Latest Articles


Drones: 10 Thoughts

Foreign drone attacks are almost (but not quite yet) as American as apple pie.

By EDITORIAL  |  February 22, 2013

The New Abolitionists: Global warming is the great moral crisis of our time

I want to say a word for radicalism — for the role of the radical in building a movement to confront climate change, the most urgent crisis human beings have ever faced.

By WEN STEPHENSON  |  February 22, 2013

Drone delivery service

Nothing stops these couriers.
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  February 15, 2013

The Great Debt Deception

As the country hurtles, Thelma and Louise -style, toward the fiscal cliff, there's been a steady drumbeat of calls for the two parties to join hands in the name of "shared sacrifice."
One Cent’s Worth
By MARC MEWSHAW  |  December 28, 2012

The case for John Kerry

Despite it being against Massachusetts's best interests, our view is that Senator John Kerry is about as perfect a candidate to be the nation's top diplomat as can be found in either political or policy circles.

By EDITORIAL  |  December 07, 2012

The first Obama administration was a disappointment for progressives. What makes us think the second will be any different?

On LGBT rights, civil liberties, economic inequity, immigration, criminal justice, labor organizing, money in politics, and voting rights, the Obama administration let progressives down time and time again. And who's to say Obama's second term won't be
The fire this time
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 16, 2012


The big loser: Race relations

As I write this column, we are literally in the final stretches of the 2012 presidential election and it seems to be a dead heat.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  November 09, 2012

The Obama imperative

Two things stand between almost certain economic and social catastrophe: the prospect of the Democrats maintaining — or expanding — their majority in the Senate, and the reelection of President Barack Obama.

By EDITORIAL  |  November 02, 2012

The Obama imperative

Two things stand between almost certain economic and social catastrophe: the prospect of the Democrats maintaining — or expanding — their majority in the Senate, and the reelection of President Barack Obama.

By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 02, 2012

The Obama imperative

Two things stand between almost certain economic and social catastrophe: the prospect of the Democrats maintaining — or expanding — their majority in the Senate, and the reelection of President Barack Obama.
Vote to avoid economic and social catastrophe
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 02, 2012

Stein or Supreme: What kind of voter am I?

I'm an Italian Bostonian from Korean Queens who's embarrassed by Caucasian corniness and loves soul food. Race isn't my big issue, though; I despise Glenn Beck and Tyler Perry equally, adore Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld, and loathe both Mitt Romney a
Scream On
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 02, 2012


Who are you voting for?

And could your vote be a waste ?
By KARL STEVENS  |  November 02, 2012

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

Ugh, more drone strikes?

Let's just keep this between us.
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  October 26, 2012

Obama/Biden Campaign Gear

Tools of the trail.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  October 19, 2012

Trash tongue talker

In an amazing development, experts at the University of No Place In Particular But Possibly Fort Kent have discovered that statements made in political advertisements are almost always bald-faced lies.
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  October 12, 2012



Don't cross the line.
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  September 28, 2012

Obama's actual plan

It's not what you'd expect.
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  September 21, 2012

Review: 2016: Obama's America

Walking into Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's political hatchet job, I overheard a woman exiting an earlier showing, breathlessly informing someone on her cell phone that "it's not a movie — it's a documentary!"
Not much of a movie or a documentary
By BRETT MICHEL  |  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

Against deadly drones

Drone warfare — the use of remote-controlled, unmanned aircraft to carry out air strikes against supposed terrorists — is on the rise and has been over the last few years.
Peace Movement
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 13, 2012


Obama's Boston lovefest

I have always contended that Barack Obama is an inferior public speaker when compared to Deval Patrick, and I thought he demonstrated that truth again this week at a large fundraiser at Boston's Symphony Hall.
Boo Birds in the Hand Dept.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 29, 2012

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

A More Perfect Union

People will surely debate for years to come whether President Barack Obama's self-described "evolution" on universal, legal, same-sex marriage caused, or simply reflected, a turning point on the issue in the United States.
By embracing full marriage equality, President Obama both reflected and hastened real change on many fronts
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 18, 2012

‘30,000 drones’ over America and other stories

"You are now being watched by 30,000 drones," Second District congressional primary candidate Blaine Richardson dramatically told the 3000 people assembled at the Republican State Convention in Augusta on May 5.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 11, 2012

Obama Occupies

It's no surprise that the mainstream media are treating the latest policy moves by President Barack Obama as part of the strategic maneuvering supporting his reelection bid.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  May 04, 2012


Angus for real

Barring an act of God, utter stupidity, or an unexpected explosion of well-financed excellence from one of the second-stringers who will prevail in Maine's Democratic and Republican United States Senate primaries, Angus S. King Jr. will be the state's n
In an interview, the ex-governor and independent Senate candidate explains his political views as expressed in his Bowdoin blogs
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 23, 2012

Democrats are gleeful over Mitt Romney’s bruising primary path, but Romney is still the fight Barack Obama doesn’t want

Back in mid January, when the presidential primary season began and interest in the Republican candidates spread beyond the tight community of political junkies, Mitt Romney's previously untarnished reputation with the general public took a nasty turn.
Bland ambition
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 16, 2012

Education for the future

One of the few developments worth applauding on the sorry American political scene is the renewed focus on education.
Plus, Mitt Romney and his racist, misogynist, know-nothing party
By EDITORIAL  |  March 16, 2012

Back to the old days

I love the show Mad Men . Love the attention to period details. Love the acting. Love the characters. Love the fashions the women rocked.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  March 02, 2012