If the state really wants to discourage its residents from gambling away their paychecks and attract high-rolling outsiders instead, it might take a lesson from Singapore.
As governor-elect, you must decide whether you want your first term to be defined and dominated by a bidding process for a three-week party that would be thrown after you will have left office.
Mitch McConnell is right. Sixteen years is too long to wait for change.
Why is it that a Massachusetts attorney general seeking higher office hasn’t won in nearly half a century?
Republicans did not win, and Democrats did not lose because that’s what America willed, or wanted, or wished. Stop using those phrases. Stop using that language. Instead, let’s look at the facts.
Rather than simply hoping things work out and then throwing money at problems after they surface, we need to think through in detail how to support all of America’s veterans.
Unregulated outside spending propelled the Republican gubernatorial candidate and three out of four ballot initiatives to victory.
A pragmatic electorate in an independent-minded state rejected the peripatetic Republican candidate’s corporate-funded attempt to nationalize the race.
The electorate demonstrated its capacity to discern between individual candidates and partisanship.
A look at how women candidates running for high office frame the role of motherhood in their campaigns.
Perhaps he was able to do what he did because he was not looking around the corner for the next rung of the electoral ladder. He had reached the pinnacle of his ambitions.
I’m supporting the expanded Bottle Bill to include plastic water bottles and sports drinks, because it’s good for the environment, saves energy and puts money back into the pockets of consumers.
Mayor Menino loved Boston. Everyone says it. But to know him, to work with him, was to discover layers upon layers of his love for the job, the city and its people.
Whether we saw each other weekly or after an absence of six months, nearly his first words of greeting were invariably about the tree. How’s that tree doin’? Tree good? How’s the tree?
In this week’s gubernatorial debate, the Republican candidate tearfully re-recounted the story of a struggling — and, apparently, impossible to find — fisherman.
Tom Menino was an unlikely political prodigy who developed one of the best political minds in the country.
In a time of toxic cynicism about politics and government, his example helps restore faith in both.
A few times I’ve found myself in hopeless violation of one of the cardinal rules of journalism: no sentimental weeping at political events. Monday was one such example.
Putting the government shutdown into a context we can relate to.
Why the 2016 Republican National Convention should be held in Las Vegas.
Cog contributors Jane Swift, Jarrett Barrios, Renée Loth, and many more share their thoughts on the mayor’s retirement.
A competitive, substantive election is what the American public deserves – and it finally looks like we’re going to get it.
Thanks to a taxpayer-supported infrastructure, the NFL grossed more than $9 billion last year and paid zero taxes.
After the Supreme Court’s decision on McCutcheon v. the FEC, here’s my takeaway: To anyone who favors the general Democratic platform, it’s time to dig deep and pump in that filthy lucre.
Mitch McConnell is right. Sixteen years is too long to wait for change.
There is no doubt that Russia is in the wrong, but acting on justified moral offense rather than clear eyed strategic interest is more likely to increase the price we all pay.
The Coakley campaign betrayed its anxiety in recent days when it resorted to blaming pollsters and the media for survey results that don’t support its narrative.
I still have many questions the Congressional briefings simply did not answer.
Could the FBI have prevented the assassination of President John F. Kennedy?
Amid mass violence and volatility in Egypt, the long-standing relationship between Washington and Cairo is fraying.
The civility that defines today’s mayoral contest is all fine and well, but the more gritty races of yesterday were much more interesting to watch.
What doesn’t kill Gov. Christie’s GOP primary campaign might just make it stronger.
Who caused the government shutdown? We did.
Eliot Spitzer and his wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, are divorcing after more than two decades of marriage. This has Hinda Mandell rethinking the sex-scandal script.
The Good Friday Agreement didn’t go far enough. Underlying tensions and hatred do not disappear with a peace accord alone.
If Elizabeth Warren is guilty of exploiting her ethnicity for personal gain, Steve Almond says he is too.
Election 2012 is writing a new chapter in the evolution of democracy. And it’s happening so quickly, we’ve barely had time grasp its significance.
Love him or hate him, everyone does what Mitt Romney is being skewered for. We tell one story in public — and another in private.
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 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.
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.
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.
In a move that nobody expected, Barack Obama has opened up a foreign policy front against Mitt Romney. Commentator Rob Gray says it’s a risky play that will either backfire for the president, or seal his victory.
Commentator Steve Almond says only if George Clooney were to choose a young Paul Newman to be his running mate would a ticket even come close to matching the combined stud quotient that is Romney/Ryan.
Why don’t we have tighter controls on guns? Unfortunately, says commentator John Rosenthal, the answer is all too simple.
Massachusetts lawmakers say they believe in transparency in government – for every government body, apparently, except their own. Mary Connaughton Z. explains.
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.
Maybe Mitt Romney isn’t ready to explain his tax returns, but Steve Almond wants to reveal every sordid detail of his own.
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?
Unlike his outspoken late father George, R.B. Scott says Mitt’s mode of political Russian Roulette is saying too little.
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.
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.
Big News: Leah Hager Cohen‘s Cog essay, “The Courage To Say ‘I Don’t Know,'” has been expanded into a book! Described by publisher, Riverhead, as “a short, concise book in favor of honoring doubt,” Kirkus calls it “refreshingly wise and open-minded.” Get your copy here. Congrats, LHC. We are very proud.
I admire the writer’s honesty and the way the piece leaves the questions there to think about, rather than posing answers.