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White House does not rule out Sessions recusal on Russia probes

By Doina Chiacu, Reuters on Feb. 26, 2017, at 2:03 p.m.
The White House on Sunday did not rule out that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may recuse himself from Justice Department investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
A sign on a sales rack of an energy bar in a 7-Eleven in New York on Sunday, July 27, 2014, promotes the convenience store's acceptance of the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

States push to keep people from buying junk food with food stamps

By Jen Fifield, Stateline.org on Feb. 26, 2017, at 10:17 a.m.
A recent study that found that 23 cents of every food stamp dollar is used to buy junk food has reignited a long-standing debate on whether the government should allow people to use food stamps to buy unhealthy food.
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Tom Perez addresses the audience after being elected Democratic National Chair during the Democratic National Committee winter meeting in Atlanta, Feb. 25, 2017.

New DNC leader vows united Democrats will be Trump’s nightmare

By Jennifer Epstein, Bloomberg on Feb. 26, 2017, at 9:35 a.m.
Tom Perez, who served as labor secretary under Barack Obama, faces the daunting task of rebuilding the party and heading the opposition to Republican President Donald Trump.

Trump will not attend the White House correspondents’ dinner

By Amy B Wang and Cleve R. Wootson Jr., The Washington Post on Feb. 26, 2017, at 9:23 a.m.
President Donald Trump will not attend the White House correspondents’ dinner, after a campaign and early tenure where he continually battled with the press.
POLL QUESTION
Gov. Paul LePage addresses the chamber during the 2017 State of the State address at the State House in Augusta, Feb. 7, 2017.

Thanks mostly to LePage, Maine has a record $1 billion in the bank

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 26, 2017, at 7:18 a.m.
An improving economy and rigid fiscal discipline under Republican Gov. Paul LePage have contributed to an all-time record for Maine state government: more than $1 billion in its cash pool.
DAVID FARMER

Trip to Israel: On the northern border with Syria and Lebanon

on Feb. 26, 2017, at 7:06 a.m.
WIDGETS AND DIGITS
Donald Trump appears at a campaign event in Lisbon, Maine, Oct. 28, 2016.

How Trumpy is your town?

on Feb. 26, 2017, at 6 a.m.
Vote figures give us a chance to peer over the fence at the neighbors and see which towns voted like others, at least in terms of support for Trump.
DAVID FARMER

Trip to Israel: Dinner and a song

on Feb. 25, 2017, at 6:17 a.m.

In sweeping move, Trump puts regulation monitors in federal agencies

By David Shepardson and Steve Holland, Reuters on Feb. 24, 2017, at 8:40 p.m.
A new executive order signed Friday will place “regulatory reform” task forces and officers within federal agencies in what may be the most far-reaching effort to pare U.S. red tape in recent decades.

Homeland Security report casts doubt on need for Trump travel ban

By Matt Zapotosky, The Washington Post on Feb. 24, 2017, at 8:05 p.m.
It could prove another hurdle in the administration’s effort to restore the travel ban, undermining the White House’s argument that the measure is necessary for national security reasons.
President Donald Trump delivers remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in National Harbor, Maryland.

Trump vows military buildup, hammers nationalist themes

By Emily Stephenson and Steve Holland, Reuters on Feb. 24, 2017, at 3:05 p.m.
Trump said he would make a massive budget request for one of the “greatest military buildups in American history” on Friday in a feisty, campaign-style speech extolling robust nationalism to eager conservative activists.

Republicans say Obamacare replacement would cover fewer Americans

By Zachary Tracer, Billy House and Anna Edney, Bloomberg News on Feb. 24, 2017, at 3:01 p.m.
“If the numbers drop, I would say that’s a good thing, because we’ve restored personal liberty in this country,” Rep. Michael Burgess, a Texas Republican, said.
POLL QUESTION
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin

Poliquin votes to let states require drug tests for jobless benefits

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on Feb. 24, 2017, at 2:25 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin joined his GOP colleagues on the vote because, he said, “drug testing for welfare programs should be a state’s decision, not controlled by the whims of Washington.”
THE RIGHT WAY

Why is Senator Susan Collins self-identifying as a Republican?

on Feb. 24, 2017, at 1 p.m.
 A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority bus being serviced can be seen on Sept. 28, 2016, at the Maine Military Authority's facility at the Loring Commerce Centre in Limestone.

Extra $7 million for Maine Military Authority clears key hurdle

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 24, 2017, at 12:19 p.m.
A $7 million financial rescue package for the Maine Military Authority in Limestone cleared a major hurdle Friday, when the Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs committee approved a supplemental budget for a future vote by the state House and Senate.
Sen. James Hamper, R-Oxford

Maine budget panel OKs $29M package funding addiction treatment, higher ed

By Michael Shepherd on Feb. 24, 2017, at 11:43 a.m.
The Maine Legislature’s budget committee unanimously approved a $29 million emergency spending package Friday that funds addiction treatment and higher education and bails out a state-run equipment refurbishing outfit in Aroostook County.
CONTRIBUTORS

Leaking is as American as apple pie and Fourth of July fireworks

By Mark Feldstein, The Washington Post on Feb. 24, 2017, at 7:59 a.m.
America’s grand tradition of revealing secret information about national security matters began in the winter of 1777.
DAVID FARMER

Trip to Israel: The Church of the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount

on Feb. 24, 2017, at 7:02 a.m.
HE SAID IT RIGHT

It’s time for Augusta to take an econ course in Education

on Feb. 24, 2017, at 5:57 a.m.
Fewer students, more money. The results? Flat test scores.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer.

White House may boost federal enforcement against recreational marijuana

By Reuters on Feb. 23, 2017, at 8:04 p.m.
The Obama administration mostly looked the other way as states legalized recreational marijuana. But a White House spokesman said the Trump administration may distinguish between medical and recreational use of the drug.