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After Markey, Get Set, Go

It's a matter of political decorum: when an officeholder is running for higher office, you wait until the election has been won before publicly coveting the resulting vacancy.
Talking Politics
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 22, 2013

The case for John Kerry

Despite it being against Massachusetts's best interests, our view is that Senator John Kerry is about as perfect a candidate to be the nation's top diplomat as can be found in either political or policy circles.

By EDITORIAL  |  December 07, 2012

Him Again?

This was supposed to be the calm after the storm.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 23, 2012

Thrill and Agony

The vote totals that poured in through the state secretary's office November 6 provided one set of winners (Elizabeth Warren, John Tierney, Joe Kennedy III, medical marijuana) and losers (Scott Brown, Richard Tisei, medical suicide). But there were plen

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 16, 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

Pingree advocates for raped veterans, gets results

The Department of Veterans' Affairs is taking steps to ensure that military sexual-assault and rape survivors have less of a hard time getting the benefits they deserve, according to US Representative Chellie Pingree, who represents Southern Maine in W
Clearing red tape
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 15, 2011


Romney rides again

Mitt Romney has been running for president more or less nonstop for the past seven years — and still hasn't figured out how to do it.
To win the GOP nomination, Mitt will need to do things differently this time. Here's how.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 15, 2011

Give Malalai Joya a visa

In a display of mendacity worthy of the days when the late Senator Joseph McCarthy stifled free speech from coast to coast, the United States Department of State has denied a visa to Afghanistan's most internationally recognized activist, Malalai Joya.
Plus, Obama's Libyan War
By EDITORIAL  |  March 25, 2011

Hillary Says No 2nd Term -- And Helps Scotto?

Hillary Clinton tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer that she is not interested in continuing to serve as Secretary of State in a 2nd Obama term, should...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 16, 2011

Year in Greenview

While eco-friendly initiatives gained some local traction this year, the national environmental picture was relatively bleak in 2010 — and stands to get even more depressing next year.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 24, 2010

John Kerry's cameo in the Wikileaks State Department cable dump

This afternoon WIKILEAKS released the first batch of an estimated 250,000 State Department cables -- an event that has had official Washington, and the diplomatic...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 28, 2010


Gay Tea Party Witch Sex: Three tales of erotic political fiction

Three toe-curling yarns of bipartisan/bicurious boning, starring some of our favorite hacks (and some of our favorite pundits).
Hot, throbbing election special: Palin/O'Donnell, Kerry/Brown, and Stewart/Cooper/Maddow
By PHOENIX EDITORIAL STAFF  |  October 29, 2010

Burn Baby Burn

Last Thursday afternoon, moments after I posted on Facebook about the death of the climate-change bill, I got a message from a surprised and disappointed Laura Everett.
John Kerry, Scott Brown, and the death of climate-change legislation
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 30, 2010

New In The Phoenix -- Climate Change

In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I have a notebook-style column about the collapse of hopes...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 28, 2010

Worse than Afghanistan

At almost the same moment that Rolling Stone was reordering the political landscape with its devastating profile of the now-resigned Afghanistan commander General Stanley McChrystal, a smaller, lesser-known political monthly, The American Conservative
Mainstream media flunks again
By PETER KADZIS  |  July 02, 2010

You call this winning?

President Barack Obama scored.
Afghanistan complications multiply. Plus, Congress is heading for a weak wrap-up.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 02, 2010

Q&A #2: Vicki 4 Senate?

"Deep Thinker" asks: What did you think of Vicki Kennedy's speech?  If she runs for senate, do you think she can appeal to Scott Brown's...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 09, 2010

Wilkerson, Casinos, Firefighters, Cap-And-Trade

Lots of news going around yesterday and today. Some thoughts:--No surprise that Dianne Wilkerson is pleading out, three weeks before her trial was set to...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 03, 2010

Scott Brown slashing jobs, not adding them

When he campaigned to retain existing and deliver new employment opportunities for commonwealth residents, Senator Scott Brown was apparently making no promises to urban teens.
Mass Underemployment Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 30, 2010

Mass. US House Delegation #1!

...most liberal, that is, according to the new National Journal vote ratings for 2009.The all-Democrat, 10-member Massachusetts delegation scored an 84.5 out of 100, putting...
By David S. Bernstein  |  February 26, 2010

Boston teen in Haiti stranded without a country

Jenny Ulysee was inside her stepmother's hair salon in Mariani, Haiti, when the January 12 earthquake caused a nearby building to buckle and collapse onto the roof of her family's business.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 29, 2010


Tea-bagger Brown triumphs

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley may be a good person and a dedicated public servant, but thanks to her gut-wrenching loss to tea-bagging Republican Scott Brown in the race for the US Senate seat held by the late Ted Kennedy, Coakley is now
Obama must rally independents
By EDITORIAL  |  January 22, 2010


From the second that the Richter scale registered at 7.0 in Haiti, a desperate grief rippled through Hyde Park, Dorchester, and other corners of this region, which is home to the third-largest Haitian population in America.
More than 1500 miles from the epicenter of the Haitian quake, its effects rippled through Boston's teeming Haitian community
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 22, 2010

Coakley for Senate

When Massachusetts voters go to the polls on Tuesday to elect a successor to the late Senator Edward Kennedy, they face a choice that is as clear as the difference between black and white.
She has the talent and gumption to tackle the future
By EDITORIAL  |  January 15, 2010

VIDEO: Barack Obama stumps for Martha Coakley on YouTube: "Put on your walkin' shoes!"

With less than a week to go, the big guns are coming out. Just now: the President releases a new internetty fireside chat to stir...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 14, 2010
John Le Kerry Addresses Boston-Area Haitian-Americans (in French)

John Le Kerry Addresses Boston-Area Haitian-Americans (in French)

In the past, United States Senator John Kerry's Francophonic prowess has hobbled him politically. During his unsuccessful presidential bid against George Bush, enemies charged that...
By Chris Faraone  |  January 14, 2010


Chaos Theory

In less than two weeks, when Massachusetts voters elect Martha Coakley to the US Senate — let's not pretend that Republican state senator Scott Brown has any chance of pulling off the monumental upset — they will trigger a massive domino effect that has
2010 might be the year Massachusetts politics undergoes an unprecedented reshuffling.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 08, 2010

Sad, Disturbing News All Over

--Gotta figure Anthony Galluccio has to resign at this point.  --My best wishes to Teresa Heinz Kerry, who is battling breast cancer. Can't say that's always...
By David S. Bernstein  |  December 23, 2009

Menino, again

At a time when Americans are racked by anxiety about the uncertain future of a weak economy, Boston voters handily returned Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to an unprecedented fifth term.
Plus: Latino gains, same-sex defeat, and a buzz for pot
By EDITORIAL  |  November 06, 2009

Halloween Weekend Overdose

Halloween is in six days and you still have no idea what party you're going to. You simultaneously feel as though you have everything to do and nothing to do. You haven't even got a costume anymore, because your lazy stoner friend stole your zombie  Bill
34 Sugar-Fueled Hours of Halloween