Politics

 
President Donald Trump delivers remarks to U.S. troops at the Naval Air Station Sigonella before returning to Washington, D.C., at Sigonella Air Force Base in Sigonella, Sicily, Italy, May 27, 2017.

Trump lashes out at media after ducking press questions on trip

By Craig Gordon and Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg on May 28, 2017, at 2:55 p.m.
President Donald Trump lashed out at the “fake news” media in a series of Twitter messages on Sunday after wrapping up his first foreign trip as president without once holding a news conference.
President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pose during a family phto at the Greek Theatre during a G7 summit in Taormina, Sicily, Italy, May 26, 2017.

Following Trump’s trip, Merkel says Europe can’t rely on US anymore

By Michael Birnbaum and Rick Noack, The Washington Post on May 28, 2017, at 2:13 p.m.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared a new chapter in U.S.-European relations after contentious meetings with President Donald Trump last week, saying that Europe “really must take our fate into our own hands.”

Secretary, Washington County Democratic Committee

By Nancy Beal on May 27, 2017, at 5:14 p.m.
POLL QUESTION
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage proposes eliminating funding for Civil Rights Team Project

By Beth Brogan on May 27, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills on Friday decried Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to eliminate funding through the attorney general’s office for a project that supports civil rights teams in Maine schools.
White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner

Russia diplomat: Kushner sought secret channel

By Ellen Nakashima, Adam Entous and Greg Miller, Washington Post on May 26, 2017, at 9:08 p.m.
Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Donald Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin.
U.S. President Donald Trump

Trump’s views on climate are ‘evolving,’ aide says

By Philip Rucker, Washington Post on May 26, 2017, at 7:54 p.m.
Trump is considering remaining in the 2015 Paris environmental accord, a decision that would be a striking turnabout for a president who has routinely labeled climate change a “hoax.”
John Boehner, former Speaker of the House

Boehner unloads on Trump: A ‘complete disaster’

By Mike DeBonis, Washington Post on May 26, 2017, at 7:45 p.m.
Among other remarks, Boehner said Trump should not be allowed to tweet.
Governor Paul LePage

LePage commutes 17 prisoner sentences

By Jake Bleiberg on May 26, 2017, at 5:11 p.m.
On Friday afternoon, LePage commuted the sentences of 17 prisoners who the Department of Corrections deemed to be “lower-risk offenders,” according to a statement from the governor’s office.
Ricker Hamilton

LePage appoints longtime DHHS manager as interim replacement for Mayhew

By BDN Staff on May 26, 2017, at 3:54 p.m.
Ricker Hamilton will run the department following the departure of Mary Mayhew, who served as commissioner of the state’s largest agency since the early days of LePage’s tenure.
ANALYSIS
White House senior advisor Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump arrive at the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Italy, May 23, 2017.

Why the FBI is likely to be interested in Jared Kushner’s meeting with Russians

By Amber Phillips, Washington Post on May 26, 2017, at 12:27 p.m.
While it’s not weird for presidential campaigns to meet with foreign officials, under this context, it was.
Rep. Ralph Chapman of Brookville

Two House Democrats unenroll, eliminating party’s outright majority

By Darren Fishell on May 26, 2017, at 12:04 p.m.
Two Democratic House representatives have unenrolled from the Democratic Party.
Several wild horses run along Highway 21 near the Sulphur Herd Management Area south of Garrison, Utah, Feb. 26, 2015.

Wild horses could be sold for slaughter or euthanized under Trump budget

By Karin Brulliard and Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post on May 26, 2017, at 11:59 a.m.
The change could lead to sales of wild horses to slaughterhouses in Mexico or Canada, as well as to the culling of herds, to address what the bureau calls an “unsustainable” situation.
ANALYSIS
Democrats in the Maine House of Representatives watch votes tally on an amendment to the biennial state budget on June 16, 2015 at the State House in Augusta.

A divided Maine Legislature will decide the fate of ranked-choice voting

By Christopher Cousins on May 26, 2017, at 8:19 a.m.
Senate Republicans and Democrats are approaching the issue from different angles.
STATE & CAPITOL

What’s next for ranked-choice voting in Maine?

on May 26, 2017, at 7:49 a.m.
Representative elect Greg Gianforte delivers his victory speech during a special congressional election called after former Rep. Ryan Zinke was appointed to lead the Interior Department, in Bozeman, Montana, U.S., May 25, 2017.

GOP candidate accused of body-slamming reporter has said retirement is ‘not biblical’

By Jonnelle Marte, Washington Post on May 26, 2017, at 7:09 a.m.
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner arrives to join U.S. President Donald Trump and the rest of the U.S. delegation to meet with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the Royal Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017.

Reports: Trump son-in-law Kushner under FBI scrutiny in Russia probe

By Reuters on May 26, 2017, at 6:01 a.m.
Kushner is being investigated because of his meetings in December and other possible interactions with the Russian ambassador and a banker from Moscow, the Post reported, citing people familiar with the investigation.
HE SAID IT RIGHT

Don’t be silly, let’s get things done in Augusta

on May 26, 2017, at 5:30 a.m.
White House senior advisor Jared Kushner arrives to join U.S. President Donald Trump and the rest of the U.S. delegation to meet with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the Royal Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 20, 2017.

Jared Kushner now a focus in Russia investigation

By Matt Zapotosky, Sari Horwitz, Devlin Barrett and Adam Entous, Washington Post on May 25, 2017, at 7:11 p.m.
Kushner, who held meetings in December with the Russian ambassador and a banker from Moscow, is being investigated because of the extent and nature of his interactions with the Russians.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills.

Mills asks court to dismiss LePage’s lawsuit against her

By Christopher Cousins on May 25, 2017, at 4:33 p.m.
Mills’ motion to have the case dismissed represents a predictable step forward in virtually any civil lawsuit.
POLL QUESTION
People protest U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban outside of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Seattle, Washington, U.S. May 15, 2017.

In blow to Trump, appeals court refuses to reinstate travel ban

By Mica Rosenberg and Dan Levine, Reuters on May 25, 2017, at 2:42 p.m.
The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit means the Trump administration still cannot enforce its travel order.