Senator Angus King

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Independent Sen. Angus King received the support Friday of two former prominent Maine U.S. senators from opposing parties.

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Maine Senator Angus King is voicing skepticism about the contents of a memo House Republicans released Friday which purports to document FBI abuse of its surveillance authority when seeking warrants to spy on a member of President Trump's election campaign.

FILE: Sen. Angus King I-Maine, attends the christening ceremony for the USS Raphael Peralta, the 35th Arleigh Burke Class Missile Destroyer to be built by Bath Iron Works, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Bath, Maine.
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Independent Maine Senator Angus King is “hopeful” President Trump’s Afghanistan strategy could help stabilize the region.

King says President Trump has no good options when it comes to Afghanistan and the war on terrorism. He says withdrawing U.S. troops would have disastrous consequences.

“No central government and an absolute free reign for Al-Qaida, ISIS, the Taliban and probably a half dozen other terrorist organizations,” King says. “That’s a threat to us.”

A.J. Higgins / Maine Public

Congress has recessed for the summer and hundreds of lawmakers have fled the beltway to reconnect with constituents in their home states. Today Independent Sen. Angus King was in the Millinocket area, which has been economically ravaged by the loss of two paper mills, but is hoping for a rebirth. The region’s fate may depend on decisions that come directly from Washington.

The Month in Review

Jul 31, 2017
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Our panel discusses all the news that was made in Maine during the month of July.

Guests:  Steve Mistler, Maine Public Radio, Chief Political Correspondent

Kathleen Fleury, Editor in Chief, Down East Magazine

Ben Bragdon, the editorial page editor for the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel

FILE: Senate Armed Services Senate Committee member Sen. Angus King, I-Maine questions Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.
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Maine Independent Senator Angus King says he thinks Republicans are moving too quickly toward a vote on a health care proposal. Speaking with CNN Wednesday, King said that Senate Republicans have developed another health care plan in secret, one whose content is not known by many Republicans he knows.

“It’s going to come out maybe tomorrow,” King says. “There’ll be a congressional budget office analysis on Monday, maybe, and then their talking about a vote next. I mean why not slow down and do it in the normal course of business?”

A commission set up to advise the U.S. secretary of the interior on matters related to management and development of Acadia National Park will be able to meet again in September after being suspended in May. In May, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke suspended all 220 federal advisory boards across the country.

Senator Angus King

Feb 16, 2017
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Maine’s junior senator joins us from Washington, DC.  Likely topics of discussion include:  King's votes on President Trump's cabinet nominees, his view of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, King’s efforts to boost broadband access in rural Maine, and the Senate intelligence committee’s probe of Russian intel activities (King serves on this committee.)

Guest:  Angus King is in his first term as U.S. Senator.

Arctic Council

Oct 3, 2016
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The Senior Arctic Officials Meeting of the Arctic Council takes plans on October 4-6 in Portland. We’ll learn what the council does and why an organization concerned with the Arctic is holding a high-level meeting in Maine.

Guests:  Rafe Pomerance, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and chairman of Arctic 21, a coalition of nongovernmental organizations concerned with climate change in the region

Dr. Adrianna Muir, the Deputy Senior Arctic Official at the U.S. Department of State for the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council