Clinton seeks to keep Trump on defensive after debate

By John Whitesides, Reuters on Sept. 27, 2016, at 8:09 p.m.
RALEIGH, North Carolina — Democrat Hillary Clinton sought on Tuesday to keep Republican rival Donald Trump on the defensive a day after the first presidential debate with accusations he is a sexist, racist and tax dodger, while Trump suggested he would “hit her harder” next time by bringing up her …
Jon Monroe, elections management analyst for the secretary of state’s office, demonstrates how to use the ExpressVote machine, which is designed to make voting more accessible to people with disabilities, during an event on Tuesday at the Bangor Public Library.

New accessible voting machines available at all Maine voting sites

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 27, 2016, at 7:54 p.m.
“It allows people to vote independently and privately,” Jon Monroe, elections management analyst for the secretary of state’s office, said.
Civic leaders from Augusta, Bangor, Brewer and Holden held a press conference Monday, expressing their support for ranked-choice voting in Maine. The event was held at the Bangor Public Library.

Backers of ranked-choice voting say it would add civility to campaigns

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 27, 2016, at 3:12 p.m.
“We used to be a country where we talked about ideas. Now we’re more concerned in what not to do or who is going to get credit for something,” said Augusta Mayor David Rollins.
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks as Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens during their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, Sept. 26, 2016.

Attacks fly in first presidential debate as Clinton’s jabs put Trump on defensive

By Philip Rucker and Anne Gearan, Washington Post on Sept. 27, 2016, at 7:40 a.m.
After circling each other for months, Clinton and Trump finally took the stage together for the first time, and each tried in a series of combative, acrimonious exchanges to discredit the other.
"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 …

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.
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.

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.

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.

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.
Hillary Clinton greets the crowd along with Sen. Bernie Sanders during an event in which she was endorsed by Sanders at Portsmouth High School on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Bernie Sanders leaders on college campuses turning their backs on Clinton campaign

By Alex Daugherty, McClatchy Washington Bureau on Sept. 22, 2016, at 2:55 p.m.
“People are excited to talk about how much they hate Trump, but there’s not a huge excitement about Hillary,” said Elizabeth Siyuan Lee.

Clinton calls national security team after attacks, as Trump challenges her credentials

By Amanda Becker and Emily Flitter, Reuters on Sept. 21, 2016, at 6:15 a.m.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton consulted national security advisers on Tuesday after weekend bomb blasts renewed fears of domestic attacks, as Republican Donald Trump accused her of pushing policies that made the United States less safe.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Fort Myers, Florida, Sept. 19, 2016.

Trump used $258,000 from his charity to settle legal problems

By David A. Fahrenthold, Washington Post on Sept. 20, 2016, at 11:47 a.m.
“I represent 700 nonprofits a year, and I’ve never encountered anything so brazen,” Jeffrey Tenenbaum, who advises charities at the Venable law firm in Washington, said.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the arrival ceremony for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Vladivostok, Russia on September 8, 2012.

Skeptical of Russia, Clinton seen going toe-to-toe with Putin

By Warren Strobel and Matt Spetalnick, Reuters on Sept. 20, 2016, at 9:18 a.m.
“She is not perceived by many people as the Kremlin’s preferred candidate.”

Clinton, Trump trade charges on national security

By James Oliphant, Reuters on Sept. 20, 2016, at 6:17 a.m.
Democrat Hillary Clinton on Monday accused Republican Donald Trump of aiding Islamic State recruitment, while Trump said she had helped weaken national security as bomb blasts in New York and New Jersey resonated on the presidential campaign trail.