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Review: The Campaign

When it comes to mainstream movies commenting on political issues this year, Jay Roach's satirical comedy may be as bold as it's going to get.
Jay Roach's satirical comedy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 10, 2012
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Will the Senate kill gay marriage — again?

When same-sex marriage legislation died in the General Assembly last summer without so much as a vote, attention focused on openly gay Speaker of the House Gordon Fox. Had he done enough? Had he pulled the plug too soon? Had he failed the gay and lesbia
Yes, it seems — unless this fall’s elections shake up the chamber
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 10, 2012
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Review: The Newsroom

The Newsroom is a dose of concentrated Sorkin, by turns maddening and exhilarating.
All in the family: Sorkin does Sorkin in 'The Newsroom'
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 22, 2012
ShortTake: Surviving Progress

Review: Surviving Progress

Despite prestigious talking heads like Margaret Atwood, Jane Goodall, and Stephen Hawking, there is nothing new here beyond what every conscientious liberal already knows is wrong with the world.
How mankind has gone wrong
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 18, 2012
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May you and Portlandia be very happy together!

Thanks to Portlandia I now know way too much about you guys and your grody inner lives. It's not the show itself — it doesn't have that power. It's your horrifying enthusiasm for the show that has granted me this mirror.
O! Lucky you!
By CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  February 17, 2012
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Lyric's Or, mines the Restoration

Liz Duffy Adams's dramaturgical homage, Or, , is more florid than floral and sometimes clever bordering on cute. But the play, being given a brisk area premiere by the Lyric Stage Company of Boston (through November 6), is ingenious.
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By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 21, 2011


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Review: The Women on the 6th Floor

Philippe Le Guay's '60s-set Parisian upstairs/downstairs, a kind of European version of The Help , has all the ingredients necessary for US consumption: political correctness, platitudes, saucy comedy; and a romance between a middle-aged bourgeois reac
A kind of European version of The Help
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 14, 2011
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L'affaire Olbermann

Keith Olbermann's brief suspension from MSNBC for giving $2400 to each of three Democratic congressional candidates is an interesting case study.
Why Keith should lay off the campaign cash. Plus, Matt O'Malley for City Council.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 12, 2010
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The wrong man for hard times

Most Democrats see Barack Obama’s inauguration as a clear-cut, welcome turn to the left.
State House Democrats need to stand up to the governor
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 04, 2009

Preaching to the choir

Despite the curious omission of the Phoenix, that bastion of liberal, progressive, alternative news, The Nation's Guide to the Nation (Vintage) mostly lives up to its stated goal of being " a kind of collage of the Left.
Alternative left
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 07, 2009

Brown's liberal rep questioned in handling of SDS protest

As eight Brown University members of Students for a Democratic Society await possible university sanctions, their case has led many students, parents, and faculty to question whether Brown is living up to its reputation as a haven for progressive though
Barricades
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  December 17, 2008


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Dirty politics

The last resort of the true patriot is a fart joke.
Has the Right Wing hijacked raunch?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 27, 2007