Drilling in the Arctic will ruin one of America’s last wild places

By Kay Henry on July 06, 2017, at 9:41 a.m.
This is perhaps the very last place on earth that should be paved, pumped and polluted by oil drilling.
President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., on June 30, 2017.

A GOP threat to people that gets little attention

By Catherine Rampell, The Washington Post. on July 06, 2017, at 9:02 a.m.
“People like to say they support veterans and stand behind veterans … That’s just an empty phrase.”

Governor Game of Chicken plays kick the can

on July 05, 2017, at 8:57 p.m.
The governor was playing so many games during this budget process, I didn’t get to blog about them all! Allow me to recap …

Senate health bill threatens to leave vulnerable Maine children without health insurance

By Joseph H. Anderson on July 05, 2017, at 7:39 a.m.
The bottom-line is that Medicaid cuts is an issue that’s going to confront families, hospitals and doctors in Maine.
President Donald Trump waves at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, upon his return to Washington after a weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, July 3, 2017.

Could an energy boom save Trump and the GOP in 2018?

By Ed Rogers, The Washington Post on July 05, 2017, at 6:46 a.m.
It could go a long way toward producing the kind of robust economy that will help incumbent Republicans a year from November.
I’ve recovered from a seemingly hopeless condition of body and mind through a connection with a power greater than me, and for that, I’m truly grateful.

How I made it to 21 years of recovery

By Heather Denkmire on July 05, 2017, at 6:06 a.m.
I’ve recovered from a seemingly hopeless condition of body and mind through a connection with a power greater than me, and for that, I’m truly grateful.
President Donald Trump arrives at the Celebrate Freedom Rally in Washington, U.S. July 1, 2017.

The Declaration of Independence, as read by President Trump

By Daniel W. Drezner, The Washington Post on July 04, 2017, at 11:59 a.m.
“Did you know that this part of the Declaration is just a long list of complaints? Not many people know that at all.”

Instead of a monument, how about a North Woods national park — run by Lucas St. Clair

By Tate Watkins on July 04, 2017, at 10 a.m.
The idea isn’t as farfetched as you might think.
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski arrive for the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington, April 25, 2015.

Trump’s Twitter attack on ‘Morning Joe’ hosts is a tweet too far

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on July 04, 2017, at 7:22 a.m.
Trump limboed under his own low bar and chastised Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough with his usual knuckle-dragging flair.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia June 29, 2017.

Republicans are risking becoming the party of Putin

By Evan McMullin, The Washington Post on July 04, 2017, at 7:10 a.m.
Republican leaders and the party are at a crossroads.
Michelle Robbins (center) cheers during the Women's March on Maine outside the Burton M. Cross building at the Maine State House in Augusta in January.

This isn’t just ‘locker room’ talk. Trump is actively undermining women.

By Nicole Kellett on July 04, 2017, at 7:05 a.m.
The current administration is actively undermining the rights of women through policies, tax codes, and budgets.
Members of Maine's Native American tribes rallied outside the State House on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, after tribal representatives in the House of Representatives resigned from their seats over conflicts with state government and Gov. Paul LePage.

The Wabanaki helped us secure self-governance. It’s time we returned the favor.

By Cassandra Cousins Wright on July 03, 2017, at 12:28 p.m.
Why does Maine and the United States withhold from them what we declared 241 years ago as the inherent rights of all human beings?

Despite our divisions, we can unite to celebrate the American democratic experiment

By Jennifer Kierstead and Michael Thorne Kelly on July 03, 2017, at 8:19 a.m.
All around us today we see a deeply divided nation that appears to be coming apart at the seams with radically conflicting visions for the nation’s future.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reacts upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace in Paris, June 24, 2015.

Saudi Arabia started another fight it can’t finish

By Gwynne Dyer on July 03, 2017, at 7:23 a.m.
The deadline that Saudi Arabia and its allies set for Qatar to submit to their “non-negotiable” demands has just passed, and Qatar has not complied. So what happens now?

It’s time we set aside our stigma of gray hair and wrinkles

By Jules Hathaway on July 02, 2017, at 3:02 p.m.
“On my birthday, don’t ask if I’m turning 29. Been there, done that, moving on!”
Vince Lombardi Trophy on display during the 2017 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center.

Why do they even play the game?

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on July 02, 2017, at 1:27 p.m.
“Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing,” Vince Lombardi said. To which I add — conjecture — yes, but losing is worse.
About 100 senior citizens and health care advocates celebrate the 45th anniversary of the creation of Medicare during a luncheon Thursday at First United Methodist Church on Essex Street in Bangor, July 29, 2010.

Maine’s older adults stand to lose if the Senate guts Medicaid

By Lisa Henderson on July 02, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.
“A society is judged by how it treats its oldest members. We can do better.”
Cooks, cashiers and other minimum wage earners join anti-Trump activists on a march for an increase in the minimum wage during a “March on McDonald’s” in Chicago, Illinois, May 23, 2017.

Forget a $15 minimum wage. Here’s what a sensible compromise looks likes.

By Charles Lane, The Washington Post on July 02, 2017, at 10:16 a.m.
“We need a more intellectually honest minimum wage debate, one that acknowledges the intuitive moral appeal of preventing exploitation of the least-skilled, lowest-paid workers — and the countervailing risk of a wage so high that it harms the very people it’s supposed to help.”
Dan Brown finishes milking his cow, Sprocket, by hand at Gravelwood Farm in Blue Hill, May 14, 2014.

The chocolate milk survey revealed our ignorance of science, but not in the way you think

By Lauren Griffin and Troy Campbell, The Conversation on July 01, 2017, at 8:09 a.m.
To us as researchers studying science communication and public understanding of science, factors in the survey itself and in the way the media report on it raise questions about how much to read into these findings.
U.S. President Barack Obama talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin

Obama ‘choked’ on Russia long before the 2016 election

By Eli Lake, Bloomberg View on July 01, 2017, at 8:06 a.m.
“I feel like we sort of choked.” That is the killer quote in an extraordinary Washington Post investigation into how Barack Obama responded to intelligence last year that Russia was running a sophisticated influence operation against the 2016 elections.