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  • November 01, 2008
    By Chris Faraone

    I’m off to Chicago, but my original plan for this week was to hit Washington D.C. with a pit stop in Scranton. Even though the latter is a cliché reporter destination this election season, it’s as good a snap shot of the dummy belt that one can get without venturing too far off the coast.

    But then I thought: who cares about Capitol Hill aides, Republicans, and foolish undecided voters? Sure, if newsroom budgets were what they were 30 years ago, every alt weekly in the country would even dispatch writers to Arizona just to watch John McCain’s presidential hopes dry up once and for all.

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  • October 28, 2008
    By Jeff Inglis

    Portland Phoenix managing editor Jeff Inglis will be on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation program this afternoon from 2:40 to 3 pm, talking about the importance of voting and taking calls from listeners.

    Inspired by a piece I wrote about "RickeyPAC" (see "Who's Your Rickey?", October 17), and based on the effort of a group of friends of mine to convince another friend to vote, NPR is including our effort in their coverage of the run-up to the presidential election.

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  • October 22, 2008
    By Sara Faith Alterman

    The Jews are not enough!

    With the battle for the Swing States still in full, well, swing, it's imperative that the presidential candidates do whatever they can to try and influence voters in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida, and do it quickly.

    The recent Great Schlep (the Sarah Silverman-endorsed initiative to encourage young Jewish people to travel down to Florida and convince their grandparents to vote for Barack Obama) was one of the more creative ways that Barack Obama's supporters have conjured to try and garner votes and media attention.

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  • October 16, 2008
    By Sara Faith Alterman

    Well, technically, my name is "Sara."

    I digress.

     

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  • October 16, 2008
    By Chris Faraone

    I applaud Boston’s young conservatives. Thanks to a gentlemanly invitation from Rich Wheeler at the Massachusetts Federation of Young Republicans, I watched this past night’s debate with a herd of Alex P. Keatons at The Place outside Faneuil Hall. And while I expected to find a rowdy bunch of politically intolerant yuppies, they weren’t rowdy whatsoever.

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  • October 15, 2008
    By Chris Faraone

    Tonight’s debate between Barack Obama and John McCain is at Hofstra University in my old Long Island backyard. I’ve noticed that when earlier debates were held in other corners of the America, some questions were formulated to fit the needs and interests of the local electorate. Since I know suburban New York well, I decided to pen some questions that Long Islanders could relate to.

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  • October 08, 2008
    By Chris Faraone

    With Sarah Palin constantly setting up tug and blow job jokes with lines about removing gloves and applying lipstick, only one diversion can lasso my comic attention: John McCain’s age. I wasn’t going to exploit for political purposes Barack Obama’s opponent’s senility and malfeasance, but, after last night’s debate, I’m compelled to graduate from sexism to ageism.

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  • October 07, 2008
    By Jeff Inglis

    It's been done before by others, but nowhere yet (that I can find) for tonight's debate. So here you go - employing the efforts of Wordle on the debate transcript (using CNN's near-real-time one)

    McCain:

    Obama:

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  • October 07, 2008
    By Jeff Inglis

    There’s an important use for the Obama campaign’s text-message database that’s not being discussed, and it’s a way to help prevent the Republicans from stealing the election.

    We know that Barack Obama’s campaign has done a much better job at getting people’s cell-phone numbers, from his various text-message initiatives (including the contest at the DNC to see which state would send in the most text messages).

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  • September 29, 2008
    By Sara Faith Alterman

     

    First of all, shana tova

    Now that we're done with formalities...

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  • September 28, 2008
    By Chris Faraone

    I never thought I’d write such a thing, but Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art is a damn sweet place to party. Views stretch across the harbor; young folks come dressed to undress; and the third floor bathrooms make it possible to go about your post-dinner business privately.

    To be honest, I’ve even had fun there without alcohol; so when I heard that Cambridge multimedia geek squad SoSoLimited was hosting its first ever presidential debate remix party dubbed ReConstitution at the South Boston monument of minimalist excess, and that they would be serving booze, beer and wine, I figured the evening would even impress jerks like me who are eternally skeptical of the intersection where politics and pop culture collide.

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  • September 12, 2008
    By Chris Faraone
    Yesterday was my first visit to Ground Zero. I haven’t stayed away for some righteous reason, but because I’ve always felt like going there is like going to Sparks Steakhouse expecting to see Castellano get shot again (only there’s no tenderloin). I’m part of the silent New York majority that dies a little every time we hear land-locked rednecks claim that national security is their primary concern, and that deplores the political opportunism and fanatical patriotism that erupted in the wake of 9.

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  • March 12, 2008
    By Carly Carioli


    Obama the Giant Has A Posse

    Not bad for a guy who started out making "Andre the Giant Has A Posse" stickers, eh?

    Today, the campaign of Barack H. Obama unveiled its newest campaign tool -- a limited (but not too limited) edition poster of the candidate designed by Shepard Fairey, the street-art provocateur who helped popularize the idea of brand-theft/street-art/anti-marketing as a swiss-army tool of urban resistance.


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  • March 10, 2008
    By Peter Kadzis
    The suggestion by Ma and Pa Clinton that Barack Obama become vice president on their ticket is amusing and inventive. It is an act of creative desparation, designed to obscure the fact that Obama leads -- at least for now -- in popular votes and in the all important delegate count. But don't be too dismissive of desparation. The Clintons do their best work when it looks as if they are finished, or at least up against a wall: surviving the various bimbo eruptions up to and including impeachment are cases in point.

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  • February 13, 2008
    By Carly Carioli

    Even the hacks at Fox News got the bulletin after last night's victory speeches: John McCain can stoop to stealing Barack's stump taglines, but nobody -- American hero or no -- wants to follow Obama. Yes, Hillary is losing the ground game . . . hard. But, as you can see above, what we're really all agog about is MSNBC enabling embeds on their news video.

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