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Bush-administration lawyers could be nailed for their role in destroying evidence in the CIA scandal, thanks to a quiet Connecticut child-porn case
Did the Bush-administration lawyers, and the CIA operatives they advised, commit obstruction of justice by destroying the now-infamous CIA-interrogation videotapes?
By: HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  December 16, 2008


Know nukes

Why is our worst national nightmare so misunderstood?
I’ll never shake the sense memory of that numbed shiver.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  December 31, 2007


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


King said George Romney didn't march

But, as usual, the truth wasn't good enough for Mitt
Romney was not satisfied with what George Romney actually did. He inflated it, placing his father into the iconic position of marching alongside the civil rights leader.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 21, 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


Was it all a dream?

EXCLUSIVE: Mitt Romney claims that his father marched with MLK, but the record says otherwise
The Phoenix can find no evidence that the senior Romney actually marched with King, nor anything in the public record suggesting that he ever claimed to do so.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 21, 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


Not-so-instant karma

After decades of curses and calamities, Boston’s sports fortunes are at an unprecedented high. So can we stop the whining?
No matter what happens over their next two games, the Patriots will not have gone undefeated in 2007.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  December 19, 2007


The dictator slayer

East Boston's Gene Sharp is soft-spoken, but he makes bad guys from Caracas to Beijing cringe
According to some people — including at least one sitting head of state — East Boston’s Gene Sharp is a dangerous dude.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  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


A tragicomedy of errors

In an excerpt from his new book, The Fall of the House of Bush, author Craig Unger details how Bush is, well, screwing up the world
It was not until after George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were narrowly re-elected that many Americans began to realize that the Iraq War represented a dangerous moment in American history.
By: CRAIG UNGER  |  November 20, 2007


Comedy Rambo

A gladiator of mockery, Stephen Colbert is dismantling American society from the inside
Misunderestimate Stephen Colbert at your peril.
By: DAVID BIANCULLI  |  November 16, 2007


Exclusive: No raises for seven years

That’s just one way FairPoint plans to pay for northern New England's Verizon buyout
Shareholders will be worse off than customers — apparently even more so than they’re expecting.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  November 14, 2007


Guinea pigs

The future of the nation’s health-care reform rests on the tattooed shoulders of Massachusetts’s young adults
The stakes are clear: if the system works well in Massachusetts, odds are that the nation will follow. If it fails here, this approach dies.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 31, 2007


Insure this!

Why some twentysomethings won’t buy health insurance — even though it means they’ll be breaking the law
“Actually, y’know, no. I think . . . fuck ’em. I don’t care.”
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  October 31, 2007


Home grown terror

Cathy Wilkerson's memoir of the Weather Underground recalls a time when revolution seemed possible
Cathy Wilkerson, 62-year-old math teacher and mother of one, was famous long ago, as a member of the radical political collective Weatherman.
By: CLIF GARBODEN  |  October 25, 2007


Eraser heads

Overzealous deans at Emerson literally make students’ rights disappear
What happened to the student bill of rights?


Moldy justice

Archaic laws are often funny, but they’re no laughing matter
A California law prohibits a woman from driving while wearing a house coat.


Cheating rules!

Why steroids, spying, and all those other sports scandals are actually good for fans
Maybe we shouldn’t lament the sundry scandals that have made 2007 the Year of the Cheater.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  October 03, 2007


Damn you, Barack Obama

Win or lose, Obama's small donors may have already brought a revolution in campaign financing
Now that Obama's small contributors have effectively rewritten the history of political-campaign funding, even die-hard cynics are drinking the Kool-Aid.
By: AL GIORDANO  |  September 26, 2007


The dirty story behind local energy

Eastern Massachusetts hums comfortably on Colombian coal. But the mines are devastating land and lives in the Guajira peninsula.
It’s hard to imagine that a town as poor as this one could have a slum.
By: AVIVA CHOMSKY  |  October 01, 2007

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