“Defunding” versus “reprioritizing” the police: language matters

The peaceful protests continue amidst emerging proposals for policy change, but will  they amount to anything? Longtime Boston leader and community activist Hubie Jones, in his unpublished book Black in Boston: A Lover's Quarrel, came to understand the dynamics of race demonstrations in the confrontations and riots of 1967 and 1978. Usually, he says, they …

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Nancy Pelosi for Time Magazine’s Person of the Year

Sometime in the next 24 to 72 hours, Time Magazine will be announcing its Person Of The Year.  One of the early favorites at Ladbrokes online betting was Greta Thunberg,  the eloquent Swedish climate change activist. She is clearly deserving, and the award could heighten focus on the looming existential crisis, but the bookies, if …

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Getting beyond the wall

It's motif  #1, the President bragging about having the biggest, being the smartest, (“I alone can fix it,”), master negotiator and  uber deal maker.  We can dispute his hyperbolic claims, but we all can agree that under his leadership Americans now  have the longest-lasting (partial) government shutdown in our  nation's history.  800,000 government workers and …

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Moulton and the great mentioners

Speculation is stirring; the mentioners are mentionning.  Despair about the lack of a Democratic bench is giving way to thoughts of who may really be "out there" as potential contenders for opposition party candidates for President in 2020.  So there it was, in this morning's Boston Globe,  front-page speculation about a potential 2020 presidential bid by …

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Tierney v. Tisei: Time to focus on the issues

Last Tuesday, Congressman John Tierney did what he should have done many months ago.  He held a press conference and faced questions about what he knew and when he knew it regarding his brother-in-laws' illegal activities.  For Tierney, there were no new revelations.  Too bad he waited until he was backed against a wall by the two …

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Winners and Losers from Health Reform Summit — (posted late due to 2-day Comcast outage)

Seven hours of discussion at Thursday’s health summit did produce some winners and losers on both sides of the table. The Republicans were winners because they were able to present themselves as having ideas, rather than just being naysayers. They had a wider audience for their versions of tort reform, expanding health savings accounts (nothing …

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