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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 »

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 »

With union in trouble, governors gathering in Maine

With the U.S. feeling like the 1850s, the nation’s governors are gathering here in Maine tomorrow for the National Governors Association summer meeting. But they’re not discussing how to deal… Read more »

Experts right, Sen. Collins wrong about Kavanaugh, Gorsuch and Roe

Back in 2018, when Justice Kennedy’s retirement opened up the second of what would be three Supreme Court seats for Donald Trump to fill, Sen. Susan Collins announced she would… Read more »

Talking with Clint Watts about U.S. nationhood, regional divides

Clint Watts, NBC security analyst and author of Messing With the Enemy, had me on his podcast, Selected Wisdom, this past week. We talked about how my experiences as a… Read more »

Where Sen. Susan Collins stands on gun control negotiations

In the aftermath of the a chain of horrific shootings — including the Uvalde school massacre — a bipartisan group of senators has been meeting to see if they can… Read more »