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For your Fourth of July weekend reading, my take in Politico Magazine on our Disunited States:
A century and a half ago this weekend, hundreds of thousands of white Americans in the lowland South did something unprecedented in their lifetimes: They declined to commemorate the Fourth of July. On July 4, 1865, newly freed African-Americans and an occupying army were celebrating the Fourth as a triumph of Revolutionary principles beneath the federal...
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My Politico Magazine piece on Hungary's abandonment of liberal democracy is now up at Politico-Europe:
Hungary's Viktor Orbán is making good on his promise to build an “illiberal state.”
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I was back in Hungary recently, where the prime minister seeks to construct an "illiberal democracy." Here's my take in Politico Magazine:
Last month at the European Union summit in Riga, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker dispensed with diplomatic protocol to greet Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán with a puckish, “Hello, dictator!”—an open handed salute, and a slap on the cheek. It was all in good fun for Juncker, the longtime prime minister...
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On the blog: in Maine this week, tensions between the state and Indian tribes reached a breaking point.
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Thanks to Library Journal for some backlist love for The Republic of Pirates in this fresh round-up of pirate books:
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Part 4 of Pete Saunders' ongoing American Nations-powered series on the "five midwests" takes up the Heartland: 
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As US Ambassador to Hungary from 2010-2013, Eleni Kounalakis had a front row seat for that country's about face march away from liberal democracy. Her memoir of those days are out, and I've reviewed it for this Sunday's Washington Post:
Eleni Kounalakis, former U.S. ambassador to Hungary, reports on the once-promising democracy.
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A tribal effort to hold a statewide referendum to allow printing of a suppressed portion of the Maine constitution has failed over possible cost of the ballot measure:
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I don't pay taxes on Maine so it's not my money, but it boggles the mind that part of the state constitution is "secret." 
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Maine's constitution forbids publishing the section dealing with treaty obligations to the tribes. A bill before the legislature this week would seek to change that via constitutional amendment referendum question this fall.
Publication of the redacted passages, many involving the state's treaty obligations to its Indian tribes, has been banned for 139 years.
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Pleased that the Skidompha Library in Damariscotta, Maine has chosen The Lobster Coast​ as this year's community read.
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On the blog, ICYMI, Gov. LePage slams door on cooperating with Maine tribes.
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Pete Saunders' American Nations-driven analysis of the "Five Midwests" concludes with Part III:
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