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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
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Say what?

Barack Obama is much more of an establishment-style president than the public generally realizes.
Obama should forget the feel-good and seize the opportunity in the Gulf
By EDITORIAL  |  June 18, 2010

Can the Netroots triumph in Rhode island?

Stories of State Representative David Segal’s nascent, underdog run for Congress invariably make a nod to the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. And rightly so.
On the Hustings
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 21, 2010
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The question of Iran

Once again, Washington’s gunslingers are agitating for a war with Iran. Cheered on by Fox News and enabled by uncritical talking heads such as NBC’s David Gregory and PBS’s Charlie Rose, the let’s-bomb-or-invade-or-maybe-do-both-to-Iran brigade is busy s
Plus, Tim Flaherty for State Senator
By EDITORIAL  |  April 09, 2010
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The next Scott Brown?

Republican Scott Brown's victory last month in the race for the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat has every two-bit GOP hopeful in the Northeast claiming the mantle of the pick-up truck populist.
John J. Loughlin’s suddenly high-profile campaign to oust Patrick Kennedy
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 12, 2010

Diamon Flip-Flops

If Al Diamon wants to break down the political and other mistakes of the 21st century, he could include a few of his own.
 Letters to the Portland Editor, January 15, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 15, 2010


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Review: Daybreakers

For evidence of the breakdown of the capitalist system, look no farther than the proliferation of vampire and zombie movies.
Vampires, weakened
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 08, 2010

Grumpy World

P&J were strangely drawn to the story by Linda Borg in the Sunday BeloJo on the exceptionally low marks the Biggest Little received in a happiness index conceived by what we suspect are a bunch of elite jickies from across the pond for the journal S
Happy? Not us! Plus, Pawtucket pride, saluting the navy, and a New Year’s toast.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 01, 2010
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How is Obama doing?

In response to a question from Oprah Winfrey about how he would grade his time in office, President Barack Obama gave himself a "solid B-plus."
Not as well as he thinks
By EDITORIAL  |  December 18, 2009
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Arlen the Family

So, Arlen Specter is now a Democrat. That's old news.
Will Specter the Defector trigger a Democratic domination, or is his jump the sign of a growing moderate revolution?
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 08, 2009
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Novel idea: Twitter fiction

Inauspiciously, Tom Scharpling began his Twitter novel with a typo.
Post-modernism, post by 140-character post
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 14, 2009


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The enthusiasm gap

The selection of gun-shooting, anti-abortion, creationist, doctrinaire conservative Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as John McCain’s vice-presidential nominee has finally got the GOP’s conservative base excited.
This election, with Obama having stoked pennant fever in Denver, it is the Dems who have cornered the excitement market  
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 03, 2008
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Feeling Minnesota

The overall success of the event will largely come down to one question: how effective and memorable will Barack Obama’s acceptance speech prove to be?
If McCain wants to gain on Obama, he needs to achieve these four goals in St. Paul
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 27, 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

Flavors of entanglement

Dear S. Donald Sussman: Please send me a million bucks.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 25, 2008

We've got a bigger problem now

I got my first Dead Kennedys T-shirt in 1985 and have been a Michael Savage listener for years.
Letters to the Boston Editor: June 13, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  June 11, 2008


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Dead heat

With a bit less than six months to go until Election Day, both parties now know their nominees with certainty.
If the general election took place tomorrow, we’d have an unprecedented situation on our hands.
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 14, 2008
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Sex, violence and video games

Popular culture has always had a bogeyman. These days, it’s most often video games being accused of leading the nation’s youth astray.
Reconciling the irreconcilable
By MITCH KRPATA  |  April 23, 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

A brief for independents

May I offer a brief for independent candidacies for US Senate and House seats based on my experience as an independent 2006 Senate candidate?
Letters to the Portland editor: March 21, 2008
By LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR  |  March 19, 2008


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Ridge to the future

With the Republican nomination officially settled, the speculation about John McCain’s choice of a running mate has already begun.
The guessing game about his running mate has begun, but if Obama’s the opponent, one man can secure the white house for McCain
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 12, 2008
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D.C. wannabes

Already some candidates have come and gone, but the field remains wide open as candidates prepare for the June 2008 primaries.
Twelve people want to represent you in Washington; we explain who they are as the winnowing begins
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 26, 2007
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Stormy weather

Phillipe + Jorge are not upset or disappointed that Governor Don “Laughing Boy” Carcieri was out of the country, in Iraq, during the recent winter storm imbroglio.
Snow cleanup undermined by incompetents and flying monkeys
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 19, 2007

Someone I used to know

Nobody can accuse Democratic 1st District congressional candidate Chellie Pingree of being blindly loyal to an old pal.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 22, 2007

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Ralph Nader was not the reason for Gore’s loss.
Another inconvenient truth
By LETTERS TO THE BOSTON EDITOR  |  April 11, 2007


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Can McCain make it work?

The biggest story of the campaign so far has been the semi-collapse of John McCain.
Now that Perot-style independence is on the skids, will McCain’s ‘straight talk express’ be derailed?
By STEVEN STARK  |  April 04, 2007
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Left out

When it comes to national politics, New England just ain’t what it used to be. Charting New England: The six states' political stats and facts. By David S. Bernstein
Its population is stagnating and its vote is predictable. In the years to come, will the rest of the country care about New England?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 03, 2007
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Blame game

For Democratic partisans, the pleasure of watching Republicans lose their shirts in last week’s midterm elections was matched only by the joy of watching Republicans admit defeat.
The conservative press grapples with a very bad week
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 15, 2006
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Changing of the guard

We here in the Biggest Little tend to be self-deprecating to a fault.
Dubya gets a well-deserved comeuppance
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  November 08, 2006