Ben Jacobs

Cheez-its and Barack on fire: A modest party for the second Obama inauguration:

WASHINGTON—Cheez-its and pretzels. These were the hors d'oeuvres served at Barack Obama’s inaugural ball Monday night.

Bio: Ben Jacobs is a frequent contributor to the Boston Globe's editorial page. He can be reached at JacobsBenC@gmail.com.

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Cheez-its and Barack on fire: A modest party for the second Obama inauguration

WASHINGTON—Cheez-its and pretzels. These were the hors d'oeuvres served at Barack Obama’s inaugural ball Monday night.

Jan. 22, 2013

 
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The robust conservatism under John Roberts' liberal vote

Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion upholding most of the Affordable Care Act wasn’t as good for liberals as it appears.

Jun. 28, 2012

 
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Scalia dissents, in nakedly political terms, from the Supreme Court’s broad ‘Arizona’ consensus

The Supreme Court went back to basics with Monday’s decision on Arizona’s controversial immigration law, SB 1070.

Jun. 25, 2012

 
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A caucus night in Santorum Country, a universe apart from the Hotel Fort Des Moines

The caucus was preceded by a reading of “the Diary of an Unborn Child," followed by the statement that “if you can’t make up your mind, this might help you.”

Jan. 4, 2012

 
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Barack Obama is going to win Iowa, going away

GRINNELL, Iowa— Neill Goltz, the Democratic vice chair of Poweshiek County, said he was frustrated that many media outlets have reported that the Democrats are not holding a caucus this year, when they simply mean that the Democratic caucus will not be competitive.

Jan. 3, 2012

 
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Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum go to the wire with very different Iowa campaigns, supporters

DES MOINES — Apparently Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are both top-tier contenders in the same election in the same state. But based on their final events last night on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, it’s hard to place them in the same universe.

Jan. 3, 2012

 
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When ‘glamour’ is a 76-year-old gold bug: Iowa’s youth show up in spurts, mostly for Ron Paul

The youth vote is not shaping up to be the story of the 2012 Iowa caucuses, exactly, particularly if Ron Paul doesn't win.

Jan. 3, 2012

 
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What John Kerry and Mike Huckabee don’t teach us about what’s happening in Iowa now

The first already-written story is from 2004, in which an awkward patrician from Massachusetts manages against expectations to achieve victory.

Jan. 2, 2012

 
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Gingrich, under the weather, on gasohol, dogs and amateur paleontology

ATLANTIC, Iowa—Newt Gingrich had a cold. He also has a music-education video out with his wife, Callista, and is an amateur paleontologist and is a student of W. Edwards Deming, from whom he once took a 60-hour tutorial.

Jan. 2, 2012

 
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Rick Santorum pitches marriage and cheap campaigning to the Iowans who are finally listening

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa—Rick Santorum, whose candidacy was largely ignored in 2011 before a sudden, pre-caucus surge into relevance, still has the campaign trappings of a no-account also-ran. This is now a selling point.

Jan. 1, 2012