The Dow Jones industrials average is displayed on a board after surpassing 17,000 on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange July 3, 2014.

Earn more, be happy by coming of age in boom times

By Peter R. Orszag, Bloomberg News on July 09, 2014, at 12:59 p.m.
It’s bad luck to be born 20 years before a time of high unemployment. It affects your income when you enter the workforce, naturally, but that’s not all. It can keep your earnings relatively low — and chip away at your health and happiness, as well — for a lifetime. …
Sen. Susan Collins gets an endorsement from Angus King in this May 16 photo.

Collins declares support for marriage equality, but that’s not good enough

By Greg Bates on July 09, 2014, at 12:48 p.m.
How is it that Chad Griffin, a man famous for organizing the lawsuit against California’s Proposition 8 that had banned gay marriage, has endorsed a senator who believes that states should have the right to enact that ban? Late last month, the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT group in …

Maybe it’s OK for kids to say ‘that’s so gay’

By Mark McCormack, Special To The Washington Post on July 09, 2014, at 11:14 a.m.
The phrase “that’s so gay” has traditionally been understood as homophobic. Stonewall’s School Report argued this position, and it will be discussed in their upcoming Education Conference. Stonewall argues that the phrase has a harmful effect on young lesbian, gay and bisexual people’s education and well-being. Yet the initial findings …
Patricia Aho, commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, speaks recently at a public meeting in Old Town.

Contrary to popular belief, climate change is foremost in mind at Maine DEP

By Patricia Aho on July 08, 2014, at 1:28 p.m.
As the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, I know that climate change affects every single environmental program the DEP implements, and I am well aware of the impacts it has on our regulated community, including municipalities. Every single day we provide assistance to the regulated community on climate …

A conversation between Thomas Jefferson and John Hancock — just a couple of regular guys

By Eddie Adelman on July 08, 2014, at 12:52 p.m.
This month marks the 238th anniversary of the birth of our great nation. From the Boston Tea Party, to Valley Forge, to the British surrender at Yorktown, those must have been some heady times. I can only imagine. I’ve always been fascinated by the founding fathers. Talk about prolific. These …
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif waits to begin talks in Vienna July 3, 2014.

Iran overplays its hand

By David Ignatius, The Washington Post on July 08, 2014, at 8:21 a.m.
With the sudden rise of the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a little-noted aspect is that Gen. Qassem Suleimani, the supposed strategic genius of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, has blundered disastrously. By overreaching in Iraq and Syria and triggering a violent counterreaction, Iran now faces dangerous instability …

Revisiting Elliot Rodger, toxic masculinity, and #YesAllWomen

on July 07, 2014, at 9:36 p.m.
Hey y’all – I know it’s been a long time since my last update (over a month!). Some of you are aware from my last post that in the meantime I’ve been battling some personal issues related to a painful chronic illness. Coincidentally, this past month has been EXPLODING with …
Former CNN journalist Campbell Brown speaks during the September 2012 launch of the Clinton Global Initiative. Brown is leading a legal challenge to teacher tenure in New York.

Teacher tenure challenge revs up in NY court. Can plaintiffs find a winning, anti-tenure formula?

By Anne Michaud, Newsday on July 07, 2014, at 1:08 p.m.
The lineup sounds like the cast of a new “The Avengers” movie: a former CNN anchor, a former White House spokesman, and a legal team that won a landmark case in California installing a “parent trigger,” which allows public school parents to take over their schools by majority vote. This …
Rep. Archie Verow, D-Brewer.

Look for signs of elders being abused — and act on them

By Archie Verow on July 07, 2014, at 12:14 p.m.
Elder abuse is on the rise. It’s estimated that 4 million elders are abused or neglected in the United States each year. We need to do all we can to prevent elders from falling prey to such exploitation. Too often, we hear about seniors exploited by their caregivers or relatives, …

US can do more to spur job growth

By Jason Furman, Special to The Washington Post on July 07, 2014, at 11:40 a.m.
On Thursday we learned that the U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in June, concluding the largest first-half-year for job growth since the late 1990s. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate has fallen by nearly 4 percentage points from its peak of 10 percent in October 2009, with the pace of decline doubling …

The Indonesian election

By Gwynne Dyer, international correspondent on July 07, 2014, at 10:26 a.m.
Only a very bad novelist would dare to write a scenario as simplistic as the current presidential election in Indonesia. A young, attractive, squeaky-clean man of the people running against a rich, old general trailing war crimes accusations behind him: can’t you come up with a plot a bit more …
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud thanks Planned Parenthood's Maine Action Fund for their endorsement at an event in Portland last June.

