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Become a decorated drone hero!

Idiot Box
New from the Pentagon, collect your medals ...
By MATT BORS  |  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.
By WEN STEPHENSON  |  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.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 15, 2013

Should the government guarantee economic security?

Action Speaks
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.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  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.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 03, 2012

Singles bar

Drones and your dating life.
By DAVID KISH  |  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.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  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.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  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.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 15, 2012

Drone update!

Get pumped.
By MATT BORS  |  May 30, 2012

No obligations

State laws
There are two types of people who routinely ignore state laws.
By AL DIAMON  |  April 18, 2012

Gov’s proposal: punish needy and local taxpayers

Helping hands?
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.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  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.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 21, 2012

Little king

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.
By AL DIAMON  |  March 14, 2012
Film: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Swimming upstream
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.
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  March 08, 2012
Review Addiction Inc

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.
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 21, 2012
Review: Battle Royale

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?
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  February 21, 2012

Mitt Romney's 2012 Gaffe Review

Big Fat Whale
Everyone's favorite awkward GOP candidate.
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  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.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  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.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 11, 2012

What were you hoping for?

LePage's year
In his first year as governor, Republican Paul LePage did a decent job.
By AL DIAMON  |  December 28, 2011

Congress gives us all detention

Rights watch
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.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  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.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 16, 2011
Short Take: J. Edgar

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.
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 08, 2011

Ratings game

Gubernatorial Scorecard
A recent poll found that more Mainers approve of the governor's job performance this year than did last year.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 09, 2011

Senator Collins helps derail prison reform

'Toxic' Washington
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.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  November 09, 2011

Taking the Food Stamp Challenge

My breakfast on Day One of "The Food Stamp Challenge" cost 81 cents.
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  November 02, 2011

Who will be mayor?

Q&A with the 15 candidates looking for your vote
A Portland Election Special.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 26, 2011

Occupy camp moves nearer gov’t surveillance cameras

Occupation Update
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.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 26, 2011

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