By Matt Spetalnick, Reuters on Sept. 27, 2016, at 8:07 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated career diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis to be the first U.S. ambassador to Cuba in more than five decades, setting up a fierce confirmation battle with Republicans in Congress opposed to Obama’s opening with the communist-ruled island. The appointment of DeLaurentis, who has been …
By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 27, 2016, at 7:54 p.m.
“It allows people to vote independently and privately,” Jon Monroe, elections management analyst for the secretary of state’s office, said.
By Valerie Volcovici, Reuters on Sept. 27, 2016, at 4:38 p.m.
The centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s climate change strategy faced a key test on Tuesday as conservative appeals court judges questioned whether his administration overstepped its legal authority under an air pollution law to make sweeping changes to the U.S. electric sector.
STATE & CAPITOL
on Sept. 27, 2016, at 4:35 p.m.
The Congressional Leadership Fund announced Tuesday that it will spend $600,000 between now and Election Day in a bid to foil Democrat Emily Cain’s bid to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin in Maine’s 2nd District. The fund, which is a super-PAC backed by House Republican leadership, said the money …
By Michael Shepherd on Sept. 27, 2016, at 4:14 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s campaign said Tuesday that the Republican from Maine’s 2nd District will debate just twice on TV ahead of a November rematch with Democrat Emily Cain.
By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 27, 2016, at 3:12 p.m.
“We used to be a country where we talked about ideas. Now we’re more concerned in what not to do or who is going to get credit for something,” said Augusta Mayor David Rollins.
By Gabor Degre on Sept. 27, 2016, at 3:05 p.m.
Civic leaders express support for ranked choice voting in Maine.
STATE & CAPITOL
on Sept. 27, 2016, at 2:38 p.m.
A California-based political organization has pledged $50,000 to the Democrat in one of Maine’s most-watched Senate contests, again highlighting that money from out-of-state is pouring into legislative races. The $50,000 pledge, which was revealed in registration paperwork filed last month for a political action committee called Progressive Maine, is intended …
on Sept. 27, 2016, at 11 a.m.
With only six weeks left before voters hit the polls and pick the next president, patterns in campaign donations are making clearer the landscape of big support on each side of the aisle from Maine donors. What’s clear from overall donations is that most itemized donations to the presidential race went to Democrats. (Campaigns are required to …
STATE & CAPITOL
on Sept. 27, 2016, at 10 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where I’m recovering from a late night watching last night’s historic presidential debate at the Bangor Daily News’ watch party in Portland. Nobody in that liberal bastion seemed to think Republican Donald Trump bested Democrat Hillary Clinton. Our crews fanned out across the state captured more diverse …
By Philip Rucker and Anne Gearan, Washington Post on Sept. 27, 2016, at 7:40 a.m.
After circling each other for months, Clinton and Trump finally took the stage together for the first time, and each tried in a series of combative, acrimonious exchanges to discredit the other.
Bangor Daily News on Sept. 26, 2016, at 11:08 p.m.
Mainers’ reactions to Monday’s showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump drew reactions ranging from the serious to the surreal to the incredulous.
By David A. Fahrenthold, Jose A. DelReal and Abby Phillip, Washington Post on Sept. 26, 2016, at 10:57 p.m.
The first presidential debate of the general election campaign turned unusually contentious in its first half-hour, with Trump repeatedly interrupting Clinton, and Clinton telling Trump, “Donald, I know you live in your own reality.”
By Callum Borchers, The Washington Post on Sept. 26, 2016, at 8:40 p.m.
A couple weeks ago, Donald Trump wondered why presidential debates include moderators. “I think we should have a debate with no moderators – just Hillary and I sitting there, talking,” he said on CNBC.
By Ginger Gibson, Reuters on Sept. 26, 2016, at 7:07 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Half of America’s likely voters will rely on the presidential debates to help them make their choice between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 election, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Monday. The results show the stakes for the White House rivals as …
By Valerie Volcovici and Julia Harte, Reuters on Sept. 26, 2016, at 4:03 p.m.
The Obama administration will soon ask federal agencies to require that Native American treaty rights be considered in decision-making on natural resource projects, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said on Monday, hoping to avoid future conflicts with tribes such as the current Dakota Access pipeline dispute.
STATE & CAPITOL
on Sept. 26, 2016, at 12:57 p.m.
More than half of the photographs filling a binder that Gov. Paul LePage cited as supporting a claim that upward of 90 percent of suspects arrested in Maine on opiate-trafficking charges are out-of-state “black and Hispanic people” are instead of white drug defendants. The Republican governor’s office released the 148-page file on Monday after public access requests …
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on Sept. 26, 2016, at 9:31 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where there are new Maine-centric poll numbers to peruse thanks to the University of New Hampshire Survey Center and the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. In the presidential race, which is on everyone’s mind today with the first 90-minute debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump …
By Michael Shepherd on Sept. 26, 2016, at 7:20 a.m.
Question 5 on Maine’s November ballot won’t change the way the state votes in most elections, but in a close race with more than two candidates, it could take weeks to find out who won.
By Ben Brody, Bloomberg News on Sept. 26, 2016, at 7:14 a.m.
Donald Trump “discussed at length Israel’s successful experience with a security fence that helped secure its borders” during a meeting Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump’s campaign said.