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The 2016 election reveals progressives aren’t as tolerant as they like to think

By Jane Martin on Nov. 20, 2016, at 10:11 a.m.
American women have been asked to see ourselves in our male presidents for 2½ centuries. Yet, progressives appeared hesitant to demand that the country see themselves in even one female president.
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A Facebook user checks a news feed in this illustration.

Facebook’s algorithms didn’t tilt the election

By Barry Ritholtz, Bloomberg View on Nov. 20, 2016, at 10:08 a.m.
I am skeptical that social-media posts changed many votes; people aggressively avoid ideas that challenge their basic philosophy and opinions.
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A man takes a selfie in front of the Electoral College map during a U.S. election watch event hosted by the U.S. Embassy on Nov. 9 at a hotel in Seoul, South Korea.

Here’s why the founders made the Electoral College: to protect southern slave states

By Christopher Petrella on Nov. 19, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“In short, U.S. democracy is a racial project that hinges on policies of inclusion and exclusion.”
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A man removes the Electoral College Map after a U.S. Election Watch event hosted by the U.S. Embassy at a hotel in Seoul, South Korea, November 9, 2016.

The Electoral College has some serious problems. Has the time come to ditch it?

By Andrew Rudalevige on Nov. 16, 2016, at 9:14 a.m.
The main repeal argument is simple: that the Electoral College is not directly democratic and violates the principle of “one person, one vote.”
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduces House Majority Leader Kevin McCarty (R-CA), Steve Stivers (R-OH), Jason Smith (R-MO), Luke Messer (R-IN) and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) after being renominated to be House Speaker by the House Republican caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 15.

House Speaker Paul Ryan renominated to top House post

By Susan Cornwell, Reuters on Nov. 15, 2016, at 7:02 p.m.
Republicans in the House of Representatives nominated Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday for re-election to his post next year, as lawmakers giddy with election success smoothed over their differences and pledged to unite behind Republican President-elect Donald Trump.

Trump’s pick of right-wing firebrand for White House job sparks outrage

By Susan Cornwell and Alana Wise, Reuters on Nov. 14, 2016, at 7:10 p.m.
Democrats, civil rights groups and even some Republicans slammed President-elect Donald Trump on Monday for choosing right-wing firebrand Stephen Bannon as a key aide, saying it would elevate the white nationalist movement into the top levels of the White House.

Trump will get wake-up call when he takes office, Obama says

By Roberta Rampton, Reuters on Nov. 14, 2016, at 7:06 p.m.
President-elect Donald Trump is in for a quick wake-up call and will have to adjust his temperament when he confronts the realities of his new job on Jan. 20, President Barack Obama said on Monday.
President-elect Donald Trump speaks at an election night rally in Manhattan, New York, Nov. 9, 2016.

Trump softens promise to erect border wall in ’60 Minutes’ interview

By John Whitesides, Reuters on Nov. 13, 2016, at 2:38 p.m.
Trump and his senior advisers have signaled they could be flexible on some of his campaign promises once he takes office.
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President-elect Donald Trump answers questions as his wife, Melania Trump, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell watch on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday.

How the new Republican majority can succeed

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on Nov. 13, 2016, at 2:02 p.m.
Donald Trump won fair and square and, as Hillary Clinton said in her concession speech, is owed an open mind and a chance to lead.
Hillary Clinton pauses as she addresses her staff and supporters about the results of presidential election at a hotel in Manhattan, New York, Nov. 9, 2016.

Hillary Clinton blames FBI Director Comey for her defeat in call with donors

By Luciana Lopez and Ginger Gibson, Reuters on Nov. 13, 2016, at 1:06 p.m.
A memo drafted by Clinton’s team looked at the changing opinion polls leading up to the election and concluded that the Comey’s announcement to reopen an earlier investigation into her use of a private email server proved to be a turning point.
Campaign signs bearing hearts in the traffic island at the intersection of Academy Hill Road, Main Street and Mills Road in Newcastle, Nov. 10, 2016.

Messages of love replace campaign signs in Maine town

By J.W. Oliver on Nov. 13, 2016, at 9:26 a.m.
“My guess is somebody was really wanting to make a statement about moving forward, finding a way beyond the hate and the attacks,” Sen. Chris Johnson, D-Somerville, said.

Voters in York County towns demand end to water fluoridation

By Donna Buttarazzi, York County Coast Star on Nov. 11, 2016, at 11:05 a.m.
Customers of the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Wells Water District voted Tuesday to stop adding fluoride to the public water supply.
Question 3 on the November ballot would have expand gun background checks in Maine had it passed.

Most Mainers who die by gun turned one on themselves

By Jackie Farwell on Nov. 11, 2016, at 7:36 a.m.
Much debate on Maine’s Question 3 — expanding firearm background checks — centered on how to keep firearms from people who wish to harm others. Yet the issue has another, less discussed side: people who want to harm themselves.

Trump meets with Obama, congressional leaders in DC

By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason, Reuters on Nov. 10, 2016, at 6:23 p.m.
President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump met on Thursday for the first time, setting aside the deep rancor that dominated the long campaign season to discuss the transition to the Republican’s inauguration on Jan. 20.
LGBT members of local Unitarian Universalist churches, including these participating in a vigil in Bangor on Wednesday night, fear that a Trump presidency will curtail their legal rights and social acceptance.

Fearful of backlash against LGBT from Trump win, Unitarians find comfort in vigils, prayer

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 10, 2016, at 4:21 p.m.
Donald Trump’s stunning ascension to the presidency has local Unitarian Universalist church members praying that he won’t curtail the social and legal acceptance that gay and transgendered citizens say they have earned through decades of perseverance.
People vote at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Tuesday morning.

After nasty electoral fight, here’s what Maine voters had to say

Bangor Daily News on Nov. 10, 2016, at 7:51 a.m.
Before the results came in, the BDN talked with voters at polling stations across Maine to get their reactions to the state of the election.
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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump greets supporters during his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, on Wednesday.

Donald Trump elected president of the United States

By The Washington Post on Nov. 09, 2016, at 7:03 p.m.
“We have to get together. To all Republicans, Democrats and independents across the nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.”

Belichick says letter to Trump ‘not politically motivated’

By The Sports Xchange on Nov. 09, 2016, at 4:37 p.m.
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick addressed the letter he wrote to President-elect Donald Trump ahead of Tuesday’s election, saying it was “not politically motivated.”
Senate President Mike Thibodeau

Maine Senate majority stays with Republicans as Democrats retain House control

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 09, 2016, at 10:55 a.m.
Republicans appear to have gain seats in the House of Representatives, but that picture was not yet clear Wednesday morning.
A supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton watches and waits at her election night rally in New York, Nov. 8, 2016.

Highest glass ceiling remains intact after Clinton’s stunning loss

By Sharon Bernstein, Reuters on Nov. 09, 2016, at 8:22 a.m.
Rather than witness the shattering of the ultimate glass ceiling, women across America watched an historic breakthrough slip away as Clinton failed to become the first woman elected president of the United States.