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Talking American Nations with KBUR’s “Heartland Politics”

Recently had a conversation with Monmouth College political science professor Robin Johnson about America’s regional cultures and their implications for the Midwest generally and the 2016 election results in the… Read more »

Big in Japan, Part II

Earlier this month, Satoshi Ukai, the New York bureau chief of the Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun was kind enough to come to my home here in Maine for an interview on American… Read more »

Maine: what happens if there’s a federal shutdown tonight

At this writing, the US government is within hours of its first shutdown since 2013. As President Trump and Congressional leaders try to come up with an agreement, Mainers may… Read more »

Gov. LePage’s support for offshore drilling at odds with every New England member of Congress

This month, when the Trump administration unveiled its plan to open virtually all areas of U.S. federal waters to oil and gas exploration, most of New England’s elected leaders expressed… Read more »

Trump admin to erase voter registation data in effort to deny other voter fraud commission docs to Dunlap

The struggle over transparency at President Trump’s voter fraud commission continues even after its demise. In yesterday’s Portland Press Herald, I updated the ongoing drama between the White House and… Read more »

Trump disbands voter fraud commission, which now refuses to give Dunlap documents

President Trump this week pulled the plug on his controversial voter fraud commission, but the drama surrounding it has only escalated. Trump’s decision came on the heels of a federal… Read more »

Big in Japan: American Nations, now in Japanese

Just as my son’s first grade class was embarking on a unit on Japan a couple weeks ago, what should arrive at our front door but a package from Tokyo… Read more »

Sen. Collins under fire from liberals, centrists after tax reform vote

Senator Collins’ support of the Republicans’ controversial tax reform bill has tarnished her reputation with liberals and centrists, experts told me for this week’s story in the Maine Sunday Telegram,… Read more »

Federal judge rules against Trump voter fraud commission in dispute with Maine commissioner

Late yesterday evening, a federal judge riled in favor of Maine’s member of President Trump’s voter fraud commission, who had sought an injunction to force the body to provide him access to… Read more »

Rescheduled: talking Journalism in the Trump Age, Dec. 19 Scarborough, Maine

On Tuesday, Dec. 19, I’ll be speaking on “Journalism in the Age of Trump” at the Scarborough Public Library here in Maine. It’s rescheduled from last week, when frozen rain… Read more »