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McCain’s crooked talk on torture

Critics, including a local former army interrogator, say he’s trying to play both sides of the issue
It might surprise some that McCain’s record in opposing torture and the Bush administration’s terror-war approach is more complicated than his comments suggest.
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 18, 2008

Where has all the Gonzo gone?

In the first presidential election since the death of Hunter S. Thompson, we finally realize what we've lost
On top of everything else they’ve blighted over their awful eight-year reign, the Bushies did this: they killed Hunter S. Thompson.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 28, 2008

Going both ways

Here’s a strategy sheet for McCain on how to defeat Obama.
Right now John McCain is doing better than he and the Republicans deserve.
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 28, 2008

Still da baddest

Politics and other mistakes
Is your county commissioner on steroids?
By AL DIAMON  |  March 05, 2008

Dance, Monkey: Gary Petersen

We put a comic on the hot seat
I’m predicting I’ll die as the villain in the remake of Wild Hogs .
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  January 29, 2008

Who said Freddy’s dead?

If the Republican convention deadlocks, a modern-day Warren G. Harding could emerge as a surprise neutral nominee
The Republican race is coming into focus. Well, sort of.
By STEVEN STARK  |  January 23, 2008

EXCLUSIVE: California gleaming

Romney gains on McCain in crucial Golden State contest; Clinton's lead holds steady
According to a poll obtained exclusively by the Boston Phoenix , Hillary Clinton leads Barack Obama by 11 percentage points in California.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 22, 2008

Old Mitt of the Mountain

How the Romney campaign crumbled and fell in the Granite State primary
Mitt Romney had a golden opportunity a week ago to do something about his inauthenticity problem, the one that even his most ardent supporters in New Hampshire recognize.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 09, 2008

Going the distance

With two major contests over and done, the nomination process is coming into clearer focus. Who’ll be the last person standing?
So far the media storyline on Campaign 2008 is how extraordinary this year’s race has been, with the process dominated by upsets and a renewed call for change.
By STEVEN STARK  |  January 09, 2008

Five alive

Because demography is political destiny, pay heed to the factors that will tip the race to Clinton or Obama
After a historically long pre-caucus campaign, the 2008 race for the presidency is finally in gear in Iowa.
By STEVEN STARK  |  December 31, 2007

McCain still able

If the Arizona Senator can rally to win the GOP nomination, he’ll likely be our next president
Until the past week or so, the press had pretty much written off John McCain’s chances of gaining the GOP nomination.
By STEVEN STARK  |  December 26, 2007

The amazing race

We break down the Presidential campaign to its six essential parts, and predict your next Commander-in-Chief.
For the past year, presidential politics has been building to the crescendo that is the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 26, 2007

On the national affront

An inescapable year reaches its inevitable conclusion
Where does one begin to recap 12 months of such willful self-parody?
By BARRY CRIMMINS  |  December 19, 2007

The Final Five

With a quintet of candidates still realistically viable, the GOP presidential field gets ready for the playoffs
This past week, we reviewed how the race for the Democratic presidential nomination is still Hillary Clinton’s to lose.
By STEVEN STARK  |  December 05, 2007

Suffrage net city

The Web has become key to presidential politics — we rate the candidates on how they’ve put Al Gore’s invention to use
Three years ago, when the Red Sox were winning and John Kerry was losing, YouTube hadn’t even been invented.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 28, 2007

Fake-news vacuum

Why the Writers Guild strike could affect the presidential race
It’s easy to be flip about the deep implications of the Writers Guild of America strike, which is now stretching into its fourth week.
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 28, 2007

He ain’t heavy. . .

Denouncing the anti-Mormon prejudice facing Romney isn’t just the right thing to do — it’s also politically shrewd
One of Campaign 2008’s hottest topics has been the question of whether — and, if so, when — Mitt Romney needs to give the “Mormon speech."
By STEVEN STARK  |  November 19, 2007

Memory Lane time for Leo’s

Old-line Providence hipsters to regroup over hard stuff
There is certain to be a run on Botox injections, Grecian Formula, and William Shatner rubber corsets.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 19, 2007

Wrapped up

If a third candidate crowds the 2008 presidential election, the GOP will have effectively handed the election to Hillary
The upcoming presidential election was never going to be an easy one for the Republicans to win.
By STEVEN STARK  |  October 17, 2007

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