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Become a decorated drone hero!
New from the Pentagon, collect your medals ...
| March 01, 2013
The New Abolitionists: Global warming is the great moral crisis of our time
I want to say a word for radicalism — for the role of the radical in building a movement to confront climate change, the most urgent crisis human beings have ever faced.
| March 12, 2013
Lock and load for gun control
It appears that Congress, in an epic fit of bloody-mindedness that reflects the nation's delusional subservience to the National Rifle Association's death cult, will fail to outlaw semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity ammo clips.
| January 15, 2013
Should the government guarantee economic security?
Action Speaks, the always entertaining panel discussion series at AS220, continues its fall season November 14 with a look at topic of great interest in Rhode Island: economic security.
| November 08, 2012
Inevitability at the ballot box
More than a month left, with nowhere to go
Five weeks. Five weeks of polls, attack ads, debates, and stump speeches.
| October 03, 2012
Drones and your dating life.
| October 04, 2012
Using the Constitution’s protections — all at once
In my rights mind
On the occasion of this week's 225th birthday of the US Constitution, I wanted to embrace our culture's all-or-nothing ethos, by not just exercising all of my Constitutional rights, but using as many as possible all at once.
| September 19, 2012
Will race tip the balance?
Research from a Brown University professor points to an intriguing answer
Any hope that Barack Obama's election would usher in a "post-racial" politics was, of course, naïve. Race is the great American problem. The great American obsession.
| September 21, 2012
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Review: Max Payne 3
Max Payne's bloody Brazilian getaway
Max Payne 3 makes video-game violence mean something again.
| June 15, 2012
| May 30, 2012
There are two types of people who routinely ignore state laws.
| April 18, 2012
Gov’s proposal: punish needy and local taxpayers
Proposed cuts to the state-mandated General Assistance program, which serves as an emergency resource for individuals who have exhausted all other options (applicants must demonstrate need and have liquidated all accounts in order to qualify), threaten to shift costs to Portland taxpayers and increase the city's "service center" burden, according to Mayor Michael Brennan.
| March 28, 2012
Angus for real
In an interview, the ex-governor and independent Senate candidate explains his political views as expressed in his Bowdoin blogs
Barring an act of God, utter stupidity, or an unexpected explosion of well-financed excellence from one of the second-stringers who will prevail in Maine's Democratic and Republican United States Senate primaries, Angus S. King Jr. will be the state's next US senator.
| March 21, 2012
Picking the next Senator
Picking the next US senator from Maine is a no-brainer, now that independent Angus King is officially in the race.
| March 14, 2012
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
This winning British movie, in which rumpled fisheries expert Fred (McGregor) and sleek exec Harriet (Emily Blunt) help realize the dream project of a sheik, brings to mind the classic Ealing comedies that starred Guinness.
| March 08, 2012
Review: Addiction Incorporated
Charles Evans Jr.'s muckraking documentary
Much of the first half of Charles Evans Jr.'s muckraking documentary is annoyingly gimmicky, relying on unneeded graphics, animation, and imitation-Errol-Morris effects to tell the tale of a Philip Morris scientist, Victor DeNoble, who became a key government witness against his old employer.
| February 21, 2012
Review: Battle Royale (2000)
A not-so-distant future society
In a not-so-distant future society that has devolved into chaos, Japan's youth run amok, Clockwork Orange –style, and the government has passed an act decreeing that one unruly grade-school class will face off in a battle from which only one will emerge. Sound familiar?
| February 21, 2012
Mitt Romney's 2012 Gaffe Review
Big Fat Whale
Everyone's favorite awkward GOP candidate.
| January 17, 2012
Medical marijuana 2.0
In a tough political environment, the movement weighs a tricky reinvention
The medical marijuana movement has always had to be nimble.
| January 11, 2012
Food sovereignty goes to court
Removing local control
The state is pursuing a lawsuit against a Blue Hill farmer that could have "a chilling effect on Maine's growing local food movement and the promise of real economic development in our rural communities," according to the Downeast activist organization Food for Maine's Future.
| January 11, 2012
What were you hoping for?
In his first year as governor, Republican Paul LePage did a decent job.
| December 28, 2011
Congress gives us all detention
The $662 billion military spending bill expected to go before both houses of Congress later this week includes controversial provisions allowing the US military to arrest and indefinitely detain, without trial, anyone suspected of terrorism-related crimes, including American citizens.
| December 14, 2011
Fraud isn't killing Maine's welfare system — conservative misunderstanding is
Barely hanging on
Last week in Ellsworth, Governor Paul LePage renewed his efforts to change Maine's welfare system, calling for increased restrictions on benefits for people seeking taxpayer support to get health coverage through the state's Medicaid program.
| November 16, 2011
Review: J. Edgar
DiCaprio as right-wing hero J. Edgar Hoover
Filmmaker Clint Eastwood, famously Republican, portrays right-wing hero J. Edgar Hoover, the late FBI head, as a self-aggrandizing, conniving bully and mama's boy who broke the law whenever he wanted to bring anyone down.
| November 08, 2011
A recent poll found that more Mainers approve of the governor's job performance this year than did last year.
PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF
| November 09, 2011
Senator Collins helps derail prison reform
As a result of the apparent decision by congressional Republicans to oppose almost everything Democrats are for, Maine Senator Susan Collins — who claims to be above partisanship — helped derail Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb's bill to establish a bipartisan National Criminal Justice Commission. Maine's Olympia Snowe and three other Republicans joined unanimous Senate Democrats to support it.
| November 09, 2011
Taking the Food Stamp Challenge
My breakfast on Day One of "The Food Stamp Challenge" cost 81 cents.
BRIAN C. JONES
| November 02, 2011
Who will be mayor?
Q&A with the 15 candidates looking for your vote
A Portland Election Special.
| October 26, 2011
Occupy camp moves nearer gov’t surveillance cameras
In the wake of an early-morning bomb attack in Lincoln Park, the OccupyMaine protestors have moved their tents and community areas to a location closer to government buildings equipped with surveillance cameras.
| October 26, 2011
Scenes from the Forget, Forget CD release
| September 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM
State to probe missing crude-oil reports #PanAm #mepolitics #crudeoil
July 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM
The answer to this week's game
June 08, 2013 at 12:15 PM
LePage: Big company didn't ask about Maine taxes #mepolitics
May 09, 2013 at 9:59 AM
LePage uses Obamacare to achieve his own political goal #mepolitics
May 08, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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