend his 25th reunion
By  |  January 13, 2006