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Liberal warrior

When it comes to his signature issues — climate change, campaign finance reform, tax fairness — Whitehouse makes little secret of his approach: marshal the facts, hammer the Republicans, and embarrass them into action.
Sheldon Whitehouse is attacking the obstructionist GOP head-on. Will it work?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 12, 2013
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Q&A: On climate change, it’s Sheldon Whitehouse v. Washington

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has taken a lead role in one of Washington's most important — and intractable — public policy fights: reining in climate change.
Q&A
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 15, 2013
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As marijuana laws ease nationwide, Maine leads — and responds

With a marijuana legalization proposal on the horizon and a medical cannabis program that continues to evolve, Maine is an active participant in the country's pot revolution.
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 30, 2012
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Crabby old men

Washington is gripped with Benghazi Fever. It is a tricky and treacherous disease.

By EDITORIAL  |  November 23, 2012

RI’s homeless bill of rights

Official Rhode Island's response to the homelessness problem has been uninspiring, on the whole.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 29, 2012
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On the rebound

Nine months ago, first-term Congressman David Cicilline's Washington career seemed over before it had begun.
Months after his political career seemed doomed, Congressman David Cicilline has made a slow, steady comeback. Will it hold?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 04, 2011


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Not tough enough?

Amid massive deficits and escalating pension problems, a certain tough guy chic has taken hold in State Houses across the country.
While governors nationwide slash their way out of crisis, Chafee plays Mr. Nice Guy
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 15, 2011
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Rhode Island's ticking time bomb

This is a story about the pension crisis that's tearing apart Providence and Central Falls and just might lay waste to the whole goddamn state.
A fun, easy-to-understand guide to the pension crisis that could destroy everything you care about (or not)
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 25, 2011
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Photos: Scenes from the Rally to Restore Sanity

With nary a be-skidmarked pair of Betsy Ross boxer shorts in sight.
Thousands of Daily Show fans, Flying Spaghetti Monsters, and Hogwarts alums, and more converge on the National Mall | October 30, 2010
By ERIN BALDASSARI  |  October 29, 2010

Vegan venom

I honestly can’t believe you think that vegan comfort food would focus onto vegetables.
Letters to the Boston editor, September 10, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 10, 2010
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A conversation with Joe Citizen and Bob Corporation

"No, it ain't, Joe."
Is the Supreme Court out of its mind?
By MIKE PREVOST  |  February 19, 2010


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Menino's promise

Boston's political tribes checked their traditional hostilities at the door this week when they trooped into Faneuil Hall for the inauguration of Mayor Thomas Menino, who took the oath to serve an unprecedented fifth term.
Realizing his pledge of flexibility is the key to Boston's future success
By EDITORIAL  |  January 08, 2010
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Instead of cuts: guts

Let’s assume, reader, that you’re concerned about economic and social justice. For those in real need — people who are poor, sick, old, mentally ill, addicted, disabled — you want decent care. You’re concerned, too, about proper funding of schools, commu
Raise taxes on the rich? Only one candidate says ‘yes’?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 08, 2010
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Chafee and the hazards of a bold politics

By the time a candidate for major office steps up to the microphone to officially declare for the seat, everyone already knows his intentions.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 08, 2010
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Fourth-estate follies, 2009 edition

Between the rise of the Web, the ADD-addling of America, the fragmentation of any national political consensus, and the devastated economy, working in the press can feel a bit like manning the Titanic — and this year, the entire industry seemed to te
The Phoenix's second annual year in media malfeasance
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 25, 2009
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Brown Bagging

If you are finding it hard to get enthused about the seemingly preordained drubbing that Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley will give to the GOP nominee, State Senator Scott Brown, in the special election for US Senate, you are not alone.
Even GOP insiders don't expect Scott Brown to beat Martha Coakley. But they care how he loses.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 18, 2009


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Worth the gamble?

Just three years after Rhode Island voters killed plans for a full-scale, Vegas-style casino, big-time gambling is in the cards again.
A push for full-scale Vegas-style casinos is in the cards again. Can poker and craps save a state in freefall?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 18, 2009
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The X factor

Martha Coakley should be plenty thankful for the holiday weekend. The polls suggest that, if nothing significant changes between now and the December 8 primary, she should handily claim the Democratic nomination for US Senate.
Come Monday, it's a one-week spring to the primary — and to capture the hearts of undecided voters.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 27, 2009

Mutant rats invade Allston

How could you write this article, a cover story no less, with no mention of the Allston squrat? Obviously, you have not done your homework.
Letters to the Boston editor, November 27, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  November 27, 2009

Play by play: November 20, 2009

Boston's weekly theater listings
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 20, 2009
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Ladies' man

Early last week, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government announced suddenly that Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, would speak at a forum that Friday afternoon.
In his race for US Senate, Michael Capuano is using well-known women to battle the race's female front-runner.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 20, 2009


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Coakley takes a stand

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley this week separated herself from the gang of essentially like-minded candidates seeking to fill Senator Ted Kennedy's Washington seat by rejecting the US House of Representatives compromise that traded appr
Plus, free speech at UMass
By EDITORIAL  |  November 13, 2009

Play by Play: November 13, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 13, 2009
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Dudley no longer square

Virtually desolate Dudley Square needed dining alternatives to deep-fried heart attacks, so in 2005, organizers with Haley House — the 43-year-old South End–based charity foundation — opened the Corner Shop Bakery Café.
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By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 13, 2009

Play by play: November 6, 2009

Boston's weekly theater listings
Boston theater listings, November 6, 2009
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 06, 2009
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Yes Men take aim at Coca-Cola

An odd press conference took place last week in Post Office Square as a man claiming to be an executive at a soft-drink giant touted “a new era for Coca-Cola,” in which its Dasani bottled water will be labeled “Deception.”
Drinking It All In Dept.
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  November 06, 2009


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Taking sides

The stakes are high in the battle for Massachusetts’s first new US senatorship in a quarter-century.
The US Senate election is forcing Massachusetts pols to choose their team. Plus, Pagliuca’s plan, and the state GOP tries to get serious.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 30, 2009

Play by play: October 30, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays around town
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 30, 2009
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Rhythm queens

It’s a chilly Monday afternoon, and at the head of the lawn in front of the Christian Science Center, Zili Misik are starting soundcheck, bear-hugging their instruments to keep them warm.
The educational ecstasy of Zili Misik
By MATT PARISH  |  October 23, 2009
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Can the Rhode Island tea party brew a revolution?

The Rhode Island Tea Party, local wing of the national uprising against all things Obama, has some reason for hope.
 The movement strives to be a coherent force for change. But is it just blowing steam?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 23, 2009