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What impeachment means and how the process works

What impeachment means and how the process works

Impeachment is a constitutional process under which an elected official, including the president, is charged with an offense or offenses warranting removal from office. To impeach is a term meaning to charge or to accuse, and articles of impeachment are in effect an indictment.Unlike other elected officials, who can be charged with crimes and removed from office if convicted in a court, a president cannot be charged with a criminal offense under current Department of Justice guidelines, something Democrats have argued should be changed through legislation.What are impeachable...

September 25, 2019
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Lively U.S. Senate debate puts front-runners Collins and Gideon on the hot seat

Lively U.S. Senate debate puts front-runners Collins and Gideon on the hot seat

ShareRepublican Sen. Susan Collins and Democrat Sara Gideon traded shots over health care, money in politics, judicial nominees and President Trump’s reelection campaign during a fast-paced first debate of Maine’s closely watched Senate race.Appearing together for the first time, alongside independents Lisa Savage and Max Linn, Collins and her well-funded opponent were more respectful than the barrage of negative advertising that is filling Maine’s television airwaves.But the debate – jointly sponsored by the Portland Press Herald, the Bangor Daily News and News Center Maine – highlighted...

September 12, 2020
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Maine launches system for vaccine preregistration as eligibility expands to 50-plus

Maine launches system for vaccine preregistration as eligibility expands to 50-plus

SharePeople enter and leave the MaineHealth COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Scarborough Downs on March 16.State health officials launched a website on Tuesday that will allow Maine residents 16 and older to preregister for vaccination against COVID-19 and eventually schedule appointments.The website is still being developed but will not be the statewide, centralized registration and appointment system envisioned during the early weeks of Maine’s vaccination campaign. Instead, the new site appears geared toward smaller or newer vaccination providers that do not already have easy-to-use online...

March 23, 2021
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U.S. hits all-time high for COVID-19 cases, and some hospitals are in crisis

U.S. hits all-time high for COVID-19 cases, and some hospitals are in crisis

ShareBOISE, Idaho — The United States hit an all-time high Friday in daily new coronavirus cases, surpassing the previous record set during a summer surge of cases across the Sun Belt, The Washington Post reports.Friday’s tally of at least 81,400 – the first above 80,000 – comes as many states break their records for new infections in the latest ominous sign about the disease’s grip on the nation, as states from Connecticut to Idaho reel under the surge. The average number of COVID-19 hospitalizations has jumped in at least 38 states over the past week, a trend that cannot be explained by...

October 23, 2020
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Nurses celebrating coronavirus vaccines are getting hit by anti-vaxxers on social media

Nurses celebrating coronavirus vaccines are getting hit by anti-vaxxers on social media

ShareWhen the first coronavirus vaccines were administered last week, many front-line health-care workers across the U.S. posted celebratory photos on social media. In what was meant to be a triumphant moment, some found themselves the targets of skeptical or even scornful comments from people opposed to vaccines.A nurse on Twitter with the handle @saruhhdanae shared a picture of her getting the Pfizer shot, in a post with eight exclamation points. Soon, amid notes of congratulations and appreciation, came responses from people declaring they would be too afraid to take it, predicting...

December 24, 2020
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Brunswick free clinic marks 25 years of service

Brunswick free clinic marks 25 years of service

ShareAndree Appel, then-clinical director and Dr. Rick Elsaesser, a dentist at the Oasis Free Clinic in Brunswick, attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the clinic’s current location on Baribeau Drive in 2016. The clinic celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.BRUNSWICK — Dr. Peter McGuire’s interest in providing medical care to the less fortunate began during his time as a U.S. Army doctor in the Vietnam War, when he set up a clinic in a small Vietnamese village.“That was where my interest in caring for people who have no care started,” he said this week.McGuire’s altruistic motives led to...

October 28, 2020
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Fatal attack at Maine beach happened in view of surveillance cameras and witnesses, police say

Fatal attack at Maine beach happened in view of surveillance cameras and witnesses, police say

ShareA Massachusetts man accused of killing his domestic partner on a beach in York can be seen striking her from behind in video footage captured by surveillance cameras at nearby businesses, police said in an affidavit filed in court Monday.Multiple witnesses also saw the attack Friday at Short Sands Beach and called police to report a man beating and then dragging another person behind some rocks, the filing says. The police affidavit said it appeared the woman’s attacker used a rock to beat her.If you or someone you know is being affected by domestic violence, help is available at or...

March 29, 2021
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Portland woman is newest ‘Jeopardy!’ champion

Portland woman is newest ‘Jeopardy!’ champion

ShareSusan McMillan on the set of “Jeopardy!” with the guest host, Dr. Mehmet Oz. With Susan McMillan on the “Jeopardy!” stage, it doesn’t feel like much of a competition.McMillan, a 35-year-old professional Arabic translator and Army reservist from Portland, held a commanding lead through much of her debut on the popular TV quiz show and finished as champion after correctly answering two Daily Doubles and the Final Jeopardy! question. She breezed through categories of questions about history, opera and authors.The episode was hosted by Dr. Mehmet Oz, who is in the middle of a two-week gig...

March 27, 2021
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Freeport brewery cancels Trump campaign event, saying it was misled

Freeport brewery cancels Trump campaign event, saying it was misled

ShareThe owners of a Freeport brewery canceled a political gathering that was scheduled for their business Wednesday, saying they were never told it was to be an event that supported President Trump’s reelection campaign.Lara Trump speaks with Joanne Fryer of Cumberland at Ricker Apple Orchard in October 2016, when she and her husband, Eric Trump, came to campaign for his father, Donald Trump.The Women for Trump bus tour in Maine and New Hampshire was announced to the media in an advisory Monday night. It listed Stars & Stripes Brewing Company in Freeport as the first stop and named several...

July 21, 2020
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