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The powerless rise

I’m an even-tempered guy. I don’t lose my cool more than, maybe, once or twice a day.
The danger of the unfocused anger of the Tea Party
By AL DIAMON  |  May 21, 2010
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Things are looking up?

When the economy collapsed, we nuked pensions.
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  November 06, 2009
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Co-dependent? The US and China

Action Speaks!, the panel discussion series at Providence art space AS220, continues its fall run with a conversation about the increasingly dependent relationship between the United States and China.
 Action Speaks!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 16, 2009

The sunny side of the street

It's good to be known as an optimist. It keeps people from realizing you're actually a boob.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 24, 2009

A bad development

The most telling thing about this week's report on the R.I. Economic Development Corporation may be how many people didn't want to talk about it
Citywatch
By MARION DAVIS  |  April 24, 2009
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Blue Balls

It's one of the great myths of modern American life that, no matter what travesties befall us, sports will carry on unfazed.
The word on the street is that sports are recession-proof — think again
By STEVEN STARK  |  April 10, 2009


Striving to build a 'sustainable' arts sector

While some sectors, such as broadband technology and "green" energy, expect a big boost from the federal stimulus package, the arts got just $50 million — 1/100th as much as weatherization programs.
Dire numbers from the Rhode Island State Council On the Arts
By MARION DAVIS  |  March 18, 2009
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As bad as Wall Streeters

Even in our 24/7, blog-and-Twitter media world, commentators can barely seem to keep up with the worsening economic conditions.
The greed of Boston's unions is staggering
By EDITORIAL  |  March 11, 2009

It's getting easier to go green

In Rhode Island and across the US, economic troubles seem to be getting worse by the day. But green energy and conservation, several local advocates and entrepreneurs say, has a chance to flourish in the coming years.
THE ENVIRONMENT
By MARION DAVIS  |  February 25, 2009
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Public colleges get the shaft

When it came time to pick a college, Thomas Ahrens just couldn't pass up the relative affordability of a University of Rhode Island education.
Fewer teachers. Bigger classes. More applicants. Huge tuition hikes. the outlook for Rhode island higher ed is bleak .
By MEAGHAN WIMS  |  February 25, 2009
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Dance, Monkey!: Ardal O'Hanlon

 Every week we put a comic in the hot seat. This week's victim: Ardal O'Hanlon.
Deep thoughts by Ardal O'Hanlon
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  February 25, 2009


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Obama explained

If Obama's inaugural address set a new tone, his speech to Congress drew a new map.
He defined, he led, he inspired
By EDITORIAL  |  February 25, 2009
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Confessions of a Shopaholic

"Your mom and I think that if the American economy can be billions in debt and still be fine, then so can you," reason the absurdly accepting parents of Rebecca Bloomwood.
Plausibility is not its strongest suit
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 18, 2009
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Hope for young homebuyers

Good news if you're in a sufficiently stable financial situation to think of bailing from greater Portland's rental-housing morass.
The lousy economy — and Obama's stimulus package — has a silver lining
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 18, 2009
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Wish upon a czar

Paul Krugman could be Obama’s economic dream come true
Paul Krugman could be Obama’s economic dream come true
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 18, 2009
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With friends like these

Warren Harding was obviously not one of our greatest presidents. But during his little more than two years in the White House, he did offer some shrewd insights into life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Obama should worry less about befriending the GOP and more about keeping his own party in line
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 05, 2009


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Serfdom: The economic quick-fix

Quick fix for your economic woes
Idiot box
By MATT BORS  |  February 04, 2009
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The wrong man for hard times

Most Democrats see Barack Obama’s inauguration as a clear-cut, welcome turn to the left.
State House Democrats need to stand up to the governor
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 04, 2009
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Nice package

As the largest stimulus package in world history winds its way through Congress, the critics are already out in force.
Poetry not prose
By STEVEN STARK  |  January 28, 2009
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What's wrong with Augusta?

Charlie Colgan couldn't predict a recession if its arrival was signaled by warning lights and sirens.
Whatever it is, it isn't new. Things were just as screwed up a decade ago — in the opposite direction
By AL DIAMON  |  January 28, 2009
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The pain hits home

With unsuccessful wars running in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the worst economic crisis in almost 80 years likely to get worse long before it gets better, Barack Obama will face challenges of historic proportions when he becomes the nation's 44th presiden
Boston faces a sobering year
By EDITORIAL  |  January 14, 2009


Hey Guv: Pay it forward

In no case can there be more borrowing. Not from Nature, not from our children, not from the future. It's time to pay it forward. To put back.  
Paying upfront
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 07, 2009
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Hey guv: stop slashing!

It seems as if there’s no light at the end of the state’s gloomy fiscal tunnel.
State budget cuts just make the recession worse
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 31, 2008
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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

Buy Nothing Day: A good cause for tough times

During the 11 previous years in which Buy Nothing Day has been staged in Rhode Island, there have been economic downturns and times when the national economy was humming.
Consumerism
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 25, 2008

UMaine feels the economic pinch

The University of Maine system is being asked by the state to describe how it would cut $10.6 million from its budget — the equivalent of 5.3 percent of the state money it gets — on top of the $19.1 million in cuts imposed earlier this year.
Tuition pressure
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 19, 2008


Playing to our strength

Well, despite the fact that Little Rhody has become the poster child for the national recession, leading all states in statistical categories like unemployment and debt per capita, it is nice to know that we are able to deflect public attention from our
Nothing like a mass bust for a sense of old-time mobbed-up Rhode Island
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 19, 2008
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Obama redraws the map

Barack Obama has made history. The next question is whether his victory has sparked a lasting electoral realignment.
But the electoral shifts may not last
By STEVEN STARK  |  November 05, 2008
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Doyle-Grebien mayoral fight energizes Pawtucket politics(1)

The race between incumbent Pawtucket Mayor James Doyle and Councilman Donald Grebien has largely turned into a clash over style rather than substance.  
Doyle-Grebien mayoral fight energizes Pawtucket politics
By MATT JERZYK  |  October 21, 2008
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Doyle-Grebien mayoral fight energizes Pawtucket politics

The two Democrats squaring off in the Pawtucket mayoral election generally agree on the broad vision for transforming this onetime blue-collar mecca into a city reborn.  
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By MATT JERZYK  |  October 16, 2008