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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.

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Senator Angus King says he has concerns about the judicial record of President Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. King cites Kavanaugh’s ambiguity on Roe v Wade, the Affordable Care Act’s required coverage of pre-existing conditions and his comments about Presidential immunity as points of concern.

“He’s already pretty much stated that he doesn’t think it’s appropriate to even investigate a sitting President, which I find kind of bizarre,” King says. “In law school I learned that no person is above the law.”

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Maine independent U.S. Sen. Angus King had some harsh words for President Trump this morning.  King said on CNN that Trump's rhetoric going into the NATO summit played into the political machinations of Russia's leader Vladimir Putin and could weaken Western alliances.

"He [Putin] views the Western alliance as a threat and he wants to see it undermined," King said. "That's their strategy and that's why they got involved in European politics, they got involved in our politics. This is what they want to do and I'm afraid that we're playing into Putin's hands."

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In his campaign and first year in office, President Donald Trump promised a major infrastructure program to address the nation’s backlog of needed repairs. 

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Several members of the U.S. Congress have resigned over allegations of sexual harassment, prompting legislation aimed at creating a more transparent and accountable process. The House and Senate have each passed their own versions of the bill, and will have to come to an agreement on a final measure.

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Maine’s two senators could play key roles in the confirmation of the replacement for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has announced his retirement.

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Maine’s two U.S. senators have said security officials aren’t giving adequate attention to attempts by Russia and other nations to influence elections. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King expressed those concerns during an unusual open meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday.

King said he spent an hour reading the still-classified Senate Intelligence Committee report on efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. He said the findings, which he would not detail publicly, are “horrifying.”

U.S. Senator Angus King is warning fellow members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that Russia is trying to use the strengths of democracies to undermine them in what he calls a style of "political judo." 

“Our strength is our freedom and our First Amendment and our free press and our open society, and that’s exactly what they are using to turn it back on us and divide us,” says King.

King says the Russians have also turned to social media and other forums to influence what he calls a de-unification of Europe.

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Maine's two U.S. senators say the two-year budget deal reached Wednesday is a big step in the right direction.

Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, says the deal struck by Senate leaders and President Trump will increase both defense spending and funding for domestic programs over two years.

She says the agreement sets spending caps while avoiding the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.  “It’s a significant agreement because it would do away with the threat of sequestration, that arbitrary across-the-board cuts of federal programs."

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The temporary spending bill Congress passed a few weeks ago runs out on Friday, and Republican leaders are talking about yet another short-term spending bill.

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King says the process to pass a massive overhaul of the federal tax code is the worst he's ever seen.

During an interview with MSNBC Friday, King reiterated statements he made from the Senate floor Thursday, saying the proposal is too big and too consequential to be rushed.

"The Bangor City Council wouldn't amend the leash law using this process," he said.

King criticized GOP leaders for writing the tax bill in secret and for not holding a single hearing to vet the proposal.

Maine independent U.S. Sen. Angus King says Congress has abdicated its responsibility to oversee the use of military forces in combat missions around the world.

Appearing on MSNBC, King said Congress needs to update the resolution authorizing use of combat forces.

“We haven’t passed even a bare authorization since the week after September 11th," King said, "and I don’t think you can argue with a straight face that that authorization covers what we are doing now.”

Maine independent U.S. Sen. Angus King is criticizing the procedure majority Republicans are using to pass a tax cut bill, a process he says will end up costing seniors.

 The measure would allow a simple majority to pass the legislation, blocking any attempt at a filibuster.

“We still don’t know what the plan is," King said Wednesday in a speech on the Senate floor. "We have an outline, we have principles, we have bullet points, we have lists - but we don’t have a plan. Therefore, it is difficult to analyze.”

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Under questioning Tuesday by Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said he thinks it's in the nation's security interest to maintain the Iran nuclear deal.

King questioned Mattis at a meeting of the Senate Armed Services Committee on policies in southeast Asia.  King asked Mattis directly about continuing the agreement with Iran on inspection and limitation of its atomic weapons development.

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix.
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At his campaign rally in Phoenix, President Donald Trump vowed to block passage of the federal budget for the next year if Congress fails to pay for his proposed wall to keep illegal immigrants out of the country. Members of Maine’s Congressional delegation say they’re concerned by those comments.

Trump was playing to a supportive crowd when he made his threat against a federal budget that Congress has been working on for months.

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