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A commitment to poor children’s well-being is key to Maine’s future prosperity

By Nancy Brain and Barbara Reinertsen on March 27, 2017, at 9:34 a.m.
Support for families to alleviate conditions of poverty can make a significant difference for those children throughout their lifetime.
GWYNNE DYER
The coffin of Martin McGuinness is carried through crowded streets during his funeral in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, March 23, 2017.

How the Brexit could reignite violence in Northern Ireland

By Gwynne Dyer on March 27, 2017, at 7:56 a.m.
The open border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic depends on both countries being part of the European Union.
MICHAEL BLOOMBERG
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, holds a news conference after Republicans pulled  the American Health Care Act bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act act known as Obamacare, prior to a vote at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, March 24, 2017.

Stop blaming each other over the failed health care bill and start governing

By Michael R. Bloomberg, Bloomberg View on March 27, 2017, at 7:31 a.m.
What matters now is that Democrats stop gloating, Republicans stop sulking, and each party come to the table to improve a health care system that both parties agree needs work.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
Protesters demonstrate against U.S. President Donald Trump and his plans to end Obamacare outside the White House in Washington, U.S., March 23, 2017.

American democracy isn’t so decadent after all

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on March 26, 2017, at 10:21 a.m.
The anti-Trump opposition flatters itself as “the resistance.” As if this is Vichy France. It’s not. It’s 21st-century America. And the good news is that the checks and balances are working just fine.
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A history for millennials of the low-tech victories over life’s minor frustrations

By Alan Boone on March 26, 2017, at 9:58 a.m.
It recently occurred to me that in my lifetime we have witnessed the healthy appearance of some remarkably useful little inventions so simple that, when you think about it, the normal reaction is or should be, “Doggone it, why didn’t I think of that? I could now be as rich as Warren Buffett.”
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives for the afternoon ministerial plenary for the Global Coalition working to Defeat ISIS at the State Department in Washington, U.S., March 22, 2017.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Tone-deaf Tillerson isn’t doing his job

By Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post on March 26, 2017, at 9:53 a.m.
We have heard the excuses over and over on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s behalf. He’s new at this. He’s getting his feet wet. He’s not used to press scrutiny. Frankly, neither he nor his defenders are helping his cause at this point.
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A TSA security officer and his dog scan departing passengers at Lindbergh Field airport in San Diego, California, July 1, 2016.

Trump is turning us all into tools of his border-control agenda

By Francis Wilkinson, Bloomberg View on March 26, 2017, at 9:52 a.m.
Ever since Sept. 11, American Muslims have complained of receiving extra scrutiny when they fly.
MIKE HUCKABEE
Republican Mike Huckabee speaks at the Growth and Opportunity Party at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 31, 2015.

A conservative case for the National Endowment for the Arts

By Mike Huckabee, The Washington Post on March 25, 2017, at 8:44 a.m.
The real recipients of endowment funds: The kids in poverty for whom NEA programs may be their only chance to learn to play an instrument, test-drive their God-given creativity, and develop a passion for those things that civilize and humanize us all.
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The Pentagon unveils a large American flag at sunrise on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, near the site where the building was struck on 9/11.

I came here as a refugee. And then I rebuilt the Pentagon after 9/11.

By Shalom Baranes, The Washington Post on March 24, 2017, at 6:24 a.m.
“My hope is that the Trump administration will take actions to ensure that the travel ban is indeed temporary, so that good, hard-working individuals fleeing tyranny can find a new home as I did.”
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The Oakhurst lawsuit gives grammarians everywhere reason to rejoice

By Roslyn Petelin, The Conversation on March 24, 2017, at 6 a.m.
The Maine case strikes a blow for the importance of clarity against the Oxford comma’s opponents.
ALEX STEED
L.L. Bean boots have become a Maine icon.

How ‘buying stuff made in Maine’ became cool

By Alex Steed on March 23, 2017, at 5:51 p.m.
When I was a kid in western Maine, I never imagined we’d become a specialty beer capital or be known for well-crafted items beyond the iconic Bean boot.
MIKE THIBODEAU

Maine can fund education without taxing high earners out of the state

By Mike Thibodeau on March 23, 2017, at 11:02 a.m.
I believe the Legislature can find a solution that honors the spirit of what Maine voters were looking to accomplish without harming our economy. It is critical we reach an agreement on how to do that before adjournment in June.
DANA MILBANK
FBI Director James Comey testifies before the House Intelligence Committee hearing into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 20, 2017.

Republicans read Trump’s cue cards on Russia

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on March 23, 2017, at 8:58 a.m.
This would be a good time to do something about the red menace of Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Instead, we’re talking about the Red Raiders of Texas Tech.
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Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert Neller testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Marines United Facebook page on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 14, 2017.

The Marines photo scandal shows why it’s time to stop treating service members like saints

By Stephen Carlson, The Washington Post on March 23, 2017, at 7:55 a.m.
“Boys will be boys” does not apply to a bunch of smirking wannabe soldiers seeing who can be the most disgusting one of the lot. This dishonors everyone, from the military to the society that supports it. It’s time for these boys to grow up.
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White House spokesman Sean Spicer holds a briefing at the White House in Washington, March 20, 2017.

When the White House twists the truth, we are all less safe

By Susan Rice, The Washington Post on March 23, 2017, at 7:55 a.m.
First impressions matter, and an unsettling pattern has already been established.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

What the heck is wrong with Maine DHHS?

on March 22, 2017, at 1:34 p.m.
And who the heck is encouraging Commissioner Mayhew to run for governor given her track record at DHHS, which now includes trying to jettison a self-sustaining, tax generating medical marijuana program? Maybe some folks at the department need to find a strain that could help with their thinking.
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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, speaks about the American Health Care Act, the Republican replacement to Obamacare, at the Republican National Committee in Washington, U.S., March 8, 2017.

The only way to end inequality in American health care is universal coverage

By Timothy Burns on March 22, 2017, at 11:22 a.m.
OpEd: If you are that one who loses insurance or are priced out of the market before you feel the lump, your lawmakers have failed you. What tax cuts are worth that?
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The Republican health care bill will reverse gains made in children’s health

By Claire Berkowitz on March 22, 2017, at 9:43 a.m.
OpEd: The American Health Care Act puts a target on Maine families — particularly children and seniors — and will undermine the health of our state’s next generation. All of us will pay the price if such a short-sighted and dangerous piece of legislation becomes law.
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Maine’s experiment with retail competition failed to lower electric bills

By Tim Schneider on March 21, 2017, at 9:09 a.m.
After nearly 20 years, it’s time to look at the results of Maine’s experiment with retail competition.
KATHLEEN PARKER
A supporter of President Donald Trump wears a campaign hat during a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, March 4, 2017.

Death by a thousand cuts

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on March 21, 2017, at 7:33 a.m.
OpEd: From Ronald Reagan’s “welfare queen” to Donald Trump’s “Detroit single mom,” the unmarried mother remains a constant fascination to Republicans wielding budget-cutting scalpels.