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Letter to an Old Contrarian

Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011
Most of the classes I had with Christopher Hitchens began the same way.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 21, 2011
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Sarah Palin wilts as Glenn Beck self-destructs

Trouble on the right
Common sense has bloomed among right wingers — not once, but twice. And while these episodes are unlikely to become regular events, we should enjoy them while we can.
By EDITORIAL  |  February 10, 2011

'Sorry' was the wrong word

Diverse-city
I’ve waited a long damn time for this state to become less white. Now, I can see at least a few people of color every day without breaking a sweat, when nearly nine years ago I could go days upon days without seeing a single non-white face.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  September 16, 2010



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On the Ground Zero 'Mosque'

Plus, Rupert Murdoch buys the GOP
So what's the big deal? Muslims already pray in the Pentagon, which along with the obliterated World Trade Towers was the other successful terrorist target on September 11, 2001.
By EDITORIAL  |  August 19, 2010
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Bad behavior

Corporate America's $200 million war chest, Apple's worm, Goldman's fine, BP's latest
The ghost of George W. Bush will haunt the this year's election season.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 21, 2010
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Rough Seas Ahead

Will the economy, the oil spill, and Afghanistan conspire to sink Obama's presidency?
Eighteen months after Barack Obama took office with the largest plateful of troubles of any president in recent memory, it would seem only fair for him to finally get a stretch of smooth sailing.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 14, 2010
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Gay-marriage win; progressive agenda loss?

Court Complications
Gay-rights supporters won a huge victory on July 8, when a federal judge in Boston ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) — the federal law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman, thereby denying legally married same-sex couples important federal benefits — was unconstitutional because it violated two Amendments, the Fifth and the Tenth.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 19, 2010
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Size matters

Big banks escape effective regulation; plus DOMA and "prison reform"
If the United States does not suffer a death wish, then it must be saddled with a streak of masochism as wide as the Mississippi River.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 14, 2010
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Buzz off

By shouting down dissent, Washington is ignoring the sad truth in Afghanistan
Michael Steele, the imbecile chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), has gotten himself in trouble — again — with the party faithful.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 07, 2010
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Meet the Agent Provocateurs of Russia

Idiot Box
The FBI busted a Russian spy ring that couldn't seem to accomplish much of anything. But there are other agents under deep cover.
By MATT BORS  |  July 08, 2010

Grilling sessions

The senator is a supreme putz; General discontent; in praise of Byrd
P+J have just finished watching the second day of the televised Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 30, 2010
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Statusquobama

The more things change, the more they stay the same
Hope? Nope.
By DAVID KISH  |  June 24, 2010
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Mr. Patrick Goes to Franklin Park

'Deval in the 'Hood' Dept.
As Deval Patrick engaged constituents at the third annual 10,000 Strong Boston barbecue in Franklin Park on Father's Day, it was clear that his support from black voters doesn't derive solely from the luster of his climb from Chicago's hardscrabble streets to the top spot on the Beacon Hill food chain.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 24, 2010
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Say what?

Obama should forget the feel-good and seize the opportunity in the Gulf
Barack Obama is much more of an establishment-style president than the public generally realizes.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 22, 2010
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Pols and blowhards beware: PolitiFact is coming

As the ProJo turns
The Providence Journal , facing the newspaper industry's twin demons of declining circulation and plummeting advertising revenue, is in an intense period of reinvention.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 09, 2010
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The high cost of free markets

A lack of regulation invites oil spills and financial collapse
Free markets are not free. They always carry a cost.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 19, 2010
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My uncle, the astronaut

Found in Space
As NASA’s Space Shuttle program winds down to a close this November after 33 years and 134 launches, I was lucky enough to catch the 132nd launch this past Friday, which was also the final flight of Atlantis, one of three remaining operational orbiting vehicles in the fleet.
By CHRISTINE ATTURIO  |  May 19, 2010
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Boston tucks away a $125 million windfall

More for Moneybags?
As debate continues over the city’s finances — and whether the city of Boston can afford firefighters’ raises, branch libraries, community-center staffing, and other costs in tight times — the city is planning to quietly tuck away a one-time windfall of more than $125 million.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 24, 2010

The powerless rise

The danger of the unfocused anger of the Tea Party
I’m an even-tempered guy. I don’t lose my cool more than, maybe, once or twice a day.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 19, 2010
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Moneybags Menino

The mayor cuts services, but sits on a stash of cash.
Inside Boston’s political back rooms, there is a growing suspicion that Mayor Thomas Menino is sitting on millions of dollars — tens of millions, maybe as much as $400 million — that could be used to save vital city services, such as, among many examples, four branch libraries and eight community centers that are slated to be shuttered.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 17, 2010
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How Rhode Island can eliminate homelessness

The concept is as simple as it is radical: give the homeless a place to live, with no strings attached
Making it a reality is a matter of political will.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 14, 2010
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An immigrant song

What we can learn from our neighbors to the south
Arizona has declared war on Mexico. SB1070, the incendiary new immigration bill signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer, has set off national boycotts, lawsuits, protests, and denouncements.
By DAVID KISH  |  May 17, 2010
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BU offers the class of 1970 a second chance at complacency

After School Special
Boston University’s class of 2010 celebrates its commencement this weekend, and BU has invited the class of 1970 to tag along.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  May 12, 2010
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US Marine graffiti crew tags Hyde Park

Props-aganda Dept.
This past week, the United States Marine Corps invaded Boston. Or, more accurately, they were invited into the community by Mayor Tom Menino to “showcase military equipment displays, perform community outreach projects, and honor local Marines during Marine Week Boston.”
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 13, 2010
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Saving America from itself

The federal government must rein in corporate criminals
The nation’s inability to regulate the corporate class is bringing death, destruction, and economic ruin.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 05, 2010
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Mayor-Select Marie?

Some think that Tom Menino is anointing Marie St. Fleur as his successor, but he might just be serving himself
Tom Menino, just a few months into an unprecedented fifth term as Boston’s mayor, has raised eyebrows by hiring State Representative Marie St. Fleur of Dorchester to the newly created, $120,000-a-year position of chief of advocacy and strategic investment.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 05, 2010
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She blowed up good

Kempe goes ballistic. Plus, global greed, and jockeying for electoral position
File this one under either: “Too much coffee this morning, dear?” or “I told you not to hit the ‘Send’ button!”
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 05, 2010

Notes from a Borderland

What we learn from immigrants
What we learn from immigrants
By DAVID KISH  |  May 05, 2010

Wrote a song for everyone

Name that tune
Political experts know the most important factor in a successful race for governor is the campaign song.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 05, 2010

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