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Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

Sen. Angus King says President Trump's recent comments about Montenegro reflect a misunderstanding of "the whole point of NATO" as a deterrence to Russian aggression.

 

Trump recently said the U.S. "may or may not" respond if the NATO ally becomes involved in a conflict with Russia. 

 

"That flies in the face of 200 years of diplomatic history, diplomatic principal," King said in an interview Thursday morning on CNN. "It should have been dismissed completely out of hand."

 

Gov. Paul LePage's Twitter feed

  President Donald Trump said Monday that Montenegro — a tiny Balkan nation that has its military sometimes train with the Maine National Guard — could cause a third world war if its “aggressive” behavior triggers a conflict between NATO and Russia.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

The legal dispute over Medicaid expansion came before the Maine Supreme Court Wednesday afternoon.

The Trump administration is complying with a court order to turn over documents from the voting integrity commission to Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap.

A spokesperson for Dunlap says the U.S. Department of Justice sent out the materials on Wednesday, the deadline set by a federal judge. The spokesperson says Dunlap's lawyers will review the documents before any of the materials are publicly released.

The judge last month rejected the administration's contention that Dunlap, a Democrat, is no longer entitled to documents because the panel was disbanded.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Maine 2nd District U.S. House Rep. Bruce Poliquin Wednesday questioned Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell about the nation’s economy and what can be done to encourage its growth.

“One of my concerns, my major concern Mr. Powell, is how do we keep this going?” Poliquin asked.

The Maine Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday afternoon to determine whether the LePage administration must move forward to implement Medicaid expansion.

The LePage administration is appealing a lower court's order that it file an application with the federal government.  The state Supreme Court granted a temporary stay on that order until it could hear arguments in the case.

Maine Equal Justice Partners and other advocacy groups sued the LePage administration last spring to implement expansion, which was approved by voters last November. 

Associated Press

Several candidates say the Maine governor's latest push to hold up over $1 million in budgeted public campaign funding "flies in the face of common sense" and legal precedent.

In briefs filed Monday, an advocacy group and 11 candidates argued that the governor is reducing political speech that will decide this November's election.

Gov. LePage and finance chief Alec Porteous are defending LePage's refusal to sign financial orders to release money due to over 120 legislative candidates and one gubernatorial hopeful through June.

A.J. Higgins / Maine Public

  

A Milbridge physician with a flair for inventions is reinventing herself as she attempts to become the Maine Democratic nominee who will oppose U.S. Sen. Susan Collins in 2020.

Dr. Cathleen London says Collins' comments on the criteria needed to determine who should replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy figure prominently in her decision to enter the race.

Associated Press

Just days after the nation's top intelligence officer warned of persistent attempts by Russia to hack American voting infrastructure, the Maine Secretary of State's office confirmed that it is seeking federal funds to beef up cybersecurity of the state’s voter registration system.

Maine incumbents have retained their fundraising advantages months ahead of November federal races.

Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin reported Sunday a war chest of $2.6 million through June, while Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree reported about $685,000 on hand.

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King reported $2.4 million in cash through late May.

Democratic Assistant Leader Jared Golden has raised $1.1 million to unseat Poliquin.

Residents of a neighborhood where Portland wants to create a new homeless shelter want to know how the city went about the selection process. Residents worry the center would bring violence and drug use to their neighborhoods.

City officials surprised its residents in late June when they announced plans for plans for the $10 million, 200-bed center on city-owned land near the Barron Center campus. It would replace the Oxford Street Shelter in downtown Portland.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down for a summit today in in Helsinki, Finland. This is the first stand-alone summit between the two leaders, and comes just days after an American grand jury indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers on charges related to Russia's interference in the 2016 election. The two leaders are holding a news conference following their meetings. 

AUGUSTA, Maine  - Thousands of child care workers in Maine will now have to undergo criminal background checks and fingerprinting under a new law.

Gov. Paul LePage's administration is terminating Maine's contract with a Massachusetts-based firm that was helping with the state's Medicaid application process.

Bangor Daily News reports the administration has ended a contract with Commonwealth Medicine after a year. The Shrewsbury company had previously agreed to a 25-month contract worth $5.6 million from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

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