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Mercy and Sal DiMasi

When it comes to showing a modicum of mercy to some of those convicted of federal crimes, Barack Obama is shaping up to have the worst track record of any president in recent memory.
By: EDITORIAL  |  March 13, 2013


Next, marriage equality

On March 27 and 28, the US Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in two cases that could essentially put America on the road to full marriage equality.
By: EDITORIAL  |  March 05, 2013


Thus spake Markey

Last week, Congressman Ed Markey inadvertently injected some daring political thinking and a touch of historical imagination into the race to fill the US Senate seat vacated by John Kerry's appointment as secretary of state.
By: EDITORIAL  |  February 26, 2013


Drones: 10 Thoughts

Foreign drone attacks are almost (but not quite yet) as American as apple pie.
By: EDITORIAL  |  February 20, 2013


Mission creep: The 'long war' on al Qaeda terrorists

America is a prisoner of the War on Terror, which military and diplomatic policy makers once called the Long War.
By: EDITORIAL  |  February 13, 2013


Menino speaks

Menino's State of the City addresses are less political speeches and more civic homilies — big-hearted sermons aimed at keeping a healthy majority of voters firmly in the mayor's pews. These speeches are about consolidating and renewing power, rather than promoting actionable policy.
By: EDITORIAL  |  February 06, 2013


A legacy of her own

Hillary Clinton's recent Capitol Hill testimony about the attack last year on the US embassy in Benghazi, Libya, showed the outgoing secretary of state at her strongest.
By: EDITORIAL  |  January 30, 2013


The death of Aaron Swartz

This is the country we live in: not a single Wall Street executive has been indicted for crashing the world economy and gaming the financial system out of multi-billions in order to rip off an entire generation of hard-working Americans.
By: EDITORIAL  |  January 23, 2013


Lock and load for gun control

It appears that Congress, in an epic fit of bloody-mindedness that reflects the nation's delusional subservience to the National Rifle Association's death cult, will fail to outlaw semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity ammo clips.
By: EDITORIAL  |  January 15, 2013


Some Frank Talk for Governor Patrick

Media tea leaves suggest the odds are long that you will act on former Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank's suggestion to appoint him to fill the temporary vacancy that will result when Senator John Kerry's appointment as secretary of state is confirmed, as it is expected to be.
By: EDITORIAL  |  January 08, 2013


Can gun reform misfire?

If, in the wake of the mass killings in Newtown, Connecticut, Congress does not summon the will to vote to ban semiautomatic weapons with large-capacity clips, then the institution will have blood on its hands.
By: EDITORIAL  |  December 26, 2012


The GOP's new Kommissar

The Washington establishment got all riled up last week at the news that South Carolina Republican Jim DeMint was leaving the US Senate to take charge of the Heritage Foundation, a once-respected conservative think tank that today is largely — but not yet exclusively — a shill for right-wing revolutionaries and a toady for the greediest and most socially insensitive corporations in America.
By: EDITORIAL  |  December 12, 2012


The case for John Kerry

Despite it being against Massachusetts's best interests, our view is that Senator John Kerry is about as perfect a candidate to be the nation's top diplomat as can be found in either political or policy circles.
By: EDITORIAL  |  December 04, 2012


Gaza: What next?

Widespread hopes among democracy-loving Europeans and Americans that the grassroots revolt against authoritarian governments of various stripes would usher in a new era of tolerance, peace, and understanding have not gone according to script.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 27, 2012


Crabby old men

Washington is gripped with Benghazi Fever. It is a tricky and treacherous disease.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 19, 2012


The Fiscal Cliff: What's at stake

If the just-concluded national election proves anything, it is that the Republican Party lives in a parallel universe, with its own brand of reality that is dangerously disconnected from the experience of most Americans.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 14, 2012


Climate change is forever

You have to be a fool, a charlatan, or seriously uninformed to deny the reality of climate change.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 07, 2012


The Obama imperative

Two things stand between almost certain economic and social catastrophe: the prospect of the Democrats maintaining — or expanding — their majority in the Senate, and the reelection of President Barack Obama.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 05, 2012


Tierney for Congress

The most closely watched congressional race in Massachusetts is being fought in the Sixth District, on Boston's North Shore, between Democratic incumbent John Tierney and his Republican challenger Richard Tisei.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 05, 2012


Warren for Senate

When voters go to the polls on November 6 to choose between incumbent Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren, they will be doing more than casting a ballot for one of Massachusetts's two US senators.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 05, 2012
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