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An attack ad you’ll never see

Scream On
Here's a Mitt Romney commercial that could topple the popular notion that President Obama cares more about vulnerable Americans than his challenger does.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 24, 2012


Against strenuous odds and a 20-year incumbent, Mike Connolly tries to occupy the State House — without raising a dollar

He Works Hard For No Money
It's Sunday at noon, and Mike Connolly is prepping with his troops by the Gold Star Memorial Library in East Somerville.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 16, 2012


Boston folk hero Rob Potylo teams with Vermin Supreme to Remove Condoms from America’s Dreams

The Odd Couple...for President
It's the first day of the Democratic National Convention, and after a week of lame protests at the GOP summit in Tampa, it smells like something might erupt.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 02, 2012


Wall Street Über Alles

The Full Story Of How A Boston Journalist Got Arrested On Some Bullshit At The Anniversary Of Occupy Wall Street
I wasn't supposed to be sitting in a bar, my right elbow folded like a broken umbrella, on the night of September 17, 2012.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 25, 2012


Catching up with the ongoing trials of Occupy Boston activists

Cops, tents, and videotape
At a hearing in Boston Municipal Court last month, attorneys from the National Lawyers Guild received nine DVDs from the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 12, 2012


Fables of the Occupation

One year later, the movement continues
It's been one year since thousands of outraged protesters swarmed Zuccotti Park to demand vast socio-economic changes, but the movement's aftertremors continue to be felt.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 13, 2012


Interview: Todd Gitlin looks at Occupy

Most aficionados of progressive politics probably knew that Todd Gitlin would write a book on Occupy even before he did.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 11, 2012


How a colorful Tampa talk show host might have been the most sane conservative in Tampa

Good fella
There's a lot of shouting on the third floor of the Tampa Convention Center.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 05, 2012


Maine RNC delegates stand for Paul

Convention Report
At the 2016 Republican National Convention, Maine delegates will probably be seated on the roof, somewhere between Michael Steele and American Samoa.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 29, 2012


The Nine Commandments of Covering Anonymous

Fawkes news
The first time that I heard about Anonymous was four years ago. I was then a rookie writer at the Phoenix, and our receptionist patched through a cold call from a self-described unmasked hacker named Gregg Housh.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 31, 2012


Officials arm themselves for onslaught of democracy

Batten down the hatches
With the Republican and Democratic national conventions approaching, federal, state, and local officials are working tirelessly to ensure that Tampa and Charlotte welcome all visitors to their cities with rose petals and open arms. Just kidding – they're actually spending tens of millions of dollars on combat training, armor, bloodhounds, and sophisticated weaponry.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 22, 2012


Yet another Jill Stein puff piece

Or, how I learned to stop worrying and vote third party
I meant for this to be a hatchet job — with the silver noggin of Jill Stein, the Green Party nominee for president of the United States, on the butcher block.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 29, 2012


M-Dot | Layercake

EMS Productions  
I stopped paying much attention to M-Dot about two years ago.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 07, 2012


How the State House’s cultural treasures have vanished, piece by piece

Heist of the Centuries
There have been two legendary heists at the Massachusetts State House.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 05, 2012


Three Strikes: Governor, you’re up

Prison-Industrial Simplex
Clergy members and community activists gathered near the State House Tuesday to condemn more than just the "three-strikes" criminal-sentencing bill that currently sits on Governor Deval Patrick's desk.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 25, 2012


Why does the Boston police union do business with a felon? And where is that scholarship money going, anyway?

Strange bedfellows
The Boston Police Patrolmen's Association paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a fundraising agency run by a woman who once bilked businesses out of money for a fake charity — by impersonating a police officer.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 23, 2012


Grinding gears with Wheelchair Sports Camp

No filter
Unless you count Summer Jam and other shameless showcases of hack-rap sharecroppers, hip-hop never had a circus until B. Dolan stepped up to play ringmaster.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 25, 2012

UPDATE: BPPA responds to Pax furor; provokes questions about funding

BPPA Members Should Probably Read This
One week after the Phoenix featured the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association and its racist Pax Centurion newsletter on our cover, the union responded with a letter on its web site. It is not an apology letter.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 13, 2012


Apathy catches up to Occupy in Philadelphia

One Nation Under Whatever
It's the final day of the Occupy National Gathering in Philadelphia, and few people outside of the progressive bubble give a shit.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 11, 2012
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