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The Big Hurt: This week in offensive content

In her long career of pushing boundaries, Madonna has run afoul of some of the world's most powerful institutions.

By DAVID THORPE  |  March 08, 2013

The Big Hurt: Music news in brief(1)

Behold the music reporting of the 21st century!

By DAVID THORPE  |  February 15, 2013

The Big Hurt: Pop-culture news in brief

Could Nicki Minaj be casting aside her reputation as a fashion trailblazer?

By DAVID THORPE  |  January 25, 2013

Running Outside the Box

Congressman Ed Markey's announcement that he will run in the upcoming special election for US Senate was quickly followed by a choreographed show of institutional backing, from Vicki Kennedy, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and even John K

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 18, 2013

The Big Hurt: The worst singles of 2012

Although 2012 wasn't a particularly awful year for music, we still had to contend with a few dozen all-time stinkers.

By DAVID THORPE  |  December 21, 2012

Death knell for the local GOP?

Obituaries for the Massachusetts Republican Party have been written many times — I've contributed several items to that genre myself.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 21, 2012


An attack ad you’ll never see

Here's a Mitt Romney commercial that could topple the popular notion that President Obama cares more about vulnerable Americans than his challenger does.
Scream On
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 26, 2012

In a Bind

"Binders full of women" were the social-media sensation of last week's presidential debate.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 26, 2012

G(rand) O(ld) P(ricks)

For years, I've chronicled in the Phoenix the dwindling ranks of Republican women in elected office, and suggested that their absence will ultimately hurt the GOP.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 19, 2012

The good, bad, and ugly in debate politics

Candidate debates feel simultaneously like a timeless honoring of American democratic practice, harkening to Lincoln-Douglas, and a vacuous example of the contemporary political circus, dominated by empty, rehearsed rhetoric and relentless spinning of t

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 12, 2012

Scott Brown's Beef

Incumbent Republican Senator Scott Brown is hell-bent on branding his Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard professor of bankruptcy law, with a scarlet letter: H — for hypocrisy.
By PETER KADZIS  |  October 12, 2012


The Big Hurt: The Week in Fine Dining

It's a time of great upheaval for America's restaurant of last resort: Arby's is getting a major brand revamp.

By DAVID THORPE  |  October 12, 2012

Is Hillary next?

From Hillary Clinton's days as an intense, influential, and essentially inept co-president to husband Bill, to her establishment as a successful senator from New York, through the bitter trench warfare of the 2008 presidential primaries, and throughout
By PETER KADZIS  |  September 28, 2012

The weird politics of this year’s ballot questions

The only two contested referendum questions on November's ballot — physician-prescribed suicide and medical marijuana — are totally sex-free. But some of the donors trying to stop both are notorious homophobes.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 28, 2012

Political wisdom in a hypocritical age

I've been fighting for social justice all my professional life.
Freedom Watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  September 21, 2012

The Big Hurt: Heeding the commands of the Billboard Hot 100

From twisting and shouting to taking Eddie Money home tonight to fucking the police, pop music has always loved to boss us around.
Who Charted: The Pop Gauntlet
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 07, 2012


The Big Hurt: Factual errors, PR hubris, and butt stuff

By the time you read this, I may already be throwing back Bud Lights with my pal Pitbull in the sporting goods aisle of the Kodiak, Alaska, Walmart.
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 03, 2012