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Lock and load for gun control

It appears that Congress, in an epic fit of bloody-mindedness that reflects the nation's delusional subservience to the National Rifle Association's death cult, will fail to outlaw semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity ammo clips.
By: EDITORIAL  |  January 15, 2013


Some Frank Talk for Governor Patrick

Media tea leaves suggest the odds are long that you will act on former Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank's suggestion to appoint him to fill the temporary vacancy that will result when Senator John Kerry's appointment as secretary of state is confirmed, as it is expected to be.
By: EDITORIAL  |  January 08, 2013


Can gun reform misfire?

If, in the wake of the mass killings in Newtown, Connecticut, Congress does not summon the will to vote to ban semiautomatic weapons with large-capacity clips, then the institution will have blood on its hands.
By: EDITORIAL  |  December 26, 2012


The GOP's new Kommissar

The Washington establishment got all riled up last week at the news that South Carolina Republican Jim DeMint was leaving the US Senate to take charge of the Heritage Foundation, a once-respected conservative think tank that today is largely — but not yet exclusively — a shill for right-wing revolutionaries and a toady for the greediest and most socially insensitive corporations in America.
By: EDITORIAL  |  December 12, 2012


The case for John Kerry

Despite it being against Massachusetts's best interests, our view is that Senator John Kerry is about as perfect a candidate to be the nation's top diplomat as can be found in either political or policy circles.
By: EDITORIAL  |  December 04, 2012


What's wrong with the Palestinians' U.N. gambit

A dangerous charade
The United Nations recently voted to extend Permanent Observer status to the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 30, 2012


Gaza: What next?

Widespread hopes among democracy-loving Europeans and Americans that the grassroots revolt against authoritarian governments of various stripes would usher in a new era of tolerance, peace, and understanding have not gone according to script.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 27, 2012


Crabby old men

Washington is gripped with Benghazi Fever. It is a tricky and treacherous disease.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 19, 2012


The Fiscal Cliff: What's at stake

If the just-concluded national election proves anything, it is that the Republican Party lives in a parallel universe, with its own brand of reality that is dangerously disconnected from the experience of most Americans.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 14, 2012


Climate change is forever

You have to be a fool, a charlatan, or seriously uninformed to deny the reality of climate change.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 07, 2012


The Obama imperative

Two things stand between almost certain economic and social catastrophe: the prospect of the Democrats maintaining — or expanding — their majority in the Senate, and the reelection of President Barack Obama.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 05, 2012


Tierney for Congress

The most closely watched congressional race in Massachusetts is being fought in the Sixth District, on Boston's North Shore, between Democratic incumbent John Tierney and his Republican challenger Richard Tisei.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 05, 2012


Warren for Senate

When voters go to the polls on November 6 to choose between incumbent Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren, they will be doing more than casting a ballot for one of Massachusetts's two US senators.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 05, 2012


Resetting Boston's schools

Between now and the end of the year, Boston will wrestle with one of the most important policy decisions it has faced in years: reinventing the 23-year-old system used to assign 56,000 public-school students to 129 schools.
By: EDITORIAL  |  October 09, 2012


New York's police riot

Will New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ever be held accountable?
By: EDITORIAL  |  September 28, 2012


Bradley Manning’s sacrifice

Twenty-four-year-old Private First Class Bradley Manning must be the loneliest man in America.
By: EDITORIAL  |  September 18, 2012


Warren's transgender transgression

What we can learn from the Senate candidate's alarming remark
To understand Chief US District Judge Mark Wolf's landmark ruling ordering the state of Massachusetts to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for a transgender prisoner, you need to understand this: a "sex-change operation" is not cosmetic surgery.
By: EDITORIAL  |  September 13, 2012


Tampa vs. Charlotte

Plus, Mitt Romney's biggest lie
Compare the Democratic National Convention, now in progress in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the recently concluded Republican show in Tampa, Florida, and you find a world of instructive difference.
By: EDITORIAL  |  September 05, 2012


Why Menino should veto the redistricting plan; plus, the GOP’s Tampa exploits

Minority report
You didn't need a PhD in political science to predict that the Boston City Council's redraft of the boundaries delineating neighborhood council seats would meet with shouts of protest.  
By: EDITORIAL  |  August 29, 2012


Akin is the GOP

And don't be fooled — Romney and Ryan are enemies of women
Republican Congressman and Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin is only guilty of saying what the Republican Party officially thinks.
By: EDITORIAL  |  August 22, 2012
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