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Money matters

Conventional wisdom dictates that Barack Obama was swept into office on the winds of change.
Obama's victory was bought and paid for — with change
By STEVEN STARK  |  December 23, 2008
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Wacko patrol: America's 25 scariest conservatives

Imagine what will happen once the relatively sane folks now running the White House and the Republican National Committee pack up and go home?  
The Phoenix ranks the individuals who will hold the most sway over the right-wing message machine in 2009, and beyond.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 29, 2008
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Long national nightmare

Last night, I woke up in a sweat. I’d had a very bizarre dream.  
What if all the pundits, pollsters, and press are (gasp!) wrong about Obama’s chances?
By STEVEN STARK  |  October 22, 2008
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Lou Dobbs in 2012?

On November 4, the United States will elect a new president. And, on November 5, in this era of the permanent campaign, the Road to the White House 2012 will begin in earnest.  
As the GOP implodes, the financial crisis may present a white-hot moment for a third-party voice to enter the fray
By STEVEN STARK  |  October 16, 2008
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Giant step

Two weeks ago we noted that, in spite of all the press hype promoting Barack Obama, the Democrats were only two steps away from chaos in their nomination process.
If Hillary Clinton can take Pennsylvania, the Democrats will be shooting themselves in the foot
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 05, 2008
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Civil war

The whole Democratic race is still only two steps away from becoming a train wreck that could derail the party’s chances of winning in November.
If Clinton can pull off a couple more victories, the democratic party is headed for a disastrous, fight-worn finish
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 20, 2008


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So you want to be fair and balanced?

To read the politics beat this past week, you’d think something really big took place when Michael Bloomberg announced that he was leaving the Republican Party.
How to cut through the illusions created by the Web and get a clear sense of the political news
By STEVEN STARK  |  June 27, 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

Can Bush be beaten?

This article originally appeared in the November 15, 1991 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
It won’t be easy, but here’s one scenario for a Democratic victory
By JOHN KELLER  |  November 14, 2006

Flashbacks, March 10, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Jessica McConnell.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.  
By EDITORIAL  |  March 08, 2006