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White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway attends a healthcare listening session at the White House in Washington, D.C., June 5, 2017.

White House blames Obama for failing to stop Russia collusion

By Ashley Parker, The Washington Post on June 25, 2017, at 2:20 p.m.
It’s the Obama administration that was responsible for doing absolutely nothing from August to January with the knowledge that Russia was hacking into our election. They did absolutely nothing. They’re responsible for this.”
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a press conference after talks with Chinese diplomatic and defense chiefs at the State Department in Washington, June 21, 2017.

Tillerson urges Qatar and the Gulf states to negotiate an end to their rift

By Carol Morello, The Washington Post on June 25, 2017, at 1:44 p.m.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson criticized some of the demands by Saudi Arabia and its allies on Qatar as “very difficult” to meet, and urged the countries to tamp down the rhetoric and start negotiating.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks to reporters after Senate Republicans unveiled their version of legislation that would replace Obamacare on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 22, 2017.

Susan Collins waiting for CBO score before she decides on Senate health bill vote

By Andrew Mayeda and Mark Niquette, Bloomberg on June 25, 2017, at 12:07 p.m.
“I have very serious concerns about the bill,” U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said on ABC’s “This Week.” The CBO score “will be so important.”
MOWING THE ASTROTURF

Arch Enemies

on June 25, 2017, at 11:06 a.m.
U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nevada.

Senate health care bill faces serious resistance from Republican moderates

By Juliet Eilperin and Amy Goldstein, The Washington Post on June 25, 2017, at 10:59 a.m.
A small group of moderate Republican senators, worried that their leaders’ health care bill could damage the nation’s social safety net, may pose at least as significant an obstacle to the measure’s passage as their colleagues on the right.
University of Maine students move into campus to start the 2014 school year.

In a better job market, Maine can’t fill openings in college help program

By Darren Fishell on June 25, 2017, at 8:07 a.m.
Low unemployment statewide appears to put a damper on the number of people looking for higher education help.
MOWING THE ASTROTURF

Budget Shutdown Looms As Before

on June 24, 2017, at 7:07 p.m.
Dr. Sam Zager, obstetrics nurse Jaime Johnson, Dr. Elizabeth Rothe and Dr. Chuck Radis, spoke at a press conference at Central Maine Medical Center on Friday morning.

Maine health care providers urge Sen. Susan Collins to oppose health care bill

By Patty Wight, Maine Public on June 24, 2017, at 2:27 p.m.
Maine health providers from across the state spoke in Lewiston on Friday to denounce the Senate health care bill and urge Sen. Susan Collins to oppose it.
Wiscasset Election Clerk Joan Barnes (left) and Election Warden Susan Blagden re-tally the results of Wiscasset’s annual town meeting by referendum at the Wiscasset town office on Thursday, June 22.

Election results unchanged following Wiscasset recount

By Abigail Adams on June 24, 2017, at 2:08 p.m.
There were minor variations in two warrant articles following a recount of Wiscasset’s annual town meeting by referendum Thursday, June 22, but the results remained the same.
Policemen work at the site of the gunshot at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia on June 14, 2017. Steve Scalise, a U.S. House Republican leader, was among possibly five people shot by a gunman Wednesday morning as he was playing baseball game with other congressmen and aides. The suspect who opened fire in the baseball game practice field in Alexandria, Virginia, was in custody, said Alexandria police.

Nebraska Democrat caught on tape saying he was ‘glad’ Rep. Scalise was shot

By Herman Wong, Washington Post on June 24, 2017, at 11:50 a.m.
“I’m glad he got shot. … I wish he was (expletive) dead.”
President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House after the House pushed through a health-care bill on Thursday.

Trump reaches out to lawmakers on health care as another says ‘no’

By Jeff Mason and Yasmeen Abutaleb, Reuters on June 24, 2017, at 10 a.m.
President Donald Trump made calls to fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Friday to mobilize support for their party’s health care overhaul while acknowledging the legislation is on a “very, very narrow path” to passage.
Fernando Martinez, 19, recently renewed his status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, allowing him to continue working in the United States and studying at the University of Southern Maine.

How Trump’s threats have struck fear in a Portland immigrant trying to make good

By Jake Bleiberg on June 24, 2017, at 8:28 a.m.
“So many people just have this mindset that if someone is an illegal immigrant they’ve done something bad. Instead of making assumptions, [I wanted them to] hear the story from someone who’s lived it.”
MOWING THE ASTROTURF

Return Of The Snowbird

on June 23, 2017, at 5:21 p.m.
ANALYSIS
The State House shines through the the fog in Augusta.

How Maine reached the brink of a government shutdown

By Christopher Cousins on June 23, 2017, at 4:39 p.m.
If Maine does not enact a two-year state budget within the next week, state government will have no money to operate, triggering a shutdown that could leave thousands of workers without pay and abruptly curtail all state services.

Ranked-choice voting amendment fails in House

By Mal Leary on June 23, 2017, at 4:20 p.m.
Elections officials and lawmakers in both parties fear that without a fix, the law voters passed last November will be repealed.
President Donald Trump speaks during the Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House, June 22, 2017.

Trump’s tape ruse risks fresh legal jeopardy in Russia probe

By Jennifer Jacobs, Justin Sink and Margaret Talev, Bloomberg on June 23, 2017, at 9:46 a.m.
President Donald Trump’s admission that he never taped his conversations with ousted FBI Director James Comey risks exposing him to fresh legal jeopardy and weakens his credibility in the eyes of investigators probing ties between his associates and Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) meets with U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, September 5, 2016.

Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault

By Greg Miller, , Ellen Nakashima and Adam Entous, Washington Post on June 23, 2017, at 9:22 a.m.
It was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government. How Obama reacted.
POLLWAYS

The health care chart you need to read to understand Trumpcare’s damage

on June 23, 2017, at 7:09 a.m.
HE SAID IT RIGHT

Big money doesn’t always lead to big results

on June 23, 2017, at 5:30 a.m.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his keynote speech to the Montreal Chamber of Commerce at the Palais de Congres in Montreal on June 6, 2017.

Obama on the GOP health care plan: ‘This bill will do you harm.’

By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post on June 22, 2017, at 8:06 p.m.
Calling the GOP leadership’s bill “a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America,” Obama called on Americans to push back against congressional Republicans.