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White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn (C) arrives prior to a joint news conference between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, Feb. 13, 2017.

Kremlingate deserves a hearing

By Max Boot, Los Angeles Times on Feb. 21, 2017, at 12:14 p.m.
OpEd: Michael Flynn’s departure as national security adviser highlights the troubling and mysterious ties between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
KATHLEEN PARKER
President Donald Trump holds a news conference at the White House in Washington, Feb. 16, 2017.

A failure to communicate

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on Feb. 21, 2017, at 7:46 a.m.
OpEd: Remember, the enemies of freedom always silence the reporters first.
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It’s encouraging to see conservatives get behind a carbon tax to fight climate change

By Michael Howard on Feb. 21, 2017, at 7:46 a.m.
OpEd: There may be disagreement on these issues, but we can agree that a carbon fee is indispensable for reducing emissions and that using the revenue for dividends is equitable and politically prudent.
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It’s time for America to stand up to Trump’s abuse

By Jennifer Kierstead on Feb. 20, 2017, at 11:45 a.m.
The p—— grab was always a power grab, and the implicit question — “How much can I get away with?” — hasn’t changed.
GWYNNE DYER
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd customers use their ATMs at a branch in Sydney, Feb. 16, 2016.

A universal basic income is the solution to runaway populism

By Gwynne Dyer on Feb. 20, 2017, at 9:18 a.m.
It’s the not-so-new solution to the populism sprouting across Europe and in the United States.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

LePage should get a waiver for easier Mainecare access to bariatric surgery

on Feb. 20, 2017, at 2:29 a.m.
Since the LePage administration is so concerned about obesity, I’m surprised such a waiver isn’t high on the list of priorities — especially considering adult obesity in Maine is a much bigger problem than childhood obesity.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn arrives before a joint news conference between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, Feb. 13, 2017.

The case of the cover-up in search of a crime

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on Feb. 19, 2017, at 12:02 p.m.
It’s a Watergate-era cliche that the cover-up is always worse than the crime. In the Mike Flynn affair, we have the first recorded instance of a cover-up in the absence of a crime.
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The Penobscot Pavilion at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor is seen on May 31, 2016.

Access to health care in Maine depends on doctors, nurses from away

By Deborah Carey Johnson and Donna Russell-Cook on Feb. 19, 2017, at 9:26 a.m.
Without international doctors, nurses and other caregivers, people who live in our region would not have access to the health care services on which they depend.
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Take heed of Washington’s warnings about the threats to democracy

By Joseph W. McDonnell on Feb. 19, 2017, at 9:08 a.m.
Washington’s words speak to our generation as much as to his own.
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How liberals undermine food stamps

By Charles Lane, The Washington Post on Feb. 19, 2017, at 9:08 a.m.
It’s pretty late to be decrying SNAP’s paternalism because the program has never been about pure freedom of choice.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

Free medical marijuana certification for veterans in Winthrop on the 25th

on Feb. 17, 2017, at 5:45 p.m.
I’m more than happy to use my blog to let any veterans who might be interested know that there’s a medical marijuana event in Winthrop on the 25th that’s geared toward them.
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE

Maine Senate Democratic Whip Nate Libby is grateful for George W. Bush

on Feb. 17, 2017, at 9:23 a.m.
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Maine towns cling to poor schools when school choice could save rural education

By Thomas A. Desjardin on Feb. 17, 2017, at 6:17 a.m.
The problem in the Katahdin region is old Yankee stubbornness, and school choice could fix it.
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The GOP’s disturbing assault on the media

By Matt McLaughlin on Feb. 16, 2017, at 10:49 a.m.
OpEd: The Maine GOP should put a stop to its erroneous and deceitful labels of what constitutes fake and trustworthy news.
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President Donald Trump speaks during a listening session with the Retail Industry Leaders Association and member company CEOs in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Feb. 15, 2017.

The Trump presidency is not crippled

By Ed Rogers, The Washington Post on Feb. 16, 2017, at 6:58 a.m.
OpEd: Everybody should take the long weekend, breathe into a brown paper bag and regain some perspective on where we are under President Trump.
DANA MILBANK
President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House on Feb. 13, 2017.

Trump’s toxicity has Republicans running away from their constituents

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on Feb. 16, 2017, at 6:47 a.m.
OpEd: Republican Rep. Peter Roskam of Illinois has a safe seat in Congress. So what’s he running from?
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Supporters of Planned Parenthood rally outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Detroit, Michigan, Feb. 11, 2017.

I made the difficult decision to have an abortion, and it probably saved my life

By Jules Hathaway on Feb. 16, 2017, at 6:43 a.m.
OpEd: One in three women will have an abortion. Could one of us be someone you love?
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Pro-Choice supporters of Planned Parenthood rally outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Detroit, Feb. 11, 2017.

How Trump could cut off funding for Planned Parenthood

By Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg View on Feb. 15, 2017, at 7:09 a.m.
Trump said he would “defund” Planned Parenthood. And he can advance that goal by executive order, if he wants.
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The Penobscot is polluted with mercury. Without the EPA, it would be much worse.

By Dianne Kopec and Aram Calhoun on Feb. 15, 2017, at 6:57 a.m.
We examined the impact of the mercury discharges into the river from the HoltraChem plant. This work gave us first-hand knowledge of the value of the EPA and of the environmental consequences when regulations are absent or not enforced.
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Are superintendent costs hindering our fight against addiction?

on Feb. 15, 2017, at 1:48 a.m.
If the Augusta School Department is looking at cutting teachers who work with at-risk youth while spending over $260,000 on superintendent costs, the answer is yes.