Mike Michaud’s evolution on abortion rights is confusing; Eliot Cutler has proven his record

By Wendy Pieh on July 06, 2014, at 12:29 p.m.
I live on a farm in Bremen in Lincoln County and served as a Democratic legislator for eight years in the state House of Representatives. I am amazed and disappointed by Planned Parenthood’s support of Mike Michaud not because Mike isn’t a nice person — he is — but because …
Maine gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler

Eliot Cutler has a leadership problem

By Tony Brinkley on July 06, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.
I supported independent Eliot Cutler for governor in 2010. Part of his appeal was that he was a fresh face. He said he would do things differently. Those of us who voted for him hoped for the best, even though we didn’t have a record against which we could test …

Americans falling out of love with shopping malls

By James Greiff, Bloomberg News on July 06, 2014, at 11:42 a.m.
Last week, Slate published photos of empty, decaying shopping malls from a new book, “Autopsy of America.” The images are arresting, and the timing couldn’t be better. Abandoned malls are hot: The Dead Malls Enthusiasts Facebook group boasts almost 14,000 members; a Google search of “dead malls” produces 5.7 million …

On Iraq, difficult choices

By Michael Gerson, The Washington Post on July 06, 2014, at 9:10 a.m.
The summary moment of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy came in August 2013 during a consequential stroll. Walking on the South Lawn of the White House with his chief of staff, Obama effectively canceled airstrikes against the Syrian regime, which had used chemical weapons on civilians in defiance of an …

How can Jurgen Klinsmann really improve the U.S. national men’s soccer team?

on July 04, 2014, at 4:21 p.m.
This week I was walking my dogs on the Western Prom in Portland and witnessed a rarity: a pickup soccer game. The 5 boys were in the 10-12 year range, and were playing a makeshift half-field contest, 2-on-2 with 1 goalie. As best I could tell, 3 boys were African …
Theda Skocpol is a professor at Harvard University, member of the National Academy of Sciences and former president of the American Political Science Association.

Obamacare is working. Why isn’t Maine taking full advantage of it?

By Theda Skocpol on July 04, 2014, at 1:59 p.m.
Each spring my husband and I return to our Maine home, drive around this vast and wonderful state, and catch up with people we did not see over the winter. When we left last fall, one of the waitresses at our favorite diner was wondering if she could get affordable …
Ben Wu is CEO of Kush Bottles in Santa Ana, Calif., which provides child-resistant plastic containers designed to hold marijuana. With the number of states approving use of medical marijuana going up Wu's business is increasing as well.

We need to start childproofing pot

By David Sack, Los Angeles Times on July 04, 2014, at 7:43 a.m.
In states where medical and recreational cannabis sales are allowed, disquieting new trends and statistics are proving its unique dangers for those most vulnerable to its effects: children. One such statistic is a spike in calls to poison control centers. According to the National Poison Data System, calls about accidental …
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This Independence Day, let’s celebrate the idea of America

on July 03, 2014, at 12:40 p.m.
Soon, Mainers will be gathering across our state — from Belfast to Bridgton, Caribou to Kittery — to celebrate our Independence Day. When they do, they will be joining together to celebrate the founding of a nation that has meant much to the world over its 238 years of existence. …

‘When did we begin to ignore our neighbor?’: How going to war taught me the definition of peace

By John Ripley on July 03, 2014, at 10:36 a.m.
During a Navy Reserve assignment in August 2001, I toured Winston Churchill’s London wartime bunker and thought: “Americans have no memory of life under attack.” Just weeks later, I found myself in an Augusta bunker along with the rest of Gov. Angus King’s staff as the horror of Sept. 11 …
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