The stories we tell about politics have consequences, shaping how people and groups act in the future. Tales of courageous politicians, however uplifting, can overlook how citizens influenced them. After the dramatic failure of the health care vote in the Senate, attention flowed to the three Republicans who broke with their party — Susan Collins, […]
If there’s a movie made about the Trump-Russia ties investigation, expect to hear someone whisper, “Follow the rubles.” Substituting “rubles” for “money” updates Watergate’s Deep Throat’s advice to journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, as portrayed in the film “All the President’s Men.” Another investigative rule is to determine who would benefit from improper financial […]
The Senate Republicans’ shameful way of crafting health care policy has been pushed off the front by yet more disturbing news of President Trump’s Russia connections.
Given that he celebrated with House Republicans in the White House Rose Garden after they passed Trumpcare, it was rather odd when President Donald Trump recently told a Fox News interviewer that the bill was “mean.” Trump was contradictory, but correct. There is meanness in what Trumpcare would do to people’s health but it will […]
Clergy and counselors sometimes have to keep secrets. But in politics, what you don’t know can hurt you. When it comes to crucial public policy, there is no excuse for hiding who a bill affects and what it costs, particularly when the stakes range from bankruptcy to untreated illnesses and deaths. This makes the prospect […]
Like a bowling pin that hits the others and causes them to wobble or fall, President Donald Trump is hammering arrangements that have benefited our security. These involve both international security and the security Americans have grown to expect from our systems of social insurance. Trump’s damaging foreign trip ended just before Memorial Day in […]
By now, the story of Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s dash into a bathroom and reemergence with ear buds has become the subject of mocking humor, with editorial cartoons depicting the congressman hiding out to avoid reporters. But Poliquin’s actions go beyond political comedy, absurdity or timidity. Poliquin’s ear-budded refusal to divulge his position on Trumpcare until […]
Democracies run on some basic principles. One is that politicians tell citizens where they stand on proposed laws. But of Maine’s four federal legislators, Rep. Bruce Poliquin stands out for avoiding taking positions. Compared to the other three and Gov. Paul LePage, Poliquin is the least candid about controversies. Poliquin’s surreptitious tendencies are seen with […]
None of this means that Trump can’t accomplish anything. But his presidency has been wounded.