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American Nations and the geography of the pandemic

The geography of the U.S. response to the Covid-19 pandemic follows, like so many other things in American life, the fissures of identified in American Nations to a startling degree…. Read more »

Allocations of N95 masks from federal stockpile weren’t distributed to states on per capita basis

As states have scrounged for supplies of N95 masks and other critical personal protective equipment, federal authorities have repeatedly said the state-by-state allocations from the Strategic National Stockpile were made… Read more »

Covid-19 hospitalizations in much of Maine have flattened

The effort to “flatten the curve” is literally an attempt to reduce the spread of the pandemic so as to prevent a sudden spike in critically ill patients that overwhelms… Read more »

Maine and 37 other states got zero ventilators from the federal stockpile. Why?

In yesterday’s Portland Press Herald I tried to answer the question: “Why did Maine — and 37 other states — get zero ventilators from the Strategic National Stockpile?” The answer… Read more »

Decoding the U.S.’s 92 million non-voters

Non-voters are the biggest wild card in U.S. electoral politics, a cohort of some 92 million adults who are eligible to vote, but seldom do so. They’re eclectic, with distinctive… Read more »

Colony, a six-part series on Maine’s long path to statehood

Maine is celebrating the bicentennial of its statehood this year, but the story of our beginnings lies in the millennia and centuries that preceded March 15th, 1820, the day we… Read more »

“Putin’s Favorite Congressman” moves to Maine

Dana Rohrabacher is a surfing enthusiast, cannabis activist, and former Reagan speechwriter who once joined muhajadeeen to attack Russian targets and Afghanistan and arm wrestled a visiting bureaucrat named Vladimir… Read more »

Maine’s governor wants the state carbon-neutral by 2045. What will that take?

At the United Nations, Governor Janet Mills pledged to make Maine carbon-neutral by 2045, tasking the new Maine Climate Council to come up with a plan to do so via… Read more »

Trump’s “judge whisperer” buys Maine mansion, hosts fundraiser for Susan Collins

In this past week’s Maine Sunday Telegram, I have the story of how Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society and the man credited with pre-selecting Brett Kavanaugh,… Read more »

Mainer on Putin’s interrogation “wish list” on the Act that upset Russia

In July,  wrote about how a guy from Maine wound up on Vladimir Putin’s list of Americans he’d like turned over for interrogation, a request he made of President Trump at… Read more »