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Senate panel approves Tillerson for secretary of state

By Karoun Demirjian and Sean Sullivan, The Washington Post on Jan. 23, 2017, at 6:59 p.m.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee split along party lines Monday to endorse Rex Tillerson as the country’s next secretary of state, setting up a confirmation vote in the full Senate that is all but guaranteed to succeed.

Trump reinstates global gag order on abortion

By Ellen Wulfhorst, Reuters on Jan. 23, 2017, at 6:57 p.m.
President Donald Trump on Monday reinstated a global gag rule that bans U.S.-funded groups around the world from discussing abortion, a move that was widely expected but nonetheless dismayed women’s rights advocates.
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Sen. Susan Collins

Collins unveils proposal to replace Obamacare

By Patty Wight, Maine Public on Jan. 23, 2017, at 6:21 p.m.
On Monday, Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins joined U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, to unveil their proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act.
The New Balance manufacturing facility can be seen in Norridgewock in November 2016 file photo.

Here’s what Trump spiking an Asia trade deal could mean for Maine

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 23, 2017, at 5:37 p.m.
In one of his first acts in office, President Donald Trump on Monday officially withdrew the United States from negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free-trade deal proposed by former President Barack Obama’s administration to lower tariffs and establish new industry standards between the United States and 11 other countries.
Under the proposed budget psychics like Pamela Loffredo at Leapin' Lizards in Portland might be taxed for their services.

Proposed tax on fortune telling? Psychics didn’t see it coming

By Kathleen Pierce on Jan. 23, 2017, at 2:02 p.m.
Psychics are paid to peer into the future, but few local clairvoyants saw this one in the tea leaves: Tucked into Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed budget is a 5.5 percent tax on psychic readings.
Russell Greenberg of Waltham, Massachusetts, collects signatures in West Market Square in Bangor.

York County casino question to appear on Maine’s 2017 ballot

By Michael Shepherd on Jan. 23, 2017, at 1:30 p.m.
A $4 million signature-gathering effort that took nearly a year to complete has succeeded, letting Maine voters decide in November whether to allow a controversial developer to open a new casino in York County.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins speaks to officials at the Aroostook County Action Program in Houlton, Nov. 1, 2016.

Sen. Collins, offering ACA replacement, calls Trump move ‘confusing’

By Susan Cornwell, Reuters on Jan. 23, 2017, at 12:18 p.m.
“We really don’t know yet what the impact will be,” she said, adding that it will be difficult to assess the impact until there is a new Cabinet secretary in place in charge of health.
President Donald Trump holds up the executive order on withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership after signing it as White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus stands at his side in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Jan. 23, 2017.

Trump signs order withdrawing US from Trans-Pacific trade deal

By Ylan Q. Mui, Washington Post on Jan. 23, 2017, at 12:08 p.m.
Trump began recasting America’s role in the global economy Monday, canceling an agreement for a sweeping trade deal with Asia as one of his first official White House actions.
A woman holds a sign at a rally and lobby day organized by the Maine Peoples Alliance at the State House in Augusta, Jan. 8, 2014.

Looming Obamacare repeal doesn’t stop Maine push to expand Medicaid

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 23, 2017, at 11:58 a.m.
Proponents of expanding Medicaid in Maine under the provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act will deliver more than 66,000 signatures to the secretary of state’s office Tuesday.
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt testifies before a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, Jan. 18, 2017.

Maine needs an EPA head who we can count on to keep our air and water clean

By Katie Magoun on Jan. 23, 2017, at 11:27 a.m.
From a bipartisan effort headed by Richard Nixon, the EPA was founded to protect human health and the environment for the good of current and future citizens.
President Donald Trump celebrates after inauguration ceremonies swearing him in as the 45th president of the United States on the West front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Jan. 20, 2017.

