The Point

Maine and what to make of it

Monday, March 27, 2017: Food sovereignty about democracy, sick of Trump’s lies, happy spring
The Point

Why Maine lawmakers spend so much time on bills that have no chance

For the sake of stability, the failure of bad ideas and the formation of consensus, democracy is supposed to be hard.

Trump administration sought to block Sally Yates from testifying to Congress on Russia

The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying to Congress in the House investigation of links between Russian officials and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, The Washington Post has learned, a position that is likely to further anger Democrats who have accused Republicans of trying to damage the inquiry.

Trump wants a huge giveaway for the private prison industry

It is within our power as citizens to demand prison reform and sensible immigration policy from our leaders in Washington. However, as the quota discussed here suggests, once a giveaway for a large and powerful industry is enshrined in public policy, it becomes very hard to undo, even when the agencies and Cabinet secretaries involved attempt to change it.

Trump signs order dismantling Obama-era climate policies

President Donald Trump will take the most significant step yet in obliterating his predecessor’s environmental record Tuesday, instructing federal regulators to rewrite key rules curbing U.S. carbon emissions.

Governing by ultimatum

In a week that felt like a month, Americans got a clear view of Donald Trump’s governing style and of his fabled dealmaking approach.
The Daily Brief

A daily dose of developments in Augusta and a taste of important stories beyond the State House walls.