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"I was there," U.S. Army veteran Rob Jones, 23, of Brewer said when Iraq was mentioned in the presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

Scrooge McDuck versus mac and cheese? Mainers react to presidential debate.

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 26, 2016, at 11:08 p.m.
Mainers’ reactions to Monday’s showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump drew reactions ranging from the serious to the surreal to the incredulous.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens during their first debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump spar in first presidential debate

By David A. Fahrenthold, Jose A. DelReal and Abby Phillip, Washington Post on Sept. 26, 2016, at 10:57 p.m.
The first presidential debate of the general election campaign turned unusually contentious in its first half-hour, with Trump repeatedly interrupting Clinton, and Clinton telling Trump, “Donald, I know you live in your own reality.”

Why are presidential debates moderated by journalists?

By Callum Borchers, The Washington Post on Sept. 26, 2016, at 8:40 p.m.
A couple weeks ago, Donald Trump wondered why presidential debates include moderators. “I think we should have a debate with no moderators – just Hillary and I sitting there, talking,” he said on CNBC.

Debates to help half of voters decide between Clinton, Trump, poll finds

By Ginger Gibson, Reuters on Sept. 26, 2016, at 7:07 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Half of America’s likely voters will rely on the presidential debates to help them make their choice between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 election, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Monday. The results show the stakes for the White House rivals as …

Pipeline fight hangs over White House tribal summit

By Valerie Volcovici and Julia Harte, Reuters on Sept. 26, 2016, at 4:03 p.m.
The Obama administration will soon ask federal agencies to require that Native American treaty rights be considered in decision-making on natural resource projects, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said on Monday, hoping to avoid future conflicts with tribes such as the current Dakota Access pipeline dispute.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage’s drug arrest photo binder undermines 90% black, Hispanic claim

on Sept. 26, 2016, at 12:57 p.m.
More than half of the photographs filling a binder that Gov. Paul LePage cited as supporting a claim that upward of 90 percent of suspects arrested in Maine on opiate-trafficking charges are out-of-state “black and Hispanic people” are instead of white drug defendants. The Republican governor’s office released the 148-page file on Monday after public access requests …
STATE & CAPITOL

New poll shows solid leads for Poliquin, Trump in Maine’s 2nd District

on Sept. 26, 2016, at 9:31 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where there are new Maine-centric poll numbers to peruse thanks to the University of New Hampshire Survey Center and the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. In the presidential race, which is on everyone’s mind today with the first 90-minute debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump …
Caleb Kleppner of election consultant TrueBallot Inc. uses an overhead projector to illustrate how Portland residents would vote at the polls for mayor in 2011.

In tight elections decided by ranked-choice voting, winners might not be known for weeks

By Michael Shepherd on Sept. 26, 2016, at 7:20 a.m.
Question 5 on Maine’s November ballot won’t change the way the state votes in most elections, but in a close race with more than two candidates, it could take weeks to find out who won.

Trump, Netanyahu discuss border fence, status of Jerusalem

By Ben Brody, Bloomberg News on Sept. 26, 2016, at 7:14 a.m.
Donald Trump “discussed at length Israel’s successful experience with a security fence that helped secure its borders” during a meeting Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump’s campaign said.
Hostra University students playing the roles of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and moderator go through a rehearsal for the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, Sept. 25, 2016.

Debates don’t often change presidential races but 2016 could defy history

By Dan Balz, The Washington Post on Sept. 25, 2016, at 2:53 p.m.
Monday’s debate is the most anticipated event of a presidential campaign filled with remarkable and revolting moments. But if the debate season changes the trajectory of the race, it will be a surprise.
VIDEO
Author Stephen King speaks at a news conference to introduce the new Amazon Kindle 2 in New York, Feb. 9, 2009.

Master of horror fiction Stephen King scared to death of Trump presidency

By Peter Holley, Washington Post on Sept. 25, 2016, at 12:46 p.m.
If there’s one man who would seem immune to fear, it’s Stephen King but even the 69-year-old horror novel master still gets spooked.
RETHINKING EDUCATION

National obsession with teacher evaluations is not the answer

on Sept. 25, 2016, at 11:55 a.m.
I came to a realization this week that stopped me dead in my tracks: many outstanding teachers in our public schools suffer daily from deep feelings of inadequacy because they think they are failures at their jobs. I thought about what we all know about children and their learning – …

Gennifer Flowers won’t attend first presidential debate

By Reuters on Sept. 25, 2016, at 11:26 a.m.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Saturday that he was considering inviting Flowers to attend after Hillary Clinton’s campaign had invited Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
Mark Holbrook of Brunswick, 2016 Republican nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives, Maine's 1st Congressional District

Underdog in Maine’s 1st District follows campaign trail blazed by LePage, Trump

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 25, 2016, at 7 a.m.
With the chips stacked against him in his challenge of fourth-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, Republican Mark Holbrook is convinced there are factors lurking outside conventional wisdom that will lead to his victory.
CONTRIBUTORS

When it comes to election reform, ranked-choice voting a poor method to empower voters

By Gordon Weil on Sept. 24, 2016, at 7:41 a.m.
There are at least four other ways of dealing with plurality elections. They are less unusual, less complicated and more transparent. They are all less costly. And they are less dangerous to real democracy.

Most Clinton emails to be released after election, report says

By Reuters on Sept. 23, 2016, at 8:15 p.m.
Most of the emails the FBI recovered during its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email system while secretary of state will not be made available until after the Nov. 8 presidential election under a timetable set by a judge on Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Obama vetoes Sept. 11 Saudi bill, setting up showdown with Congress

By Patricia Zengerle and Roberta Rampton, Reuters on Sept. 23, 2016, at 8:15 p.m.
President Barack Obama on Friday vetoed legislation allowing families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, which could prompt Congress to overturn his decision with a rare veto override, the first of his presidency.

Long a rival, Ted Cruz endorses Trump

By Steve Holland, Reuters on Sept. 23, 2016, at 8:13 p.m.
In an abrupt shift, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz endorsed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Friday, saying he is the only candidate who can stop Democrat Hillary Clinton from winning the White House on Nov. 8.
Suboxone strips sit on the shelf at Community Pharmacies in Gorham in this March 2015 file photo.

Maine joins suit against anti-addiction drug maker, months after company got a business boon

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 23, 2016, at 3:49 p.m.
Maine and 35 other states on Friday sued the maker of the opioid addiction treatment medication Suboxone.
Sen. Susan Collins

The yeas and nays: How Maine’s congressional representatives voted this week

By Targeted News Service on Sept. 23, 2016, at 2:42 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week. Along with roll call votes this week, the House also passed the GAO Mandates Revision Act, to eliminate or modify certain mandates of the Government Accountability Office; passed the Stability and Democracy for Ukraine …