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On Beacon Hill, A Backroom Battle That Matters Boston

On Beacon Hill, A Backroom Battle That Matters

By Avi Green

Massachusetts lawmakers are locked in a heated tug-of-war. At issue: the joint committee structure that turns bills into laws. Or, perhaps more accurately, doesn’t allow for much progress at all.

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A Double Standard For David Petraeus Security

A Double Standard For David Petraeus

By Eileen McNamara

The sweetheart deal prosecutors cut with the retired general exposes the hypocrisy and the incoherence at the heart of the U.S. Justice Department’s war on whistleblowers.

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The Second Great Migration Immigration

The Second Great Migration

By John Tirman

We should begin to understand who our immigrant population is — where they came from and why, their aspirations, their contributions to American society — in order to help this new (and great) migration succeed for all.

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The US: Republic Or Corporation? Election 2012

The US: Republic Or Corporation?

By Ike Williams

The popular answer to that question will determine the outcome of this election — and the outcome of this election could change democracy as we know it.

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9/11 Should Bring Us Together Sept. 11

9/11 Should Bring Us Together

By Carie Lemack

The anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 is always painful for victims’ families. But, says Carie Lemack, who lost her mother, it’s also a time to remember our common goals.

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Freedom Of Speech? Nyet Policy

Freedom Of Speech? Nyet

By Joshua Rubenstein

In Moscow, the trial against three young punk rockers looks more like the Soviet Union than the “new Russia.” Joshua Rubenstein on the Pussy Riot controversy.

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Public Naming Rights — And Wrongs MBTA

Public Naming Rights — And Wrongs

By Ed Fouhy

Next stop, SpaghettiO’s station? The cash-strapped MBTA is considering selling naming rights for 11 stations. Not so fast, says Ed Fouhy.

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SCOTUS Was Right On Citizens United Law

SCOTUS Was Right On Citizens United

By Wendy Kaminer

Of course corporations aren’t people. But Wendy Kaminer says like the individuals engaged in them, businesses require constitutional protection against abuses of government power.

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The Real Cost Of Drugs Law

The Real Cost Of Drugs

By Kerry Healey

Kerry Healey says it’s time for Americans to realize what our appetite for illegal drugs does to the individuals who are compelled — economically or at gun point — to produce, process and transport the illegal drugs we use.

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