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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by the GOP leadership, speaks to reporters just after meeting with Attorney General William Barr to discuss expiring provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and other government intelligence laws, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Dems thwart Senate Republicans on 2 abortion-related bills

Feb. 25, 2020 5:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a pair of Republican bills that would ban most late-term abortions and threaten prison for doctors who don't try saving the life of infants born alive during abortions. The measures have been defeated multiple times in recent years, but Senate...

FILE - This May 8, 2019, file photo shows a lobster atop others in Arundel, Maine.  Maine's congressional delegation announced Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, that China is making U.S. lobster eligible for a tariff reduction. Starting the following week, Chinese businesses could apply for a tariff exemption that would let them buy U.S. lobster at a lower price, officials said. ( AP Photo/Rodrique Ngowi, File)

US lobstermen may see relief from steep Chinese tariffs

Feb. 25, 2020 1:37 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — China is making U.S. lobster eligible for a tariff reduction, good news for lobster fishermen who lost a key export market during trade hostilities, Maine's congressional delegation announced Tuesday. The one-year exemption process may exclude $300 million worth of U.S. seafood from...

Green candidate leaves party to remove barrier to ballot

Feb. 25, 2020 1:01 AM EST

SOLON, Maine (AP) — A U.S. Senate hopeful is leaving the Maine Green Independent Party to make it easier to get onto the November ballot. Lisa Savage, an educator from Solon, says that running as an independent candidate will free her from the requirement of getting signatures from 2,000 Greens by March 15...

Collins joins senators who want FDA to keep e-cigs from kids

Feb. 19, 2020 1:15 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Republican senator has joined a bipartisan group of colleagues calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to work harder to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of children. Sen. Susan Collins and others sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn that said the...

Maine housing organization to share nearly $1.7 million

Feb. 17, 2020 3:52 PM EST

Maine is getting nearly $1.7 million from NeighborWorks America to support efforts to develop and preserve affordable housing, revitalize and sustain neighborhoods, and create jobs. Sen. Susan Collins said the funding supports local housing organizations as they create “ local solutions to community...

Maine candidate picks guillotine as logo for campaign shirts

Feb. 16, 2020 12:15 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine candidate for the U.S. Senate has a picked a guillotine as a logo for campaign merchandise, saying it's aimed at being a sign of revolution by lower and middle classes and is not meant to be taken literally. Bre Kidman, an attorney who's running for the seat held by...

Portland, Maine's airport to receive $4.5M for improvements

Feb. 14, 2020 2:10 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is providing nearly $4.5 million for improvements at Maine's largest airport. The Portland International Jetport has been awarded the money to construct a taxiway to provide runway access, said Republican Sen. Susan Collins. The money is from the U.S....

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., joined at left by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, meets with reporters just after the Senate advanced a resolution asserting that President Donald Trump must seek approval from Congress before engaging in further military action against Iran, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate moves to limit Trump on military force against Iran

Feb. 13, 2020 4:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved a bipartisan measure Thursday aimed at limiting President Donald Trump's authority to launch military operations against Iran, with eight Republicans joining Democrats in a post-impeachment bid to constrain the White House. The rebuke was the Senate's first major vote...

President Donald Trump listens to a question during a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

With impeachment over, critics see Trump 'retribution tour'

Feb. 13, 2020 5:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the week since his acquittal on impeachment charges, a fully emboldened President Donald Trump is demonstrating his determination to assert an iron grip on government, pushing his Justice Department to ease up on a longtime friend while using the levers of presidential powers to exact...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Feb. 12, 2020 4:13 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: North East charts path to future Erie Times-News Feb. 10As the 2021 closure of the Mercyhurst University North East campus draws near, the North East community stands at a pivotal crossroads. We don’t have to look far to...