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Considering Kagan

Elena Kagan, onetime dean of Harvard Law School and current US solicitor general, is a less than perfect candidate to sit on the Supreme Court.
She’s weak on free speech, but doesn’t deserve her ‘Seinfeld moment’
By EDITORIAL  |  May 14, 2010
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Impeach John Roberts

It is time for an enterprising and courageous member of the US House of Representatives to file articles of impeachment against the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court, John Roberts. The charge: lying under oath.
The Chief Justice lied
By EDITORIAL  |  February 05, 2010
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Ted's turn

A little-known provision in the crime bill now being negotiated by a House-Senate conference committee would greatly expand the number of prison cells available to house violent criminals, and it wouldn't be cost a dime. But it may be doomed unless Sen
Clinton caves on crime bill, but Kennedy can still salvage it
By AL GIORDANO  |  August 28, 2009
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Just the beginning

More than a few people asked us why we are publishing this special section now — now that gay-marriage opponents have filed their People's Veto signatures, now that same-sex marriages will not be taking place at least until after Mainers vote on th
The battle for marriage equality really starts now
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 07, 2009
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Just the beginning

More than a few people asked us why we are publishing this special section now — now that gay-marriage opponents have filed their People's Veto signatures, now that same-sex marriages will not be taking place at least until after Mainers vote on th
The battle for marriage equality really starts now
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 07, 2009
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The 12th Annual Muzzle Awards

With the era of repression and secrecy fostered by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney finally over, this should be the best of times for freedom of expression, open government, and civil liberties. Yet change comes slowly.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 10, 2009


Supreme court

Next month, Congress will begin confirmation hearings to decide the fate of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, the 55-year-old Bronx native whom President Barack Obama nominated last month to fill retiring Justice David Souter's spot on the nine-memb
Maine senators playing major role in Sotomayor confirmation
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 19, 2009
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Female Trouble

Conventional political wisdom says that for a party to oppose a woman — or a women's issue — it's best to send out a female spokesperson.
A shocking dearth of Republican female pols should have the party in a panic. So why doesn't it care?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 05, 2009

Out of the closet

I don't believe in gay stereotypes. With one exception.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 05, 2009
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Play-by-play

On the front lines at the gay-marriage hearing
On the front lines at the gay-marriage hearing
By DEIRDRE FULTON + EMILY PARKHURST  |  May 01, 2009
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Whitehouse: Pushing to pull the truth about Bush's war skullduggery from under bus

Rhode Island's Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse had a Joseph Welch moment during last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
Digging deep
By PETER VOSKAMP  |  March 11, 2009


Way to normal

No offense, but you're totally unqualified to decide who my wife's boss is.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 10, 2008

Papa don't preach

The total “wake-up call” is the promotion of father-less-ness in our great land and the effects it is having on society.
Letters to the Boston editor, July 18, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 16, 2008
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Moldy justice

A California law prohibits a woman from driving while wearing a house coat.
Archaic laws are often funny, but they’re no laughing matter
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE AND JAN WOLFE  |  October 12, 2007
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Expanding the cloak of secrecy

Make no mistake: the Bush administration is attempting to codify Nixonian secrecy as official constitutional doctrine.
Bush’s unrivaled claims to executive privilege deprive Americans of the basic info they need to act as citizens
By EDITORIAL  |  July 03, 2007
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Carrying the banner

It is always nice to see Little Rhody looking good on the national scene.
Whitehouse impresses in the nation’s capital
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 02, 2007


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Savage love

First things first: congratulations to Globe reporter Charlie Savage on a much-deserved Pulitzer Prize.
What we talk about when we talk about the Globe’s Pulitzer
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 18, 2007

Bad history

It’s not as if Democratic state senator John Martin of Eagle Lake doesn’t have any positive qualities.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 21, 2007
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The Pah-ty's ovah

For the past six years, the Republican-run federal government has been free to waste money, reward friends, and act incompetently, knowing that their misdeeds would go unexposed by the legislative branch. Nailing the GOP: New England Congressmen are si
Congressional reps from New England are poised to lead the attack on Republican waste and fraud
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 24, 2007
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Caught in the act

Dateline NBC ’s “To Catch a Predator” series is dedicated to revealing, and more recently, arresting would-be sexual predators. But according to some, what’s portrayed on television is only a tiny snapshot of a bigger picture.
The questionable methods of Perverted Justice
By KYLE SUTTON  |  January 18, 2007

Brief cases

This article originally appeared in the August 19, 1986 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
No Scalia wag
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  November 14, 2006


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Pardons are forever

Prediction: Before leaving office, President Bush will issue a shockingly large number of presidential pardons to operatives who, with the administration’s blessing, ventured far outside the law to wage Bush’s “war on terror.” Who might need - and get
To get his friends and allies out of the mess he created, George W. Bush is going to have to issue a slew of pardons
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  August 22, 2006

Flashbacks: August 18, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Paul Babin and Sam MacLaughlin.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By FLASHBACKS  |  August 17, 2006
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Bush’s real motive

President George W. Bush’s persistent support of the National Security Agency’s warrantless eavesdropping program — the insidious surveillance system first disclosed by the New York Times on December 16 — represents much more than a stubborn presidential
Why is W. acting so recklessly in pursuit of the right to spy?
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  February 09, 2006
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Alito: public enemy

How much damage will a conservative Court do?
The Phoenix editorial
By EDITORIAL  |  January 25, 2006