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The Maine House of Representatives is seen on April 29, 2016.

Conflict of interest is nothing new for Maine politicians

By Michael Shepherd on Feb. 19, 2017, at 7:55 a.m.
Maine’s legislative ethics law seems clear but has been interpreted broadly, and that may be necessary to get good candidates to run for office.
A Boeing 787-10 is moved from the tarmac after a ceremony celebrating the rollout of Boeing's newest Dreamliner at the Boeing South Carolina plant in North Charleston, South Carolina, Feb. 17, 2017.

Trump pledges to protect U.S. jobs during visit to Boeing plant

By Jeff Mason, Reuters on Feb. 18, 2017, at 8:41 a.m.
President Donald Trump promised to boost U.S. manufacturing and punish companies for moving jobs overseas during a visit on Friday to a South Carolina Boeing Co plant to celebrate the unveiling of its latest Dreamliner jet.

Robert Michel, longest-serving minority leader in US House, dies at 93

By Bob Levey, The Washington Post on Feb. 18, 2017, at 8:17 a.m.
Former U.S. Rep. Robert H. Michel of Illinois, a conservative Republican and genial politician who served as House minority leader for 14 years — a tenure marked, toward the end, by partisan rancor and intraparty warfare stoked by his firebrand successor, Newt Gingrich — died Feb. 17 at a hospital in Arlington, Virginia. He was 93.
President Donald Trump waves as he steps from Air Force One upon his arrival in West Palm Beach, Florida, Feb. 17, 2017.

Trump’s hardline immigration rhetoric runs into obstacles — including Trump

By David Nakamura, The Washington Post on Feb. 18, 2017, at 7:56 a.m.
Trump has been vague about his goals and how to achieve them and his aides have struggled to interpret his orders.
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Steam locomotive 470 chugged into Union Station marking the last visit to Bangor of a Maine Central steam train in this 1954 file photo.

Passenger trains in Bangor: A vision of the future or a pipe dream?

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 18, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The state’s sole passenger rail service has been a slow-blooming flower. The Amtrak Downeaster train began in December 2001 as a tourist attraction, running between Boston and Portland, but it has grown steadily.
The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee voted unanimously Friday to launch a preliminary inquiry into Maine PowerOptions, a state-sponsored electricity consortium that was the subject of a recent investigation by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting.

Maine watchdog agency to probe electricity deal maker

By Dave Sherwood, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Feb. 17, 2017, at 4:27 p.m.
The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee voted unanimously Friday to launch a preliminary inquiry into Maine PowerOptions.
Sen. Susan Collins

The yeas and nays: How Maine’s congressional representatives voted this week

By Targeted News Service on Feb. 17, 2017, at 2:48 p.m.
Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt testifies before a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington on Jan. 18.

Longtime adversary of EPA confirmed to lead the agency

By Brady Dennis, The Washington Post on Feb. 17, 2017, at 1:50 p.m.
Scott Pruitt has spent years suing the Environmental Protection Agency over its efforts to regulate various forms of pollution.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

Spicer denies Trump will call up Guard for immigrant roundup

By Margaret Talev, Bloomberg on Feb. 17, 2017, at 1:41 p.m.
A Homeland Security Department official said the memo was an early idea that was never seriously considered.
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Mary Mayhew, commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

LePage asks Trump to let Maine ban candy, soda from food stamps

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd, BDN Staff on Feb. 17, 2017, at 11:33 a.m.
Gov. LePage’s administration asked the USDA on Friday to OK banning soft drink and candy purchases with food stamps.
Canadian lynx

Judge dismisses lawsuit over incidental Canada lynx trapping

By Fred Bever, Maine Public on Feb. 17, 2017, at 10:36 a.m.
A federal judge in Bangor has thrown out a lawsuit claiming that state and federal wildlife officials were failing to protect the threatened Canada Lynx as required by the Endangered Species Act.
Tom Welch

Expert who served 4 Maine governors: Mixing politics, energy regulation is bad for business

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 17, 2017, at 10 a.m.
“If [a government] ministry can reverse or remove the decision, then the investors will say why would we ever invest here?” Tom Welch said. “People are going to put money where they see predictability and a higher value for cost recovery. And if you don’t have those two things, then you’re going to get an inadequate system. End of story.”
Protesters gather at the University of Southern Maine's Portland campus before a talk on immigration by Rep. Lawrence Lockman.

Right-wing lawmaker’s hard line on immigration met by protesters at USM

By Jake Bleiberg on Feb. 17, 2017, at 7:58 a.m.
Lockman’s supporters and detractors intermittently booed and baited each other throughout the hour-long event.

Anti-LGBT group led by Michael Heath added to Maine hate group map

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 17, 2017, at 6:17 a.m.
A Lewiston-based anti-LGBT organization leading an effort to remove protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation from the Maine Human Rights Act has been identified as a hate group in the 2016 Hate Map released Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The federal government forms for applying for health coverage are seen at a rally held by supporters of the Affordable Care Act, widely referred to as "Obamacare", outside the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center in Jackson, Mississippi, on Oct. 4, 2013.

Trump, Republicans set timeframe for introducing Obamacare replacement

By Richard Cowan and David Morgan, Reuters on Feb. 17, 2017, at 6:08 a.m.
President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress said Thursday that they will soon unveil plans to repeal and replace Obamacare, providing a timeframe for a legislative goal they have struggled with for weeks.
Vice Adm. Robert S. Harward, commanding officer of Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, speaks to an Afghan official during his visit to Zaranj, Afghanistan, in this Jan. 6, 2011 handout photo.

Trump’s pick for national security adviser turns down offer

By Reuters on Feb. 17, 2017, at 6:08 a.m.
President Donald Trump’s choice for national security adviser, retired Vice Adm. Robert Harward, has turned down the offer, a senior White House official said Thursday.
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Who is a resident? If only it were that easy

on Feb. 17, 2017, at 6:05 a.m.
You can’t stick your left foot into a Maine residency to vote, only to pull it back out to keep your car registered in New Hampshire.
President Donald Trump speaks during the signing of H.J. Resolution 38, nullifies the “stream protection rule”, at the White House in Washington, Feb. 16, 2017.

Trump says ‘I inherited a mess,’ blasts media, detractors at combative news conference

By Ashley Parker and John Wagner, The Washington Post on Feb. 17, 2017, at 6:05 a.m.
“To be honest, I inherited a mess,” Trump said, in a news conference that lasted more than an hour and was at times rambling, combative and pointed. “It’s a mess. At home and abroad, a mess. Jobs are pouring out of the country.”
Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley

Chief justice: Courts must change to address addiction, domestic violence, document access

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 16, 2017, at 6:18 p.m.
“Nothing is more expensive than allowing our state to sink further into the horror and sadness of an addiction crisis.”
U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions during a news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 16, 2017.

Trump to replace travel ban order in near future

By Dan Levine, Reuters on Feb. 16, 2017, at 3:05 p.m.
“We can tailor the order to that decision and get just about everything, in some ways more.”