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Robert Zaretsky is a historian at the University of Houston in Texas.

We can choose moderation in politics without losing our convictions

By University of New England on Nov. 30, 2016, at 1:19 p.m.
“Moderation is not antithetical to passion and to engagement. To the contrary, true moderation requires courage and it requires clarity,” Robert Zaretsky, a historian at University of Houston in Texas, said.
Tefere Gebre, executive vice president with the AFL-CIO, said Monday that the federated union group has offered its financial and legal help to the two unions pursuing a new contract with FairPoint in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Why America’s labor unions are about to die

By Raymond Hogler, The Conversation on Nov. 30, 2016, at 10:49 a.m.
Labor’s deterioration weakened worker protections, kept wages stagnant and made workers feel they needed a savior like Trump.

Maine Sens. Collins, King push to strengthen border with Canada

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on Nov. 30, 2016, at 8:11 a.m.
Maine’s U.S. senators are pushing for greater security along the Canadian border.
Republican Donald Trump appears at a campaign roundtable event in Manchester, New Hampshire, Oct. 28, 2016.

Trump says will back away from business to focus on White House

By Steve Holland and Melissa Fares; Reuters on Nov. 30, 2016, at 7:50 a.m.
President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday he will be leaving his far-flung business “in total” to focus on running the country and will outline the plan in a Dec. 15 news conference with his family.
DAVID FARMER

Associated Press dispels myth of the ‘alt-right,’ places premium on truth

on Nov. 30, 2016, at 5:55 a.m.
As a former journalist, it’s difficult to break years of training — and good manners — to call someone a racist, a misogynist, a bigot or a liar.
Voting stickers rest on ballot counting machine in Bangor in this October 2009.

Opponents of Question 2, school tax referendum, withdraw bid for recount

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 29, 2016, at 5:20 p.m.
The petitioners cited the recount procedure, along with the cost to the state and the low probability of overturning the result, as reasons for withdrawing the request.
Voting stickers rest on ballot-counting machine. The recount of hundreds of thousands of ballots associated with two referendum questions is set to begin and could take weeks.

Marijuana, school tax ballot recounts to start but may take weeks

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 29, 2016, at 1:42 p.m.
The recount of hundreds of thousands of ballots associated with two referendum questions is set to begin and could take weeks.
POLLWAYS

The political courage we need in the age of Trump isn’t new to Maine

on Nov. 29, 2016, at 9:26 a.m.
The congressional career of Bill Cohen epitomizes the independence and courage needed to check Trump and hold him accountable.
Chairman of the House Budget Committee Tom Price, R-Georgia, announces the House Budget during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 17, 2015.

Trump picks loyalists for economic posts, Obamacare critic for Cabinet

By Steve Holland, Reuters on Nov. 29, 2016, at 7:54 a.m.
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, a fierce critic of the Affordable Care Act and a proponent of overhauling the nation’s entitlement programs, to lead the department of Health and Human Services.

Trump ‘very impressed’ with Petraeus as he weighs top diplomat job

By Steve Holland and Melissa Fares, Reuters on Nov. 28, 2016, at 7:41 p.m.
President-elect Donald Trump stepped up his search on Monday for a new U.S. secretary of state, with the focus on David Petraeus, a former U.S. military commander in Iraq whose mishandling of classified information led to his resignation as CIA chief in 2012.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage asks for changes in minimum wage, education ballot initiatives

By Mal Leary on Nov. 28, 2016, at 5:37 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage is asking the next Legislature to make changes in both laws, but some leaders in Augusta said they’re reluctant to second guess the will of the voters.
EDITORIALS
A Shared Hope International graphic that shows most states have made progress in adding laws that protect children who are caught in sex trafficking.

Maine’s poor sex trafficking laws need to be addressed

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 28, 2016, at 1:06 p.m.
An estimated 200 to 300 cases of sex trafficking occur in Maine every year. Among those victims are vulnerable young teens.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump departs his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., November 27, 2016, as he makes his way to New York after spending the Thanksgiving holiday with family.

Daughter of Newtown victim to Trump: Denounce Alex Jones, Sandy Hook denier

By Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post on Nov. 28, 2016, at 8:50 a.m.
Trump hasn’t spoken a word against the conspiracy theorist.
Solar panels sit on the roof of SunPower Corporation in Richmond, California March 18, 2010.

Solar, wind industries hope years courting Republicans pays off under Trump

By Nichola Groom, Reuters on Nov. 28, 2016, at 7:22 a.m.
U.S. wind and solar companies for the first time gave more money to Republicans during the 2016 election cycle part of an effort to expand their appeal beyond liberal environmentalists.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump boards his aircraft with his wife Melania in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., November 27, 2016, as he make his way to New York after spending the Thanksgiving holiday with family.

Trump pushes conspiracy theory that ‘millions’ voted illegally for Clinton

By Paul Kane, Washington Post on Nov. 28, 2016, at 6:45 a.m.
President-elect Donald Trump reacts to a crowd gathered in the lobby of the New York Times building after a meeting with the paper's editorial board on Nov. 22, 2016.

After Fidel Castro’s death, Trump will push for Cuban ‘freedom’

By Roberta Rampton, Reuters on Nov. 27, 2016, at 1:06 p.m.
Trump’s statement after Castro’s death seemed to mark a softening from his late campaign rhetoric on policy toward Cuba.
President-elect Donald Trump and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney emerge after a meeting at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister, New Jersey, Nov.19, 2016.

Adviser warns Trump not to tap Romney for secretary of state

By Andy Sullivan, Reuters on Nov. 27, 2016, at 11:50 a.m.
His campaign manager warned that the president-elect could face an intense backlash from supporters if he chose Mitt Romney to be secretary of state.
Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Milwaukee on March 28, 2016.

Clinton team to take part in Wisconsin vote recount

By Ian Simpson and Roberta Rampton, Reuters on Nov. 27, 2016, at 9:05 a.m.
The voting margins make it highly unlikely any recounts would end up giving Clinton a win in all three states, which would be needed for the overall election result to change.
THE UNREALIZED REPUBLIC

Light In The Dark of Winter

on Nov. 27, 2016, at 7:20 a.m.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview with RT in 2013, said that he wanted to “break the Anglo-Saxon monopoly on the global information streams.”

Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say

By Craig Timberg, Washington Post on Nov. 26, 2016, at 1:14 p.m.
The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, according to independent researchers who tracked the operation.