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A lumber yard

Ahead of NAFTA talks, US sets 20 percent duties on Canadian softwood lumber

By David Lawder, Reuters on April 25, 2017, at 10:23 a.m.
Canada denounced the U.S. action and vowed to protect its lumber interests through litigation.
STATE & CAPITOL
AUGUSTA, MAINE -- 01/06/16 --  Winter State House file photo. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Why legislating mining in Maine is so hard, in one survey

on April 25, 2017, at 8:11 a.m.
Legislators, lobbyists and other interested parties gather under the dome at the State House in Augusta.

Bill would force Maine-based PACs to shed light on secretive contributors

By Steve Mistler, Maine Public on April 25, 2017, at 7:10 a.m.
The Maine Legislature could force shadowy groups bankrolling Maine political campaigns to reveal their top donors.

Trump pushes Democrats on border wall as government shutdown looms

By Richard Cowan and Ayesha Rascoe, Reuters on April 25, 2017, at 6:18 a.m.
President Donald Trump pressed Democrats on Monday to include funds for his promised border wall with Mexico in spending legislation as lawmakers worked to avoid a looming shutdown of the federal government.

90 minute Documentary film “Equal Means Equal”

By Robin Lincoln on April 24, 2017, at 12:13 p.m.
POLL QUESTION
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell (left) and Lucas St. Clair of Elliotsville Plantation Inc. paddle on the East Branch of the Penobscot River in the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016.

Trump, LePage actions threaten Maine’s national monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 24, 2017, at 10:48 a.m.
Trump’s order is not expected to change monument designations immediately.
Former US Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton attends the unveiling ceremony for the U.S. Postal Service Oscar de la Renta Forever stamp, at Grand Central Terminal on Feb. 16, 2017 in New York, N.Y.

Two-thirds of Americans think that the Democratic Party is out of touch with the country

By Philip Bump, Washington Post on April 24, 2017, at 7:13 a.m.
The Democratic Party is viewed as far more out of touch by Democrats than Trump or the GOP are by Republicans.

Trump pressures Democrats on Obamacare to get border wall deal

By David Morgan and Doina Chiacu, Reuters on April 24, 2017, at 5:56 a.m.
The escalated push to get Trump’s priorities, which Democrats reject, into spending legislation could jeopardize prospects for an agreement to keep the government open.
Supporters of Marine Le Pen, French National Front political party leader and candidate for French 2017 presidential election, react after early results in the first round of 2017 French presidential election, in Henin-Beaumont, northern France, April 23, 2017.

France’s Macron, Le Pen advance to presidential run-off

By Sybille de La Hamaide and Matthias Blamont, Reuters on April 23, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.
Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen are set to face each other in a May 7 runoff for the French presidency
THE UNREALIZED REPUBLIC

Nature deals enough violence and aggression to go around

on April 23, 2017, at 11:32 a.m.
Paul Ryan, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, attends a news conference after a meeting with Estonia's Prime Minister Juri Ratas in Tallinn, Estonia, April 22, 2017.

Paul Ryan promises to keep government open, and makes no promises on health care

By Kelsey Snell, The Washington Post on April 23, 2017, at 10:42 a.m.
House leaders say that they plan to devote their energy this week to keeping the federal government open, avoiding an immediate commitment to take up health care despite pledges to do so by conservatives and the White House.
POLL QUESTION
Dakota was pardoned in March by Gov. Paul LePage. A District Court judge had ordered the Husky euthanized after it attacked other dogs.

Dog pardon again proves LePage is the alpha in Maine’s power structure

By Michael Shepherd on April 23, 2017, at 7:20 a.m.
A husky’s life is on the line in what may be Maine’s most unusual court case, and one of the only things that can save it is Gov. Paul LePage and a creative interpretation of executive power.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks to law enforcement officers at the Thomas Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri on March 31, 2017.

Sessions takes step toward stripping funding from ‘sanctuary cities’

By Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post on April 21, 2017, at 4:56 p.m.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday demanded that nine jurisdictions produce proof that they are communicating with federal authorities about undocumented immigrants or risk losing grant funding.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Susan Collins debunks rumor on Freedom Caucus health bill meeting

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on April 21, 2017, at 4:12 p.m.
Collins, who is trying to shepherd a health care measure of her own through the Senate, said as far as she can remember, she’s never even met Meadows.
Commentator Ann Coulter speaks to the Conservative Political Action conference (CPAC) in 2011.

Berkeley students threaten to sue school over Ann Coulter debacle

By William Wan, Washington Post on April 21, 2017, at 2:51 p.m.
A lawyer representing the college Republican group that invited Coulter sent a letter late Thursday night to the university threatening litigation if the university does not allow Coulter to speak on campus April 27.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

Civil rights charge filed against man accused of racial hate crime near Portland school

By Jake Bleiberg on April 21, 2017, at 12:45 p.m.
Before the incident allegedly became violent, he told the group of students — including ones originally from Mexico, Sudan and the Republic of Congo — that immigrants should go back to their own countries and die, according to the attorney general.

Some USDA scientists say their work has been tampered with — maybe for political reasons

By Darryl Fears, Washington Post on April 21, 2017, at 12:37 p.m.
In late 2014, a whistleblower scientist rocked the Agriculture Department with a charge that it retaliated against him because his research found that a popular and lucrative farm pesticide might harm pollinators such as bees.
MIKE TIPPING

Maine Republicans’ health care failure should serve as a warning for Trump

on April 21, 2017, at 10:20 a.m.
STATE & CAPITOL
Maine Governor Paul LePage speaks at the 23rd Annual Energy Trade & Technology Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, November 13, 2015.  REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl/File Photo

Would LePage’s lower energy rate for businesses drive up your bill?

on April 21, 2017, at 8:57 a.m.
HE SAID IT RIGHT
AUGUSTA, MAINE -- 12/03/14 -- Rep. Barry Hobbins, D-Saco. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Maine politics ought to ‘simmer down now’ and become a little more old school

on April 21, 2017, at 6:08 a.m.
We need good people to fill those jobs. And we should be able to differentiate the person from their party affiliation.