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Fox News commentator Sean Hannity on Tuesday night told his viewers that he would stop talking about a conspiracy theory surrounding the death of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich after Rich’s family asked him to.

Please stop politicizing our son’s murder

By Mary Rich and Joel Rich, The Washington Post on May 24, 2017, at 12:10 p.m.
There are people who are using our beloved Seth’s memory and legacy for their own political goals, and they are using your outrage to perpetuate our nightmare.
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Maine’s drug treatment centers struggle to attract workers. Here’s how the state can help.

By Patricia Kimball on May 24, 2017, at 9 a.m.
Maine has a real opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our families by ensuring quality, affordable prevention, treatment and recovery centers — but we need to keep them open for business.
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U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers arrives for her meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Nov. 20, 2016.

My son has a pre-existing condition. He’s one of the reasons I voted for AHCA.

By Cathy Mcmorris Rodgers, The Washington Post on May 24, 2017, at 7:01 a.m.
To me, protecting people with pre-existing conditions isn’t just good policy — it’s a personal mission.
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A view shows damaged buildings in Qaboun neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, in this handout picture provided by SANA on May 16, 2017.

How Trump could deal a blow to Iran — and help save Syria

By Josh Rogin, The Washington Post on May 24, 2017, at 6:31 a.m.
Trump could fulfill his promises to thwart Iran and bring greater stability to Syria — if he acts fast.
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Newt Gingrich speaks to the media as he departs after a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, Nov. 21, 2016.

The Seth Rich lie, and how the corrosion of reality should worry every American

By Margaret Sullivan, The Washington Post on May 24, 2017, at 6:31 a.m.
For lies to successfully masquerade as news, they need help. They need accessories to the crime against truth.
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Treating addiction with marijuana isn’t that controversial

on May 23, 2017, at 3:35 p.m.
My attitude is whatever it takes to keep these folks from showing up in body bags at the chief medical examiner’s office.
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A youngster wearing a T-shirt showing U.S. singer Ariana Grande talks to the media near the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Britain May 23, 2017.

I was at the Ariana Grande concert where a bomb exploded

By Joe Ryan, The Washington Post on May 23, 2017, at 10:59 a.m.
What happened makes me sad because concerts are supposed to be safe and a celebration of music.
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French President Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with people during a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe after the handover ceremony in Paris, France, May 14, 2017.

Lessons from France: Universal care works and is not politically divisive

By Sandra Butler on May 23, 2017, at 9:55 a.m.
The US and France have much in common, sharing the critical values of democracy and freedom arising from our respective revolutionary histories.
JOE BALDACCI

GOP health care bill drops essential coverage for Mainers with mental illness, addictions

By Joe Baldacci on May 23, 2017, at 9:24 a.m.
The American Health Care Act would drag us back to the failed policies of the past and leave millions struggling with mental health and substance use disorders without hope. But we still have hope.
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President Donald Trump looks on during a meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia on Thursday, May 18, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C.

What Democrats like about Trump

By Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg View on May 23, 2017, at 8:26 a.m.
The 2018 congressional elections are almost a year-and-a-half away, but Democrats are upbeat about picking up the 24 seats they need to take control for the first time in eight years.
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U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an official welcoming ceremony on Monday, May, 22 2017 at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel.

Good luck, Mr. President?

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on May 23, 2017, at 7:22 a.m.
So the pope, the president, a Muslim and a Jew walk into a bar …
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President Donald Trump (left) and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speak to reporters before their meeting at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, May 22, 2017.

Leakers who revealed Israel as intelligence source did far more damage than Trump

By Marc A. Thiessen, The Washington Post on May 23, 2017, at 6:34 a.m.
These leakers need to be brought to task.
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U.S. President Donald Trump, flanked by Ivanka Trump and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner, delivers remarks to the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2017.

Trump’s speech on terrorism was a missed opportunity

By Quintan Wiktorowicz, The Washington Post on May 22, 2017, at 11:33 a.m.
On Sunday in Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump delivered his first speech abroad, calling for stronger partnerships with Muslim-majority countries to destroy terrorists through military action and financial measures and to combat the “false allure of the craven ideology” that has inspired radicalization.
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The state budget is too important to negotiate behind closed doors

By Peggy Rotundo on May 22, 2017, at 9:54 a.m.
Let your elected officials know you will be watching and will expect them to act in the best interests of all the people of Maine. It is time for them to govern responsibly and to do so with transparency.
GWYNNE DYER
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the intermediate-range ballistic missile Pukguksong-2's launch test in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) May 22, 2017.

The Korean crisis: Why now?

By Gwynne Dyer on May 22, 2017, at 8:57 a.m.
Apart from Donald Trump’s need for a dramatic foreign policy initiative, is there any good reason why we are having a crisis over North Korea’s nuclear weapons testing now?
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
A television plays a news report on U.S. President Donald Trump's recent Oval Office meeting with Russia's Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak as night falls on offices and the entrance of the West Wing of the White House in Washington, U.S. May 15, 2017.

The guardrails can’t contain Trump, and chaos reigns

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on May 21, 2017, at 12:46 p.m.
The country is now caught in the internal maelstrom that is the mind of Donald Trump.
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Maine’s national monument protects ponds, streams where our iconic fish swim

By Kathy Scott on May 21, 2017, at 10:47 a.m.
It promises to protect those resources, and to continue a long tradition of being everyone’s land.
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Eastern Maine Medical Center staff walk down a hallway in the hospital in Bangor.

Cooperation is essential to addressing health care challenges in Maine

By Evelyn S. Silver on May 21, 2017, at 10:37 a.m.
Health care is in a transformative time. Access to high-quality and affordable care is critical to the individuals and communities of our state.
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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the United States Coast Guard Academy Commencement Ceremony in New London, Connecticut U.S., May 17 2017.

The 25th Amendment is no way to boot Trump

By Jonathan Bernstein, Bloomberg View on May 21, 2017, at 10:36 a.m.
Sorry, Congress: If you believe Trump needs to go, you’re going to have to do it yourselves. At least if the goal is to protect democracy in the United States.
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LePage, Mayhew and their restriction-happy stewardship of DHHS

on May 19, 2017, at 11:01 p.m.
This administration is so obsessed with restrictions to social service program access, I’m worried they’re totally missing what recipients actually need in this social and economic climate.