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Everybody Outside:

on April 28, 2017, at 8 p.m.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

Sen. Libby wants to pull welfare from the political fray

on April 28, 2017, at 2:26 p.m.
So many discussions default to Republicans saying cut, cut, cut and Democrats saying hold on a second … we don’t really ever have an unbiased conversation about welfare. (Senator Nathan Libby)
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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in front of a painting of President Theodore Roosevelt during an event with Governors prior to the signing of an executive order on education at the White House in Washington, DC., April 26, 2017.

Trump’s presidency is teaching elites like me a lesson

By Danielle Allen, The Washington Post on April 28, 2017, at 10:10 a.m.
How can we open up a prospect of liberty and justice for all? And I mean “for all.”
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Good health is good for the economy. It’s time for Maine to expand Medicaid.

By Arthur Barry Adoff on April 27, 2017, at 9:04 a.m.
Medicaid expansion would be an opportunity to provide affordable health care for nearly 70,000 Mainers, including 3,000 veterans and many others who work low-wage jobs who aren’t offered coverage or who can’t afford it.
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An Atlantic salmon is seen at the Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery in East Orland.

Trump’s budget guts this program critical to the success of Maine’s coastal communities

By Parker Gassett on April 27, 2017, at 8:40 a.m.
Increasingly, our world, and indeed Maine, is driven by global technology, market forces, private interests and environmental consequences. Having programs that are able to navigate through these complexities, as exemplified by Sea Grant, is critical for the success of our communities and Maine’s way of life.
DANA MILBANK
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks during a rally against child poverty on April 9, 2017, in Los Angeles.

Apparently repealing Obamacare could violate international law

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on April 27, 2017, at 8:38 a.m.
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President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on April 20

The risks of the Trump administration hollowing out American leadership

By William Burns, The Washington Post on April 27, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
OpEd: At home, we have checks and balances that cushion the domestic consequences of such illusions. The wider world lacks those brakes.
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In Maine, alcohol is the most misused substance. The primary care office is an ideal place to talk about alcohol use and prevent it from becoming unsafe.

It’s time for physicians to ask patients about their drinking

By Labrini Nelligan, Mark Publicker, and Noah Nesin, Special to the Bangor Daily News on April 27, 2017, at 7:43 a.m.
In Maine, alcohol is the most misused substance.
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Conservative demonstrators and protesters against U.S. President Donald Trump fight during a Patriots Day Free Speech Rally in Berkeley, California, U.S., April 15, 2017.

When student protesters defeat their own cause

By Cass R. Sunstein, Bloomberg View on April 27, 2017, at 7:43 a.m.
OpEd: Student activists would do well to think much less about how to express their values and instead to focus insistently on a single question: If I succeed, how many people will I actually be helping?
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A malware lab is pictured inside the Microsoft Cybercrime Center in Redmond, Washington, Nov. 11, 2013.

Local police don’t go after most cybercriminals. We need better training.

By Nick Selby, The Washington Post on April 27, 2017, at 7:42 a.m.
We can’t win if we don’t fight. Right now, we’re not even fighting.
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There’s a certified 5K this weekend raising awareness of sexual violence

on April 26, 2017, at 8:26 p.m.
It’s in Waterville at Thomas college, it’s U.S. Track and Field certified, and there’s still time to sign up!
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A Canadian flag flies in front of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, March 22, 2017.

Is Canada really a true democracy?

By J.J. McCullough, The Washington Post on April 26, 2017, at 11:11 a.m.
From a Canadian perspective, the most striking thing about the supposed anti-democratic political reforms approved by Turkish voters last week was their familiarity.
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An aerial view of Harvard University Campus in 2013.

Harvard’s nondiscrimination hypocrisy

By Harry Lewis, The Washington Post on April 26, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
When should traditional liberal values be sacrificed to important but narrower ends? That is the question behind Harvard University’s effort to subordinate freedom of association and freedom of speech to a locally fashionable form of “nondiscrimination.”
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To fix Maine’s roads and bridges, we all need to have equal stakes in the outcome

By Andrew McLean on April 26, 2017, at 7:45 a.m.
We don’t drive on Democratic roads or Republican roads — we drive on Maine roads. Solving this problem is too important to let partisanship or narrow interests get in the way.
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Inmates are seen at Solano State Prison in Vacaville, California, on March 29, 2017.

The age of mass incarceration may actually be abating

By Charles Lane, The Washington Post on April 26, 2017, at 7:32 a.m.
OpEd: Among the many shameful legacies of racial discrimination and segregation in the United States is the fact that African-Americans make up a disproportionate share of both those who are victims of violent crimes and those who are incarcerated for committing them.
ORRIN HATCH
The snow-capped Henry Mountains rise from the Colorado Plateau with the canyons of Lake Powell in the foreground, in southern Utah on March 7, 2017. This is one of the views from the new Bears Ears National Monument, a 1.35-million-acre monument that President Barack Obama created shortly before leaving office.

It’s time to undo the federal land grab of Bears Ears

By Orrin G. Hatch, The Washington Post on April 25, 2017, at 12 p.m.
If you’ve never heard of Bears Ears, you will. If you don’t care, you should.
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Fighting the scourge of the social isolation of seniors

By Lenard W. Kaye on April 25, 2017, at 11:48 a.m.
Older adults residing in small towns and rural communities may be especially vulnerable to the dangers of isolated living.
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A young man looks out a cell window while serving a sentence for burglary in Waldo County.

We’re jailing way more people who’ve been convicted of exactly nothing

By Keith Humphreys, The Washington Post on April 25, 2017, at 8:41 a.m.
Jails are now overflowing with people who are awaiting trial. These individuals, who may be innocent, account for 95 percent of the growth in the jail population over the past 15 years.
KATHLEEN PARKER
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Republican U.S. President Donald Trump.

Donald Jong Un

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on April 25, 2017, at 8:16 a.m.
OpEd: Foreign leaders and local interlocutors, aka pundits, might as well take a vacation for the next few minutes until Donald Trump’s next foreign policy “strategy” surfaces from deep within his amygdala.
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A man drives his truck past shuttered storefronts on the main street of Buffalo, Oklahoma.

Want to rescue rural America? Bust monopolies.

By Lillian Salerno, The Washington Post on April 25, 2017, at 8:09 a.m.
OpEd: The government has the authority to ensure markets are once again open and competitive so that communities have a chance to shape their economic destinies. The question is whether we will recognize the error of our ways and put taking on monopolies high on the economic agenda.