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Interview: Artist, construction worker Susan Eisenberg

On Equal Terms: Women in Construction 30 Years & Still Organizing at the Adams Gallery at Suffolk University.
In order to shine some light on the inequality – as well as call attention to the strong, talented tradeswomen who wire this country's buildings, lay out piping systems, and fabricate metals – the local artist and poet Susan Eisenberg, herself a pioneering tradeswoman who came into the business in 1978, has unveiled On Equal Terms: Women in Construction 30 Years & Still Organizing at the Adams Gallery at Suffolk University.
By IAN SANDS  |  February 09, 2009

Freedom watch: Jailhouse bloc

The real reason law-and-order types love mandatory-minimum sentencing? It's money in their pockets.
With aromatic puffs of change, Bay State stoners rejoiced on Election Day.

Millenium thug

Rough, rugged, raw reality rap essentials from a redefining year
Forgive me for listing only New York classics here.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 11, 2008

Maverick in a mess

If McCain loses, is it the mainstream media's fault?
A number of pundits, mostly of the conservative variety, would like you to believe that if Barack Obama wins on Tuesday, it's the mainstream media’s fault. Don't believe a word of it.  
By STEVEN STARK  |  November 01, 2008

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

Breaking the press

Democrats need to look past the media's feel-good coverage of Obama and deal with the realities of the campaign
The narrative of this campaign was supposed to be how a triumphant Obama rode discontent against the Bush administration to an overwhelming victory.
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 13, 2008

How Giuliani’s presidential campaign came undone

GOP Minority Leader Watson reveals all at Nick-a-Nee’s
Your superior correspondents last week had a close encounter with a couple of creatures who qualify in Vo Dilun as authentic endangered species: Republican legislators.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 09, 2008

See spot run

Candidates seeking the Oval Office are blitzing the airwaves with political ads. But only one seems to be making any traction.
The roughly 205,000 campaign ads that have run on American TV so far this primary season have undoubtedly played a major electoral role.
By LESLIE SAVAN  |  February 13, 2008

Vote for Obama

Barack offers America the best chance for a fresh start
If ever there were a need for clarity — of purpose and resolve — it is now.
By EDITORIAL  |  February 06, 2008

The cuteness surge

Why, in desperate times, we turn to lolcats, twee songs, and mute kittens
Cuteness, of course, is the collective cultural cure-all to our problems.
By SHARON STEEL  |  February 01, 2008

Super preview

Clinton and McCain shouldn’t write their acceptance speeches just yet
“We came back,” he says. “We came back . . . dear God, [but] not far enough!”
By STEVEN STARK  |  January 30, 2008

Reaming Romney

Letters to the Boston editor, January 25, 2008
Part of me hopes that Mitt Romney will win the Republican nomination because it will be easy for the Democrats to destroy him in the general election.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 23, 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

Let Kravitz rule

Interview: A love-in with Lenny
International retro heartthrob Lenny Kravitz returns to the fold this year with a new album, It Is Time for a Love Revolution .
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  January 22, 2008

That’s what he said

Barack Obama sounds just like Deval Patrick. Is that good or bad?
More than any other presidential candidate, Barack Obama owes his success to sheer rhetorical power.
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 17, 2008

Net results

Rather than improving political discourse, Internet pundits are making things worse
The surprise results in New Hampshire exposed the myth, once and for all, that the Internet has made political reporting and analysis far better than it once was.
By STEVEN STARK  |  January 16, 2008

Dressed up for the letdown

Politics and other mistakes
I needed to get this column spiffed up, so I headed for the metaphor closet.
By AL DIAMON  |  January 16, 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

Hillary's triumph

Plus, why Obama still matters, and the Edwards factor
Hillary Clinton’s breathtaking rebound in New Hampshire is, in a very real way, in line with Barack Obama’s Iowa win: it confounded expectations.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 09, 2008

Dubya’s final countdown

Thanks be, time’s running down on his disastrous presidency
So the countdown begins on the last year in office of the cross-eyed, flash card-taught, flight suit-wearing little cowboy.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 02, 2008

The Granite State’s last hurrah

This could be the last election in which the New Hampshire primary, and its quaintly irrelevant retail politics, really matters
In a few days, New Hampshire voters will take their quadrennial place at the center of American politics, and this time, the stakes will be even higher than usual.
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 02, 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

Primary concerns

2008 releases offer campaign reform
The last thing people are looking for when they go to the movies is a reminder of the political crapola they are trying to escape.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 28, 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

Don't tase me, bro

The year in would-be catch phrases
2007 was the year that viral humor hit critical mass.
By JAMES PARKER  |  December 21, 2007

Temporarily north of the border

Al Giordano plays the Field
Add another name to the list of Phoenix alums (Mark Leibovich, Dave Crowley, Seth Gitell, Dan Kennedy) writing on the 2008 presidential race.
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 19, 2007

Stormy weather

Snow cleanup undermined by incompetents and flying monkeys
Phillipe + Jorge are not upset or disappointed that Governor Don “Laughing Boy” Carcieri was out of the country, in Iraq, during the recent winter storm imbroglio.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 19, 2007

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