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The Big Hurt: One week ago in brief

Due to my strange publishing schedule, I'm writing this on November 5, the day before Mitt Romney will be elected to our highest office. I'm not at all worried about jinxing him, since he's a total lock and absolutely nothing could go wrong.

By DAVID THORPE  |  November 16, 2012

Stein or Supreme: What kind of voter am I?

I'm an Italian Bostonian from Korean Queens who's embarrassed by Caucasian corniness and loves soul food. Race isn't my big issue, though; I despise Glenn Beck and Tyler Perry equally, adore Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld, and loathe both Mitt Romney a
Scream On
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 02, 2012

The Obama imperative

Two things stand between almost certain economic and social catastrophe: the prospect of the Democrats maintaining — or expanding — their majority in the Senate, and the reelection of President Barack Obama.

By EDITORIAL  |  November 02, 2012

Parsing the political process; Buddy in the Times; ready for their close-up

On debate nights at Casa Diablo, Jorge perches on the couch in the Boom Boom Room, providing a running commentary on the action while taking copious notes such that he can provide a nuanced and informed review of the proceedings in this space.
Heated debates
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 19, 2012

Trash tongue talker

In an amazing development, experts at the University of No Place In Particular But Possibly Fort Kent have discovered that statements made in political advertisements are almost always bald-faced lies.
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  October 12, 2012


Will race tip the balance?

Any hope that Barack Obama's election would usher in a "post-racial" politics was, of course, naïve. Race is the great American problem. The great American obsession.
Research from a Brown University professor points to an intriguing answer
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 21, 2012

Romney’s Shadow Years

With just six weeks to go before the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney's campaign has bogged down over the seemingly insignificant minutia of how to precisely define the leave of absence he took from Bain Capital, while he ran the Winter Olymp
Mitt wants to make his departure for the Olympics a clean break from his business life — but it’s not that simple
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 20, 2012

Dog daze

Letters to the Boston editors, March 9, 2012.
Letters to the Boston editors, March 9, 2012
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 09, 2012

I’ll miss you, Herman — sorta

The news just a few days ago that Herman Cain was dropping out of the race to become the Republican nominee for the 2012 presidential race kind of made me sad.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  December 09, 2011
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Review: The Ides of March

Though more contemporary than Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), George Clooney's new directorial effort seems less topical.
George Clooney's new directorial effort
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 07, 2011


On the rise of militainment

Action Speaks!, the panel discussion series at Providence art space AS220, kicks off its fall program next week. The theme for the coming months — "Conflict and Amusement in America: How Can It Hurt If It's So Much Fun?"
Action Speaks!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 30, 2011
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In a job-starved economy, casinos are still a good bet

As Beacon Hill considers — yet again — an expanded gaming proposal, some say that the opportunity has passed. We disagree, and continue to support a carefully crafted plan for bringing resort casinos to Massachusetts.
The issue provoked a rare show of common purpose on Beacon Hill
By EDITORIAL  |  September 02, 2011

Does Obama have the cojones to win?

To make sense of this bizarre and dispiriting moment in American politics, here are the things one needs to appreciate.
This WTF moment
By EDITORIAL  |  July 29, 2011
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There is no mystery to the debt crisis. Plus: Scott Brown, and the Boston Foundation

Understanding the debate about raising the debt ceiling, and imagining the economic crisis that will follow if Congress fails to do so, is really very simple.
Republican Bolsheviks
By EDITORIAL  |  July 22, 2011

The Great Tattoo Protest of 2011

Last Saturday was just another typical day in the Cool, Cool World. Joe Kernan, the features editor and author of the best police log reports in the Biggest Little for the Beacon Communications string of newspapers, was coming to my place.
An inky situation; Weekly World News; Farewell to Cornell
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  May 20, 2011


Obama's rebirth

It was a good weekend for the president.
By exposing his haters, the president has forced the GOP into a corner
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 06, 2011

The State vs. the People, Pt. 1

On Monday, the most prominent headline on the front page of our daily paper or, as the Bud-I calls it with a unique mixture of glee and sadness, "The Pamphlet," was "Cesspools given notice."
A variety of cesspools; the right to know; taking aim
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  April 02, 2011
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Warming up to a green revolution

President Obama's push for a green revolution has inevitably drawn comparisons to President Kennedy's famous call, 48 years ago, for a moon landing.
Action speaks!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 15, 2009

Jim nauseam

In the early days of the Obama administration, one politically perilous warning keeps resurfacing for the man in the Oval Office: "Don't turn into another Jimmy Carter."
Constant comparisons to Jimmy Carter are driving Barack batty. And they're unfair — to Jimmy Carter.
By STEVEN STARK  |  April 03, 2009

President Obama

In retrospect, it all seems of a piece: suitably fitting, almost ordained.
The trek ahead
By EDITORIAL  |  January 21, 2009


The DEA says no (again) to medical marijuana. Now what?

Rick Doblin, president of Belmont-based Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), can't believe how long it's dragged on.
High on Obama?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 14, 2009

Politics and other mistakes: Sweet electricity

Harley Lee has a lot to learn about running a scam.
Annexed electricity
By AL DIAMON  |  January 14, 2009

Bush bashing

Editorials throughout the years
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 17, 2008

The nanny state

Assaults on liberty promoted by right-wing authoritarians, such as President George W. Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney, may be difficult to combat, but they are easy to recognize.
Why Boston's latest tobacco ban is a blow to liberty
By EDITORIAL  |  December 17, 2008

House rules have changed

President-elect Barack Obama's appearance on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday struck a chord with me about how much more diverse — and inclusive — the upcoming administration may be.
Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  December 10, 2008


Night of the living dead

It’s almost over. This is welcome news.
What if the election doesn’t end on Election Day?
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 29, 2008

Wishing for more than a wash

According to national polls, Giuliani is leading as the Republican front-runner.
How are the GOP front-runners doing in the almighty early-primary states?
By STEVEN STARK  |  June 13, 2007

The Mormonator

With the single-minded discipline and cold-blooded calculation of a cyborg, Mitt Romney is executing an aggressive campaign plan.
Mitt Romney has a steely-eyed mission to crush his opponents. Next battlefield: Ames, Iowa.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 23, 2007