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Review: Butter

Any real-world comparisons between the Sarah Palin-like Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner) and her African-American opponent, Destiny (Yara Shahidi), are encouraged in this over-churned movie that presents itself as a "cutthroat story of greed, blackmail,

By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 12, 2012

Don't sweat your major — you'll probably change your mind anyway

Chances are that two of you have no friggin' idea what you want to do with your lives, and the one of you who does will change his or her mind by age 25.
Throwing it all away
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  September 02, 2011
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Immortalizing Irene: dressed up to clean up, tales of survival, and blowhards

Phillipe had to endure Irene at Casa Diablo South in Newport. No problems at all, save for a titanic poplar limb, whose size had already led P&J to dub it "Johnny Wadd," falling all the way across the circular driveway and nearly taking down the pow
Paging Babe the Blue Ox  
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 02, 2011
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Are Civil (Liberties) Unions America's Best Hope?

Ron Paul and Barney Frank make odd bedfellows, but one hopes theirs is more than a one-night-stand.
Freedom Watch
By HARVEY A. SILVERGLATE AND DANIEL R. SCHWARTZ  |  July 15, 2011
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From Morons to Assholes

A pyramid of political insults.
Failure
By KARL STEVENS  |  July 15, 2011

Mitt Throws A Bash


Mitt Romney threw a great political bash yesterday, in Stratham, New Hampshire, to "officially" launch his 2012 Presidential campaign. He and his team do this...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 03, 2011


Sarah Palin joins the GOP presidential race

Palin's magic bus ride just might save Romney ? and run over Obama

Democrats are positively giddy over the sudden re-entry of Sarah Palin into Republican presidential politics.
Sarah to the rescue?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 03, 2011

The Palins Are Coming! The Palins Are Coming!


One if by land, two if by sea, and Tweet if by I-84 to the Mass. Pike. Yes, amid horrible storms Sarah Palin and her...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 01, 2011

Q&A #4 -- Intrade Odds


"Joey" asks: On the InTrade exchange for the 2012 Republican Nomination for President, whose shares are currently undervalued/overvalued in your mind? Ecellent question. Rounding off, here...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 01, 2011

Klout-less Romney


This afternoon, to stir up some online enthusiasm over Thursday's big Presidential campaign launch event, Mitt Romney launched a little Twitter hashtag fun. It didn't...
By David S. Bernstein  |  May 31, 2011
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The politics of killing Granny

All politicians love gimmicks. But Republicans seem to be especially fond of them.  
And why it matters to Scott Brown
By EDITORIAL  |  May 27, 2011


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Thanks all around

"Thanks All Around" is the title of the opening section of Jaimy Gordon's novel, Shamp of the City-Solo (published in 1974).
Words for Waldrop; GOP = fun; some god news; random notes
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  May 13, 2011

Going, gone

Republican Governor Paul LePage should do himself, his party, and his state a favor by pulling a Sarah Palin and resigning.
LePage should just resign
By AL DIAMON  |  May 13, 2011
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Japan's Chernobyl

It may have receded from the headlines, but the crisis at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station continues.
Plus, what's Donald Trump all about?
By EDITORIAL  |  April 15, 2011

Elementary, my dear Watson

But while the two humans challenging the metal mental giant on TV fared reasonably well, we were forced to admit that mere mortals such as P&J could not take on Watson at its full Linux server-backed power.
What is ... um ...; Satana, dead! Dead!; same-sex redux; talkin' 'bout a revolution
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 18, 2011
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Sarah Palin wilts as Glenn Beck self-destructs

Common sense has bloomed among right wingers — not once, but twice. And while these episodes are unlikely to become regular events, we should enjoy them while we can.
Trouble on the right
By EDITORIAL  |  February 11, 2011


Sarah Palin's Bait


For those who hoped that Sarah Palin might make herself into a serious political figure -- and I count myself among them -- perhaps nothing...
By David S. Bernstein  |  February 05, 2011
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The GOP's top dog? It's T-Paw, not Mitt.

Whatever the reason, the field of Republican presidential candidates is failing to form, just a year away now Iowa and New Hampshire voting in the nation's first presidential caucus and primary.
Pawlenty tops our list
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 04, 2011

Bridge to somewhere

Phillipe and Jorge were flabbergasted — and Casa Diablo rocked to its very foundation — by the recent actions of Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority chairman David Darlington and his board.
RITBA gets it right; the Gipper's Day; Chan's has the blues; more shame in Afghanistan
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 04, 2011

2012 GOP Presidential Rankings, Updated!


In the new issue of the Boston Phoenix – in print tomorrow, online now – I provide my first in-print rankings of the 2012 GOP...
By David S. Bernstein  |  February 02, 2011
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Poop and circumstance

Knickers in a horrible twist in Educationland over the announcement of a three-tiered diploma system to be introduced in Rhode Island public schools.
Vo Dilun diplomacy; the Dunkin' Donuts state; networking; royal rapping
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 28, 2011


Golden Globes, Conservatives, Giffords


I've seen surprisingly little from the cultural conservative klatch about Sunday's Golden Globes, which seemed to be awarded disproportionately to drug addicts (Trent Reznor, Aaron Sorkin),...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 18, 2011
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Diva down!

Phillipe and Jorge rushed to the home of our close pal and confidante Bishop Tommy Tobin last weekend with cold compresses and fistfuls of Valium in an effort to tend to our well-accessorized dogmatist in a time of trouble.
Babysitting the Bish; nautical talk; dissing discourse
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 14, 2011
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Desert Storm

Two days before Saturday's horrific shooting in Tucson, Arizona, which gravely wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and left six people dead, a woman disrupted the reading of the US Constitution on the floor of the US House of Representatives by loud
Tragedy in Tucson re-opens the question of the GOP's dangerous embrace of extremists
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 14, 2011
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Reed on the Arizona shootings, the Tea Party, and why Bob Gates might stick around

Just days after the Arizona tragedy, the Phoenix sat down with Senator Jack Reed for a Q+A about the shooting, the Tea Party, and some troubling news out of Pakistan.
Ask the Senator
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 14, 2011
Why we need to hold the Radical Right responsible for the Arizona bloodshed

Why we need to hold the Radical Right responsible for the Arizona bloodshed


Are Tea Partiers and right-wing Republicans responsible for the horrifying violence we saw yesterday in Arizona? Of course they fucking are. And you don't have...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 09, 2011


Bernstein Brothers Handicap GOP 2012

Bernstein Brothers Handicap GOP 2012


Michele BachmannDavid S. Bernstein: I invited you to have this email conversation about the 2012 GOP Presidential campaign because you and I both follow politics, but...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 07, 2011

Generation X

Your article, “ Gen X Goes to Washington ” (November 26, 2010) was great. I’m glad this topic is finally being discussed.
Letters to the Boston editor, January 7, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 07, 2011

GOP 2012 Rankings, New Year Update


I've been doing these rankings for two years now, starting on the final day of 2008. Looking back at that first list, seemingly so early...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 03, 2011
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The Road to 2012: The New New Hampshire

For Mitt Romney and other likely presidential contenders, 2011 will be a busy year of campaigning and preparation for the first caucuses and primaries of the nominating process in early 2012.
Mitt Romney and the rest of the GOP field are about to find a whole new set of players standing between them and first-in-the-nation primary victory
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 31, 2010