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TV's conservative bias

If Sarah Palin were to smoke a joint while piloting a flying saucer to Cuba, evidence suggests that more than one third of America would approve.
The Palin question asked and answered; plus, rescuing Lawrence
By EDITORIAL  |  February 12, 2010
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New and improved Romney

Scott Brown's unexpected victory in last month's special US Senate election captured the attention of the country — and particularly of core Republican voters, who huddled eagerly before their TV screens to watch their hero du jour give his acceptance
He's more fiscal, less social. And he's got millions. But will GOP voters give a Mitt?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 12, 2010
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Romney's new character: Macho man

Few things are more predictable than a GOP presidential candidate posturing as a he-man protector of America, and depicting his Democratic counterpart as an effete, appeasing girlie-man on the dangerous world stage.
In his new book, Mitt makes himself over as a muscular defender of America
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 12, 2010
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Massachusetts: You might be living in a red state if

Scott Brown’s Senatorial victory is merely the latest sign that red tides are creeping upon our once-progressive Commonwealth. Don’t believe us? Consider that Kenny Chesney sells out Gillette Stadium every summer, and, of course, that wealthy Republican
31 signs that Scott Brown’s victory is changing the face of the commonwealth for the worse
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 22, 2010
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The end of the affair?

During Mitt Romney's failed bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, he demonstrated a potent knack for wooing the conservative commentariat.
Mitt Romney's right-wing-media problem. Plus, Michael Bloomberg's blind spot.
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 28, 2009
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Yoon or Flaherty

Boston voters will go to the polls in less than seven weeks to choose two candidates, out of the four now running, to face off against each other in November's mayoral election.
Who will win the chance to challenge Menino?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 14, 2009


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Interview: John Legend

Despite being one of the most successful R&B singers of the decade — with six Grammys and three top-selling albums — John Legend is something of an oddball.
A different kind of R&B star
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  August 07, 2009

From Jester to Esther

During the presidential campaign last fall, the Phoenix took note of a curious undercurrent in the annals of Sarah Palin fandom: the notion of Palin as a modern-day Queen Esther.
Sarah Palin sees self as a religious legend, not a political football
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 17, 2009
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Eyes on the prize

We interrupt the Lincoln Chafee buzz fest to bring you this little nugget of news: there are a few Democrats who'd like to be governor, too.  
Hold on, Linc Chafee! Dems Frank Caprio, Patrick Lynch, and Elizabeth Roberts would also like to be governor in 2010
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 24, 2009

30. Joe the Plumber

Possibly the least sexy blue collar worker on the planet, Samuel Wurzelbacher is a medusa who believes that he's an alchemist. Everything this fraud touches – from the McCain campaign to the financially doomed Pajamas Media – turns to something that folk
Possibly the least sexy blue collar worker on the planet, Samuel Wurzelbacher is a medusa who believes that he's an alchemist. Everything this fraud touches – from the McCain campaign to the financially doomed Pajamas Media – turns to something that folks in his profession should know lots about.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

9. Levi Johnston

It's true that this barbaric puck slapping dingbat, who jammed his unsheathed stick in Bristol Palin's crease, made the last presidential race that much sexier. But now that his semen has manifested into an actual child who will further desecrate the ear
It's true that this barbaric puck slapping dingbat, who jammed his unsheathed stick in Bristol Palin's crease, made the last presidential race that much sexier. But now that his semen has manifested into an actual child who will further desecrate the earth with Sarah's genes, we're closing down the fan club. Bonus unsexy points for kicking her to the curb – even though as loyal Republican-haters, we thank him for illustrating all of our best arguments against social conservatism.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009


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Cracking up

Republicans all over the country find themselves backed into an ideological and political corner: their dogma has brought the country, and their party, to ruin.
State legislators across the country are filing resolutions declaring state sovereignty  just as they did the last time a Democrat won the White House
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 18, 2009
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Sox to win 98 in '09?

