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Star crossed

Limbaugh's a celebrity, not a political player
Rush Limbaugh, pink cheeked and increasingly porcine, has emerged as the de-facto head of the Republican Party.
By: EDITORIAL  |  March 06, 2009


Obama explained

He defined, he led, he inspired
If Obama's inaugural address set a new tone, his speech to Congress drew a new map.
By: EDITORIAL  |  February 25, 2009


President Obama

The trek ahead
In retrospect, it all seems of a piece: suitably fitting, almost ordained.
By: EDITORIAL  |  January 21, 2009


California’s shame

Equal marriage rights suffers a setback, but there is hope. Plus, young voters.
The politics of division as practiced by lame-duck president George W. Bush at the connivance of his onetime Svengali Karl Rove are not dead.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 24, 2008


Hope restored

Barack Obama's election has sparked international wonder. His task, however, is great.
Barack Obama's election has sparked international wonder. His task, however, is great.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 06, 2008


Dictator McCain?

Don’t laugh: if the Arizona ‘maverick’ is elected, he’ll complete the job Bush started
The only thing standing in the way of Republican John McCain assuming the powers and prerogatives of a dictator should he be elected president is the vote of a single Supreme Court justice.  
By: EDITORIAL  |  October 27, 2008



Can Obama show grit? Will he connect? Can McCain stop lying? Will he remember?
With the presidential debates about to begin, political pundits are full of advice for Senators Barack Obama and John McCain.
By: EDITORIAL  |  September 24, 2008


The quick and the dead: Underground in Providence

It’s been a rough year for cemetery buffs.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 17, 2008


Bad craziness

Wall Street’s meltdown is more dangerous than realized. McCain is clueless, but does Obama recognize the root of the problem?
The news from Wall Street this week is dire.
By: EDITORIAL  |  September 17, 2008

Palin: The plain truth

Don’t be fooled by the Tina Fey styling, McCain’s vice-presidential pick is a menace
In selecting Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential candidate, Republican nominee John McCain pulled a Clarence Thomas.
By: EDITORIAL  |  September 03, 2008


What Obama must do

A new talent must wrestle with an old hand at political survival
For all the fawning press Barack Obama has received, the grace and favor with which he has been treated is nothing compared with the free ride McCain has enjoyed.
By: EDITORIAL  |  August 28, 2008


Georgia on your mind?

Why the Russians are acting like Soviets! And why it will be difficult to stop them!
So much for the Republican Party’s long-standing boast that Ronald Reagan neutered the Soviet Union.
By: EDITORIAL  |  August 13, 2008


Mao's ghost

The spirit of the chairman haunts the Beijing Olympics
When the 21st century is old enough to support a sense of historical perspective, the date 8/8/08 may well be more significant than 9/11.
By: EDITORIAL  |  August 08, 2008


A sobering question

Can Obama make Democrats face up to economic reality?
With every passing week the nation’s already-screwed-up economy becomes even more distressed.
By: EDITORIAL  |  July 30, 2008


Voting right

Why Beacon Hill should adopt same-day voting and join the national popular-vote movement. Plus, that Obama cover.
The Massachusetts Legislature is expected to vote in the next several days on two proposals that would make democracy, well, more democratic.
By: EDITORIAL  |  July 16, 2008


Reality bites

Will Obama make good on his plan to exit Iraq by 2010? Don’t bet on it.
The war in Iraq has been on the back burner of the American political scene for some time.
By: EDITORIAL  |  July 09, 2008


Crackpot court

Taking a shot at the Supreme Court’s recent gunplay
This past week’s Supreme Court ruling, invalidating Washington, DC’s handgun ban, demonstrates just how far afield “movement conservatism” has taken our country.
By: EDITORIAL  |  July 02, 2008


As goes Gloucester?

Debating the ‘pregnancy pact’ will not make a surge in teenage motherhood   disappear
Waves of chatter wash over the city of Gloucester, where 17 high-school students are pregnant.
By: EDITORIAL  |  June 25, 2008


Russert explained

NBC’s top talking head had an outsized influence simply because he did his job so well
In terms of being an old-fashioned, old-style media icon, nobody in broadcasting today could top Tim Russert.
By: EDITORIAL  |  June 18, 2008


Intelligence deficit

Bush fooled voters and the press once on Iraq. Can McCain get away with the same thing?
The American press and public rarely get riled up these days over new revelations concerning President George W. Bush and his administration’s sorry history.
By: EDITORIAL  |  June 11, 2008
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Going off the rails
Take Back Barack  |  February 12, 2009 at 4:21 PM
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