FBI sends Hillary to the woodshed

As one analyst put it, Hillary was not indicted but she was convicted  in the court of public opinion. Of extreme carelessness in handling emails.  Of setting up a private, nonsecure server in her home and using it to transmit sensitive information that dealt with subjects that should have been better protected. The use of drones …

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Boston Globe delivery problems: the route to insanity

Brilliant Irish satirist Jonathan Swift was said to have loved individuals but loathed mankind.  Specifically, he wrote, "I hate and detest that animal called man, although I heartily love John, Peter, Thomas, and so forth." In that spirit, I love Joan Vennochi, Scot Lehigh, Brian McGrory and other Globe reporters and editors, but I have …

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Globe columnists duel over Boston Olympics bid

It's great fun to see two outstanding Boston Globe opinion writers going at a subject hammer and tong, in total disagreement about the Olympics, Boston 2024 and the psychic state of the organizers as well as that of the people of Massachusetts.   Joan Vennochi does a surgical rearrangement of John Fish, the driving force behind …

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Brown decision could be good for state GOP

A Senate run by Scott Brown would have been a little like Ground Hog Day, and I'm sure his decision not to run for John Kerry's Senate seat was a relief for his ever cheerful, ever campaigning family. If he wants to cash in on his past success, the time to do it is now, not …

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Scott Brown v. Bill Weld not even close

A WBUR poll this morning about who might run to fill John Kerry's Senate seat if/when Kerry becomes Secretary of State showed an overwhelming preference for Scott Brown over former Governor Bill Weld for the GOP nomination.  A valedictory op ed by Senator Scott Brown in a recent Boston Globe shows why the decision shouldn't …

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Menino future should be new chapter

Under normal circumstances, Boston Mayor Tom Menino would be making his annual speech this morning to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.  But these are not normal times for Boston's longest serving mayor, and the Chamber merely notes on its website that the breakfast has been postponed.  In fact, much of life has been postponed …

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Driven to tears by campaign excesses

I agree with this four-year-old child in Colorado, driven to tears by the election. Politico made public that National Public Radio apologized to this adorable child whose pain I share.  I find I'm repeating to myself the NPR mantra of "only a few more days, only a few more days, only a few more days." I'm sick …

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Charging Tim Cahill: too much or about time?

Most attorneys general don’t go after political corruption because acting against colleagues can translate into a dead end politically. But Martha Coakley has a new Public Integrity Division, a welcome addition. And she has the new 2009 ethics law, which criminalizes behavior previously treated civilly. Still, there are questions about whether she is being too …

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Rick Perry’s lapse evokes sympathy more than ridicule

Anyone who has read this blog over the past year knows I am no fan of Rick Perry. But there’s no way I would delight in what he experienced in Wednesday’s Republican debate when he forgot that the third agency he would abolish is the Energy Department. There is nothing to compare to the humiliation …

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Municipal health costs solution may be within sight

Finally, some of our traditionally intimidated politicians are showing a bit of common sense on the issue of excessive health benefits for local public workers unions. We’re not there yet, but we’re moving in the right direction.The problem is cost sharing, or, in the case of local public workers, lack of sharing. State employees in …

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