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The Macy's at the Bangor Mall in Bangor.

American malls are declining. Their loss is a tragedy for me and my family.

By Yoo Jung Kim, The Washington Post on Jan. 16, 2017, at 8:42 a.m.
For small-business owners, there is never a guarantee of job security or success.
GWYNNE DYER
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives for a working dinner with heads of delegations for the Nuclear Security Summit at the White House in Washington March 31, 2016.

Cyprus: Waiting for Erdogan

By Gwynne Dyer on Jan. 16, 2017, at 8:20 a.m.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

Thank you Maine for my white-ish privilege

on Jan. 16, 2017, at 1:16 a.m.
It’s a Maine-made thing, and I am grateful.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up a CNN poll of voters nationally, showing him in the lead, while addressing a campaign rally in Portland, Maine, March 3, 2016.

What happened to the Trump honeymoon?

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on Jan. 15, 2017, at 11:06 a.m.
The shortest honeymoon on record is officially over.
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE

How the gender name change debate dehumanizes Chelsea Manning

on Jan. 15, 2017, at 9:58 a.m.
CONTRIBUTORS

What Trump can learn from past presidents’ inaugural addresses

By Joseph McDonnell on Jan. 15, 2017, at 9:49 a.m.
He would profit from Jefferson and Lincoln’s attempts to unify the country after their divisive elections and from Washington’s display of prudence, patriotism and humility to inspire public trust in his leadership.
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For six years, Republicans have voted more than 60 times to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. now the same politicians who couldn’t come up with a serious plan in six years are considering a new idea: repeal now and replace later.

Where’s the GOP’s replacement for Obamacare?

By Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Washington Post on Jan. 15, 2017, at 9:42 a.m.
Politicians who couldn’t come up with a serious plan in six years are considering a new idea: repeal now and replace later. This isn’t just harebrained and irresponsible; it is immoral.
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A general view Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant in Washington, D.C., Dec. 5, 2016. The pizzeria has vowed to stay open after a shooting there sparked by a fake news report that it was fronting a child sex ring run by Hillary Clinton.

It’s time to retire the tainted term ‘fake news’

By Margaret Sullivan, The Washington Post on Jan. 15, 2017, at 9:41 a.m.
“Fake news” has had its 15 minutes of fame. Let’s put this tainted term out of its misery.
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE

Why the minimum wage increase may shut down Dee’s Route 202 Diner

on Jan. 13, 2017, at 8:30 p.m.
ALEX STEED
President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on Wednesday at Trump Tower in New York.

Opposing Trump is the logical extension of being a patriot

By Alex Steed on Jan. 13, 2017, at 7:58 a.m.
We have to remember that we are not alone. Opposition to Trump stands outside of political identification; it is the logical extension of being a patriot.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

Cutting healthcare access in the middle of an epidemic is a great idea!

on Jan. 12, 2017, at 10:25 p.m.
It’s a great idea if somehow a few hundred overdose deaths in a year isn’t quite enough.
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Our love of soaring principles should not distract us from our moral duty in global conflicts

By Brian Milakovsky on Jan. 12, 2017, at 12:56 p.m.
America does not have it strictly “wrong” in any of these conflicts. But each demands of us that we grapple with their complexity and their true cost for Syrians, Yemenis and Ukrainians. Our love for stirring principles and inspiring narratives should not distract us from this moral responsibility.
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How Trump could make Obama’s pivot to Asia a reality

By Josh Rogin, The Washington Post on Jan. 12, 2017, at 8:41 a.m.
OpEd: If Trump team members can follow through on their plans and avoid unnecessary crises, Trump may just finish the Asia pivot that Obama started.
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Home & Garden Television is the mac and cheese of cable -- video comfort food. Last year, HGTV was the third-most-watched cable network after ESPN and Fox News.

Why Americans long to live in an HGTV home

By Virginia Postrel, Bloomberg View on Jan. 12, 2017, at 8:15 a.m.
It’s an uncynical world, where anything that falls apart can be revived.
DANA MILBANK
A protester dressed as a Klansman disrupts the start of a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for U.S. Attorney General-nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 10, 2017.

A slim hope from Sessions

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on Jan. 12, 2017, at 8:05 a.m.
OpEd: Two men in white sheets and hoods stood on chairs in the Russell building caucus room seconds after Jeff Sessions entered the room for his confirmation hearing.
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My son was born with life-threatening birth defects. Obamacare is critical to his well-being.

By Alyce Ornella on Jan. 11, 2017, at 10:06 a.m.
OpEd: An unforeseen medical crisis can happen to anyone. We didn’t think it could happen to us, but when it did the Affordable Care Act was there to protect us from bankruptcy and immense medical debt. It would have been impossible to navigate my son’s medical issues without health insurance.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

Does anyone have a moral compass the LePage administration could borrow?

on Jan. 10, 2017, at 10:01 p.m.
If Governor LePage and DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew think 40 percent of poverty is enough to cover basic family expenses and a healthcare plan for a parent, they really need one.
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Here’s how we can protect the environment in the Trump era

By Glen Brand on Jan. 10, 2017, at 1:18 p.m.
“I take strength from the fact that we successfully blocked George W. Bush’s dirty energy agenda.”
KATHLEEN PARKER
A woman walks past a mural of U.S. president-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belgrade, Serbia, December 4, 2016.

President-elect Trump: Russian agent? (No.)

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on Jan. 10, 2017, at 10 a.m.
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE

Why it’s wrong to punish L.L. Bean over Linda Bean’s personal political views

on Jan. 09, 2017, at 2:41 p.m.