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The calendar flips from summer to fall, and we move ever closer to the November election. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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The Environmental Protection Agency proposed Tuesday changes to the federal plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, but Rhode Island's governor says the new rule is "regressive."  


Elisabeth Harrison

The election season starts early next month with primaries in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Rhode Island Public Radio Political Analyst Scott MacKay takes this opportunity to consider New England’s history of restricting who can cast ballots. 

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Russia and Vladimir Putin loom large over U.S. politics these days, between allegations of collusion and election meddling. But what are Americans to make of Russia?

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler, says humans are contributing to climate change, contrary to what his predecessor said.  


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Thursday is the deadline for federal officials to reunite families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. For some children, whose parents are already deported, reunification won't happen right away.

Elisabeth Harrison

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-RI, in a blistering attack on President Donald Trump, called the president’s handling of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, “disgraceful.”

Said Reed, “At times, Trump sounded more like Putin’s press agent than president of the United States. Some of his comments could have come straight from a Russian disinformation operation. The propaganda, dissembling and denials fit right into Russia’s hybrid operations against us.”

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A Brown University national  public opinion survey shows that Democrats hold a nine-point advantage over Republicans  on a generic 2018 congressional ballot with President Donald Trump’s job approval rating at 37 percent.

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Tuesday upholding President Trump’s travel ban referenced a moment in American history with a Rhode Island connection.

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President Donald Trump has revoked a national policy that promotes ocean health. 


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Rhode Island’s U.S. Senators are taking aim at a new federal policy that separates children from families crossing into the country illegally. The issue already has sparked protests locally by immigrant and child-welfare advocates.

The policy, announced by the Trump administration in April, seeks criminal prosecution for adults crossing the border illegally. That would involve separating children from the adults

It's Memorial Day weekend, a time to reflect on the sacrifices of others while also looking to summer pleasures. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can reach me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Rhode Island Republican Chairman Brandon Bell joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of issues, including how local Republican candidates will be affected by President Trump, how the state's approach to economic growth should be different, and why his state Election Board complaint against Speaker Mattiello isn't over.

Chuck Hinman

After the 2016 presidential election, Rob Blair, an assistant professor of political science at Brown University, began teaching a new course. It's designed to answer one question: is our democracy failing? And it’s proven to be popular enough to go nationwide. Blair claims that this is not an anti-Trump course.

Only about two months remain until the filing deadline to run for public office in Rhode Island this year, so a more active phase of campaign season is approaching. With that in mind, thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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