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ALEX STEED
Alex Steed

What Republicans won’t do to aid Trump’s sloppy, authoritarian power grab

By Alex Steed on March 10, 2017, at 9:23 a.m.
Those aspiring authoritarians are showing they’re pretty bad at elegantly seizing power.
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Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, seen in Washington, July 7, 2016.

Laziness isn’t why people are poor. And iPhones aren’t why they lack health care.

By Stephen Pimpare, The Washington Post on March 10, 2017, at 9:23 a.m.
Deep denial serves a few functions.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger has a theory for Trump’s fixation: ‘He’s in love with me’

By Emily Heil, The Washington Post on March 10, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
One theory about President Donald Trump’s ongoing fixation with Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor and former California governor, who succeeded him as the host of “Celebrity Apprentice,” has to do with Trump being angered that the show’s producers passed over his daughter Ivanka for the hosting gig.
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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, speaks about the American Health Care Act, the Republican replacement to Obamacare, at the Republican National Committee in Washington, March 8, 2017.

The Republican plan to replace Obamacare makes no sense

By Matt O'Brien, The Washington Post on March 10, 2017, at 7:27 a.m.
OpEd: It only took seven years, but Republicans have finally decided how they want to replace Obamacare — with a much, much less generous version of it that almost seems designed to push individual insurance markets into death spirals. I guess that’s freedom?
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President Donald Trump attends a meeting with U.S. House Deputy Whip team at the East room of the White House in Washington, March 7, 2017

Democracy requires trust. But Trump is making us all into conspiracy theorists.

By Paul Musgrave, The Washington Post on March 09, 2017, at 11:20 a.m.
In the longer term, the feedback loop of lies begetting rumor will threaten the foundation of democracy.
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The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument offers a spectacular view of Mount Katahdin and other natural beauties in this November picture.

If America’s public lands were a business, the GOP would be bungling the balance sheet

By Yvon Chouinard on March 09, 2017, at 9:23 a.m.
Well, if America’s public lands were a business, shareholders would be shocked by the gross negligence of some of their top executives.
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Maine deserves a chance to capitalize on the North Woods monument

By Zack Klyver on March 09, 2017, at 8:38 a.m.
OpEd: Gov. Paul LePage’s latest political attack on the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is a colossal blunder.
DANA MILBANK
President Donald Trump leads a meeting with the U.S. House Deputy Whip Team in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

The Republican health care plan’s top critics? Republicans.

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on March 09, 2017, at 8:29 a.m.
President Donald Trump, long at the forefront of intellectual discovery, last week came up with a major finding: Health care reform is hard. “Unbelievably complex,” in fact.
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Trump wants us to ignore Russiagate, but this story won’t go away

By Laurence Pope on March 08, 2017, at 10:40 a.m.
OpEd: This story is far from over, and it is not a matter of politics as usual across the great partisan divide. Those of us who still have faith in the integrity of our institutions will be watching very closely in the days, weeks and months ahead, and we may just say a few prayers, too, for the survival of our venerable republic of laws could be at stake.
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President Donald Trump leads a meeting with the U.S. House Deputy Whip Team in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Trump fails to take his wiretap story seriously

By Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg View on March 08, 2017, at 10:38 a.m.
Suppose President Donald Trump has some basis for saying that the Obama administration abused its investigative powers to go after him and his associates last year. The possibility cannot be ruled out at this point. But Trump and his aides are making it hard to take the accusation seriously.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

I wouldn’t have slung eggs for minimum wage

on March 08, 2017, at 3:56 a.m.
Waitressing and bartending are the only jobs I’ve ever had where the amount of money I made in a given shift was immediately and directly related to how well and how hard I worked.
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Hilda Wiley (right), of Brunswick, and her daughter, Simone Wiley, 9, stand together during the Women's March on Maine outside the Burton M. Cross building at the Maine State House in Augusta on Jan. 21.

Why I’m not participating in the women’s strike

By Cara Courchesne on March 07, 2017, at 4:15 p.m.
I want a movement that lends a voice and enables participation for everyone, not just (mostly) white professional women who can take a vacation day.
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Neil Gorsuch is a fair-minded judge fit for our nation’s highest court

By Michael Bopp on March 07, 2017, at 1:39 p.m.
Judge Gorsuch’s record on the bench demonstrates an unwavering commitment to neutrally applying the law wherever it leads him.
KATHLEEN PARKER
Tom Perez as Labor Secretary attends an American Association of Retired Persons function in Washington, D.C. Feb. 25, 2017.

R.I.P., DNC?

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on March 07, 2017, at 7:18 a.m.
If the Democratic Party is ailing after losing the presidency to Donald Trump, state parties are on life support.
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Painted Matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls, bearing the faces of Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin are displayed for sale at a souvenir shop in central Moscow, Russia, Nov. 7, 2016.

Why this Watergate veteran gets deja vu from Trump dissembling over Russia

By Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg View on March 07, 2017, at 5:53 a.m.
“The press can’t crack this by itself, but if there are real investigations, there will be leaks.”
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Gov. Paul LePage's campaign against the North Woods monument will only harm the Katahdin region, which is already seeing growth since the monument's designation.

LePage’s campaign against North Woods monument will only hurt Maine

By Gail Fanjoy and Larry MacArthur on March 06, 2017, at 1:14 p.m.
The governor’s letter only serves to harm the economic progress and investment made in the Katahdin region since the establishment of the monument.
GWYNNE DYER
This artist's concept allows us to imagine what it would be like to stand on the surface of the exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f, located in the TRAPPIST-1 system in the constellation Aquarius.

Life in this universe is as common as dirt. Hallelujah!

By Gwynne Dyer on March 06, 2017, at 7:53 a.m.
It looks like life is as common as dirt in the universe, which for living creatures like us is infinitely more interesting than a dead universe ruled only by physics and chemistry.
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President Donald Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, Feb. 28, 2017.

Trump was a conspiracy-theory candidate. Now he’s a conspiracy-theory president.

By Chris Cillizza, The Washington Post on March 06, 2017, at 6:30 a.m.
Donald Trump’s political career was born amid the fever swamps of the far right.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
Former President of the United States Barack Obama and United States President Donald Trump walk down the east front steps of the Capitol Building after Trump is sworn in at the 58th Presidential Inauguration on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017.

Revolt of the attorneys general

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on March 05, 2017, at 12:22 p.m.
Among the many unintended legacies of Barack Obama, one has gone largely unnoticed: the emergence of a novel form of resistance to executive overreach, a check-and-balance improvised in reaction to his various presidential power grabs.
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Planned Parenthood was there for me, and I want to do everything I can to make sure it is there for my children and my grandchildren.

Planned Parenthood saved my life. I want to protect it for my children, grandchildren.

By Diana Turner on March 05, 2017, at 9:49 a.m.
Planned Parenthood was there for me, and I want to do everything I can to make sure it is there for my children and my grandchildren.