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Review: The Last Mountain

As Bill Haney's infuriating, straightforward documentary argues, the coal industry is not only poisoning our air and water but our democracy as well.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 24, 2011

Your words are not your own

Plagiarism is a serious charge.
Less Otten. More Originality.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 14, 2010
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Meet Evan Thomas

Narrative is the throughline in the professional life of Evan Thomas.
The parallel careers of Newsweek's premier wordsmith
By PETER KADZIS  |  May 14, 2010
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Have you heard the one about Chappaquiddick?

Last week, during an appearance on the Washington, DC–based Diane Rehm Show on NPR, Ted Kennedy biographer Edward Klein suggested that if Kennedy could witness his own funeral he'd probably crack a joke.
Funny Peculiar
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 04, 2009
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After Ted

The death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy early Wednesday morning brings to a close the life and legendary career of one of Massachusetts's greatest political figures.
Kennedy’s death came amid renewed speculation about his succession, his family, and potential candidates for his job
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 28, 2009
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Ted Kennedy's real record

When a 32-year incumbent seeks re-election, there is a long and well-documented record that can be examined. So it's disconcerting to note that admit all the miles of newsprint and videotape that have been expended covering the US Senate campaign, littl
A note on the 32-year-incumbent's accomplishments
By AL GIORDANO  |  August 28, 2009


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Public and private affairs

Philandering, like heavy drinking, traditionally has been one of those activities that the boys in the press keep mum about when reporting on the boys on the Hill, or the boy in the White House, or any boy, for that matter. The rationales for this sile
The case for making a campaign issue of Teddy's reputation for philandering
By SUZANNAH LESSARD  |  August 28, 2009
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The Center of the universe

Real-life quantum leaper Richard Goodwin was sort of a 1960s political Zelig — everywhere you looked, there he was.
JFK speechwriter and Renaissance man Richard Goodwin explores the roots of today's religious wars by channeling 17th-century anti-hero Galileo in a play called Two Men of Florence
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 04, 2009
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At the Biltmore, exultation and ecstasy over Obama’s win

Shortly before 9:30 pm on Tuesday, a huge roar went up among the Democratic crowd packing the 17th floor ballroom at the Providence Biltmore.
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 05, 2008
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Political Andy?

Was Andy Warhol more politically engaged than he's given credit for?
Warhol's court-painter years; plus doodling at the Rose
By GREG COOK  |  November 04, 2008
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Back to the barricades

In the fall of 2005, when the artist and curator Mark Tribe began teaching at Brown University, he was struck by how little protest there was on campus at a time of war.  
Can reenacting Vietnam-era protests help us rethink Iraq?
By GREG COOK  |  October 15, 2008


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A history of violence

It was August 28, 1968, and Ron Pownall could feel the storm brewing as he arrived at a Vietnam War protest during the Democratic Convention in Chicago.
Ron Pownall’s photos of the ’68 Democratic Convention
By GREG COOK  |  August 26, 2008
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War stories

“We will be fighting for forty years.” Reading those words at the end of Norman Mailer’s 1968 Miami and the Siege of Chicago , you can’t help but feel a chill.
Mailer on the ’68 conventions
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 19, 2008

Easy to love

Given the water wings of a viable performance, one-person shows about historical figures tend to sink or swim on the raconteurship of their subjects.
According to Tip debuts at New Rep; the ART sings Cole Porter
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 01, 2008
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Communion shouldn’t be based on politics

Catholic priests call themselves “vicars of Christ,” so those giving communion need only recall Christ’s forgiveness of a thief on an adjacent Calvary cross, and ask, “What would Jesus do?”
Religion
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  June 18, 2008

June 2008


Monthly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  May 30, 2008


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Alma Obama

My niece Rachael was graduated from Wesleyan this past Sunday, an accomplishment perhaps overshadowed for some by the highly publicized circumstances surrounding the commencement ceremony.
Understated understudy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2008
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Unspeakable

Just when you thought Hillary Clinton couldn’t be more vile or shameless, along comes her remark about Bobby Kennedy’s assassination on the campaign trail.
What lies ahead in the trial of two former CVS officials?
By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  May 28, 2008
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Flashback

Sister Corita Kent was something of a celebrity.
The high voltage work of Corita Kent
By GREG COOK  |  May 07, 2008

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By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  May 01, 2008
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Could America face a committee choice for president?

Like many thoughtful voters, I have privately wondered what would happen if John McCain, Hillary Clinton, or Barack Obama were to die after being nominated.
Surprise Scenario
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  April 09, 2008


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Bear season

we may have a new weird and unexpected pretender to the great sports-crime throne: the University of MaineWBlack Bears.
Sports blotter: Vacationland edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 02, 2008

April 2008

April's planetary themes are fire and earth and a touch of water, which basically amounts to the conditions needed for pottery.
Monthly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  April 01, 2008
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Know your superdelegates

If they choose wisely, they’ll follow the will of the people all the way into the Oval Office.
Democratic insiders in Maine and throughout the country will decide the party's nominee
By BRIDGET HUBER  |  March 12, 2008

Jackson's sweet dream

This article originally appeared in the March 4, 1988 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

Jesse Jackson's 1988 presidential campaign


By SCOT LEHIGH  |  March 07, 2008

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By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  March 03, 2008


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One for the books

It’s hard to believe that we just had a week without a primary.
Can tales of the Democratic party’s glory days help Obama and Clinton?
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 27, 2008
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Majoring and minering in theater

The re-enactment is part community therapy, part exorcism; the resulting video is tense and visceral and heartbreaking.
'The World as a Stage' at the ICA
By GREG COOK  |  February 05, 2008

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By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  January 31, 2008
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For real change, the chattering classes need to take a fall

The key word of the moment in America is “change.”
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By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  January 09, 2008