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Maine-born government whistleblower resigns with fiery letter demouncing Zinke, Trump

In today’s Portland Press Herald I have an update on Joel Clement, the Department of the Interior manager and climate change researcher who earlier this year accused his boss of… Read more »

Maine member of Trump voter fraud commission is pretty unhappy

President Trump’s controversial voter fraud commission met in New Hampshire yesterday, but not before its vice-chair and de facto leader claimed, based on an erroneous understanding of state law, that… Read more »

Trump voter fraud panel using private emails for official business

President Trump’s controversial voter fraud panel is meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire next week, but this week it was accused of violating federal public records law by using private email… Read more »

On the Maine (and Icelandic) links of the “grandfather” of American neo-Nazis

In September 1955, Maine’s Portland Press Herald ran a soft feature on a local guy making good. “Publisher Who Loves Children Brings Out A New First Issue” profiled area resident… Read more »

Canada looks to Maine’s governor to influence Trump on NAFTA

Governor Paul LePage may be seen as a lame duck here in Maine — where he’s alienated many of his legislative allies, betrayed the state’s sacrifices in the Civil War,… Read more »

The (Almost) Civil War of 1789

My American Nations-powered series over at Medium, “Balkanized America,” continues with a second installment on the deep divisions between our regional cultures in the colonial period, Revolutionary era, and early… Read more »

Talking US news of the week on Maine Public radio, Aug 22

Earlier this afternoon, I joined an in-studio conversation about the (extensive) news of the week at Maine Public radio for their live call-in show “Maine Calling.” The discussion — including… Read more »

Talking news of the week with NPR’s On Point, August 4

NPR’s “On Point” with Tom Ashbrook is in town this week, and tomorrow, August 4, I’ll be joining them live in studio from 10 to 11 am Eastern to talk… Read more »

Sinclair, “must run” commentary, and Maine’s WGME

In this week’s Maine Sunday Telegram, I write about the nation’s largest owner of local television stations, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, and the “must run” pro-Trump editorials it requires Maine’s WGME-13 to… Read more »

Trump voter fraud commission renews demand for state’s voter data — without commissioners’ approval

The vice-chair of President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission has sent a second letter to all fifty states, renewing their demand for detailed voter registration data. But Maine secretary of… Read more »