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'Tea' is for terrorism

A year ago, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) produced a memo outlining the growing threat posed to this country from right-wing extremists. It compared the situation to that of the early 1990s — which culminated in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred
When even the most ‘legitimate’ voices of the right validate dangerously unhinged anti-government rhetoric — DUCK!
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 09, 2010

The winner and other losers

By my count, there are approximately 14,308 people running for governor of Maine.
The governor's race, brought to you by “Internet Riches Made Easy”
By AL DIAMON  |  October 09, 2009

Right wing done wrong

As someone who is Republican by party and conservative by inclination, I must take issue with your editorial “Right Wing Terror” on several fronts.
Letters to the Boston editor, June 19, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  June 19, 2009
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Right-wing terror

Conservatives scoffed in April when the Department of Homeland Security warned that the United States could face another wave of homegrown attacks.
The murder of Dr. George Tiller
By EDITORIAL  |  June 05, 2009
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Ring in the new

If 2009 lives up to the grace and power of some of the concerts that began it, we can look forward to a vintage year.
Haydn trios, Kirchner's 90th-birthday concert, Cantata Singers' Britten, Teatro Lirico's Aida
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 20, 2009
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20 reasons the Earth will be glad to see Bush go

The planet Earth usually tries to stay out of politics. It doesn't endorse candidates. It doesn't run attack ads. It doesn't even register as a lobbyist.
As our 43rd president scrambles to screw further with Mother Nature, a look at the ways our planet will be better off under Obama
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 17, 2008


Among the Republican thugs

Minnesota is known innocently enough as the Gopher State, but for one terrifying, riot-gear-and-grenade-filled week this past summer, it was a police state.  
Fear and pepper spray in St. Paul
By ANNE ELIZABETH MOORE  |  October 01, 2008
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Almost Famous: Joe Bernstein

I’ve been all over the country, and I have to say, the quality of the State Police department here — they’re the best.
Retired former senior special agent for the US Immigration and Naturalization Service
By FRANK MULLIN  |  September 10, 2008
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The homeland is officially secure

After being locked up by federal authorities for three months, Either/Orchestra percussionist Vicente Lebron was released this past Thursday.
Vicente Lebron freed
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 10, 2008
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Give the drummer some

A couple weeks ago, the Phoenix brought you the sad and disturbing tale of Vicente Lebron.
Fundraiser for Vicente Lebron
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 09, 2008
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One of our drummers is missing

The Somerville-based Latin-jazz ensemble Either/Orchestra has gigs scheduled this weekend in London and Glastonbury, but their long-time percussionist won’t be along for the trip.
Either/Ordeal
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 25, 2008


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Maine stings from a slap on the wrist

Like a rebellious older sibling, Maine was the first state to pass a resolution rejecting "Real ID" in January 2007, and followed up five months later with a law preventing the state from participating.
 Real ID
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 09, 2008

Who goes there?

In one of the most profound changes ever instituted by state government, officials in Augusta recently announced they’d redefined the word “tourist.”
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 06, 2008
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On the national affront

Where does one begin to recap 12 months of such willful self-parody?
An inescapable year reaches its inevitable conclusion
By BARRY CRIMMINS  |  December 19, 2007
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Heroes of our time

In interviews promoting The Bourne Ultimatum , Matt Damon has argued that his Jason Bourne has supplanted James Bond as the hero of our time.
From Bond to Bourne, the good guys (and girls) buck the system
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 31, 2007
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Civil-liberties tug-of-war

An amazing thing about legislative bodies is their ability to take stands on just about anything.
State politicians take a national stand
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 20, 2007


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Bush's secret army

The 9/11 attacks provided a catalyst: an unprecedented justification to forge ahead with a radical agenda molded by a small cadre of neoconservative operatives.
Meet the American mercenaries of Blackwater, who fight outside of the law and take direction from the radical Christian right
By JEREMY SCAHILL  |  March 21, 2007
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Immigration raid substitutes for a comprehensive policy

The divisions couldn’t have been any clearer as immigrants’ advocates and critics of illegal immigration seized on last week’s federal raid in New Bedford.
Aftermath
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 14, 2007
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If terrorists hit Boston

What follows is a scenario roughly based on two real-world post-9/11 terrorist attacks.
In The Edge of Disaster , a security expert warns that the US is not prepared for future disasters
By STEPHEN FLYNN  |  March 08, 2007

Nailing the GOP


New England Congressmen are sitting on some key committees
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 24, 2007
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Republican dirty tricks

Late last month, readers of the conservative web site NewsMax discovered this juicy tidbit in a column by Ronald Kessler: “In the past week, Karl Rove has been promising Republican insiders an ‘October surprise’ to help win the November congressional ele
What’s up Karl Rove’s sleeve?
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 05, 2006


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A spate of phony ‘terror’ plots

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Sometimes, however, a “terrorism” prosecution is anything but.
Freedom watch
By HARVEY SILVERGATE  |  July 12, 2006

Pentagon withholds details of spying on anti-war groups

Given growing attempts at government surveillance, Alden Eagle, a coordinator for the Rhode Island Community Coalition for Peace (RICCP), seems right on target when he says, “Anybody is a potential terrorist.”
Surveillance Society  
By ANDREW FOX  |  June 21, 2006
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Supernatural born killer

The man who played Leland Palmer oozed creepiness from every pore.
The career of Ray Wise
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 08, 2006
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Quotes and numbers, April 21, 2006

$735,180: President Bush’s 2005 adjusted gross income.
Bush's income, Cheney's millions, and this year's catastrophes
By  |  April 19, 2006
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Blogs vs. reality

They came, they marched, they chanted. Now they wait.
Dissecting the immigrant backlash
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 13, 2006