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Crabby old men

Washington is gripped with Benghazi Fever. It is a tricky and treacherous disease.

By EDITORIAL  |  November 23, 2012
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Crises, real and imagined

Considered in totality, President Barack Obama's foreign policy has been remarkably strong, surprisingly aggressive, and — more often than not — successful.
McCain's hot air
By EDITORIAL  |  June 15, 2012

Rick Santorum: Back in Blah (and three other dumb-ass GOP blunders)


Oh, Rick Santorum. We're so going to enjoy your all-too-brief sojourn as a serious presidential candidate.  RICK SANTORUM: I DIDN'T SAY BLACK PEOPLE, I SAID...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 06, 2012
NH Dispatch from the Today's Hilarious and Depraved Romney-McCain Town Hall

NH Dispatch from the Today's Hilarious and Depraved Romney-McCain Town Hall


I realized soon into today's Manchester Town Hall why John McCain had to endorse Mitt Romney. It never dawned on me before, but it seems...
By Chris Faraone  |  January 04, 2012

Newt, McCain, & Instant-Replay Bias


One of my little pet peeves during the 2008 Presidential election cycle was the total lack of commentary about John McCain's marital history. McCain dumped...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 09, 2011
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Sarah Palin wilts as Glenn Beck self-destructs

Common sense has bloomed among right wingers — not once, but twice. And while these episodes are unlikely to become regular events, we should enjoy them while we can.
Trouble on the right
By EDITORIAL  |  February 11, 2011


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The GOP's top dog? It's T-Paw, not Mitt.

Whatever the reason, the field of Republican presidential candidates is failing to form, just a year away now Iowa and New Hampshire voting in the nation's first presidential caucus and primary.
Pawlenty tops our list
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 04, 2011
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Poop and circumstance

Knickers in a horrible twist in Educationland over the announcement of a three-tiered diploma system to be introduced in Rhode Island public schools.
Vo Dilun diplomacy; the Dunkin' Donuts state; networking; royal rapping
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 28, 2011
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American psycho

It will be unclear for some time whether alleged Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner will qualify for an insanity defense. But one need not be a practicing psychiatrist to see that the 22 year old is a disturbed individual.
And the American psychosis
By EDITORIAL  |  January 14, 2011
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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.
Dynasties
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 07, 2011
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Review: Casino Jack

Not to be confused with the insightful documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money by the prolific Alex Gibney, this docudrama is nonetheless a fitting bookend.

By TOM MEEK  |  January 07, 2011


Is ‘post-racial’ possible?

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Solstice Greetings! Hopefully I have acknowledged all the winter holidays in a respectful manner without leaving anyone out, but since there must be someone I've missed, I'll toss in "Happy Holidays!"
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By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  December 10, 2010

Cuckoo For Loscocco Puffs


Thank goodness Paul Loscocco finally did something interesting enough to write about, so I can have fun with his name. (Side note: If the Flaherty/Yoon "ticket"...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 01, 2010
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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


Romney Comes Full Circle On Immigration?


Mitt Romney was once supportive of Kennedy-McCain style comprehensive immigration reform, but that was way back in 2005. By 2007, when he was running to...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 30, 2010
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The moron minority

One may excuse idiot bimbo Sarah Palin's violent "lock and load" analogies, because she's the abstinence professor who was so persuasive within her own household that her daughter got knocked up by some hirsute dogsledder whose fake vows of marriage were
A bad choice of words; World Cup trivia; Excess in the US; new pool rules
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 09, 2010
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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

Tugboats and bugboats

As I write this, the Celtics are one win away from their 18th NBA title, but that is not our focus.
Balls, Pucks & Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  June 18, 2010
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Mickey Mouse Multiculturalism

Massachusetts treasurer and independent candidate for governor Tim Cahill was off base when he accused incumbent governor Deval Patrick of "playing politics with terrorism" in the wake of Patrick's visit to the controversial Roxbury mosque maintained by
Governor Patrick's problematic Mosque visit. Plus, Bush — and the GOP — vote yes for torture
By EDITORIAL  |  June 11, 2010


PODCAST: Game Change authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin [MP3]


John Heilemann and Mark Halperin discuss "Game Change"In the 19 months since the 2008 election, our nation's political landscape has taken quite the dramatic turn....
By Michael C. Walsh  |  May 08, 2010
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Library woes

In an attempt to save four Boston Public Library branches that are slated to close due to budget shortfalls, some state legislators from Boston have threatened to block all state funding the library receives if it shutters any of its 26 branches.
Plus, Arizona declares war on immigrants
By EDITORIAL  |  April 30, 2010

The ‘new Providence’?

WRNI political reporter and Casa Diablo regular Scott MacKay was the first pundit to make the observation to your superior correspondents in the summer of 2002 that we were “about to witness either the last election of the ‘old Providence’ or the first e
Angel rising. Plus, the IRS blues, after the flood, drilling Obama, and Tiger talk
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 09, 2010
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The Curse of the Big Dig

Call it the Curse of the Big Dig: virtually every politician with statewide significance who has over the years become intertwined with the Central Artery Project (as it is officially known) has seen his or her dreams of higher office dashed.
Tthe mere mention of the Central Artery Project can derail one's hopes for higher office. Charlie Baker is finding that out now.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 19, 2010
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China expert sees a nation at the 'shadow-line'

Joseph Conrad wrote of a "shadow-line," an indistinct boundary between youth and adulthood that adolescents awkwardly straddle; one moment there is impressive poise and maturity, and the next, a slip into past boorish, immature behavior.
Across the Globe
By PETER VOSKAMP  |  March 19, 2010


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The Big Ligotti

Like his homeboy Scott Brown, Boston's elephant in the room is poised to make noise beyond Massachusetts
Like his homeboy Scott Brown, Boston's elephant in the room is poised to make noise beyond Massachusetts
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 05, 2010
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TV's conservative bias

If Sarah Palin were to smoke a joint while piloting a flying saucer to Cuba, evidence suggests that more than one third of America would approve.
The Palin question asked and answered; plus, rescuing Lawrence
By EDITORIAL  |  February 12, 2010
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New and improved Romney

Scott Brown's unexpected victory in last month's special US Senate election captured the attention of the country — and particularly of core Republican voters, who huddled eagerly before their TV screens to watch their hero du jour give his acceptance
He's more fiscal, less social. And he's got millions. But will GOP voters give a Mitt?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 12, 2010
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Romney's new character: Macho man

Few things are more predictable than a GOP presidential candidate posturing as a he-man protector of America, and depicting his Democratic counterpart as an effete, appeasing girlie-man on the dangerous world stage.
In his new book, Mitt makes himself over as a muscular defender of America
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 12, 2010