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  • August 04, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    As I mentioned in my previous post, I have a theory about who's behind the mysterious "W Swann LLC" entity that contributed $1 million to the pro-Romney Super PAC Restore Our Future. Since A) I am sensing that the calls I made are not likely to lead to a quick confirmation, and B) I have too many other things to do before my upcoming vacation, I've decided I'll just blurt out my purely speculative theory, and let someone else try to verify or disprove it.

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  • August 04, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    When the pro-Mitt Romney "Super-PAC" Restore Our Future reported to the FEC in late July, there were a few mysteries among the big-money contributions -- but none bigger than "W Spann LLC," which contributed $1 million on April 28. There seemed to be no such company. The address given, 590 Madison Ave. in New York, is a large office tower with many occupants -- including wealthy hedge funds.

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  • August 03, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I contribute to the paper's special Monkey Issue. Never mind why there's a special Monkey Issue.

    I write about the mysterious lost monkey of Danville, New Hampshire, which became a brief media celebrity until 9/11 drew everyone's attention away.

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  • August 03, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Boston City Councilor John Connolly banks so much coin, I'm going to start calling him J.C. Pennies. Here is the reported cash-on-hand for the other six at-large candidates, at the end of July:

    Felix Arroyo: $76,408

    Stephen Murphy: $41,590

    Ayanna Pressley: $39,838

    Michael Flaherty: $18,851

    Will Dorcena: $2697

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  • August 02, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    You probably know that freshman Congressman Bill Keating voted yes on the debt-ceiling bill yesterday -- joining Steve Lynch and Niki Tsongas from the Massachusetts delegation, in a disappointment to Bay State liberals.

    But here's an even more surprising vote: Keating voted yes on an amendment to restore Bush-era restrictions on travel to Cuba.

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  • August 01, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    I don't know nearly enough yet about the details of the debt deal to say, but I have a sneaking suspicion that this is more or less how it went down in the end:

    POTUS: "Look, you guys know that the Tea Party Republicans will block anything that they think I'm even a little tiny bit happy with. So let's throw together something fairly reasonable, and then all go out and pretend like I totally caved on everything so we can get the votes."

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