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Spying On Americans, Then And Now History

Spying On Americans, Then And Now

By Jim Borghesani

Forty years ago, the Church Committee probed into widespread — and illegal — spying on Americans. A look at the evolution of the public and political responses to government intrusions on its citizens’ privacy.

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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.

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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We Are All Mitt Romney Election 2012

We Are All Mitt Romney

By Steve Almond

Love him or hate him, everyone does what Mitt Romney is being skewered for. We tell one story in public — and another in private.

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In Awkward Defense Of Nuns Religion

In Awkward Defense Of Nuns

By Marianne Leone

For the women whose work with the poor and marginalized has brought criticism from the Vatican, parochial-school graduate Marianne Leone has one thing to say: Preach it, Sister.

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.

Elizabeth Warren's Uphill Battle Mass. Senate

Elizabeth Warren's Uphill Battle

By John Sivolella

As election season enters its post-convention phase, the underlying reasons for Elizabeth Warren’s inertia have begun to emerge. John Sivolella says the bad news for Warren is that they’re not easy to correct.

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.

State House Secrets Beacon Hill

State House Secrets

By Mary Z. Connaughton

Massachusetts lawmakers say they believe in transparency in government – for every government body, apparently, except their own. Mary Connaughton Z. explains.

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.

Chick-fil-A And The Value Of Values Family

Chick-fil-A And The Value Of Values

By Greg M. Epstein

In the wake of the recent Chick-fil-A controversy, Greg M. Epstein argues that the religious right has long held an unjustified monopoly on “family values.” But, he asks, what about the rest of us?

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