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To the extent the divided American electorate can be said to agree on anything after Nov. 8, it would seem to be broad rejection of "trade deals" such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Both major-party candidates, Republican winner Donald … more
Gun control was a central tenet of Hillary Clinton's unsuccessful campaign for president, but it would be wrong to interpret the results of the Nov. 8 elections as a slam dunk for those opposed to sensible gun laws. Three states approved ballot … more
On Monday, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump spoke by phone about Syria and agreed on "the need to work together in the struggle against the No. 1 common enemy - international terrorism and extremism," according to a Kremlin statement. Hours later, … more
The spontaneous protests in Bennington and nationally against what some fear will happen with Donald Trump in the White House provides an encouraging estimate of how many Americans remain adamantly opposed to a return to the bad old days of overt … more
What would have happened if Alabama Gov. George Wallace had won the White House in 1968? We're about to find out. Wallace and Donald Trump have a lot in common, after all. Populists? Check. Bigots? Check. Loved by underemployed, angry … more
Those of us who didn't stay up all night glued to the screens of our various electronic devices, woke up to learn our next president will be Donald Trump. For many of us in Vermont and the Northeast, it was a shocking development - a man who told … more
The votes have been counted, the winners announced, and now it's time for a bit of Monday morning quarterbacking. In what many felt would be a tight race, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott defeated former Transportation Secretary Sue Minter in the contest for … more
It seems obvious that voter knowledge of how government actually works has fallen off precipitously over the past several decades. Knowledge of history? Well, let's not even go there. Perhaps more than almost anything else in this often … more
Phil Scott is the best choice for Vermont's next governor. While the economy has improved since the Great Recession, recovery has been long and difficult. Few small businesses owners tell us things are easy for them, especially when it comes to … more
Destructive and persistent, the epidemic of opioid addiction is also deeply ironic: Unlike previous drug scourges in U.S. history, this one spread via perfectly legal channels. Millions of people were introduced to addictive pain-killing medications … more
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