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Does the Maine Democratic Party stand by the DNC’s disturbing racism?

on July 25, 2016, at 3:42 p.m.
By now, the story is well known. Democratic National Committeewoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has finally been forced out of her role after Wikileaks dumped almost twenty thousand e-mails between top party officials. Among them came a number of disturbing revelations, including clear bias against Senator Bernie Sanders and attacks on …
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Emmet Meara

Michael Moore’s latest movie hits Americans where we don’t live

By Emmet Meara on July 25, 2016, at 1:57 p.m.
Emmet Meara: Moore might be fat and sloppy. He might have a mustard stain on his shirt. He stomps all over his message for two hours, but I think it might be productive to study the lessons of other countries if we truly profess to love our own.
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13 Things I’d watch the Democratic National Convention to see

on July 25, 2016, at 1:35 p.m.
2. Bernie Sanders with a troupe of followers doing an “I told you so” song and dance number.
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People stream on and off The Pier in Old Orchard Beach, May 26, 2014.

How Maine’s seasonal workers could benefit more from summer tourism

By Thomas McLaughlin on July 25, 2016, at 10:29 a.m.
OpEd: Knowing that my fellow Mainers are a bit more financially stable and perhaps better off at the end of the summer season seems like the right thing to do.
GWYNNE DYER
Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered plane piloted by Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg, is seen as it prepares to land while the ground crew follows on bicycles at Cairo Airport, Egypt, July 13, 2016.

Solar Impulse

By Gwynne Dyer on July 25, 2016, at 9:59 a.m.
OpEd: Maybe we will have electric airliners one of these days, if only somebody can come up with the right battery — but in the meantime we should be working hard on making carbon-neutral fuel.
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Want to understand Trumpism? It’s the same as vandalism

By Robert Klose on July 25, 2016, at 9:48 a.m.
OpEd: In short, Mr. Trump’s supporters feel they have been hurt. Short-changed. And now it’s time for payback.
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How a year in Senegal taught me to take bold risks and find soulful work

By Rachel Horton White on July 24, 2016, at 10:39 a.m.
OpEd: Maybe there is hope for us capitalists. We are tired of going about our jobs in the same old and broken way. We want to feel better, and we are desperate for a solution to help us.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump applauds his running-mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, on stage at the conclusion of Pence's speech during the third night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 20, 2016.

Notes from Cleveland: The two-part rebellion

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on July 24, 2016, at 10:36 a.m.
OpEd: The main purpose of the modern political convention is to produce four days of televised propaganda.
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Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen arrives to testify before the Senate Banking Committee at Capitol Hill in Washington, June 21, 2016.

Janet Yellen needs to make more speeches

By Narayana Kocherlakota, Bloomberg View on July 24, 2016, at 9:46 a.m.
If the Federal Reserve wants to keep the public adequately informed, it must go further.
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Senior citizens among the crowd at a medical marijuana outreach event

on July 24, 2016, at 9:37 a.m.
Many members of the audience seemed new to the idea of medical marijuana, and seniors made up a significant portion.
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These tree tops and limbs leftover from a logging operation will be fed in wood chipper to convert them into chips that can be used as biomass to produce energy.

Here are 3 reasons why it’s time to stop burning forests for energy

By Brett Leuenberger on July 24, 2016, at 8:43 a.m.
OpEd: Maine has a golden opportunity to become a global leader in developing advanced carbon management practices that spur new industries and jobs in forestry, agriculture and environmental science.
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Silence from Maine Democratic Party after WikiLeaks exposes DNC bias against Sanders, attacks on Legislator

on July 23, 2016, at 10:40 a.m.
The Maine Democratic Party has showed a serious talent for not focusing on actual issues. Instead of focusing on things like Associated Press-nominated candidate Hillary Clinton being shown to be “extremely careless” with classified information relating to national security, they’re worried about Congressman Bruce Poliquin being stalked with gotcha questions …
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Minneapolis Police process arrests of protesters during a Black Lives Matter Minnesota march with members of the American Teachers Federation, Minneapolis teachers union and St. Paul teachers union in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 19, 2016.

White people think racism is getting worse — against white people

By Samuel Sommers and Michael Norton, The Washington Post on July 22, 2016, at 6:47 a.m.
OpEd: Black and white Americans may agree that race relations are approaching a new nadir, but this is just about the only race-related issue on which they see eye to eye.
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Justice Ginsburg is right: Donald Trump is a faker, inconsistent, and people are buying it

By Brooke Nasser on July 21, 2016, at 10:19 a.m.
OpEd: His ideas are not only vacuous, they’re dangerous.
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A stream crossing on the proposed national monument land in Township 5 Range 7, June 1, 2016.

The land east of Baxter is special and worthy of a national monument

By Eric Hendrickson on July 21, 2016, at 9:44 a.m.
OpEd: There are several reasons the land is worthy of national monument designation.
DANA MILBANK
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump (left) gives a thumbs up to vice presidential nominee Mike Pence after Pence spoke during the third day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 20, 2016.

Trump: Self-worship over sound judgment

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on July 21, 2016, at 9:33 a.m.
OpEd: In one respect, the Republican National Convention of 2016 has been a yuge success. It is the triumph of narcissism.
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Senator Susan Collins considering support for Hillary Clinton for President

on July 20, 2016, at 5:09 p.m.
Senator Susan Collins has made a name for herself as being unreliable Republican in the United States Senate. An ally for Democrats, she has often not been a friend of conservatives or even party moderates. “Two-term pledge” Susan Collins is also one who cannot be taken for her word either. …
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13 Reasons why I haven’t been paying attention to the Republican National Convention

on July 20, 2016, at 12:24 p.m.
12. I’m jealous Trump took Governor Pence off Indiana’s hands, but didn’t take Governor LePage off ours.
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LePage is making it nearly impossible for me to treat substance use disorders

By Steve Bien on July 20, 2016, at 10:45 a.m.
OpEd: It is bitterly ironic to me that at a time of increasing public recognition and concern about our opioid epidemic that I, as a provider, am getting institutional opposition, not support, from DHHS.
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Official logo of Skowhegan High School featuring Indian figure

Skowhegan schools keep ‘Indians’ mascot and stand for what they should oppose

By Andrew Tomer and Jordan LaBouff on July 20, 2016, at 10:29 a.m.
OpEd: Citizens across Maine should contact local and state education board officials to ask that they promote a safe, supportive and equal environment in Maine schools by removing the Indians mascot.