Articles by: James Burnett

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Merrill Auditorium, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Portland, Main (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Health care reform: Trump’s ticking time bomb

After President Trump’s joint-address to Congress—at which he gave a rough outline of a replacement for Obamacare—Trump told reporters, “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.” FiveThirtyEight’s Ben Casselman dryly noted that Trump’s remark drew “incredulous reactions from the approximately 100 percent of people who knew that health care could be so complicated.” Due to the scope of health […]

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Merrill Auditorium, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Portland, Main (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The role of journalism in the age of Trump

The year is 2016, and President elect Donald Trump appointed an anti-Semitic white nationalist to be the White House’s chief strategist and senior counselor. Steve Bannon’s previous job as executive chairman of the Breitbart News Network made it abundantly clear that he is unfit to serve in the White House cabinet. During his tenure at Breitbart, the Southern Poverty Law […]

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In embracing partisanship, WikiLeaks loses its integrity

In embracing partisanship, WikiLeaks loses its integrity

WikiLeaks was focused on accomplishing just a single goal—informing citizens through government transparency. In 2016, however, it is clear that WikiLeaks has lost sight of its original goal. How so? In the United States presidential election, WikiLeaks has worked with the Kremlin and President Putin to instigate a coordinated attack on the very foundation of the United States’ democratic institutions: […]

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Merrill Auditorium, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Portland, Main (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump didn’t stop the bleeding

The future remains bleak for Donald Trump. His performance at Washington University’s debate on Sunday night did nothing to steady the sinking ship of his campaign. After a tape was released of Donald Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women last Friday, numerous Republicans including New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte and Arizona Senator John McCain publicly withdrew their support for the […]

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Your essential guide to Maine’s 2016 ballot initiatives

Your essential guide to Maine’s 2016 ballot initiatives

With Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s  presidential campaigns dominating the news cycle, it is easy to forget that the president is just one of many choices voters will have to make on November 8. However, here in Maine, where citizen initiatives are relatively easy to get on the ballot, voters will decide on a wide range of topics. This year, […]

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A festival featuring Mumford & Sons drew a large crowd in 2012. Couresy of Friends of the Eastern Promenade.

Obama’s millenial legacy

As President Barack Obama rounds the final stretch of his presidential tenure, political scientists and historians are beginning to question the legacy he leaves behind. Much of this debate is focused on Obama’s most symbolic and controversial actions, such as his implementation of the Affordable Care Act and his expansion of executive power. While much ink is shed about these […]

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Clinton’s health not a concern

When video was released of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton stumbling after an abrupt exit from a 9/11 memorial service, political pundits were shocked by Trump’s measured response. “I hope she gets well soon,” Trump stated during a phone interview. However, just two days later at a campaign rally in Ohio, Trump was back to his usual self. “I don’t […]

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