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Think Mitt Romney had a bad week? Joe Biden's was worse.

Think Mitt Romney had a bad week? Joe Biden's was worse.

Progressives snickered endlessly last night, re-assured that the GOP primary will continue to be a bruising, embarassing, drawn-out affair for MITT ROMNEY and NEWT GINGRICH. They...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 22, 2012

A Statesman Too Late?

The congressional debt "super committee" has begun its work, and already there are signs that its task is hopeless.
John Kerry heads to work on the debt ‘super committee’ with his usual earnestness and high hopes — despite the circus that surrounds him
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 23, 2011

The Kennedys will rise again!

As you've probably heard a couple thousand times by now, Rhode Island Representative Patrick J. Kennedy's retirement means Washington is without a member of Team Camelot for the first time in 64 years.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 07, 2011

Going Gaga for gay rights

Maine became a gay-rights battleground again this week, complete with junior-high-style political maneuvering and pop-culture madness.
Rally report
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 24, 2010

Your words are not your own

Plagiarism is a serious charge.
Less Otten. More Originality.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 14, 2010


The Democrats won and the Republicans lost. That, in a nutshell, is the bottom line.
Health-care reform is a new high-water mark
By EDITORIAL  |  March 26, 2010


Might as well jump

Last Thursday, Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island — the last of his legendary clan in Congress — announced that he will not run for re-election.
Recent retirements of key democrats paints a picture of a powerful Republican rogue wave forming. So why are a number of high-profile Republicans leaving office too?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 19, 2010

Is there 'hope' in Hollywood?

Buoyed by President Barack Obama's campaign slogan, many had hopes for change after his election.
Three controversial (and sure to be Oscar-nominated) films tackle race in the age of Obama
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2010

Obama's year two to-do's

This week marks the one-year anniversary of Barack Obama's inauguration. Can you believe it?
What Have You Done for Me Lately Dept.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 22, 2010

Time to end tolerance

I'd like you to think about something. Ever seen the bumper sticker: "Intolerance will not be tolerated"?
Letters to the Portland Editor, December 11, 2009
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  December 11, 2009

Can we have class dismissed?

What, you might ask, does Ahmed Hussein Ismail, the alleged gun-toting robber mistakenly let out of jail in Portland, have in common with Tareq and Michaele Salahi, alleged White House party-crashers?
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  December 11, 2009


Open spaces

In my review of the memorable Brahms performances Sir Simon Rattle led with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for the Celebrity Series of Boston last month, I should have mentioned that one decision responsible for the beauty and spaciousness of the or
The BSO's Brahms, Ben Zander's Wagner, Collage New Music, and the BEMF's Handel
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 04, 2009

Thanks for nothing!

We'd like to be thankful, we really would. Change came to Washington this year and the Mad Men returned.
In our first annual list of Rhode Island turkeys, the Phoenix fingers 10 people and institutions that made a bad year even worse
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 24, 2009

Afghanistan: Just say no!

The idea that the war in Afghanistan has reached a critical junction, a “now-or-never” moment that requires an additional 40,000 troops to win, is rubbish.
Plus, Obama and the Nobel
By EDITORIAL  |  October 16, 2009
ted crowd list

Ted's turn

A little-known provision in the crime bill now being negotiated by a House-Senate conference committee would greatly expand the number of prison cells available to house violent criminals, and it wouldn't be cost a dime. But it may be doomed unless Sen
Clinton caves on crime bill, but Kennedy can still salvage it
By AL GIORDANO  |  August 28, 2009

Loop dreams

After laughing at the benighted morals and intelligence and the mordant wit of the reprehensible politicos of In the Loop , I had to ask myself, why now? Wouldn't this film have made more of an impact, both politically and commercially, if it had been
Iannucci and the future of political comedy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 24, 2009

Joe Biden is a stud! Part II

Joe Biden is a stud! Part II

By Charlie  |  June 02, 2009
An observation about today's Cheney speech

An observation about today's Cheney speech

 Right now, the Bush/Cheney administration leads the Obama/Biden administration, 1-0, in catas...
By Adam Reilly  |  May 21, 2009

Say it ain't so, Joe

Breaking: Biden resigns the vice-presidency amid Wentzgate scandal
Breaking: Biden resigns the vice-presidency amid Wentzgate scandal
By BY DAVID THORPE  |  November 11, 2008

Hope restored

Barack Obama's election has sparked international wonder. His task, however, is great.
Barack Obama's election has sparked international wonder. His task, however, is great.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 05, 2008

FULTON: Why I voted for Obama

In 2004, I wrote in the Phoenix about voting for a president for the first time. I felt idealistic, empowered, and special. I worried that...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  November 04, 2008

ALTERMAN: Why I support Obama

To be honest, I was a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter, before and even after Barack Obama won the nomination. I had hoped to celebrate the...
By Sara Faith Alterman  |  November 04, 2008

We want a fresh start — and an untroubled election

Tuesday, November 4, Election Day, may be the most important day of our lives — and even more so for the children and grandchildren we will eventually leave behind. 
Election Day 2008
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  October 29, 2008

Obama for president

The past eight years have been disastrous for America.
Vote for ‘that one.’ Also, approve pot reform.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 29, 2008

Night of the living dead

It’s almost over. This is welcome news.
What if the election doesn’t end on Election Day?
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 29, 2008

Gabba gabba, hey! One of us!

I was surprised to learn that I’ll be making my selection for president based not on the issues, but on the Republican vice-presidential candidate’s preferences in recreational activities.  
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 22, 2008

Conservative theme of the day: The "Angry Left" and its media enablers--updated!

Here's LA Times political blogger (and former Laura Bush press secretary!) Andrew Malcolm arguing that the press isn't paying enough attention to nastiness among opponents...
By Adam Reilly  |  October 13, 2008

Bull disclosure

As the presidential candidates prep for the final debate of 2008 — which will take place on October 15 in Hempstead, New York, with CBS’s Bob Schieffer moderating — it’s a fitting time to ask: why do some journalistic conflicts of interest become semi-sc
As the candidates prep for the final debate, it’s a fitting time to ask: why do some journalistic conflicts of interest become scandals, while others get almost no attention at all?
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 08, 2008

Drinking Liberally with Sarah Palin

I’m glad that we – meaning those of us who are intelligent enough to dismiss today’s New York Times nonsense that Sarah Palin delivered an...
By Chris Faraone  |  October 03, 2008

Contextualizing the Ifill flap

First, here's a brief timeline that puts the story of the day in context:July 23: A Washington Times piece on Tavis Smiley quotes Gwen Ifill...
By Adam Reilly  |  October 01, 2008