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A patient waits in the hallway for a room to open up in the emergency room at Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston, Texas, in this July 27, 2009 file photo.

A dose of absurdity in the Halbig ruling on Obamacare

On Tuesday, a three-judge panel at the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit issued a flawed ruling that subsidies for health insurance coverage should …

Orono’s ‘third space’ is what makes it special

The “third space” is a place that is not work or home where one spends time. It is one of the most simple yet important …
Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, talks with Bob Schieffer on &quotFace the Nation" in Washington, in this photo taken May 8, 2014, courtesy of CBS News.

Elizabeth Warren for president?

It was one of those important but dull hearings that doesn’t even get broadcast on C-SPAN 3. An obscure subcommittee was taking expert testimony on …
A crowd protests proposed deep cuts at the University of Southern Maine on March 24, 2014.

Promising transparency at USM is a good first step for troubled campus’ interim president

David Flanagan is stepping into what is perhaps the most thankless job in higher education in Maine. On Monday, he’ll take over as interim president …
Before and after photos of Rosie.

28 things I’ve never told you: Stripping back the facade, so I can stop hiding in public — and because rough edges are sexy

Before we get started: Hat tip to Corbett Barr’s excellent post, “33 Things I Never Told You.” I’m totally stealing his idea here. If you’re …
Pictured is Sen. Andre Cushing, R-Hampden.

Culture change needed to transition Mainers from welfare to workforce

President Ronald Reagan famously said, “I believe the best social program is a job.” Those words were spoken in a different era, but they still …
Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a televised statement at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, in the early hours of July 21, 2014. Putin said Monday the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in east Ukraine must not be used for political ends and urged separatists to allow international experts access to the crash site.

Containing Putin

The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has focused the world’s attention on Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. But the most basic questions are …
A damaged pay phone is seen on a boardwalk in the Rockaways section OF the Queens borough of New York in 2012.

A better way to use New York’s pay phones

The homely pay phones of New York City are ghostly, graffiti-scarred reminders of an earlier era. But they could play a role in the city’s …

Maine has a solution that can help deliver top-quality care to veterans

As a largely rural state, Maine is well-versed in the challenges of health care access. Our patient population is spread across a range of communities, …
Alan Cunningham of Bangor organizes the thrift shop downstairs at The Together Place in Bangor in February.  Cunningham is in the ReFinement program, which allows people convicted of crimes to pay them back through community service.

It’s time for Maine to break a cruel cycle of poverty and incarceration

It’s summer. It’s beautiful outside. And inside Maine jails, inmates sit and bide their time. For many, their crime has nothing to do with violence, …
U.S. President Barack Obama walks across Lafayette Park back to the White House on June 30, 2014.

The VA was born from scandal: How its latest failure offers hope for reform

Scandal is nothing new to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. General Eric Shinseki’s resignation adds another chapter to the beleaguered agency’s long history of …

Wednesday, July 23, 2014: Climate crisis, bear persuasion, comeback Cutler

Vote Fulford As a science teacher, registered Maine Guide and parent, I am concerned about the effect that global climate change is having on the …
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows launched her 350-mile “Walk Across Maine for Jobs and the Economy” on Sunday, July 20, with a noon kickoff press conference in Houlton.

Social Security is a critical tool for retirement security; Shenna Bellows will fight for it

I first ran for state Senate in 2000 as a woman who didn’t consider herself a politician. I was proud to spend the next eight …
On July 17, 1980, George Bush and Ronald Reagan held a meeting to discuss their campaign strategy shortly after the end of the 1980 Republican convention held at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

The hand that rocks the ballot box

In their denouncements of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats have been accused of pandering to single women — the …

Smart shoppers choose cheaper store-brand aspirin

At CVS, a 100-tablet package of store-brand aspirin costs you $1.99. Bayer aspirin is three times that much. Nonetheless, millions of people end up buying …

Congress took impeachment seriously with Watergate

Bill Cohen served as an influential three-term U.S. senator, as well as secretary of defense, and is a respected global thinker. He believes his defining …

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