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Bill Cohen on Watergate and today

In this week’s Maine Sunday Telegram, I talk to former US Senator and Secretary of Defense William Cohen and several of his former aides about what it was like to… Read more »

In Maine, an ALEC bill to support a rewrite the US Constitution

In yesterday’s Portland Press Herald, I have another story involving a model text from the American Legislative Exchange Council making being introduced in the Maine legislature. This one has national… Read more »

Ohio, Oregon media consider American Nations-guided secession

As readers of American Nations probably know, I’m not a fan of the idea of breaking up the United States, for reasons I outlined more directly in this book review… Read more »

Speaking on American polarization, Brunswick, Maine, May 20

I’m pleased to be a panelist alongside Harvard University’s Theda Skocpol at the 2017 Maine League of Women Voters Convention this Saturday morning, May 20. Skocpol, a scholar who studied… Read more »

Collins mum, King alarmed by Trump’s shifting explanation on Comey firing

In Friday’s Portland Press Herald, I had a follow up on how Maine’s two US Senators — both of whom sit on the committee leading the key probe into the… Read more »

Bill banning Maine towns from regulating pesticides came from ALEC

I’ve written a fair bit over the years about the influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council (or ALEC), a secretive, corporate-funded group that acts as a conduit for corporations… Read more »

Collins ok with Trump firing Comey, while King calls for him to head Senate investigation

Maine’s US Senators have a key role in the investigation of the Trump campaign’s contacts with and ties to Russia. They both sit on the senate intelligence committee, possibly the… Read more »

The Independent on American Nations

Early this morning I did an interview with a reporter from The Independent, Bridie Pearson-Jones about American Nations. Here’s the resulting feature, with lots of maps and not a few… Read more »

Speaking on American Character May 3 at UMF in Farmington, Maine

I grew up in Western Maine, for a time in a house surrounded by the campus of the University of Maine at Farmington, so it’s always a pleasure to return… Read more »

Amid criticism, Sens. Collins, King defend Senate probe of Trump-Russia ties

This past week saw multiple stories suggesting trouble afoot with the Senate intelligence committee’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, including its ties to the Trump campaign and… Read more »