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Addicted to bad ideas

Solving Maine's most serious problems would be a lot easier if we could eliminate obviously unworkable solutions from the debate.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 11, 2013
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After the election, whither the Tea Party?

Action Speaks, the panel discussion series at AS220, concludes its fall season November 21 with a look at movement conservatism.
Action Speaks
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 16, 2012
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A Viewer’s Guide to Election Night

Nobody needs convincing of how much is at stake in Tuesday’s elections.
Our hour-by-hour breakdown
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 02, 2012
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Awaas challenge norms, politics, and audiences

If metal is a fundamentally outsider genre, Awaas is what happens when a metal band looks in.
The sound of progress
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 26, 2012
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Photos: Tea Party Rally and Counter-Protest at Boston Common

As the Mass Tea Party Coalition rallied at Boston Common on Sunday, April 15th, a group of approximately 60 activists held a counter-protest. The counter-protest called attention to the Tea Party's anti-gay sentiments, specifically protesting the afterno
Sunday, April 15th 2012
By ALI DONOHUE  |  April 20, 2012

Bruce almighty

I'm writing this before it's officially decided whether State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin qualified as a US Senate candidate for the Republican primary in June.
Will Bruce Poliquin make the ballot?
By AL DIAMON  |  March 23, 2012


Back to the old days

I love the show Mad Men . Love the attention to period details. Love the acting. Love the characters. Love the fashions the women rocked.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  March 02, 2012
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The Making of Paul LePage, Part 2

Governor Paul LePage has made plenty of waves in his first year in office, and has many wondering where his sometimes provocative political attitudes come from. In this two part series we ask: who is Paul LePage?
Rise to Power
By COLIN WOODARD  |  January 20, 2012

It might never happen

The Very Smart People have proclaimed that the Democratic Party is about to reclaim control of the Maine House of Representatives.
Democrat domination
By AL DIAMON  |  January 13, 2012
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Boenher's shame: The putrid politics of Republican negativity.

Pity John Boehner. By rights, as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Boehner should be considered one of Washington's most powerful leaders.
Or, the GOP’s Payroll-Tax screw-up explained
By EDITORIAL  |  December 23, 2011
PHOTOS: Thursday's Occupy Boston march joined by Jobs with Justice, the AFL-CIO, more

PHOTOS: Thursday's Occupy Boston march joined by Jobs with Justice, the AFL-CIO, more


It looks like some puzzle pieces are clicking into place at Occupy Boston. Ever since returning from my road trip to five other occupied cities,...
By Chris Faraone  |  October 14, 2011


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Occupants unite!

Occupy Wall Street: full of radicals ... who bear striking resemblance to you.
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By MATT BORS  |  October 14, 2011

Thoughts On The Occupation


Early in the Tea Party movement days, I wrote the following: I've been following the conservative/libertarian "Tea Party" protests pretty closely, and I suspect that...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 06, 2011

You don’t need an education to spell ‘hate’

OK, Phillipe and Jorge are going to need a little help on this one.
More misplaced outrage; Monstrous behavior; viva literacy!
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 30, 2011

Stranger than known

In politics, things don't have to make sense. If they did, there'd be no excuse for the Tea Party, Democrat Jon Hinck's US Senate campaign, or Republican State Committee chairman Charlie Webster's existence.
Political nonsense
By AL DIAMON  |  September 23, 2011
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A Statesman Too Late?

The congressional debt "super committee" has begun its work, and already there are signs that its task is hopeless.
John Kerry heads to work on the debt ‘super committee’ with his usual earnestness and high hopes — despite the circus that surrounds him
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 23, 2011


We the People don't like Washington

If you can't quite figure out where Brian Crowley and his buddies stand on the issues, neither can they. All they know is that they love America, the First Amendment, and public access television.
The Tube
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  September 09, 2011
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Immortalizing Irene: dressed up to clean up, tales of survival, and blowhards

Phillipe had to endure Irene at Casa Diablo South in Newport. No problems at all, save for a titanic poplar limb, whose size had already led P&J to dub it "Johnny Wadd," falling all the way across the circular driveway and nearly taking down the pow
Paging Babe the Blue Ox  
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 02, 2011

Don't say the words

Raye is part of the moderate wing of the GOP, fiscally conservative but close to the middle on social issues.
On the campaign trail
By AL DIAMON  |  September 02, 2011

Museum dreams

This week, we're joining a guided tour of the Maine Museum of Political Paleontology. A docent is explaining to a group of schoolchildren what's happening in a scene depicting cave people trying to register to vote.
Political Paleontology
By AL DIAMON  |  August 26, 2011

First Amendment battle in the Bucket

As regular readers of this column know, Jorge is a native of Pawtucket. It was with great pride that I attended the celebration at McCoy Stadium this past Tuesday evening, commemorating the 125th anniversary of the city's incorporation.
A Catholic controversy; Taibbi’s straight talk; dandy Don; wisdom from Warren
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 26, 2011


At the trough

In another example of the wonderful money management skills of government everywhere in Rhode Island, it appears that when it comes to getting rid of a budget deficit, you do it by throwing money at lawyers.
Good money after bad; letter from London; road woes
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 19, 2011
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Mitt's best week ever

The quadrennial farce known as the Ames Straw Poll has once again made its mark on the race for the Republican presidential nomination — by rewarding the candidate smart enough to avoid it.
Romney's presidential quest is looking better than ever - no thanks to his own campaign
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 19, 2011
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The debt crisis is only on hold

The United States was only hours away from joining in the international community of deadbeats and bunko artists — think Greece, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Portugal — when President Barack Obama signed the legislation raising the national debt ceiling and cu
Plus, what does congressman Bill Keating have against Cuban families?
By EDITORIAL  |  August 05, 2011
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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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Pledge class

Whether it's to flags, fraternities, or charities, privileged douchebags love pledging allegiance.
This campaign season, you’re not really committed to defending the GOP agenda unless you sign on the dotted line
By CHRIS FARAONE AND DAVID EISENBERG  |  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
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Rupert Murdoch's Watergate

Murdoch is a tycoon of darkness. Aside from his handful of quality publications — the Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Australian — his News Corporation specializes in smears, sensationalism, and mendacity
Defining deviancy
By EDITORIAL  |  July 15, 2011
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From Morons to Assholes

A pyramid of political insults.
Failure
By KARL STEVENS  |  July 15, 2011
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Redeveloping the Christian Science Plaza requires restraint. Plus, budget madness.

In the coming weeks, initial plans by the Christian Science Church to develop the plaza will be reviewed by a citizens advisory committee of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). This is the next step in an intricate process intended to balance the
An urban jewel
By EDITORIAL  |  July 08, 2011