Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign stop in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Sept. 17, 2016. Trump rose to the top of the Republican ticket with his message about America’s perceived decline and his promise to make America great again.

America has lost its characteristic optimism

By Sebastian Mallaby, Washington Post on Sept. 19, 2016, at 10:33 a.m.
If Americans can’t fix all their problems, can they at least rediscover their old talent for living cheerfully with them?
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at the Colorado Jet Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Sept. 17, 2016.

Trump’s surrogates try to explain his evolution on birtherism

By Jenna Johnson, Washington Post on Sept. 18, 2016, at 1:25 p.m.
Donald Trump has yet to take questions from reporters about why he finally decided Friday that President Barack Obama was, in fact, born in the United States, forcing some of his top surrogates to answer for him during Sunday morning news shows.

Presidential debate panel rules out third-party candidates

By Reuters on Sept. 17, 2016, at 7:43 a.m.
Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party hopeful Jill Stein have failed to qualify for the first planned presidential debate on Sept. 26, the Commission on Presidential Debates said on Friday.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the James L. Knight Center in Miami on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.

Trump backs off Obama birth claim, says Clinton started it

By Steve Holland and Emily Stephenson, Reuters on Sept. 17, 2016, at 7:38 a.m.
“Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it,” Donald Trump said.
In the company of other law enforcement leaders, South Portland police Chief Ed Googins announced the Maine Chiefs of Police Association's support for Question 3, which would tighten gun control in the state, on Wednesday.

Maine Chiefs of Police Association endorses tightening of gun control laws

By Jake Bleiberg on Sept. 15, 2016, at 1:34 p.m.
The Maine Chiefs of Police Association on Thursday endorsed voting in favor of a ballot question that would tighten state gun control laws at an event organized by a group advocating for the initiative.
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 Wednesday.

Green Party’s Jill Stein visits UMaine, seeks Sanders supporters

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 14, 2016, at 1:49 p.m.
“It’s a race to the bottom right now between the Democrats and Republicans.”

Maine doesn’t need universal background checks. Our gun laws are strong enough.

By Mike Marshall on Sept. 13, 2016, at 10:04 a.m.
OpEd: We do not need a new, costly and ineffective law imposed on Maine’s law-abiding citizens who may want to give away, trade, loan, bequeath or sell their legal firearms.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton climbs into her van outside her daughter Chelsea's home in New York.

Health catapults to forefront in election after Clinton’s pneumonia revelation

By Steve Holland and Alana Wise, Reuters on Sept. 12, 2016, at 10:46 a.m.
The Clinton campaign disclosed Sunday that the 68-year-old Democratic presidential nominee had in fact been diagnosed with pneumonia Friday after she complained of allergies and was seen coughing repeatedly in recent days.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attends ceremonies to mark the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks at the National 9-11 Memorial in New York on Sunday.

Diagnosed with pneumonia, Clinton falls ill at 9/11 memorial

By Amanda Becker, Reuters on Sept. 11, 2016, at 7:18 p.m.
Clinton was diagnosed on Friday, but her condition only came to light several hours after a video on social media appeared to show her swaying and her knees buckling before she is helped into a motorcade as she left the memorial early Sunday.

Maine Chiefs of Police Association publicly opposes marijuana legalization

By Steve Mistler, Maine Public Broadcasting Network on Sept. 10, 2016, at 1:16 p.m.
The Maine Chiefs of Police Association has formally announced its opposition to Question 1 on the November ballot, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana, pointing to the problems experienced in another state.
Former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen speaks to the media before a lecture at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine on Nov. 7, 2013.

Former Maine GOP Senator William Cohen backs Clinton

BDN staff and wire reports on Sept. 07, 2016, at 3:41 p.m.
Former Maine U.S. Sen. William Cohen, a Republican who served as secretary of defense, said he’ll likely vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in November.

Democrats may win Senate, but hopes dim for anti-Trump landslide

By Steven T. Dennis, Bloomberg News on Sept. 06, 2016, at 4:47 p.m.
Democrats have a better-than-even chance of winning control of the U.S. Senate in November, thanks in part to a backlash against Donald Trump, but it won’t be as easy as they hoped.

Retired generals endorsing Trump include one reprimanded for disclosing classified information

By Dan Lamothe, The Washington Post on Sept. 06, 2016, at 4:47 p.m.
A new list of retired senior military officers who endorse Donald Trump for president includes a three-star general who was reprimanded by the Army for disclosing classified information in a 2008 memoir about his career in special operations.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, Aug. 31, 2016.

Trump advisers and allies struggle with deportation specifics

By Jose A. DelReal, The Washington Post on Sept. 04, 2016, at 3:36 p.m.
Several of Donald Trump’s top campaign advisers and allies on Sunday struggled to explain the GOP presidential nominee’s stance on mass deportation — insisting that he will prioritize undocumented criminals for deportation, but falling short on other details and playing down the scale of his deportation priorities by millions of people.

Email Clinton sent after leaving State Department labeled classified

By Ben Brody, Bloomberg News on Aug. 31, 2016, at 5:09 p.m.
An email that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton sent almost four months after she left the State Department was partially redacted before being publicly released, raising questions about whether she conveyed classified information as a private citizen.
Demonstrators hold placards during a protest against the visit of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, at the Angel of Independence monument in Mexico City, Mexico, Aug. 31.

Mexico contradicts Trump on paying for border wall, clouding visit

By Christine Murray, Ana Isabel Martinez and Dave Graham, Reuters on Aug. 31, 2016, at 4:23 p.m.
Mexican opposition politicians attacked Pena Nieto for hosting Trump.

Piscataquis Democrats plans election year supper at East Sangerville Grange

on Aug. 30, 2016, at 12:41 p.m.
SANGERVILLE, Maine — The Piscataquis County Democratic Committee is hosting a traditional election year supper at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at East Sangerville Grange, East Sangerville Road. The menu will include homemade baked beans,ham, coleslaw, rolls and pies. The program includes a time to posthumously honor two “Grand Ole …

FBI detects breaches against two state voter systems

By Dustin Volz and Jim Finkle, Reuters on Aug. 30, 2016, at 7:25 a.m.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has found breaches in Illinois’ and Arizona’s voter registration databases and is urging states to increase computer security ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election, according to a U.S. official familiar with the probe.
Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence speaks about trade and the economy at a private event at Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Wednesday morning, Aug. 24, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Despite Mike Pence’s rhetoric, refugees come to Indiana

By Katie Zezima, Washington Post on Aug. 29, 2016, at 3:38 p.m.
“You can’t pick and choose who comes to your state,” said Cole Varga, executive director of Exodus Refugee Immigration.
New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, attend a news conference in New York, on July 23, 2013.

Top Clinton aide Huma Abedin separates from Anthony Weiner after latest sex scandal

By Amanda Becker, Reuters on Aug. 29, 2016, at 12:02 p.m.
A top aide to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Monday that she was separating from her husband, a former U.S. congressman who resigned after a sex scandal.