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PAC-on-PAC Action in U.S. Senate Races!

PAC-on-PAC Action in U.S. Senate Races!

It’s the Clash of the Titans (Political Fundraising Division) in swing-state U.S. Senate races these days. The latest thing is Super PACs attacking the opponent’s Super PAC in TV spots.

Start with the Senate Majority PAC whacking Arkansas GOP Senate candidate Tom Cotton for, according to Politico’s Morning Score, “opposing the farm bill, linking his vote to outside groups’ spending on his behalf”…

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Local Gal Hits Double Dailies

Local Gal Hits Double Dailies

It’s Norma Parziale Day in the Boston dailies, as the Everett resident makes the front page of both.

Big shoutout in the Boston Herald:

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Ditto in the Boston Globe:

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We plugged Ms. Parziale into the Googletron to see how far her fame extended, and we got her Facebook page. Just in case you want to send congrats.

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GOP = Got Our Pitch?

GOP = Got Our Pitch?

For reasons far beyond our ken, the hardworking staff has been peppered lately with emails from Republican hustlers looking to shake us down for campaign contributions.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-God’s Waiting Room) kicked off the right-wingding with the subject line Your membership, Friend.


I know you are busy, so I’ll make this quick.

Conservatives like you and I are in a tough spot right now.…

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'Lean' Times for New England Democratic Candidates

‘Lean’ Times for New England Democratic Candidates

From Massachusetts governor to New Hampshire Senate, the political tides are shifting in the early days of the general election campaign.

From the Rothenberg Political Report (tip o’ the pixel to Politico’s Morning Score):

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See that little arrow lower right? That’s to indicate the previous rating in the Granite State Senate bake-off was “Democratic favored.” Rotheberg downgraded the Massachusetts…

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PayPal Takes a Bite of Apple

PayPal Takes a Bite of Apple

With things running hot (Apple Watch, iPhone 6, Apple Pay) and cold (Nude Girls Nude!) at Apple, the folks at PayPal obviously see a threat – and an opening.

So, the back page of today’s New York Times Business section:

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(PayPal Protecting the People Economy, eh? Sounds like it was translated from the original Swedish.)

The chinstrokeratiseem to think Apple Pay is gonna croak PayPal. Maybe.…

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Why We Won’t Be Reading Alan Dershowitz’s ‘Security vs. Civil Liberties’ Boston Globe Series

Why We Won’t Be Reading Alan Dershowitz’s ‘Security vs. Civil Liberties’ Boston Globe Series

The undoubtable Alan Dershowitz has penned a five-part polemic for the Boston Globe, promoted this way on Page One of yesterday’s edition:

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And here’s the first installment in the series, published in yesterday’s Ideas section.

War of principles

How should a democracy decide when to compromise its ideals in pursuit of victory?


WHEN DEMOCRACIES seek to protect their citizens against new…

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Federal Government Once Again Wants You to Pay It Backward

Federal Government Once Again Wants You to Pay It Backward

Here’s yet another example of the U.S. government squeezing the disadvantaged for back payments they don’t have.

From the Huffington Post:

Seniors Forced Into Poverty As Education Department Demands Payment

The Education Department is demanding so much money from seniors with defaulted student loans that it’s forcing tens of thousands of them into poverty, according to a government audit.


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Dead Blogging ‘Over Here’ at Boston Athenaeum

Well the Missus and I trundled downtown yesterday to catch Over Here: World War I Posters From Around The World…

Dead Blogging ‘Over Here’ at Boston Athenaeum

Well the Missus and I trundled downtown yesterday to catch Over Here: World War I Posters From Around The World…

Idiotic Headline o’ the Day (Globe Sports Edition)

Idiotic Headline o’ the Day (Globe Sports Edition)

Extra! Extra!! Pennant Fever Ungrips Hub!!!

From today’s Boston Globe Sports section:

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Really? The Red Sox have been feeling the heat of the postseason scramble? But now they don’t?

As the redoubtable Bob Ryan would say:


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Ads ‘n’ Ends from the Boston Dailies (James Foley Edition)

Ads ‘n’ Ends from the Boston Dailies (James Foley Edition)

From our One Town, Two Different Worlds desk

A couple of noteworthy ads in today’s local dailies that are, once again, worlds apart.

Boston Globe, page A7:

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(The James W. Foley Legacy Fund website is here. News coverage here.)

That ad did not – wait for it – run in today’s Boston Herald. But this one did.

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(Note the fine print: “Cruise Travel Outlet is not associated with or represent…

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