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Defunding Planned Parenthood takes away women’s control of their economic futures

By James Myall on July 12, 2017, at 12:08 p.m.
If we’re going to grow Maine’s economy and ensure a more prosperous future for our state, we need to invest in public health care and protect access to Planned Parenthood.
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Donald Trump Jr. gives a television interview at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio U.S. July 19, 2016.

Sorry, Donald Trump Jr. is not a traitor

By Carlton F.W. Larson, The Washington Post on July 12, 2017, at 11:39 a.m.
The US Constitution limits the crime of treason to two specific offenses: levying war against the United States, and adhering to their enemies.
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Protesters rally outside a Harden County Republican party fundraiser where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is scheduled to speak in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, U.S., June 30, 2017.

The Senate health bill risks Mainers’ lives. But it’s a tragedy we can prevent.

By Jennifer Wriggins on July 12, 2017, at 9:45 a.m.
If the Senate bill passes, it will lead to more people dying. How can that be “better care” for the people of Maine? Perhaps a better name of the bill would be the “Bitter Care Reconciliation Act.”
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to the media about plans to repeal and replace Obamacare on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 27, 2017.

Why replacing Obamacare is so hard: It’s fundamentally conservative

By Craig Garthwaite, The Washington Post on July 12, 2017, at 9:19 a.m.
Government has a place in markets — especially health care.
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SNAP cuts make it harder for Maine families to put food on the table

By Kristen Miale on July 12, 2017, at 7:47 a.m.
Whether or not you spend time at a food pantry, we all have a part to play in lifting up our community.
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Donald Trump Jr. arrives at Trump Tower in New York City, Jan. 18, 2017.

The media’s mass hysteria over ‘collusion’ is out of control

By Ed Rogers, The Washington Post on July 12, 2017, at 6:32 a.m.
The media thinks they aren’t getting the truth and so they don’t have to deliver it either. It is a bad cycle that is not working for the White House or the media.
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Donald Trump Jr. gives a television interview at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio U.S. July 19, 2016.

The latest Russia revelations lay the groundwork for a conspiracy case

By Randall D. Eliason, The Washington Post on July 11, 2017, at 12:57 p.m.
For prosecutors trying to build that wall of circumstantial evidence, it provides a pretty solid foundation.
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President Donald Trump gives a public speech at Krasinski Square, in Warsaw, Poland July 6, 2017.

Trump’s behavior is the biggest threat to US national security

By Lawrence H. Summers, The Washington Post on July 11, 2017, at 10:54 a.m.
Confusing civility with comity is a grave mistake in human or international relations.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks at a Harden County Republican party fundraiser in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, June 30, 2017.

Republicans won’t stop fighting with each other

By Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg View on July 11, 2017, at 9:54 a.m.
The ruling Republicans are trying to defy Washington’s political gravity: pushing through massive health care and tax overhauls crafted largely in secret, on a partisan basis, brushing aside congressional expertise and overcoming the policy ignorance of President Donald Trump with products of dubious quality, at best.
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Mike Goodman, of Madison, Wisconsin, joins anti-Trump activists during a “March on McDonald’s” for an increase in the minimum wage, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., May 23, 2017.

High minimum wage has winners and losers

By Michael R. Strain, Bloomberg View on July 11, 2017, at 8:04 a.m.
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The Senate bill’s deep cuts to Medicaid would be devastating for my family

By Maeghan Swanson on July 11, 2017, at 7:51 a.m.
“Severe funding cuts will be devastating to more than 130,000 Maine children and families — including mine.”
KATHLEEN PARKER
President Donald Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda (not in picture) attend a media conference in Warsaw, Poland July 6, 2017.

The Trump-media tiff goes trans-Atlantic

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on July 11, 2017, at 7 a.m.
“If the media weren’t consciously trying to undercut the president’s authority while he was overseas, then unconsciously, they were doing a pretty good job. No wonder Trump voters hate us.”
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Trump is leaving our ship of state rudderless, and the seas ahead look rough

By Laurence Pope on July 10, 2017, at 11:38 a.m.
Americans have never liked diplomacy. The word was coined about 1800, and from the beginning, it has grated on American ears.
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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters about the Senate healthcare bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 29, 2017.

The media fundamentally misunderstands conservatives on health care

By Gary Abernathy, The Washington Post on July 10, 2017, at 9:52 a.m.
Conservatives are more dedicated to the principle of freedom than they are worried about the loss of government programs.
GWYNNE DYER
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un looks on during the test-fire of inter-continental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, July, 4 2017.

North Korea’s ICBM

By Gwynne Dyer on July 10, 2017, at 8:23 a.m.
“North Korea will probably get its nuclear deterrent in the end, and we will all learn to live with it.”
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Bruce Poliquin is not accessible to all his constituents

By Melissa Berky on July 09, 2017, at 10:40 a.m.
Poliquin does not publicly discuss his views on various issues before he votes.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts with scientists and technicians of the DPRK Academy of Defence Science after the test-launch of the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang July 5, 2017.

North Korea: The Rubicon is crossed

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on July 09, 2017, at 10:05 a.m.
Across 25 years and five administrations, we have kicked the North Korean can down the road. We are now out of road.
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We thought our daughter had escaped her pre-existing condition. We were wrong.

By Elizabeth L. Silver, The Washington Post on July 08, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.
The House of Representatives has made its decision, passing a bill that even President Donald Trump deemed “mean,” and the Senate is struggling, shamefully, to follow suit.
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BDN commenter posts some gospel truth

on July 07, 2017, at 6:11 p.m.
It’s so concise, it’s like political commentary haiku, and goodness knows I couldn’t express the sentiment any better!
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after briefing the U.S. House Intelligence Committee on his investigation of potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 20, 2017.

The Russia probe can’t be fired

By David E. Kendall, The Washington Post on July 07, 2017, at 10:22 a.m.
If Trump decides he wants to get rid of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III, he will find that a much more complicated task than dispatching a contestant on “The Apprentice.”