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How Europeans look at the U.S, post midterms

With authoritarianism on the rise — and Russia attacking its neighbors to the East — Europeans rightly wonder if they can still count on the U.S. to remain their primary… Read more »

Was there any historic truth to Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean films?

Dan Lefebrve has a popular podcast — Based on a True Story — in which he asks an expert how well a given Hollywood film matched up to historical reality…. Read more »

Speaking on implications of U.S. midterms in Brussels, Nov. 16

The U.S. midterm elections — with their consequences for the survival of democracy and continued American commitment to Ukraine — are being closely followed by our European allies. The German Marshall… Read more »

Speaking on the battle to define America’s purpose via Maine Public radio

The United States stands on the brink of a collapse into authoritarianism and dissolution. If we’re to fight back, what are we fighting for? What holds us together? That’s a… Read more »

In Maine, Republican election deniers are at the top of the ticket

There are few forces more insidious to the survival of a democratic republic than top level political figures making fact-free claims that elections are illegitimate because they didn’t like what… Read more »

Speaking on the crisis in U.S. democracy, Freeport, Maine, Oct. 20

I’m speaking on the crisis in U.S. democracy, how we got here, why we’re so vulnerable, and what we can do to save the situation in Freeport, Maine on October… Read more »

Speaking on Maine’s historical odyssey; South Portland, Maine, Sept. 28

On September 28 at 6:30pm, I’ll be in South Portland talking about the backstory of Maine on the occasion of its Bicentennial: a harrowing and little understood saga of war… Read more »

Where things stand for Electoral Count Act reform, Maine tribal sovereignty bill

I cover Congress for The Portland Press Herald and have updates on where matters stand with two bills, one with national implications and spearheaded by Maine’s U.S. Senators, the other… Read more »

A U.S. breakup would be a disaster, but if it happens expect an independent New England

Back when American Nations came out in 2011, a lot of august experts dismissed the warning in the epilogue that if we were unable to form better compromises between the… Read more »

Could a serial killer have murdered Sarah Cherry?

It was one of the most horrific murders in Maine history and one of the most controversial murder cases. A 12-year old girl abducted and brutally murdered in a rural… Read more »