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The Republican Party has a stupidity problem

My party has become a gathering place for buffoonery.
President Donald Trump calls on Republican Senators to move forward and vote on a healthcare bill to replace the Affordable Care Act in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, July 24, 2017.

Trump’s Obamacare recklessness will wreak havoc

If Trump follows through with one of his pledges to interfere with the Affordable Care Act’s workings, he would unnecessarily turn the individual health insurance market on its head.

Canada’s NAFTA negotiators may find an unusual ally in LePage

What makes LePage most valuable is that his connection to Canada neatly intersects with a political brand of populism and hyperbole that he shares with Trump.

What LePage got wrong when he said Collins and King are ‘dangerous’

The governor’s criticism of Medicaid expansion is unfounded and is not supported by the facts of what has happened in Maine.
Some lobstermen worry that warming ocean temperatures threaten their catch.

Call it climate change, weather extremes, whatever, but don’t deny it’s happening

Rather than demoting scientists and telling bureaucrats what words to use, the Trump administration and Congress would be wise to take climate change seriously.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses the nation from the historic Red Fort during Independence Day celebrations in Delhi, India, Aug. 15, 2017.

India is starting to look more like Pakistan

The bottom line is the religious minorities are being marginalized, and the people who define India as a “Hindu country” are in charge.
President Donald Trump answers questions about his responses to the violence, injuries and deaths at the &quotUnite the Right" rally in Charlottesville as he talks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, August 15, 2017.

When ‘getting away with it’ is all Trump cares about

When Trump gets away with flouting a rule, even as he pretends to consent to it, when he gets away with a lie, even as he pretends to consent to the commandment not to lie, he readily congratulates himself.
Former Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell.

The U.S. was formed around ideals, not a race or religion

The angry, violent and supremacist views of the neo-Nazis and white supremacists must be categorically and unequivocally rejected by all Americans.
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford and Chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Gen. Fang Fenghui shake hands after signing an agreement to strengthen communication between the two militaries amid tensions concerning North Korea at the Bayi Building in Beijing, Aug. 15, 2017.

US wonders if permanent treaty with North Korea makes sense

The diplomatic trick here is simultaneously reassuring North Korea, China, South Korea and Japan that their vital interests would be protected.

GOP conservatives forced to confront Trump’s ‘base’

The GOP has evolved from Lincoln’s war to defeat slave state rebellion to a party led by a president giving comfort to racism.
Popham Beach State Park

Why you’ll be better off from that trip to the beach

The repetitive action of the waves is more pleasing to our brains than random, unexpected noise and visuals that typically fill our days.

Maine’s disastrous new solar rules violate our right to energy independence

CMP and Emera will now monitor your home energy use and actually charge you for the electricity you make and consume onsite.

Three reasons fascism spread in 1930s America, and might spread again today

The last time fascism was brazenly embraced was in the 1930s, and the lessons of that crucial decade bear increasing relevance for modern American life.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walk from the Oval Office to the Residence of the White House in Washington, U.S. on February 13, 2017.

We should be deeply worried about NAFTA

He is the most unorthodox and nationalist president of the modern era.
Former Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew

Mary Mayhew has a DHHS record she can only portray favorably with spin

As Mayhew’s gubernatorial campaign proceeds, she’ll have to answer for her record at DHHS.
White supremacists stand behind their shields at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017.

Charlottesville is not the continuation of an old fight. It is something new.

What happened in Charlottesville makes everything look too simple. The fight, it would seem, is between neo-Nazis and those who resist them. Yet, the country’s struggle is new.

Danby Ink

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