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Mission creep: The 'long war' on al Qaeda terrorists
America is a prisoner of the War on Terror, which military and diplomatic policy makers once called the Long War.
| February 15, 2013
The GOP's new Kommissar
The Washington establishment got all riled up last week at the news that South Carolina Republican Jim DeMint was leaving the US Senate to take charge of the Heritage Foundation, a once-respected conservative think tank that today is largely — but not y
| December 14, 2012
Gaza: What next?
Widespread hopes among democracy-loving Europeans and Americans that the grassroots revolt against authoritarian governments of various stripes would usher in a new era of tolerance, peace, and understanding have not gone according to script.
| November 30, 2012
Crabby old men
Washington is gripped with Benghazi Fever. It is a tricky and treacherous disease.
| November 23, 2012
Tierney for Congress
The most closely watched congressional race in Massachusetts is being fought in the Sixth District, on Boston's North Shore, between Democratic incumbent John Tierney and his Republican challenger Richard Tisei.
| October 26, 2012
Warren for Senate
When voters go to the polls on November 6 to choose between incumbent Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren, they will be doing more than casting a ballot for one of Massachusetts's two US senators.
| October 19, 2012
Resetting Boston's schools
Between now and the end of the year, Boston will wrestle with one of the most important policy decisions it has faced in years: reinventing the 23-year-old system used to assign 56,000 public-school students to 129 schools.
| October 12, 2012
"I disagree with nearly everything your father publishes about me in that newspaper of his, but none the less, I hold him in high regard because he has more integrity than any other publisher in Boston."
| October 05, 2012
New York's police riot
Will New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ever be held accountable?
| September 28, 2012
Bradley Manning’s sacrifice
Twenty-four-year-old Private First Class Bradley Manning must be the loneliest man in America.
| September 21, 2012
Warren's transgender transgression
To understand Chief US District Judge Mark Wolf's landmark ruling ordering the state of Massachusetts to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for a transgender prisoner, you need to understand this: a "sex-change operation" is not cosmetic s
What we can learn from the Senate candidate's alarming remark
| September 14, 2012
Tampa vs. Charlotte
Compare the Democratic National Convention, now in progress in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the recently concluded Republican show in Tampa, Florida, and you find a world of instructive difference.
Plus, Mitt Romney's biggest lie
| September 07, 2012
Why Menino should veto the redistricting plan; plus, the GOP’s Tampa exploits
You didn't need a PhD in political science to predict that the Boston City Council's redraft of the boundaries delineating neighborhood council seats would meet with shouts of protest.
| August 31, 2012
Stealing the 2012 Election
Republicans share more with the Boy Scouts than homophobia. They, too, now live by the motto: Be prepared.
The Republicans are at it again
| August 03, 2012
Three strikes is foul
To no one's surprise, the Massachusetts State Legislature succumbed to its baser instincts when it passed a modified "three strikes" criminal-sentencing bill, which would make felony offenders ineligible for parole if two prior crimes resulted in prison
Plus, Menino lays an egg, and sex-abuse justice
| July 27, 2012
It is no longer a question of whether Wall Street and the rest of the international finance system is corrupt.
Plus, the Bain of Romney's existence
| July 20, 2012
Big Brother is pinging you
Anyone who cares about the right to privacy — especially the privacy of cell phones and other mobile devices — owes Democratic congressman Ed Markey of Massachusetts a deep debt of gratitude.
Law enforcement and Google assault privacy. Plus, Patrick's vetoes and Boston school worries
| July 13, 2012
Rx, Republican Style
To understand what a dangerous and reactionary force the Republican Party has become, you need to look no further than its jack-booted opposition to the idea that, in the 21st century, all Americans deserve access to affordable health care.
The GOP's shame, America's peril
| July 06, 2012
Taming Big Brother
Catch-22 is alive and well and living — where else? — in Washington.
The Senate and domestic spying. Plus, Mike Capuano — for governor?
| June 22, 2012
Crises, real and imagined
Considered in totality, President Barack Obama's foreign policy has been remarkably strong, surprisingly aggressive, and — more often than not — successful.
McCain's hot air
| June 15, 2012
Got no plans
Welcome to the Channel 9 News Noodle. I'm Kootie McDoof.
Politics + Other Mistakes
| May 25, 2012
Brown bags it
Republican Senator Scott Brown's vote to allow the interest on college loans to double illustrates perfectly why Brown is a clever politician, but a rotten senator.
How the Senator screwed college students. Plus, Obama and gay marriage.
| May 11, 2012
Reading between Obama's lines
President Barack Obama's address to the nation from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan may have lasted less than 11 minutes, but it has big implications.
| May 04, 2012
Trayvon Martin and the dark side of the American soul
Florida is a nightmare from which America cannot seem to awake. It bakes with neuroses.
| March 30, 2012
Education for the future
One of the few developments worth applauding on the sorry American political scene is the renewed focus on education.
Plus, Mitt Romney and his racist, misogynist, know-nothing party
| March 16, 2012
#BoycottRush: How Limbaugh's Sandra Fluke attack set a new standard for public depravity
Radio loudmouth and former prescription-drug addict Rush Limbaugh has been married four times and has no children.
Plus, the Republicans and their discontents
| March 09, 2012
'It's Halftime in America'
Karl Rove is pissed off, and for once we can understand why.
Plus, same-sex marriage's latest boost
| February 10, 2012
You can almost breathe a sigh of relief, though the fight is long from over. As of this writing, it looks increasingly as if Congress will — miraculously — fail to break the Internet.
The fight for lasting internet freedom — and security — has only just begun
| January 20, 2012
Romney's secret formula
The Republican nomination thing may not be as complicated as the media is making it out to be, but it sure is fun.
Don't be fooled — Mitt is the one
| January 13, 2012
How 'three strikes' legislation fails
Despite evidence that "three strikes" mandatory sentencing laws don't work, are punishingly expensive for taxpayers, and make an already unfair criminal-justice system even more irrational and racist, the Massachusetts legislature seems hell-bent on ena
A bad pitch
| January 06, 2012
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