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A colloquium in Boulder

Earlier this month I participated in a small colloquium out in Boulder on “Liberty and the American Character,” featuring a mostly conservative group of scholars and thought leaders, many of… Read more »

Talking American Nations in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, April 30

I’ll be speaking about the concepts, ideas, and historical lessons in American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America at the Thomas Memorial Library in… Read more »

Maine tribes could get power to try non-Indians accused of domestic violence

Maine’s tribes have been excluded from provisions of the 2013 Violence Against Women Act that allow tribal courts to try non-Indians accused of domestic violence on reservations, but that may… Read more »

John Hickenlooper’s time Down East in 1970

A few years ago, I was in Denver writing this POLITICO story on how the city built a metro-wide light rail system from scratch, a story that led to my… Read more »

Speaking on American Nations / American Character, Bath, Maine, Mar. 2

I’m pleased to be speaking about North American regionalism, the central political argument it has fostered over the past 400 years, how it interacts with Trumpism, and the path forward… Read more »

Maine poised to finally respond to Gulf of Maine climate threats

With Gov. Paul LePage gone and Democrats in complete control of state government, Maine appears poised to finally confront climate change threats to the state, including the implement of key… 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 »

Big in Japan IV: Talking American Nations with Sekai

While in Tokyo, I spent an enjoyable morning at the offices of Iwanami Shoten, speaking with Rikkyo University historian Hiro Matsubara for Sekai, a leading Japanese political monthly. We covered… Read more »

George HW Bush, 1924-2018, an obituary

President George HW Bush — who had lifelong ties to southern Maine — died late Friday night at age 94. My obituary for him, the first draft of which was… Read more »

Glenn Beck touts American Nations

Glenn Beck, who appears in the opening to American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, discovered the book earlier this month and posted this… Read more »