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President Barack Obama waves as he walks to Marine One before departing to deliver the commencement address at Rutgers University from the White House recently.

Obama decries ignorance as he keeps us in the dark

By Margaret Sullivan, The Washington Post on May 25, 2016, at 1:29 p.m.
Some things just aren’t cool. One of those, according to our no-drama president, is ignorance. “It’s not cool to not know what you’re talking about,” President Barack Obama said during his recent Rutgers University commencement address. It was a swipe clearly intended for he-who-didn’t-need-to-be-named: Donald Trump, the likely Republican nominee …
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Trump might be rude, crude, but at least he says what he thinks

By Mark Holbrook on May 25, 2016, at 10:47 a.m.
You may think Donald Trump is rude, crude and outrageous. He also is saying what he thinks.
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What I learned from the life of my friend who lived on that other side of the tracks

By Lawrence Reichard on May 24, 2016, at 12:05 p.m.
OpEd: I’ve learned a lot in my years of working at H.O.M.E. Co-op, and I learned as much from Mark as from anyone anyone else.
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Rep. Bruce Poliquin

Poliquin, Republicans cave to party pressure, refuse to own tough votes

By Phil Bartlett on May 24, 2016, at 11:54 a.m.
The Republican lawmaker voted against an amendment that would have barred federal contractors from discriminating against the LGBT community.
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A sample photo EBT card

How a welfare fraud crowd pleaser actually inflicts real damage

By Sandy Butler and Holly Schreiber on May 24, 2016, at 9:52 a.m.
OpEd: TANF families have become a target for politicians and policymakers seeking to exploit public discontent with the economy and tight budgets.
KATHLEEN PARKER
Voting at Northwood Elementary School in Baltimore on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

Election disaffection

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on May 24, 2016, at 9:35 a.m.
OpEd: There’s no one to vote for. “What are we going to do?” people keep asking me.
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Why I’m not losing any sleep over Arianna Huffington

on May 24, 2016, at 7:23 a.m.
If I’m going to kill time for free, there are better things to do than submit work to the Huffington Post.

There’s plenty of time for Merrick Garland hearings, no excuse for GOP foot-dragging

By Sherry Huber and Roger Berle on May 23, 2016, at 12:26 p.m.
OpEd: Refusing to hold hearings and take an up or down vote on nominees is a dereliction of duty and an insult to the American people.
GWYNNE DYER
Libyan prime minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj (left) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attend a news conference in Vienna, Austria, May 16, 2016.

Libya: The hesitation two-step

By Gwynne Dyer on May 23, 2016, at 9:25 a.m.
OpEd: It was just one more slice of the meaningless waffle that passes for policy statements when Western statesmen discuss what to do about the Libya mess.
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A man walks past the Federal Reserve in Washington, Dec. 16, 2015.

Four ways to think about the economy

By Narayana Kocherlakota, Bloomberg View on May 22, 2016, at 12:02 p.m.
OpEd: I see four different schools of thought about how the economies of the U.S. and much of the developed world should be managed. The challenge for the Federal Reserve and other central bankers is that it’s hard to know who’s right.
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The new welfare: 9 months of instability. Is this what you’d want for your family?

By Julia Hathaway on May 22, 2016, at 12:01 p.m.
OpEd: Why are we slapping legislative Band-Aids on societal cancer and expecting real results? It seems to be the American way.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders discusses whether he would "give my right arm" to run against Republican Donald Trump in the general election as rival Hillary Clinton listens during the Democratic U.S. presidential candidates' debate in Flint, Michigan, in March.

Donald, Hillary and the Bernie factor

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on May 22, 2016, at 11:36 a.m.
OpEd: Among the abundant ironies of this election cycle, there is this: We are now in the eighth year of the most liberal administration since Lyndon Johnson’s.
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How Governor LePage lost one of his most ardent supporters

on May 20, 2016, at 6:27 p.m.
Governor LePage only had to use one word, one too many times to lose one of his most devoted fans.
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The enzymatic hydrolysis system at Fiberight's demonstration plant in Lawrenceville, Virginia, is part of the company's process for converting organic materials in household waste into biogas.

Fiberight’s proposed Hampden waste facility is just too risky

By Kenneth A. Smith on May 20, 2016, at 8:27 a.m.
As a professional with over 40 years of experience in the planning, design, construction, startup, problem resolution and operation of large solid waste processing and waste-to-energy facilities, it is my opinion that critical information still needs to be provided and actions taken before an informed and fiscally responsible decision can …
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Alex Steed

Is there a place in Portland’s future for the people who made Portland what it is?

By Alex Steed on May 20, 2016, at 7:26 a.m.
Portland is experiencing its moment. It has been enjoying appearances on a seemingly endless supply of “best of” lists regarding its food, its beer, and its startup environment. These achievements are worthy of celebration. I count among my very best friends and colleagues some of those who are celebrated contributors …
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, May 16, 2016.

Did Hillary Clinton just hand the election to Donald Trump?

By Steven Biel and Lance Dutson on May 19, 2016, at 12:15 p.m.
Hillary Clinton declared war on working America when she told a crowd in Ohio that her administration would be “putting a lot of coal miners” out of work.
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Think Donald Trump is a plausible presidential choice? God save America.

By David Treadwell on May 19, 2016, at 10:39 a.m.
If you really think about it, the choice is clear. Either vote for Hillary Clinton or, if you just can’t do that, leave the top of the ticket blank.

These 5 questions may be the best way to the medical care you want

By Lisa Dunning on May 19, 2016, at 8:28 a.m.
Some medical tests, treatments, and procedures provide little benefit. And in some cases, they may even cause harm. Talking to your health care provider is important to make sure you end up with the right amount of care – not too much and not too little.
Eva Uzcategui feeds her baby with a bottle in Caracas, Venezuela, June 17, 2013.

These very small, needle-like particles in baby formula might worry parents, but they’re probably safe

By Andrew Maynard, The Conversation on May 19, 2016, at 6:27 a.m.
Luckily, current research suggests hydroxyapatite nanoparticles in formula are most likely safe, and arguably, even beneficial. But given how high the stakes are, safety here should not, and indeed cannot, be taken for granted.
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Maine deserved an honest conversation on solar. Instead, we got political games.

By Vaughan Woodruff on May 18, 2016, at 1:22 p.m.
OpEd: The failure to pass LD 1649 has left many small businesses in Maine’s solar industry with uncertainty that has led to layoffs when most companies were expecting to hire.