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Review: Astro Boy

Partisan politics rain down like meatballs
Five-year-olds who attend rallies in between tee-ball and bath time are sure to love the new David Bowers–directed interpretation of Osamu Tezuka’s flagship character.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 21, 2009

Are progressives winning on the Web?

 Action Speaks!
Action Speaks!, the panel discussion series at Providence art space AS220, continues its fall run with a chat about the state of community organizing.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 07, 2009
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Sympathy for Palin, advice for Gates

Letters to the Boston editor: August 7, 2009
I found your article on Sarah Palin ("Sarah, Inc." July 17) to be surprisingly informative and balanced. Usually when there are media articles about Palin, they are loaded with personal attacks against both her and her daughters — something we Republicans call "PDS," or Palin Derangement Syndrome.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 05, 2009

Inauguration Day Round-up

Most people round these parts will be celebrating President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration on January 20. But, even those rare local GOPs who are mourning the loss of a Republican administration will be looking for a good time.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  January 19, 2009

Back to the barricades

Can reenacting Vietnam-era protests help us rethink Iraq?
In the fall of 2005, when the artist and curator Mark Tribe began teaching at Brown University, he was struck by how little protest there was on campus at a time of war.  
By GREG COOK  |  October 22, 2008

Bad words and warnings

Politics and other mistakes
And now, a few positive words about negative advertising.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 28, 2008

Letters to the Portland editor: March 14, 2008

At last, she gets it!
I must add though, if I was born black, I would most likely be dead or in jail as I cannot stand discrimination or selective authority.

Know your superdelegates

Democratic insiders in Maine and throughout the country will decide the party's nominee
If they choose wisely, they’ll follow the will of the people all the way into the Oval Office.
By BRIDGET HUBER  |  March 12, 2008

A one-stop guide to RI’s delegates and superdelegates

Get a load of how the Democratic Party selects its presidential nominee — and how Rhode Island fits into this process.
By MATT JERZYK  |  February 27, 2008

D.C. wannabes

Twelve people want to represent you in Washington; we explain who they are as the winnowing begins
Already some candidates have come and gone, but the field remains wide open as candidates prepare for the June 2008 primaries.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 26, 2007

Highway robbery

Is Internet populism destined for corporate ruin?
Not long ago, the path by which the recent Justice Department scandal traveled from tidbit to tsunami would have been seen as an exotic trip through an unknown land.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  October 04, 2007

Locals push, in various ways, to end the war

Across Rhode Island, many people refuse to believe the hype that General David Petraeus’s September report to the nation actually means something.
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  August 22, 2007

Self-inflicted wounds

Memo to the anti-war movement: don’t blame the media
People have been lamenting the media’s coverage of anti–Iraq War activism for about as long as people have been opposing the Iraq War.
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 30, 2007

The new armies of the ’net

Can pop technology ramp up public interest in politics?
More than a million people have downloaded the “Hello Garci” ring tone.
By ERICA SAGRANS  |  February 01, 2007

Go for the gelt

Romney woos the jews. Plus, The Mass GOP fails to anoint a leader; negative funding in ’06; and a slow start to the at-large city council field
Much has been made of how Mitt Romney has been courting evangelical-Christian support for his presidential ambitions. But Romney is also seeking friends — and, more important, money — among Jews.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 10, 2007

Left out

Its population is stagnating and its vote is predictable. In the years to come, will the rest of the country care about New England?
When it comes to national politics, New England just ain’t what it used to be. Charting New England: The six states' political stats and facts. By David S. Bernstein
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 03, 2007

Does peace have a chance?

The anti-war movement faces its biggest challenge yet — politics
Four weeks after Democrats rode a wave of anti-war discontent to gain control of the US House and Senate, only four protestors show up to the weekly “Bridges for Peace” demonstration on the Casco Bay Bridge.
By SARA DONNELLY  |  December 27, 2006

A day of phony electioneering

Manufacturing consent
Let’s say you live in New Jersey. You’re a registered Democratic voter, but, for reasons known only to you, you passed up the right to vote a couple of times in the last few elections.
By VALENTINE HART  |  November 08, 2006

Blown away

Jean Hay Bright’s fight to topple a political icon
Jean Hay Bright tried once before to run against US Senator Olympia Snowe. Snowe's tracks: How moderate is Maine's senior senator?
By SARA DONNELLY  |  October 18, 2006

Jeff Cohen on the weird and disturbing world of CNN, Fox, and MSNBC

Cable nit
In his new book, Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media , Jeff Cohen writes about his years with cable news channels as a pilgrim who’s returned from a strange and hostile land.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  September 18, 2006

Rethinking 9/11

Eleven thinkers reflect on how their ideas have changed since September 11
The Phoenix decided to ask ten people prominent in a range of fields a question.
By CATHERINE TUMBER  |  September 11, 2006

Moving on up

Eli Pariser talks about virtual campaigning, winning back the house, and his move back to New England
The first time I met Eli Pariser, I had to stand in line to get to him.
By SARA DONNELLY  |  July 05, 2006
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Chipping in

Eli Pariser, the wonder-boy executive director of, now lives in Portland. Progressives, start puckering
Earlier this month, the Phoenix talked with Eli Pariser, who became the executive director of in November 2004.
By SARA DONNELLY  |  July 05, 2006

How to neuter the Republicans

Can netroots bloggers bring down the GOP?
A heavy burden lay upon the first convention of the “netroots” — that amorphous mass of progressive activists participating in blogs and grassroots organizations outside of the Democratic Party — in Las Vegas earlier this month. Netrooting for Dems: Ten blogs to bookmark for the ’08 race.   By David S. Bernstein
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 21, 2006

Crossword: 'Hey four eyes!'

That's what you'll shout
That's what you'll shout
By MATT JONES  |  May 24, 2006

NYC’s alternative crisis

The Voice gets a wake-up call as the Press takes a walk  
These days, you can’t tell the players in New York’s suddenly volatile weekly-newspaper world without a scorecard.
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  February 16, 2006

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