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Marie McMonagle (center) and her daughter Heather (right) stand amidst other protesters outside the Bangor International Airport on Sunday in opposition to President Donald Trump's order to restrict people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

The Trump administration’s weekend of affronts to America

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 30, 2017, at 12:08 p.m.
Many refugees are fleeing murderous regimes and ISIS.
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People vote at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Nov. 8, 2016.

Voter fraud investigations have already happened. They don’t support Trump’s assertions.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 28, 2017, at 9:47 a.m.
People who purport to have evidence of election fraud, such as Trump and Gov. Paul LePage, confuse voter lists with actual voter fraud.
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Sen. Susan Collins has co-authored a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Collins’ Obamacare replacement is a mixed bag, but at least it’s a starting point.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 27, 2017, at 9:13 a.m.
Sens. Collins and Cassidy have opened the door to bipartisan discussions of what an ACA replacement plan could look like.
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People gather at Hallgrims church to celebrate the New Year in Reykjavik, Iceland, January 1, 2017.

What Iceland can teach Maine about preventing teen substance use

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 26, 2017, at 1 p.m.
Encouraging kids to get involved in extracurricular activities and strengthening ties between parents, schools and kids, can go a long way.
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Downtown Bangor at sunset

Changing time zone would further isolate Maine from rest of the United States

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 25, 2017, at 12:28 p.m.
Of course, it would be nice to have the sun set later in the day during the long Maine winter. But tinkering with the clock won’t solve this problem.
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The empty waiting room at Bangor Public Health and Community Services, where WIC recipients have their appointments.

LePage administration responds to story about infant nutrition program with distortion

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 24, 2017, at 11:03 a.m.
Editorial: Both Mary Mayhew and Gov. Paul LePage are trying to discredit the story with false information.
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Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivers a statement while television screen show a picture of U.S. President Donald Trump's inauguration at the press briefing room of the White House in Washington U.S., Jan. 21, 2017.

There are not ‘alternative facts,’ just truth and lies

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 23, 2017, at 12:39 p.m.
Editorial: Lies, especially if they are repeated often enough, become very hard to refute. All Americans, not just journalists, must be on guard against accepting a Trumpian version of reality while we can still separate facts from “alternatives facts.”
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Atlantic cod that were caught as part of a research survey can be seen in this 2014 file photo.

Scientists, fishermen can set the stage for a new way to protect the Gulf of Maine

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 21, 2017, at 1:53 p.m.
Some fishermen say scientists have long underestimated the size of the cod population.
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Josephine Jordan, 3, peers out from the doorway leading to her family's front hall after coming down from the upstairs to investigate the sound of visitors.

Refugees can help small, shrinking towns in Maine, but they need support

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 20, 2017, at 12:33 p.m.
To better ensure success for future refugee families, more coordination and support is needed to help them make the enormous transition from life in a refugee camp to life in small town Maine.
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President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, Jan. 11, 2017.

Trump wants to be ‘president for all Americans.’ He has a lot of work to do.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 19, 2017, at 12:18 p.m.
Editorial: We would like to tell all Americans that they must respect and honor their new president, but Trump — through words and actions — has yet to earn that respect.
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Local residents protested repeal of the Affordable Care Act in Dover-Foxcroft on Sunday.

Nonpartisan analysis reaffirms why repealing Obamacare is a bad idea

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 18, 2017, at 2:27 p.m.
Any doubts that repealing the core elements of the Affordable Care Act would have dire consequences for millions of Americans were laid to rest this week by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
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A sign at the reception desk at Bangor Public Health and Community Services, where WIC recipients have their appointments.

By insisting on photo IDs in infant nutrition program, LePage administration is thwarting its own goals

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 17, 2017, at 1:18 p.m.
Rather than make a federally required change that could make public assistance accessible to more people, the LePage administration has dug in its heels.
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's pick as head of the Environmental Protectional Agency, meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., January 6, 2017.

Scott Pruitt is too far outside the range of acceptable cabinet nominees

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 16, 2017, at 1:33 p.m.
Pruitt is so hostile to the EPA’s core mission that putting him in charge would move the United States dangerously backwards.
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Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledges the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial for his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington, D.C., Aug. 28, 1963.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 15, 2017, at 2:04 p.m.
As we mark the 88th birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., we should take a step away from our divisive politics and recall his defining speech delivered in Washington, D.C., Aug. 28, 1963.
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Officer Lori Marks demonstrates video visitation at the York County Jail.

Videoconferencing is no replacement for in-person visits for jail inmates

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 13, 2017, at 7:01 a.m.
Allowing Maine jail inmates to interact with their families via video conferencing can be a great benefit. Using videos in place of in-person visits, however, is detrimental.
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Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi speak following a meeting with U.S.President Barack Obama on congressional Republicans' effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 4, 2017.

There’s a reasonable course of action on health care. Then, there’s the Republican agenda.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 12, 2017, at 1:52 p.m.
With an early morning vote in the Senate on Thursday, Republicans are moving ahead with a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. This puts Congress on the dangerous and inhumane path of ending health insurance coverage for millions of Americans.
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Before you forgo ever buying another flannel shirt from the retailer, you might first consider that in 2015 L.L. Bean employed more than 5,000 year-round workers, many of them in Maine.

Want to punish Donald Trump? Boycotting L.L. Bean won’t help.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 11, 2017, at 11:32 a.m.
Spend your money where you wish; just make sure you understand the potential effect.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (left) meets with President-elect Donald Trump's Homeland Security Secretary nominee John Kelly at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 5.

Mitch McConnell should follow his own 8 standards for vetting cabinet nominees

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 10, 2017, at 12:26 p.m.
McConnell, a classic hypocrite, is wavering on the principles to which he was supposedly committed eight years ago.
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The Department of Homeland Security has said Maine driver’s licenses will not valid identification to board airplanes beginning next year unless Maine takes more steps to comply with Real ID.

Maine should move along with Real ID, even though the program is deeply flawed

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 09, 2017, at 12:59 p.m.
if Maine does not move toward compliant licenses, residents could be barred from flights and military bases, including their health clinics.
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A row of lockers can be seen at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast in this September 2016 file photo.

The education push everyone knows Maine needs

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 07, 2017, at 10 a.m.
If Maine wants to prosper and grow, it needs to reduce that gap between rich and poor.