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The whistleblower in the ‘American Taliban’ case returns to Brown

John Walker Lindh, better known as the American Taliban, was in US custody in Afghanistan in December 2001. And counter-terrorism prosecutor John DePue had a question: could he be interrogated without a lawyer present?
Truthtelling
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 25, 2012
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Dance, Monkey: Baron Vaughn

We're not far off from a time when discontented McCain supporters will say things like, "Argh! I stubbed my toe! Damn you, Obama, and your move-around-my-furniture-while-I'm-sleeping ways!"
We put a comic on the hot seat. This week's victim...
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  November 11, 2008
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The gulf of Maine

With a massively unpopular Republican president leaving office, this year’s Senate election is a contest based on a candidate’s alignment with Bush.  
Senator Collins votes the Bush line 77 percent of the time; her challenger, Representative Allen, weighs in at 18 percent. Will these numbers decide November’s election?
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 09, 2008
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The Quiet Power of Jack Reed

As he closes out his second six-year term in the Senate, perhaps the most elite club in politics, Reed is the subject of ongoing speculation about his future.
Without seeking the spotlight, the senator and his star continue to rise
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 13, 2008
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The 100 unsexiest men in the world

Welcome to the first installment of ThePhoenix.com's 100 Unsexiest Men in the World.
Who would Scarlett least like to be with?
By BILL JENSEN & RYAN STEWART  |  March 27, 2008
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Why Mukasey stinks

The idea that former federal judge Michael Mukasey may soon be confirmed as US attorney general is almost a welcome relief. But it should not be.
Plus, what the Obama endorsement shows about Patrick
By EDITORIAL  |  October 25, 2007


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Brokeback men's room

Once upon a time there was a barbershop quartet known as the Singing Senators.
A curiously Republican story
By EDITORIAL  |  September 05, 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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Right turns

Maybe things are getting better.
Truth and reconciliation at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 10, 2007
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Being gay in the GOP

This editorial originally ran in the May 30, 2003 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
Congressman Mark Foley: A model of political hypocrisy and personal cowardice
By EDITORIAL  |  October 05, 2006
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A/K/A Tommy Chong

“I’m a doper comedian and I’m here because I made a stupid joke about a bong being the only Weapon of Mass Destruction the Bush administration found,” says Tommy Chong at the start of his nine-month sentence in a federal pen.
New doc chronicles stoner comedian's jail term
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 21, 2006


Trust me, baby

Readers respond to "Bush's Real Motive," "Liberty at the Library," and more.
Letters to the Boston editor
By EDITORIAL  |  February 16, 2006
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Domestic spying

In January, the Maine Civil Liberties Union announced that the FBI has secretly monitored the Maine Coalition for Peace and Justice, an alliance of around 60 local peace and environmental groups.
Maine's walls have ears
By SARA DONNELLY  |  February 08, 2006
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Alito: public enemy

How much damage will a conservative Court do?
The Phoenix editorial
By EDITORIAL  |  January 25, 2006