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Burn, baby, burn

The Phoenix opposed President Barack Obama's efforts to help Chicago win the 2016 Summer Olympics on the grounds that doing business with the International Olympic Committee is always bad news for the host community.
The Olympics, zipper-gate, stimulus money, and why Coakley must investigate City Hall
By EDITORIAL  |  October 09, 2009

5. Rod Blagojevich

As much as we were entertained by the former Illinois governor's alleged raffling off of a vacant U.S. Senate seat, we just can't get past the coif. People who insist on yapping about his “railroading” should just spy from the neck-up for evidence that B
As much as we were entertained by the former Illinois governor's alleged raffling off of a vacant U.S. Senate seat, we just can't get past the coif. People who insist on yapping about his “railroading” should just spy from the neck-up for evidence that Blago has been doing business with greasy palms for years.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009
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Top 10 questions for Maine voters

Here are the top 10 stories and storylines shaping Maine's primary season.
The issues that define the primary campaign
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 28, 2008
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Marijuana reform

There is no sense to be found in the prosecution of individuals for possession of small amounts of marijuana.
A less-than-perfect but much-needed initiative. Plus, more evidence that Trent Lott is a weasel.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 28, 2007
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A tragicomedy of errors

It was not until after George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were narrowly re-elected that many Americans began to realize that the Iraq War represented a dangerous moment in American history.
In an excerpt from his new book, The Fall of the House of Bush, author Craig Unger details how Bush is, well, screwing up the world
By CRAIG UNGER  |  November 20, 2007
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Why Mukasey stinks

The idea that former federal judge Michael Mukasey may soon be confirmed as US attorney general is almost a welcome relief. But it should not be.
Plus, what the Obama endorsement shows about Patrick
By EDITORIAL  |  October 25, 2007


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Legislature moves to protect Maine journalists

“The very fact that the court would grant a motion like this, when there’s no suit pending,” she says. “You’ve got to be kidding me.”
Shield law
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 17, 2007
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Smells like mean spirit

Lines upon reading that the Minneapolis airport bathroom in which GOP senator Larry Craig was arrested on June 11 has become a tourist attraction
Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
By JAMES PARKER  |  September 19, 2007

Not accepted anywhere

I admit Winkle — it’s OK if I call you Winkle, isn’t it, Mr. Paw? — doesn’t have a lot to do with Maine politics.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 19, 2007
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Backlash blues

Most big news stories fit the snowball metaphor, with an isolated fact or two slowly gaining significance and momentum over a period of days or weeks.
Will the Larry Craig scandal bolster anti-gay bias?
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 06, 2007
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Old Port shuffle

The national media would have you believe that a little game of bathroom-stall footsie is a threat to our civilization.
Moving from the center to the outskirts
By BRIAN DUFF  |  September 05, 2007


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Same as the old boss

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid? What a joke. Meet the new boss . . .
Congressional Dems were supposed to get us out of this war
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 29, 2007
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Power play

A play about political corruption always goes down easier with a little humor.
The timely (and timeless) Born Yesterday
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 31, 2007
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Pushing to replace Bush

On an overcast night in early June, nearly 100 of US Senator Barack Obama’s local supporters crowded into the Peerless Lofts in downtown Providence.
Rhode Islanders are getting busy while supporting their favorite democrats
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  July 11, 2007

The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 30-21


These guys couldn't turn on a radio
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Worst in breed: Newsmakers

Who are the unsexiest newsmaking men of 2007?
The 100 Unsexiest men 2007
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 12, 2007


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Innocent abroad

Last week, political humor Web site  Wonkette.com  urged Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to kidnap an American journalist.
Their woman in Baghdad
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 04, 2007
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Trouble at the top

The back of our limo has one of those yellow ribbon decals that say “Support Our Troops” — just above the “Impeach Bush” sticker.
The Walter Reed fiasco is a national disgrace
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 14, 2007
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Rove’s footprints

“Turd Blossom.” That’s what President Bush affectionately calls Karl Rove, his top political aide. It’s an apt nickname, especially these days.
 Where Karl goes, corruption is sure to follow. Plus, a solution to military immorality.
By EDITORIAL  |  March 14, 2007
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The GOP lurches rightward

Did the Republican presidential candidates see something in the 2006 midterm elections that everyone else missed?
McCain, Romney, and Giuliani are all morphing into extremists — and that can only benefit the Democrats
By EDITORIAL  |  February 21, 2007
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Taking stock of an imperiled free press

Frontline ’s new PBS series on the shifting balance-of-power between the government and the media — New War: Secrets, Spin and the Future of the News — isn’t uplifting. Far from it. But it’s essential viewing for anyone interested in the future of a f
News you can lose
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 07, 2007


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Drinan’s spirit

The recent death of Father Robert Drinan offers not only an opportunity to remember and celebrate his principled political spirit, but also cause to recollect the sorry state of affairs that led to his election.
Plus, Boston’s new school chief finks out
By EDITORIAL  |  January 31, 2007
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Rhode Island’s man of mystery

The hard-luck obit writer has just made his literary debut, in Gravewriter , a fast-paced mystery that represents a promising new chapter in Providence Journal reporter Mark Arsenault’s budding sideline as a fiction writer.
 Projo reporter Mark Arsenault carves a budding sideline in fiction
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 14, 2006
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Separated at birth

Six years ago, when Lincoln Chafee won the US Senate seat to which he’d been appointed after his father’s death, it wouldn’t have been surprising if Sheldon Whitehouse approached him during the victory celebration at Providence Marriott to offer his cong
The partisan difference is the big thing dividing Chafee and whitehouse   
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 25, 2006
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An empty gesture

Boston mayor Thomas Menino’s plan for a panel of three civilians to review complaints about the police is vintage Menino. And that, sad to say, is not a compliment.
Why Menino’s police reform is a bad joke
By EDITORIAL  |  September 05, 2006

Peaches

Peaches sharpens her synth hooks, varies the electrogrooves, and serves up 13 tracks that are just amusing enough in their risqué behavior to keep the smiles coming.
Impeach My Bush | XL
By MATT ASHARE  |  July 18, 2006


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The constitutional crisis no one seems to understand

The dolts in Congress let the imperial presidency get so out of hand that we are now faced with a truly nasty constitutional crisis.
Freedom watch does freezergate
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 02, 2006
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The new McCarthyism

We were going to write in praise of fired CIA official Mary O. McCarthy for her assumed role in leaking the details of the Bush Administration’s network of overseas secret prisons for captured terrorist suspects, but then the admirable lady threw a monke
Bush tries to scare the wits out of whistle blowers — and the press
By EDITORIAL  |  April 26, 2006
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Apartheid, Bush style

More pitiable than being a Democrat in President George W. Bush’s America is to be an African-American Democrat.
The Republican rape of New Orleans. Plus, Rumsfeld and Romney
By EDITORIAL  |  April 19, 2006
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Justice DeLayed

The worm turns. Former Republican House Majority leader Tom DeLay is resigning his seat in Congress.
A leading political gangster is forced from office amid a widening criminal scandal
By EDITORIAL  |  April 05, 2006