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Chilling in the Sunshine State; general mayhem; some music notes

Phillipe headed to Florida last week to meet with Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite involved in the Petraeus-Broadwell scandal.
Come on down!
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 23, 2012
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We’re still screwed

To everyone on social media who thanked "god" for the Obama win: next time, please pray for a president who isn't bankrolled by the likes of Goldman Sachs, who respects civil liberties, and who doesn't indiscriminately bomb civilians. For now, you're ju

By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 16, 2012
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Electoral literacy

“Let me tell you about the very rich,” F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in a short story. “They are different from you and me.”
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By PETER KADZIS  |  November 02, 2012
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In a Bind

"Binders full of women" were the social-media sensation of last week's presidential debate.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 26, 2012
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An attack ad you’ll never see

Here's a Mitt Romney commercial that could topple the popular notion that President Obama cares more about vulnerable Americans than his challenger does.
Scream On
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 26, 2012

Parsing the political process; Buddy in the Times; ready for their close-up

On debate nights at Casa Diablo, Jorge perches on the couch in the Boom Boom Room, providing a running commentary on the action while taking copious notes such that he can provide a nuanced and informed review of the proceedings in this space.
Heated debates
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 19, 2012


Lewiston’s aging relic

Lewiston and the Somalis. Nice ring to it, eh? Maybe a quirky new Wes Anderson film involving a genteel English butler and refugees from a war-torn nation?
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  October 12, 2012
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How much damage could a President Romney do? Let us count the ways

Mitt Romney's penchant for saying whatever he thinks might get him elected creates a challenge for a country eager to discern what he would actually do as president.
One Nation Under Mitt
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 05, 2012
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Interview: The radicalization of Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz's writer's block is almost as legendary as her wit.

By JON GARELICK  |  October 05, 2012

Same Old, Same Old

Phillipe and Jorge have raged about this problem for decades, but now it is just getting depressing.
Business as usual on Smith Hill; games people play; Mick at Chelo's?!
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 21, 2012
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Romney/Ryan Campaign Gear

Stock up on poll-boosting tools.
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By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  September 14, 2012


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At its convention, the GOP tries to clean up for company

For the past several years, the conservative base of the Republican Party — which is now the bulk of the party — has been hoping for another 1964 convention.
(Tea) Party's Over
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 07, 2012
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Tampa vs. Charlotte

Compare the Democratic National Convention, now in progress in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the recently concluded Republican show in Tampa, Florida, and you find a world of instructive difference.
Plus, Mitt Romney's biggest lie
By EDITORIAL  |  September 07, 2012

Loving the enemy

Nobody hates Republicans more than other Republicans.
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By AL DIAMON  |  September 07, 2012

Rewarding inefficiency

As Obama barnstorms swing-state college campuses, he's making affordability of higher education the centerpiece of efforts to cast himself as wonkish hipster against Mitt Romney's rich, out-of-touch white guy.
One Cent’s Worth
By MARC MEWSHAW  |  September 07, 2012
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Next week’s Republican convention offers Mitt Romney a chance to get the voting public to like him — but he might as well not bother

Heading into his party's nominating convention, Mitt Romney faces a problem similar to one that confronted Bill Clinton in the summer of 1992: a lot of people don't like him.
Love me not
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 24, 2012


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Ryan + Romney = Beavis & Butt-Head

It all makes sense, once you realize that Paul Ryan's high-school classmates voted him "biggest brownnoser."
The Republican Ticket
By EDITORIAL  |  August 17, 2012

Rich and richer

Last week, Mitt Romney announced a running mate — finally offering relief to the fidgeting comedians, though disappointing them when it turned out not to be Michele Bachmann — and it was 42-year-old Paul Ryan.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  August 17, 2012
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Viral Campaign Videos

Hide your jobs, hide your assets.
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By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  August 17, 2012
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What WikiLeaks cables reveal about Mitt

Mitt Romney's recent trip overseas left the impression that the putative Republican presidential nominee was even more clueless abroad than at home.
Ugly Americans Dept.
By PAUL IORIO  |  August 10, 2012

Olympic fever; Mittpicking; farewell, Johnny Connell

The 72-inch widescreen TV has been on 24/7 in the Boom Boom Room as Phillipe and Jorge — clad in togas, with laurel crowns on our heads, and faux medals made from the tops of yogurt containers around our necks — have paid rapt attention to the London Ol
The Sporting Life
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 03, 2012


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Romney’s Shadow Years

With just six weeks to go before the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney's campaign has bogged down over the seemingly insignificant minutia of how to precisely define the leave of absence he took from Bain Capital, while he ran the Winter Olymp
Mitt wants to make his departure for the Olympics a clean break from his business life — but it’s not that simple
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 20, 2012
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Banks suck

It is no longer a question of whether Wall Street and the rest of the international finance system is corrupt.
Plus, the Bain of Romney's existence
By EDITORIAL  |  July 20, 2012
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Mitt Romney's Secret Volcano Lair

" 'Henchmen' is a media term -- we're 'strategic villainy partners.' "

By MATT BORS  |  July 20, 2012
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How Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital is holding a small Maine town hostage

On the campaign trail, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney touts his work with Bain Capital as evidence he knows how to fix the struggling American economy.
Profit at any cost
By SYDNEY LEONARD  |  July 06, 2012
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Trump for Vice-President

"I've been known as being a very smart guy for a long time."
A Modest Proposal
By EDITORIAL  |  June 01, 2012


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From the penitentiary to the presidential race, it’s our annual Memorial Day roast of Massachusetts pols

Welcome to the fourth annual Boston Phoenix Memorial Day Roast of Massachusetts politicians! I love looking around the room every year, seeing so many familiar faces of elected officials.
Surveying the Damage
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 25, 2012
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Why Elizabeth Warren is right — and why Romney won’t change

Like an alcoholic downing nips on the drive home from court-ordered rehabilitation, JPMorgan Chase and its CEO, Jamie Dimon, could hardly wait to once again start wildly tossing depositors' money into derivative hedge bets — the very type of irresponsib
Bankers and bullies
By EDITORIAL  |  May 18, 2012

Never mind the bollocks

In the wake of its chaotic state convention, the Maine Republican Party has cleverly positioned itself to appeal to a whole new segment of the public: Anarchists.
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By AL DIAMON  |  May 18, 2012
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Mitt & the GOP Boys’ Club

Last week, Barack Obama's re-election campaign launched a Web slide show, "The Life of Julia," depicting a woman helped throughout her years by Obama policies, and warning that — if elected — Mitt Romney would undo all of them.
Romney needs to reach out to women voters, but his party has few who can help him do it
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 11, 2012