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EDITORIALS
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.
CONTRIBUTORS

Our love of soaring principles should not distract us from our moral duty in global conflicts

By Brian Milakovsky on Jan. 12, 2017, at 12:56 p.m.
America does not have it strictly “wrong” in any of these conflicts. But each demands of us that we grapple with their complexity and their true cost for Syrians, Yemenis and Ukrainians. Our love for stirring principles and inspiring narratives should not distract us from this moral responsibility.
LETTERS

Friday, Jan. 13, 2017: GOP starts new year wrong, Obamacare repeal harmful, stand up to Russia

on Jan. 12, 2017, at 10:11 a.m.
Letters for Friday, Jan. 13, 2017: GOP starts new year wrong, Obamacare repeal harmful, stand up to Russia
CONTRIBUTORS

How Trump could make Obama’s pivot to Asia a reality

By Josh Rogin, The Washington Post on Jan. 12, 2017, at 8:41 a.m.
OpEd: If Trump team members can follow through on their plans and avoid unnecessary crises, Trump may just finish the Asia pivot that Obama started.
CONTRIBUTORS
Home & Garden Television is the mac and cheese of cable -- video comfort food. Last year, HGTV was the third-most-watched cable network after ESPN and Fox News.

Why Americans long to live in an HGTV home

By Virginia Postrel, Bloomberg View on Jan. 12, 2017, at 8:15 a.m.
It’s an uncynical world, where anything that falls apart can be revived.
DANA MILBANK
A protester dressed as a Klansman disrupts the start of a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for U.S. Attorney General-nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 10, 2017.

A slim hope from Sessions

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on Jan. 12, 2017, at 8:05 a.m.
OpEd: Two men in white sheets and hoods stood on chairs in the Russell building caucus room seconds after Jeff Sessions entered the room for his confirmation hearing.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Trump press conference

on Jan. 12, 2017, at 5:58 a.m.
THE FROZEN CHOSEN

Power

on Jan. 11, 2017, at 2:43 p.m.
LETTERS

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017: Collins needs her moral compass, defy a Muslim registry, Trump the Manchurian candidate

on Jan. 11, 2017, at 12:22 p.m.
Letters for Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017: Collins needs her moral compass, defy a Muslim registry, Trump the Manchurian candidate
THE FROZEN CHOSEN

Introducing the Frozen Chosen to the BDN Maine blog network

on Jan. 11, 2017, at 12:12 p.m.
Introducing a new voice to the BDN Maine blog network.
EDITORIALS
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.
CONTRIBUTORS

My son was born with life-threatening birth defects. Obamacare is critical to his well-being.

By Alyce Ornella on Jan. 11, 2017, at 10:06 a.m.
OpEd: An unforeseen medical crisis can happen to anyone. We didn’t think it could happen to us, but when it did the Affordable Care Act was there to protect us from bankruptcy and immense medical debt. It would have been impossible to navigate my son’s medical issues without health insurance.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Trump – Putin

on Jan. 11, 2017, at 6:04 a.m.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

Does anyone have a moral compass the LePage administration could borrow?

on Jan. 10, 2017, at 10:01 p.m.
If Governor LePage and DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew think 40 percent of poverty is enough to cover basic family expenses and a healthcare plan for a parent, they really need one.
CONTRIBUTORS

Here’s how we can protect the environment in the Trump era

By Glen Brand on Jan. 10, 2017, at 1:18 p.m.
“I take strength from the fact that we successfully blocked George W. Bush’s dirty energy agenda.”
EDITORIALS
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.
LETTERS

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017: Forget draining the swamp, the corporate takeover of Washington, taxpayers pay for the simple life

on Jan. 10, 2017, at 11:05 a.m.
KATHLEEN PARKER
A woman walks past a mural of U.S. president-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belgrade, Serbia, December 4, 2016.

President-elect Trump: Russian agent? (No.)

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on Jan. 10, 2017, at 10 a.m.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Catch of the day

on Jan. 10, 2017, at 6:17 a.m.
FROM BELOW AND TO THE LEFT

We Can Defeat Trump: Here’s How

on Jan. 09, 2017, at 6:02 p.m.