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It was, quite obviously, big news when President Barack Obama came to town last week.
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 09, 2010

Relentlessly ringing freedom

Amid relentless bell-ringing (“Let freedom ring!” chanted the enthusiasts as they deprived passersby of their hearing and sanity), the Tea Party came to Portland last week to greet President Barack Obama.
Northern New England’s Tea Partiers go local
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 09, 2010

Change? What change?

Nice to see Goldman Sachs employee Barack "President" Obama get rolled by Gen. Stanley McChrystal so we can send more troops to Afghanistan on a hopeless mission.
Operation Afghan Tragedy. Plus, getting steamed over global warming and men in tights.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 18, 2009

Can we have class dismissed?

What, you might ask, does Ahmed Hussein Ismail, the alleged gun-toting robber mistakenly let out of jail in Portland, have in common with Tareq and Michaele Salahi, alleged White House party-crashers?
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  December 11, 2009

Crossword: ''King John''

Goodbye, Mr. Hughes
Goodbye, Mr. Hughes
By MATT JONES  |  August 28, 2009
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Road trip

There comes a time in a woman's life when she just has to leave her husband at home with his mistress, toss her suitcase in a roadster, and head Downeast for a little timeout with her new, butch girlfriend. In July 1933, that's exactly what first lady
A lesbian journey through Maine's history
By CAROLYN GAGE  |  June 26, 2009


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Carter vs. the Clamshell: round one is a standoff

The presidential party arrives in a rush through the side door near the stage, and those in the audience at Portsmouth High School stand to applaud. Many are on their toes and crane their necks to catch a glimpse of Jimmy Carter in the confusion down fr
Inside, an impeccable incumbent fields the easy questions
By DIANNE DUMANOSKI  |  May 08, 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
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Red, white, and blue balls: Bringing the party to the people

Are there any jobs on Earth more virile-sounding than commander in chief?
A history of our Inaugural West Swingers and White House Hoedowns
By KARA BASKIN  |  January 14, 2009

Choosing my religion

There’s nothing that strikes me as heroic or important about Gregg Housh’s farcical jihad against Scientology.  
Letters to the Boston editor, October 24, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 22, 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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The 11th Annual Muzzle Awards

Freedom of expression may be guaranteed by the Constitution. But it’s an idea we have to fight for every day.
Silencing free speech
By DAN KENNEDY  |  June 25, 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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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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And the beat goes on

All Phillipe + Jorge can say after Tuesday’s presidential primary is that we are overjoyed the Patriots resigned Randy Moss.
Hillary Clinton proves the Rasputin of primary politics
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 05, 2008
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Vantage Point

Vantage Point neither resolves its own mysteries nor says much about the Rashomon effect it’s trying to emulate.
Unintentional laughs
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2008


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The ‘A’ word

How can the media cover a subject that nearly everyone’s thinking about, but is almost too abhorrent to discuss?

Is there one political story the press shouldn’t report?


By ADAM REILLY  |  February 15, 2008
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The rites of Robby

“At first he was a douchebag,” says Roadsteamer (a/k/a Rob Potylo) of the character he created.
Roadsteamer’s new message of unity
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 09, 2007
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Garry glitter

Youth may be “a stuff will not endure,” but Noël Coward’s Present Laughter — which takes its title from the Shakespearean ditty that tells us so — certainly does.
Present Laughter shines at the Huntington; plus Hillary and Monica
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 29, 2007
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Notes on a tragedy

Seung-Hui Cho got what he wanted: a whole nation is talking about him and his horrific killing spree on the Virginia Tech campus last week.
More than a week after the Virginia Tech massacre, we still have more questions than answers
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 25, 2007
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Notes on a scandal

The saga of gossip columnist Jared Paul Stern has entered a n phase that could end up generating the biggest political and the biggest media story of the year.
Could a botched sting operation compromise Hillary Clinton’s presidential hopes?
By ADAM REILLY AND HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 29, 2007


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Chisley and his chisel

One of America’s longest-running sports-crime suspense stories may come to a close this week, as police are expected to arrest former Penn State defensive end LaVon Chisley in connection with the stabbing death of PSU senior Langston Carraway.
Sports blotter: "Penn State murder" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 17, 2007
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The conspiracist

“Assassination-conspiracy theorist” is a relatively recent addition to Paul Kuntzler’s résumé. Watch Paul Kuntzler on the JFK assassination
Gay-rights crusader Paul Kuntzler turns a sharp mind for detail to the JFK assassination
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 11, 2007
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Beating around the Bush

When the title and the premise alone piss off Hillary Clinton and Rush Limbaugh, why cop out when making the film itself? Death watch: Gabriel Range on his President. By Peter Keough
Death of a President misfires
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 25, 2006
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Randy

Randy Hien was a sun around which thousands of people orbited.
He opened the doors to the Living Room, with enthusiasm and encouragement
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  September 27, 2006
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Greatest hits

So that’s how World War II started.
Hits and misses
By PETER KEOUGH AND PAUL BABIN  |  September 22, 2006


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The Ninth Annual Muzzle Awards

Nearly five years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, our political culture has been warped beyond recognition.
Our annual New England roundup of those who undermined freedom of speech and civil liberties. But first, a word about George W. Bush.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 04, 2006
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The Sentinel

Gone are the salad days when you could stroll into Ford’s Theater, shoot the president and flee; today, he can’t take a leak without five agents holding his dink.
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By CHRIS WANGLER  |  April 25, 2006