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What Brewgate tells us about political attitudes. Plus, Wisconsin is a warm-up for 2012.
Even by Massachusetts political standards, Brewgate was a weird episode.
| August 10, 2011
The debt crisis is only on hold
Plus, what does congressman Bill Keating have against Cuban families?
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 cutting trillions of dollars in federal spending.
| August 03, 2011
Does Obama have the cojones to win?
This WTF moment
To make sense of this bizarre and dispiriting moment in American politics, here are the things one needs to appreciate.
| July 27, 2011
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.
| July 20, 2011
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.
| July 13, 2011
Redeveloping the Christian Science Plaza requires restraint. Plus, budget madness.
An urban jewel
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 project's commercial viability with the public interest.
| July 06, 2011
Freedom to marry
New York's inspiring move. Plus, gaming.
At last, good news. After demoralizing reversals in California, Oregon, Maine, and Rhode Island, New York's stunning decision to legalize same-sex marriage rekindles hope in the hearts of decent folk across the nation who are working and waiting for the day when gender becomes irrelevant for all who wish to celebrate their mutual love and commitment by enrolling in the ranks of the legally married.
| June 30, 2011
Too big to sue: Wal-Mart versus women
When the Supreme Court disallowed a discrimination case against the giant retailer, it hurt workers across the nation
Getting screwed just isn't enough. Stripped of all the legal mumbo-jumbo, that's what the five Republican-appointed justices on the Supreme Court decided when they threw out claims that Wal-Mart's 1.5 million female workers were systematically discriminated against, denied an equal shot at promotion, and awarded lower raises than their male coworkers.
| June 27, 2011
'I did not have sext with those women'
Can congressman Weiner survive wanker-gate?
Anthony Weiner, New York's embattled sexting congressman, seems determined to ride out the storm.
| June 09, 2011
The politics of killing Granny
And why it matters to Scott Brown
All politicians love gimmicks. But Republicans seem to be especially fond of them.
| May 26, 2011
What's going on; What's at stake
Two months and 7000-plus air strikes into its Libyan intervention, NATO is running out of straightforward combat targets and is expanding its hit list to include infrastructure, communications networks, and command and control centers.
| May 18, 2011
Republicans continue to wage war on women
Plus, Beacon Hill follies, youth violence
The Republican Party's unrelenting war on women is now being waged with such frenzied fury that sane people might well wonder if there is a GOP-wide obsession with punishing an entire gender.
| May 11, 2011
Taking the long view
Obama's secret. Plus, Bill Taylor, RIP.
The surprising and dramatic death in Pakistan of Osama bin Laden at the hands of American Special Forces operating under shoot-to-kill orders from President Barack Obama was a triumph of singular rarity in the annals of international conflict.
| May 09, 2011
Don't shortchange the arts
Plus: DeLeo's welcome health-insurance fix, and bicycles and burritos — only in Boston
Building a state budget in these challenging economic times is a thankless task. So much needs to be done, and there is so little cash with which to do it.
| April 27, 2011
Plus, what's Donald Trump all about?
It may have receded from the headlines, but the crisis at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station continues.
| April 13, 2011
Scum along the Potomac
The Republicans strike again, aiming to shut down government, but keeping Gitmo alive
As of this writing, a shutdown of the federal government appears to be a serious possibility. Perhaps sensible heads will prevail, but either way the Republicans now leading the US House of Representatives have been exposed as destructive fools with no interest in governing, or in the fates of real people.
| April 06, 2011
Libya: Why Obama is right
What's wrong with saving lives?
That the nation is apprehensive and ambivalent about President Barack Obama's military intervention in Libya is natural, even healthy.
| March 31, 2011
What's behind the curtain?
Here's our third Gubernatorial Scorecard, in which we score Governor Paul LePage on political savvy, and on whether what he's trying to do is good policy. Note the running total.
| March 30, 2011
Call for public art
Seeking designs for a 36-foot-long, 8-foot-tall mural to replace a degenerate, "one-sided" mural at the Maine Department of Labor office in Augusta. Please e-mail jpgs to firstname.lastname@example.org .
| March 30, 2011
Give Malalai Joya a visa
Plus, Obama's Libyan War
In a display of mendacity worthy of the days when the late Senator Joseph McCarthy stifled free speech from coast to coast, the United States Department of State has denied a visa to Afghanistan's most internationally recognized activist, Malalai Joya.
| March 25, 2011
When safe enough doesn't cut it
"Most people today," writes political philosopher John Gray, "think they belong to a species that can be master of its destiny. This is faith, not science. The unfolding disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station sorely strains that faith, as did the 1979 crisis at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island nuclear plant and the 1986 catastrophe at Chernobyl in the Ukraine.
| March 18, 2011
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