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CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
Former President of the United States Barack Obama and United States President Donald Trump walk down the east front steps of the Capitol Building after Trump is sworn in at the 58th Presidential Inauguration on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017.

Revolt of the attorneys general

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on March 05, 2017, at 12:22 p.m.
Among the many unintended legacies of Barack Obama, one has gone largely unnoticed: the emergence of a novel form of resistance to executive overreach, a check-and-balance improvised in reaction to his various presidential power grabs.
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Planned Parenthood was there for me, and I want to do everything I can to make sure it is there for my children and my grandchildren.

Planned Parenthood saved my life. I want to protect it for my children, grandchildren.

By Diana Turner on March 05, 2017, at 9:49 a.m.
Planned Parenthood was there for me, and I want to do everything I can to make sure it is there for my children and my grandchildren.
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Nothing augurs spring like the heavenly, amber bottles of maple syrup

By Todd R. Nelson on March 05, 2017, at 9:45 a.m.
Cold nights and warm days. The forest is speaking to us in sugar.
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Lessons from the Camden Conference on the global refugee crisis

By Ron Bancroft on March 05, 2017, at 9:45 a.m.
The 30th Camden Conference once again showed the uncanny knack conference organizers have for selecting a topic, a year in advance, that turns out to be front and center in global consciousness by the time we all get to Camden.
A World War II poster titled, "Appreciate America Stop the Fifth Column."

America has not always been as welcoming to refugees as we think

By Allen Wells, The Conversation on March 03, 2017, at 6:29 a.m.
While America often has welcomed immigrants to its shores, there have been moments in our past when our doors have slammed shut on those most in need.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

Does Commissioner Mayhew understand the concept of recovery?

on March 02, 2017, at 10:45 p.m.
Cutting access without first understanding the how’s and why’s of what works in conjunction with what other things or the how’s and why’s of what’s not working for whom isn’t helpful.
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Legislative tampering with minimum wage ignores the will of Maine voters

By John March on March 02, 2017, at 10:54 a.m.
OpEd: The Legislature’s duty is to listen, wait, and watch. If necessary, there will be time to tamper next year or the year after. But if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
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Congressional leaders, under the little-used Congressional Review Act, are trying to roll back the methane waste rule, which limits the venting and flaring of methane on public land oil and gas production. But this rule makes good economic sense.

Methane waste rule drives efficiency, fights climate change. That makes good economic sense.

By Julie Fox Gorte on March 02, 2017, at 8:19 a.m.
OpEd: As an investor and as a parent, I want my children to inherit a thriving economy and a safer environment.
DANA MILBANK
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence looks on following President Trump's speech before Congress.

The most important word Trump didn’t say in his speech

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on March 02, 2017, at 7:35 a.m.
Trump uttered some 5,000 words and spoke for 60 minutes, but not one of those words was “Russia,” and not one of those minutes was devoted to the so-far successful effort by our geopolitical adversary to undermine American democracy.
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Now isn’t the time for Maine to erect a barrier to nutritious food for mothers, babies

By Eileen Delaney on March 01, 2017, at 2:44 p.m.
It is deeply unfortunate that our state is ignoring data and evidence in favor of unproven strategies to prevent fraud and misuse that will only serve as a barrier to nutritious food for mothers and babies.
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Don’t use my name, but here’s a scoop: Trump loves leaks (some of them)

By Margaret Sullivan, The Washington Post on March 01, 2017, at 12:11 p.m.
President Donald Trump and his aides despise and condemn anonymous leaks to reporters. Except, of course, when they are the ones doing the leaking.
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Congress’ reckless attack on regulations is a perversion of the legislative process

By Jonathan Wood and Rebecca Boulos on March 01, 2017, at 9:56 a.m.
How is it that Congress completely erased a U.S. Department of the Interior rule aimed at protecting streams and wildlife from mining waste? And how is it that the mechanism used by Congress has made it impossible for any similar agency rule to ever be created in the future? The answer is the Congressional Review Act.
HEATHER DENKMIRE
Donald Trump delivers a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington on April 27, 2016.

It might feel like a war in Trump’s America, but life goes on

By Heather Denkmire on Feb. 28, 2017, at 12:06 p.m.
The sociopolitical realities of the Trump administration is a very or somewhat significant source of stress, say 57 percent of Americans.
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Margaret Chase Smith put the country before her party. It’s time for Collins to stand up, too.

By Diane Russell on Feb. 28, 2017, at 8:37 a.m.
Like U.S. Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is confronted with an executive in her party who is actively working to undermine core American values. Like Smith, Collins has a choice.
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Caryle Janicki a special education teacher at the new Central Community Elementary School talks to 3-year-old Noah Werenko to help him find the pre-kindergarten classroom on the first day of school in Corinth, Aug. 31, 2016.

Maine must resist the policy temptations that would undermine our public schools

By Flynn Ross on Feb. 28, 2017, at 7:38 a.m.
Mainers know the value of a good education and support our public schools.
KATHLEEN PARKER
White House Communications Director Sean Spicer holds the daily briefing at the White House, Washington, Feb. 27, 2017.

Adjectively speaking

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on Feb. 28, 2017, at 7:07 a.m.
OpEd: White House press secretary Sean Spicer might owe Melissa McCarthy a thank-you note.
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People participate in a protest march calling for human rights and dignity for immigrants, in Los Angeles, Feb. 18, 2017.

Trump’s immigration order is a disaster in the making

By Janet Murguia, The Washington Post on Feb. 28, 2017, at 6:48 a.m.
OpEd: Some of the darkest chapters in U.S. history have involved forcibly relocating minority populations.
GARRISON KEILLOR
U.S. President Donald Trump, flanked by business leaders, speaks before signing an executive order establishing regulatory reform officers and task forces in US agencies in the Oval Office of the White House on Feb. 24, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

Trumpology is your old uncle with better lighting

By Garrison Keillor, The Washington Post on Feb. 28, 2017, at 6:04 a.m.
You watch the man do his routine, and the eyes look dead, the face is slack.
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Congratulations on your balanced DHHS budget, Commissioner Mayhew

on Feb. 27, 2017, at 6:13 p.m.
The only problem is, there’s more to being in charge of the best interests of the citizens of a state than just cash pools and balanced books in one department.
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Gorsuch’s conservative views represent a threat to women’s reproductive rights

By Andrea Irwin, Ruth Lockhart and Sharon Barker on Feb. 27, 2017, at 10:07 a.m.
It is unconscionable for a billionaire CEO to impose his personal, scientifically inaccurate belief that birth control causes abortion on others.