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PINE TREE POLITICS

Do you answer hate with hate?

on Aug. 23, 2017, at 1:40 p.m.
A sign on the statue of Robert E. Lee calls for the park to be renamed for Heather Heyer, who was killed at a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 16, 2017.

LePage blames ‘leftists’ and ‘anti-fascists’ for Charlottesville deaths

By Steve Collins on Aug. 23, 2017, at 11:27 a.m.
There is no evidence that the “anti-fascists” or any of the others protesting the neo-Nazi gathering had anything to do with the deaths of the three.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald, damaged by colliding with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel, is seen at the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka,, Japan June 18, 2017.

Navy picks Bath Iron Works foe to repair Maine-built USS Fitzgerald

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 23, 2017, at 9:27 a.m.
“This wasn’t just any ship — this was our ship,” Keenan said of the Fitzgerald. “This meant everything to us.”
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., August 22, 2017.

Trump threatens government shutdown over border wall, suggests controversial pardon at rally

By John Wagner, Jenna Johnson and Danielle Paquette, Washington Post on Aug. 23, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.
He blamed “obstructionist Democrats” for standing in the way of funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall and suggested a government shutdown might be needed to force their hand.
DAVID FARMER

Political actions give permission to haters

on Aug. 23, 2017, at 5:28 a.m.
Whether they know it or not – and I believe they know it – the language and deeds of too many in the political class empower the forces of hate.
STATE & CAPITOL
Maine Governor Paul LePage spoke at a July 15 groundbreaking ceremony in Caribou for the construction of four duplexes to house homeless veterans, regardless of any psychological or substance issues they may have. The project, led by United Veterans of Maine, is called the Dahlgren-Skidgel Farm of Hope and will give homeless vets an opportunity to transition back into society via farm labor.

LePage said 7,600 Mainers fought for the Confederacy. It was maybe 30.

on Aug. 22, 2017, at 6 p.m.
Calling himself “a history buff,” Gov. Paul LePage revised Civil War history as we know it in a Tuesday radio interview when discussing the racially charged violence in Virginia and saying “7,600 Mainers fought for the Confederacy.”
Assistant Maine Senate Majority Leader Andre Cushing of Newport

Maine ethics watchdog recommends major fine against GOP Senate whip

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 22, 2017, at 3:45 p.m.
Staff at Maine’s ethics watchdog agency recommended Tuesday that Assistant Maine Senate Majority Leader Andre Cushing should be fined at least $11,000 after a 10-month investigation.
U.S. President Donald Trump walks with first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron (L) on the South Lawn of the White House upon their return to Washington, U.S., after a vacation in Bedminster, NJ., August 20, 2017.

Chelsea Clinton defends Barron Trump after website bashes his clothes

By Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post on Aug. 22, 2017, at 10:10 a.m.
Conservative news outlet the Daily Caller published a story attacking Barron for the T-shirt and shorts he wore while boarding Air Force One.
POLLWAYS

We, as ‘prisoners of hope,’ must fight hate mongering

on Aug. 22, 2017, at 9:23 a.m.
Seeing unabashed Nazis was surely an awful sight to so many Americans, particularly those who lived during Hitler’s reign.
POLL QUESTION
President Donald Trump announces his strategy for the war in Afghanistan during an address from Fort Myer, Virginia, Aug. 21, 2017.

Trump announces new strategy for Afghanistan that calls for a troop increase

By David Nakamura and Abby Phillip, The Washington Post on Aug. 22, 2017, at 8:09 a.m.
Trump provided few specifics about his policy and how much the U.S. military commitment in the region would increase as a result, insisting that conditions on the ground would determine troop levels and strategy.
Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) speaks with reporters prior to a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S. on June 21, 2017.

Rep. Gianforte must get fingerprinted and photographed for assaulting reporter, judge says

By Derek Hawkins, Washington Post on Aug. 22, 2017, at 7:54 a.m.
If Gianforte doesn’t comply, Judge West wrote, it “shall be treated as contempt of court and a warrant will be issued for (his) arrest.”
Russia's President Vladimir Putin visits a cathedral at Chersonesus Tavrichesky (Tauric Chersonese) National Reserve in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, Crimea August 18, 2017.

US halts visas for Russians, deepening a diplomatic spat

By David Filipov and Andrew Roth, Washington Post on Aug. 21, 2017, at 7:55 p.m.
Moscow’s order “calls into question Russia’s seriousness about pursuing better relations,” the U.S. Embassy said in its announcement.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke listens to questions as part of a question and answer with media during a tour of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in June.

This could be the week we finally learn the fate of Maine’s monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 21, 2017, at 7:02 p.m.
Speculation is widespread, but no one really knows what the Trump administration will do.
Tree tops and limbs removed during log harvesting will be fed through a chipper and converted into chips for biomass.

Loggers say biomass firm Stored Solar hasn’t paid them in weeks

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 21, 2017, at 6:35 p.m.
George Moon alleges Stored Solar owes his three-person operation $50,000 for deliveries dating back 150 days.
General Dynamics Bath Iron Works on Monday posted this message about the Bath Iron Works-built USS John McCain, which earlier Monday collided with an oil tanker three times its size off the Strait of Malacca.

Bath Iron Works stands ready to help repair second Maine-built destroyer damaged at sea

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 21, 2017, at 4:38 p.m.
Ten sailors remained missing Monday afternoon. As of Monday afternoon, the destroyer remained in Singapore.
POLL QUESTION
United States Secret Service agents work at a security checkpoint inside the lobby at Trump Tower on August 4, 2017.

Secret Service says it will run out of money to protect Trump and his family Sept. 30

By Lisa Rein, Washington Post on Aug. 21, 2017, at 3:26 p.m.
If lawmakers don’t lift the cap, about a third of the agency’s agents would be working overtime without being paid, agency officials said.
ANALYSIS
Mark Holbrook

Another Maine Republican is trying to out-LePage LePage

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 21, 2017, at 1:01 p.m.
These are signs that he’s doubling down on stark conservatism in a Democratic district.
LANCE DUTSON

The Republican Party has a stupidity problem

on Aug. 21, 2017, at 9:57 a.m.
My party has become a gathering place for buffoonery.
Katahdin is seen from a scenic overlook in the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

Trump’s national monument review to test key land protection law

By Valerie Volcovici, Reuters on Aug. 21, 2017, at 9:21 a.m.
Environmental groups are prepared to challenge any changes in court — something that has not happened before.
EDUCATION: FUTURE IMPERFECT

Governor LePage’s contempt for classroom teachers is in the American tradition

on Aug. 20, 2017, at 5:44 p.m.