Politics

 
Connor Mullen, 17, cheers as election results roll in on a TV screen at a Republican rally in Portland on Nov. 8.

Republicans have made big gains in rural Maine. Can they hold them?

By Michael Shepherd on Nov. 26, 2016, at 1 a.m.
The Republican insurgency into rural Maine during the era of Gov. Paul LePage may not wane when he leaves office in 2018.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein talks to students and members of the community at the D.P. Corbett Business building on the University of Maine campus in Orono on September 14, 2016.

Election recount will take place in Wisconsin, after Stein files petition

By Karoun Demirjian, The Washington Post on Nov. 25, 2016, at 7:34 p.m.
An election recount will take place soon in Wisconsin after former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein filed a petition.
U.S. President elect Donald Trump walks up a staircase to depart the lobby of the New York Times building after a meeting in New York, U.S., November 22, 2016.

Donald Trump fills White House counsel and deputy national security posts

By Jerry Markon and Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post on Nov. 25, 2016, at 3:39 p.m.
The president-elect was planning to make two “staff-level” announcements about his incoming administration.
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 urged to abolish national monuments, an unprecedented move

By Andy Stiny, Albuquerque Journal on Nov. 25, 2016, at 2:20 p.m.
HE SAID IT RIGHT

Turkey and government reform: Both should give you a good night’s rest

on Nov. 25, 2016, at 6 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 in New York, Nov. 22, 2016.

Trump spends Thanksgiving ‘working hard’ to keep Carrier plant in the US

By Roberta Rampton and Susan Heavey, Reuters on Nov. 24, 2016, at 2:09 p.m.
Trump made Carrier’s decision to move a plant to Mexico part of his rallying cry against trade deals that he said were unfavorable to American workers and his campaign pledge to bring manufacturing jobs back to America.
Wilbur Ross arrives for his meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminister, New Jersey, Nov. 20, 2016.

Trump expected to tap billionaire investor Wilbur Ross for commerce secretary

By Ylan Q. Mui and Robert Costa, The Washington Post on Nov. 24, 2016, at 10:58 a.m.
Ross helped shape the Trump campaign’s hard-line stance on the need to renegotiate — or withdraw from — free trade agreements.
A protest sign is planted along the route of the Dakota Access pipeline during a protest near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in St. Anthony, North Dakota.

Trump dumped his stock in Dakota Access pipeline over the summer

By Steven Mufson, The Washington Post on Nov. 24, 2016, at 9:06 a.m.
The sale would eliminate one possible conflict of interest for Trump, who has vowed to speed up permits for oil and gas pipelines.
EDUCATION: FUTURE IMPERFECT

Sen. Collins’ support of Sen. Jeff Sessions makes for lively Thanksgiving conversation

on Nov. 23, 2016, at 8:36 p.m.

Maine secretary of state’s office seeks to renew $1.8M driver’s license contract

By Christopher Burns on Nov. 23, 2016, at 4:11 p.m.
It was unclear Wednesday how Real ID compliance might affect the cost of the contract.
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Trump picks Haley as UN envoy, offers education post to DeVos

By Jennifer Jacobs, Kambiz Foroohar and Ben Brody, Bloomberg on Nov. 23, 2016, at 3:50 p.m.
In a statement, Haley said she was accepting Trump’s offer out of a “sense of duty.”
A closed factory is seen in Sandusky, Ohio November 1, 2012.

Trade with China literally kills Americans, economists say

By Max Ehrenfreund, Washington Post on Nov. 23, 2016, at 2:08 p.m.
They suggest that as competition with Chinese manufacturing forced U.S. factories to close, many of the Americans who were laid off never got their lives back together.
President-elect Donald Trump (center) and Vice President-elect Mike Pence (left) emerge with Betsy DeVos after their meeting at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Nov. 19, 2016.

Trump picks billionaire Betsy DeVos, school voucher advocate, as Education Secretary

By Emma Brown, Washington Post on Nov. 23, 2016, at 1:54 p.m.
President-elect Donald Trump intends to name Betsy DeVos, a conservative activist and billionaire philanthropist who has pushed forcefully for private school voucher programs nationwide, as his nominee for Education Secretary, according to a person close to DeVos.

Why rural voters don’t vote Democratic anymore

By Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post on Nov. 23, 2016, at 1:42 p.m.
“They don’t like the government telling them what to do or telling them how to live their lives. They think [the government is] coddling people.”
Just over a month ago, Brooklin resident Libby Chamberlain was thrust into the national spotlight as the founder of Pantsuit Nation, a now 3.7 million-member strong invitation-only Facebook group of Hillary Clinton supporters who have banded together to share and listen to personal stories initially about the election and now about strength, unity and perseverance in the face of adversity.

Pantsuit Nation’s founder refuses to be defeated by Clinton’s loss

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 23, 2016, at 12:32 p.m.
She decided that “Pantsuit Nation was more important on Wednesday morning than it was on Tuesday morning.”
DAVID FARMER

Pass the peas and pay attention to Trump

on Nov. 23, 2016, at 9:35 a.m.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley celebrates after winning re-election in Columbia, South Carolina, Nov. 4, 2014.

Gov. Nikki Haley tapped to be Trump’s U.N. ambassador

By Robert Costa, Washington Post on Nov. 23, 2016, at 7:03 a.m.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a rising Republican star and daughter of Indian immigrants, has accepted President-elect Donald Trump’s offer to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in the coming administration.
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A man marks a star on the Electoral College map during a U.S. Election Watch event hosted by the U.S. Embassy on Nov. 9 at a hotel in Seoul, South Korea.

Why Maine’s Electoral College rules were important this year

By Michael Shepherd on Nov. 23, 2016, at 6:41 a.m.
This historic election is now fulfilling a vision and a fear of two Maine politicians from a bygone era who served in the Legislature when the state’s unique Electoral College laws were enacted in the late 1960s.

North Carolina governor requests vote recount in tight race

By Daniel Trotta, Reuters on Nov. 23, 2016, at 6:35 a.m.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory announced on Tuesday he has officially requested a recount of votes from the Nov. 8 election with official results showing him trailing his Democratic challenger, Attorney General Roy Cooper, by one-tenth of a point.

Trump softens position on climate change, Clinton investigation

By Roberta Rampton, Reuters on Nov. 22, 2016, at 6:13 p.m.
President-elect Donald Trump said Tuesday he was keeping an open mind on whether to pull out of a landmark international accord to fight climate change, in a softening of his stance toward global warming.