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Obama responds to the 99 percent

In announcements that could be interpreted as gifts to the Occupy movement, President Barack Obama recently introduced three measures to help struggling students, veterans, and homeowners.
Band-aids or benefits?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 11, 2011

Political football

Sadly, the only upcoming event with the capacity to truly inspire hope for millions of Americans, the start of the 2011 NFL season, will be twice marred by our current political culture and media.
Balls, pucks and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  September 09, 2011

Ten years later

Taking stock of ourselves as a nation on this anniversary may seem to be an arbitrary exercise. Isn't that what the nightly news is for? Or Google alerts? Neat little report cards about discrete topics hinting at how we are doing.
Despite a natural reticence, it's time for a reality check
By EDITORIAL  |  September 09, 2011

Declare yourself

The 8000-plus-word play-by-play of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, written by freelancer Nicholas Schmidle and published in the New Yorker recently, is a fascinating read, with lots of juicy details (example: the plan was always to kill bin Lade
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 26, 2011
Christian science center remodel

Redeveloping the Christian Science Plaza requires restraint. Plus, budget madness.

In the coming weeks, initial plans by the Christian Science Church to develop the plaza will be reviewed by a citizens advisory committee of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). This is the next step in an intricate process intended to balance the
An urban jewel
By EDITORIAL  |  July 08, 2011

Photos: President Obama speaks at the Cyclorama

Obama speaks at the Cyclorama inside Boston Center for The Arts on May 18, 2011. He was proceeded by speakers from The New England Steering Committee, Governor Deval Patrick, current Celtics player Ray Allen and former Celtics player Bill Russell.
Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts | May 18, 2011
By KELSEY MARIE BELL  |  May 27, 2011


The ''Weak Evidence Effect''

About one month before the mid-term elections last fall, 98 people from around the country — Democrats, Republicans, and independents — sat down at their computers to participate in a psychological experiment put together by three Brown University resea
That's It?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 18, 2011

Obama’s State of the Union explained

President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech left many commentators scratching their heads. In their view, Obama was admirably long on uplift but mysteriously short on specifics.  
A Massachusetts moment?
By EDITORIAL  |  January 28, 2011

Brown's Mark Blyth on austerity, virtue, and why the Democrats are like your mom

On the heels of this fall's Tea Party tempest, austerity is all the rage in Washington. Witness President Obama's call for a five-year freeze in domestic spending in his the State of the Union speech this week and the GOP's push, in response, for a far
Cutting back
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 28, 2011

LePage’s black friend is not his son, and other ‘kiss my butt’ fallout

About two weeks into his term, Governor Paul LePage has gone local as a follow-up to his telling President Obama "to go to hell," setting off a national media firestorm with an off-the-cuff remark literally telling the Maine NAACP "to kiss my butt." See
Out of the Governor's mouth

Can Maine's Democrats come back from the dead?

Let's skip over several huge problems the Maine Democratic Party faces as it tries to recover from its historic losses in November, when for the first time since 1964 the Republicans took control of both houses of the Legislature and the governorship.
Or have they been Republicans for too long?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 21, 2011


Meme police

I just woke up from some sort of bizarre dream. I was at MIT. There was a weirdo painting nudes of President Obama on a unicorn. Several adults were dressed like domestic animals.
MIT’s ROFLcon, a gathering of the Web’s biggest names, decides what will make you laugh and cry.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 07, 2010

Revenge of the Idiots

To my fellow Massachusetts Democrats: please don’t blame Martha Coakley for this shocking defeat.
Letters to the Boston editor, January 29, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 29, 2010

Harvard ‘ACT UP’ show gets rise from right-wingers

Taking a detour from directly bashing President Obama, right-wingers are now hot and bothered by a Harvard art exhibit. And they have an Obama administration foil toward whom they can channel their bile.
Tea Baggers Meet the Tea-Baggers Dept.
By GREG COOK  |  October 30, 2009
Great moments in presidential speeches: Obama calls Kanye a jackass

Great moments in presidential speeches: Obama calls Kanye a jackass

Let's cut the president some slack, OK? DOWNLOAD: President calls Kanye a jackass [mp3, via TMZ] PREVIOUSLY: Obama: "Sorry ass motherfucker ain't got nothin' on...
By Carly Carioli  |  September 15, 2009

Barack Obama's @#$% tired of this @#$*!

In his bestselling autobiography, Dreams From My Father, President Obama introduces us to his high school friend, “Ray,” who, like him, is bi-racial. Who, also like him, is casting about to find his place in the world. But, who, unlike him, has a potty mouth that would make a sailor blush.

By webteam  |  February 10, 2009


Obama, Osama, oh Mama!

The news story of the week, of the year, of the decade — the military taking out Osama bin Laden — will lead, I predict, to a classic example of what I like to call Moon Landing Syndrome.
Life after Bin Laden; Trump the Clown; under the big top; all we need is love
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  January 01, 1900