Trump to begin renegotiating NAFTA pact with Mexico, Canada

By Ayesha Rascoe, Reuters on Jan. 23, 2017, at 7:22 a.m.
President Donald Trump said Sunday he plans talks soon with the leaders of Canada and Mexico to begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The federal government forms for applying for health coverage are seen at a rally held by supporters of the Affordable Care Act, widely referred to as "Obamacare", outside the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center in Jackson, Mississippi, on Oct. 4, 2013.

With executive order, Trump tosses a ‘bomb’ into fragile health insurance markets

By Juliet Eilperin and Sean Sullivan, The Washington Post on Jan. 22, 2017, at 3:10 p.m.
President Donald Trump’s new executive order instructing federal agencies to grant relief to constituencies affected by the Affordable Care Act has begun to reverberate throughout the nation’s health care system, injecting further uncertainty into an already unsettled insurance landscape.
Thousands gather for the Women's March on Washington, D.C., ending at the White House on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.

US border agents turned away Canadians hoping to join the Women’s March

By Amanda Erickson, The Washington Post on Jan. 22, 2017, at 1:30 p.m.
The plan was simple. Montrealer Sasha Dyck and some friends would drive to Washington to join the Women’s March. But when the six Canadians and two French nationals reached the border, they ran into trouble.
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, speaks to the media at Trump Tower in New York, Nov. 16, 2016.

Trump won’t release his tax returns because people don’t care, top adviser says

By John Wagner, The Washington Post on Jan. 22, 2017, at 12:44 p.m.
“The White House response is that he’s not going to release his tax returns,” Kellyanne Conway, a senior aide to the president, said. “We litigated this all through the election.”
Bangor City Solicitor Norman Heitmann (right) and City Council member Sean Faircloth confer before a recent meeting.

Bangor council to weigh opposing any repeal of Obamacare

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 22, 2017, at 11:47 a.m.
The City Council will discuss on Monday opposing one of the Trump administration’s biggest goals — the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivers a statement while a television screen show a picture of President Donald Trump's inauguration at the press briefing room of the White House in Washington, Jan. 21, 2017.

Without citing evidence, Trump’s press secretary boasts about record inauguration turnout

By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton, Reuters on Jan. 22, 2017, at 8:55 a.m.
“This was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period. Both in person and around the globe,” the spokesman said.
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Ada Yentes-Quinn, 6, waves her sign in the air during the Women's March on Maine outside the Burton M. Cross building at the Maine State House in Augusta on Saturday. The national rally was in support of women's rights, civil liberties and protection of the planet.

Marchers flock to Maine cities to stand up to Trump

By Kathleen Pierce on Jan. 21, 2017, at 2:48 p.m.
A day after President Donald Trump took the oath of office, thousands of Mainers gathered to demonstrate that his vision of America is not theirs.
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Roy Nakamura of Brunswick is among a group of Mainers marching in Washington, D.C. "Maine is here," Anne Nakamura of Brunswick said.

Thousands of Mainers join national protest against Trump

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 21, 2017, at 12:50 p.m.
“My hope is that the incoming government will see this massive group of women uniting and see it as a sign that we are strong and will march forward.”
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence swears in James Mattis (left) to be Secretary of Defense in his ceremonial office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House in Washington, Jan. 20, 2017.

Senate confirms Mattis and Kelly to national security posts, but other Trump Cabinet nominees will wait

By Mike DeBonis and Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post on Jan. 21, 2017, at 11:25 a.m.
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President Donald Trump, flanked by Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (standing, left to right), Vice President Mike Pence and Staff Secretary Rob Porter welcomes reporters into the Oval Office for him to sign his first executive orders at the White House in Washington, Jan. 20, 2017.

Trump signs executive order that could gut Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate

By Ashley Parker and Amy Goldstein, Washington Post on Jan. 21, 2017, at 9:36 a.m.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order late Friday giving federal agencies broad powers to unwind regulations created under the Affordable Care Act, which might include enforcement of the penalty for people who fail to carry the health insurance that the law requires of most Americans.