Middle River Dispatches is a gumbo of posts about fly-fishing, conservation, politics and days afield.

Power play: How outdoor retailers are positioned as a political, economic and social force for change

As the heavy-weight Outdoor Retailer trade shows pack for a new base camp in Colorado, the outdoor industry is wielding a newfound power.

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Why Congressman Don Beyer hikes the A.T.

This Virginia representative says his love of the outdoors drives many of his policy decisions in the House.

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Opinion | Oh, Wait. Maybe It Was Collusion.

Russian intelligence may have been trying to recruit allies within the Trump campaign to influence the election — and our government.

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Top EPA official resigns over direction of agency under Trump | TheHill

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Don’t Believe the Lies. Sportsmen Remain United on Conservation Issues

When it comes to the outdoors, Americans agree on the core issues

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Is The New York Times vs. The Washington Post vs. Trump the Last Great Newspaper War? | Vanity Fair

Breaking story after story, two great American newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post, are resurgent, with record readerships. One has greater global reach and fifth-generation family ownership; the other has Jeff Bezos as its deep-pocketed proprietor and a technological advantage. Both, however, still face an existential foe.

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Opinion | Who Ate Republicans’ Brains?

Four decades of intellectual and moral deterioration.

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Opinion | President Trump’s Really Weak Week

What Trump learned from George Steinbrenner: Bullies rule, so pick on your top guys in public until they’re in tatters, and then fire them.

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Opinion | Trump’s iceberg looms

A few Trump loyalists may wait for the last lifeboat, but it’s only a matter of time before this administration capsizes.

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Trump Tries to Regroup as the West Wing Battles Itself

President Trump faces hurdles after a staff shake-up and rising defiance by his own party.

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