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Talking Union in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, July 16.

I’ll be speaking on my most recent book, Union: The Struggle to Forge the story of United States Nationhood  at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library in Boothbay Harbor, Maine on July… Read more »

Reviewing Alan Taylor’s “American Republics” in the Washington Post

In Sunday’s Washington Post I reviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor’s new book, American Republics: A Continental History of the United States, 1783-1850. I’ve been reading Taylor, who was born and… Read more »

Exclusive: Dana Rohrabacher confirms he marched on Capitol Jan.6

In today’s print edition of the Portland Press Herald I broke the story that former U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher — a Trump ally who earned the moniker “Putin’s favorite Congressman”… Read more »

Union paperback launch event, June 17, Portland, ME

The pandemic forced the cancellation of the book tour for my most recent book, Union: The Struggle to Forge the story of United States Nationhood, but with restrictions lifted across New… Read more »

Talking American Nations and Union on the Passing Judgment podcast

I recently sat down, virtually, with Jessica Levinson, director of the Loyola Law School Public Service Institute, to talk about American Nations, the crisis facing U.S. democracy, and some of… Read more »

The American nations and House Republican support for a 1/6 commission

Earlier today the vast majority of U.S. House Republicans voted against the creation of an independent commission to investigate the violent insurrection against the Capitol on January 6th that threatened… Read more »

Congressional earmarks are back — Here are Maine’s House member’s short lists

  After a ten year hiatus, the US House is restoring earmarks, the member-directed spending requests that were eliminated after a series of corruption scandals. The change — which includes… Read more »

Maine’s redistricting hits a constitutional Catch-22

  As you’ve probably heard, the pandemic (and the Trump administration) delayed the 2020 US Census, upon which states must redraw their congressional and legislative districts to account for relative… Read more »

What’s up with Jared Golden, the most successful Democrat in Trumpland?

  Maine’s second district U.S. Representative, Jared Golden, has been causing a lot of heartburn among fellow Democrats of late. He was the only member of the party not to… Read more »

How we got here, the stakes and where we go now (in Washington Monthly)

The United States, which was a state before it came up with an argument for being a nation as well, has always been vulnerable to dissolution. An accidental alliance of… Read more »