Stat savant Nate Silver, widely lauded for foretelling the 2008 election in detail, was a baseball geek first.
Statistically Speaking
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 25, 2009
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Toxic talk: Hating Obama

During and just after the 2008 presidential campaign, the antipathy of right-wing pundits toward Barack Obama reached remarkable, often repugnant depths.
Repugnant anti-Obama hate speech has dissipated for the moment. How likely is it to raise its ugly head again?
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 19, 2009

Capital cash

A well-connected Rhode Island couple has donated $100,000 for the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Weiners donate $100K for Obama's inauguration
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  January 07, 2009

Looking Back

Since Barack Obama’s election, there have been many congratulatory essays — verbal and written — about the greatness of Americans being able to elect a person of color to our highest office.
America didn’t become colorblind in 2008
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  December 29, 2008


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Fourth-estate follies!

Granted, other years have had flashier media embarrassments (Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass), but that doesn't mean that 2008 lacked for media misdeeds.
Remembering the year in media malfeasance
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 23, 2008
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Proponents make the case for National Popular Vote

During a fundraiser for FairVote Rhode Island at the Hi-Hat on Monday, supporters of the concept known as National Popular Vote several times used the acronym NPV with a wink and a smile, eliciting the question from a colleague, "What's NPV?," and then
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 17, 2008

He’s not like us

While I’m still celebrating the election results — and don’t plan to stop until just before Thanksgiving — there is one sobering thing.
Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  November 12, 2008

Girl power at Halitosis Hall

Phillipe + Jorge have always been strong supporters of state Senator Teresa Paiva Weed, the presumptive (God, do we hate that word) new Senate president.
Paiva Weed to reach lofty height in old boys' club
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 12, 2008
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Two many Americas

It's worth reminding ourselves that when the Republicans are out of power, they go apeshit.
Could an Obama administration mean an end to the red-state/blue-state divide?
By BY MIKE MILIARD  |  November 12, 2008


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California’s shame

The politics of division as practiced by lame-duck president George W. Bush at the connivance of his onetime Svengali Karl Rove are not dead.
Equal marriage rights suffers a setback, but there is hope. Plus, young voters.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 12, 2008
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Divide and be conquered

Things do indeed look bad for their Grand Old Party. Actually, it's even worse than they think.
The GOP relied on talk radio to carry its water, but votes are worth more than ratings
By BY STEVEN STARK  |  November 12, 2008
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Say it ain't so, Joe

Breaking: Biden resigns the vice-presidency amid Wentzgate scandal
Breaking: Biden resigns the vice-presidency amid Wentzgate scandal
By BY DAVID THORPE  |  November 11, 2008
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Mod on the move

The Brown University class being taught this semester by Lincoln Chafee, the Republican US senator-turned-independent supporter of Barack Obama, has an up-to-the-moment title: “Whither America.”
Obama supporter Lincoln Chafee talks about the post-election landscape
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 05, 2008
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Obama ’08: Dawn of a new era

Since 1984, every year in which there is a presidential election, the Murphy/Deans of Edgewood in Cranston, have held a small get-together for friends and family.
Few socks tossed at TV during liberal klatch in Edgewood
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 05, 2008


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Obama redraws the map

Barack Obama has made history. The next question is whether his victory has sparked a lasting electoral realignment.
But the electoral shifts may not last
By STEVEN STARK  |  November 05, 2008
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Hope restored

Barack Obama's election has sparked international wonder. His task, however, is great.
Barack Obama's election has sparked international wonder. His task, however, is great.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 05, 2008
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McCain in the membrane

Four tracks into his Monday Monster Jam performance, Brooklyn rap czar Jay-Z stops the music and points to a freeze-frame image of George W. Bush on the titanic screen above the TD Banknorth Garden stage.
The Maverick-iest candidate has hip-hop support from R.A. the Rugged Man
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 30, 2008
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The alt-candidates

A revolutionary, Ralph Nader, a Baptist minister, and two former congressmen from Georgia are all running for president in Rhode Island.
On the Rhode Island ballot: a revolutionary, conservatives — and Ralph Nader, of course
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  October 29, 2008