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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.

By EDITORIAL  |  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

By EDITORIAL  |  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.

By EDITORIAL  |  November 30, 2012

Crabby old men

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

By EDITORIAL  |  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.

By EDITORIAL  |  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.

By EDITORIAL  |  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.

By EDITORIAL  |  October 12, 2012

Silber, remembered

"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."

By STEPHEN MINDICH  |  October 05, 2012

New York's police riot

Will New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ever be held accountable?

By EDITORIAL  |  September 28, 2012

Bradley Manning’s sacrifice

Twenty-four-year-old Private First Class Bradley Manning must be the loneliest man in America.

By EDITORIAL  |  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
By EDITORIAL  |  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
By EDITORIAL  |  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.  
Minority report
By EDITORIAL  |  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
By EDITORIAL  |  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
By EDITORIAL  |  July 27, 2012

Banks suck

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
By EDITORIAL  |  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
By EDITORIAL  |  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
By EDITORIAL  |  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?
By EDITORIAL  |  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
By EDITORIAL  |  June 15, 2012

Got no plans

Welcome to the Channel 9 News Noodle. I'm Kootie McDoof.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  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.
By EDITORIAL  |  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.
By EDITORIAL  |  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.
Florida justice?
By EDITORIAL  |  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
By EDITORIAL  |  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
By EDITORIAL  |  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  
By EDITORIAL  |  February 10, 2012

Stopping SOPA

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
By EDITORIAL  |  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
By EDITORIAL  |  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
By EDITORIAL  |  January 06, 2012