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  • December 22, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    SPECIAL CHRISTMAS CONTEST! WINNER GETS SOMETHING I'LL SWIPE WHILE REPORTING ON NEW HAMPSHIRE CAMPAIGN TRAIL!

    You've had plenty of opportunity recently to watch the great Newt Gingrich in action -- in debates, making speeches, giving interviews.... you should have a pretty good sense of him by now.

    So here's the contest: write a Newt Gingrich response (whatever length you think appropriate), if the great Newt were to be asked the following question by a reporter or debate panelist:

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  • December 22, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print and online now -- I offer a special quiz as part of the annual Year In Review Issue. Can you tell which quotes are from Republican Presidential candidates, and which are from incarcerated criminals?

    I think that speaks for itself, so here's the link.

  • December 21, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    A quick stipulation: for the purposes of this review, I will pretty much pretend that Core of Conviction, by Michele Bachmann, ends with her 2006 election to Congress on page 140. Up to that point, I enjoyed the memoir and found it, and her, interesting enough to think and write about. The rest of the book is pretty standard Obama-bashing fare.

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  • December 19, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Two new polls of Iowa out today show Gingrich collapsing. The Real Clear Politics rolling average for Iowa now looks like this (rounded off): Paul 22; Romney 20; Gingrich 16; Perry 12; Bachmann 10; Santorum 6; Huntsman 4.

    I've been arguing all year that Iowa evangelical conservatives hold a major key to the GOP nomination.

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  • December 13, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    State Representative Will Brownsberger of Belmont will soon be State Senator Will Brownsberger; his Belmont base turned out for him in today's special election primary to succeed Steve Tolman. The seat not only goes north of the Charles, it goes way up Tupelo Rd. (There is no Republican on the ballot -- although I've heard some rumors of organizing some sort of write-in/sticker campaign.

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  • December 10, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Well, lotsa stuff happened in tonight's GOP Presidential debate, but only one involved my reporting and a $10,000 wager, so obviously that's what I care about.

    Many months ago, I reported that Mitt Romney had made some changes to his book No Apology when it came out in paperback -- and that the changes appeared to be politically motivated.

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  • December 08, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    The National Lawyers Guild and American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts have released this statement in reponse to Mayor Tom Menino's warning that Occupy Boston vacate Dewey Square by midnight, or the city will take "further action":

    Across the country, people from across the political spectrum have been shocked by

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  • December 08, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Mitt Romney hasn't been giving many on-the-record extended interviews, so when he does -- as he did earlier this week with the Washington Examiner editorial board -- they get pored over and dissected like holy epistles. In this case, some Romney detractors are trying to make issues out of two things that I don't think amount to anything: first, Romney saying that he wouldn't recommend the Massachusetts health care system, in toto, for any other states; and second, Romney saying that he has a "limited understanding of the economy.

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  • December 07, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Just received from Mayor Thomas Menino's office:

    “We are pleased with Judge McIntyre’s strong decision to repeal the restraining order that prohibited the City of Boston from removing the Occupy Boston camp at Dewey Square. We applaud the judge for clearly recognizing the City’s authority to protect all of our residents, including those currently at Dewey Square.

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  • December 07, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Not having been able yet to talk with the attorneys involved, I'm not going to try to dissect the ruling too much. But I do find one thing very interesting: Judge McIntyre posits that a new, unprecedented legal question has been raised. From page 11-12 of the ruling (read the full ruling here):

    They claim that their message of economic equality and more perfect democracy can only be effectively communicated through the "literal occupation of Boston in the financial district.

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