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KATHLEEN TURNER
U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions sits with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York on Oct. 7, 2016. Sessions has been nominated to serve as U.S. attorney general, but his past hostility to women’s rights raises questions about whether he is fit to fill the role as the nation’s chief attorney.

Why Sen. Collins should be concerned about Jeff Sessions’ hostility to women’s rights

By Kathleen Turner on Jan. 09, 2017, at 1:21 p.m.
There’s no end to the list of reasons why Sessions is the wrong choice for U.S. attorney general.
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In Maine county jails, video visits deny vital connection between inmates and their families

By Joelle Bouchard on Jan. 09, 2017, at 9:07 a.m.
When family goes to visit a loved one in a county jail, they likely won’t be brought into a room where they can share a hug or gentle touch.
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President-elect Donald Trump is seen at a campaign rally at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Oct. 15, 2016.

Cicero used to be boring. With Trump around, he’s breathtaking.

By Danielle Allen, The Washington Post on Jan. 09, 2017, at 8:23 a.m.
Cicero’s goal was recovery of the Roman republic. He failed.
GWYNNE DYER
Gabon President Ali Bongo is interviewed in Libreville, Gabon, September 24, 2016.

How to win an African election

By Gwynne Dyer on Jan. 09, 2017, at 7:24 a.m.
You might just stuff the ballot boxes and have the army shoot anybody who objects.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a newly built Pyongyang bag factory in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency, Jan. 5, 2017.

North Korea is a Cold War relic, present day threat

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on Jan. 08, 2017, at 1:57 p.m.
You can kick the can down the road, but when Kim Jong Un announces, as he did last Sunday, that “we have reached the final stage in preparations to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic rocket,” you are reaching the end of that road.
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Dismantling Obamacare would be a nightmare for Maine families

By Emily Brostek on Jan. 08, 2017, at 10:08 a.m.
Repealing the Affordable Care Act is more than irresponsible. We know what’s at stake.
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Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are sworn in on the House floor on the first day of the new session of Congress.

Why GOP move to gut ethics office starts 2017 on the wrong foot

By Jonathan Bernstein, Bloomberg View on Jan. 08, 2017, at 9:57 a.m.
Did the House Republicans already suffer their first defeat of 2017? Or is their retreat only tactical and temporary?
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U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions arrives at the lobby of Trump Tower in New York on Nov. 14, 2016. Sessions has been nominated to be U.S. attorney general. He has touted himself as a civil rights champion, but the facts of his career tell a different story.

Jeff Sessions want us to believe he’s a civil rights champion. He isn’t.

By J. Gerald Hebert, Joseph D. Rich and William Yeomans, The Washington Post on Jan. 07, 2017, at 8 a.m.
OpEd: Attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions is trying to mislead his Senate colleagues and the country into believing he is a champion for civil rights. We are former Justice Department civil rights lawyers who worked on the civil rights cases that Sessions cites as evidence for this claim, so we know.
The U.S. population over the last year grew at the slowest pace since the Great Depression. And that has some economist worried that this slowdown could put a damper on future economic growth.

Why we need to make America mate again

By Stephen Mihm, Bloomberg View on Jan. 07, 2017, at 8 a.m.
Shortly before Christmas, the U.S. Census Bureau put some coal in the nation’s holiday stocking.
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I went to Mexico to teach educators and gained new perspective on my work in Maine

By Cherrie MacInnes on Jan. 06, 2017, at 8:02 a.m.
OpEd: With knowledge of the complaints we hear about our educational system and the day-to-day struggles that teachers face, I was reminded of just how fortunate I am to be living and teaching in the United States.
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Tesla vehicles are being assembled by robots at Tesla Motors Inc. factory in Fremont, California, in this July 2016 file photo.

Why Ford’s bowing to Trump should concern us about rising automation

By Mark Gilbert, Bloomberg View on Jan. 06, 2017, at 8:02 a.m.
The acceleration in the production of industrial robots in recent years suggests it’s not just workers in car factories who should fear the rise of the robots.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

How I learned I am a substandard human being

on Jan. 05, 2017, at 11:36 p.m.
All it took was a sufficient number of mental health professionals and policy-makers explaining why it was okay that so many mentally ill people are landing in jails and homeless shelters and other unnecessary states of crisis.
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Marijuana legalization goes into effect on Jan. 30. But lawmakers should pass a moratorium on commercial marijuana operations to ensure the health and safety of Mainers is protected.

A retail marijuana moratorium is necessary to defend public health

By Scott Gagnon on Jan. 05, 2017, at 1:41 p.m.
OpEd: Let’s provide the time and breathing room necessary to make smart policy decisions informed by data and science that will serve to protect the health, safety and interests of Mainers. The Legislature must pass a one-year moratorium on commercial marijuana operations.
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LePage’s tax breaks for the wealthy will undermine Maine’s economy

By Sarah Austin on Jan. 05, 2017, at 10:51 a.m.
OpEd: Rebuilding Maine’s economy demands leadership from legislators to blaze a path forward for a strong, vibrant Maine economy.
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President-elect Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the Mar-a-lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.

Here’s a tax deal that Trump’s ego can’t refuse

By Steven Pearlstein, The Washington Post on Jan. 05, 2017, at 9:36 a.m.
OpEd: The art of dealing with Trump is to offer him a deal his ego can’t refuse. It’s not a whole lot more complicated than that.
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Several hundred supporters from the Moral Monday group protest the North Carolina bathroom bill in Raleigh, North Carolina. If ever there were a moment for the left to seize the mantle of religion from conservatives, surely it arrives at noon Jan. 20.

It’s now or never for rising religious left

By Francis Wilkinson, Bloomberg View on Jan. 05, 2017, at 9:19 a.m.
OpEd: The religious left is the Sasquatch of American politics. It leaves footprints in the snow, but recent sightings of the creature are rare and not always credible.
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The Trump people are taking over NASA, and it’s hard to predict how this will play out for the agency’s human spaceflight program. That’s in part because the usual rules of partisanship and ideology don’t apply in outer space.

How Trump could really disrupt NASA and the space program

By Joel Achenbach, The Washington Post on Jan. 05, 2017, at 8:37 a.m.
The president-elect hasn’t said much about space, and space wasn’t an issue in his campaign, either.
DANA MILBANK
U.S. Vice President-elect Mike Pence (2nd L) joins House Republicans, including Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) (2nd R), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (R) and Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) (L), to speak to reporters after meeting with the Republican House caucus at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Jan. 4, 2017.

Trump opponents find an ally: Republican incompetence

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on Jan. 05, 2017, at 8:36 a.m.
OpEd: Doesn’t anybody here know how to work this thing?
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Why privatizing mental health services won’t help patients in state care

By Lisa Cromwell on Jan. 04, 2017, at 10:41 a.m.
OpEd: Staff, patients, family and advocates have a lot of questions about this new facility, and the department has yet to answer them.
HEATHER DENKMIRE
Heather Denkmire

Why I shouldn’t hide the truth about Trump from my daughters

By Heather Denkmire on Jan. 04, 2017, at 9:23 a.m.
The election of Donald Trump has magnified and amplified some of the ugliest truths about our country. As a mother, how do I support my children while remaining honest about the terrifying times we are experiencing?