The Afghan mountains are reflected in the visor of a U.S. Army Airborne CH-47 Chinook window gunner while flying toward a military base in eastern Afghanistan, Dec. 7, 2014.

Trump’s silent surge in the Middle East and the slippery slope to war

By John Podesta and Brian Katulis, The Washington Post on June 21, 2017, at 8:22 a.m.
“The United States used to debate the wars its military was fighting. But that’s not the case with the ongoing silent surge of U.S. military operations and arms sales across the Middle East.”

I hope Zinke’s visit showed him the importance of the North Woods monument

By Sheridan Steele on June 21, 2017, at 8:21 a.m.
“National parks and national monuments become economic engines that improve local and regional business and produce new opportunities for many. Let’s work together to keep our public lands protected for generations today and tomorrow.”

Witch hunt

on June 20, 2017, at 1:10 p.m.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, speaks about the American Health Care Act, the Republican replacement to Obamacare, at the Republican National Committee in Washington, U.S., March 8, 2017.

Uncertainty, not the Affordable Care Act, is driving up insurance rates

on June 20, 2017, at 12:59 p.m.
Republicans, including President Donald Trump, are working overtime to kill the Affordable Care Act. Not just in Congress but also in the real world, where insurance companies are raising rates and slowly leaving the ACA. They aren’t raising rates or abandoning the ACA because it is unworkable or “a disaster,” as the president calls it.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017: Don’t defund Planned Parenthood, multicultural center good for Bangor, palm oil fuels climate change

on June 20, 2017, at 12:04 p.m.
Letters for Wednesday, June 21, 2017: Don’t defund Planned Parenthood, multicultural center good for Bangor, palm oil fuels climate change
People hold signs outside the White House in Washington, D.C., during a rally to celebrate President Barack Obama's announcement that his administration will be granted deferred action and work permits to DREAMers end deportations and urge relief by governmental agencies for those in deportation proceedings, Friday, June 15, 2012.

Trump allows Dreamer immigrants to stay. Why?

By Francis Wilkinson, Bloomberg View on June 20, 2017, at 10:01 a.m.
Donald Trump appears torn between a crude promise made to his political base and what looks very much like presidential pangs of conscience. Imagine that.

The big spenders in Augusta are throwing fiscal sanity out the door

By Lawrence Lockman on June 20, 2017, at 8:35 a.m.
“Now more than ever, Maine people need to hold legislators’ feet to the fire. Voters need to demand fiscal sanity.”
Signs acknowledging wounded congressman Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) are seen before the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, U.S., June 15, 2017.

Our new life in the dugout

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on June 20, 2017, at 8:06 a.m.
We can’t un-crazy crazy, but we can each try to stem the madness. It begins with simply caring.

I voted against ranked-choice voting. But I don’t support repealing the law.

By Michael Carpenter on June 20, 2017, at 6:03 a.m.
“I decided to co-sponsor legislation — LD 1625 — to repeal the law in its entirety. But after listening to testimony and reviewing the facts, I changed my mind.”
U.S. Representative Chris Collins

I’m a member of Congress, and I’m going to start carrying a gun

By Chris Collins, The Washington Post on June 20, 2017, at 6:03 a.m.
“I owe it to the people in my community, God help me, to try to stop a threat to their safety, should it ever occur because of my presence.”
U.S. President Donald Trump walks to the White House in Washington, U.S. following his arrival from Camp David on June 18, 2017.

No country for dictators: Why Trump will have to govern, not rule by threats and tweets

By Jeffrey Selinger on June 20, 2017, at 6:02 a.m.
President Donald Trump has said some crazy things — things that a strongman from a dictatorship in the developing world might say, but not a U.S. president.

Practice, honesty and modeling are a recipe for success at the dentist’s

on June 19, 2017, at 3:42 p.m.
I was a screamer too, and later, getting a shot of Novocaine for an extraction, a kicker. I stopped going to the dentist all together as soon as I was on my own, which led to an extremely unpleasant month of mass cavity fillings a few years later.

TANF spending

on June 19, 2017, at 3:16 p.m.
Senate President Mike Thibodeau, House Speaker Sara Gideon and Gov. Paul LePage.

Let’s be clear: Eliminating Maine’s education surtax is a tax cut for the wealthy

on June 19, 2017, at 2:10 p.m.
The 3 percent surtax, on annual income above $200,000, was approved by voters in November as a means of increasing state funding of K-12 education. It is state law.

Medicaid is a critical tool in the fight against opioid addiction. New reforms could weaken it.

By Darrell Crandall and Michael Gahagan on June 19, 2017, at 10:46 a.m.
Without treatment, many moms and dads struggling with opioid addiction won’t be up to the job.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017: Respect will of the people, don’t listen to St. Clair on monument, Trump guilty of dereliction of duty

on June 19, 2017, at 10:24 a.m.
Senate President Mike Thibodeau

House Republicans join LePage in push for shutdown

on June 19, 2017, at 10:10 a.m.
House Republicans seem to be celebrating the impending chaos.
Qatari and a U.S. Coast Guard flags flutter during a joint naval exercise by US and Qatar troops in the Arabian Gulf, Qatar, June 16, 2017.

The crisis in Qatar could turn nasty

By Gwynne Dyer on June 19, 2017, at 9:55 a.m.
Qatar hosts the biggest US military base in the Middle East: There are 10,000 American troops in the country.
Bill Cosby leaves Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Bill Cosby largely irrelevant in black America even before sex assault trial began

By Mark Anthony Neal, The Washington Post on June 19, 2017, at 9:01 a.m.
That’s why the intense recent debates about Cosby, including a re-evaluation of his cultural and financial contributions, have seemed so out of line with his current level of relevance.

Was she there?

on June 19, 2017, at 8:53 a.m.