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Topic - Michael H. Michaud
When the intensely private Rep. Michael H. Michaud laid bare his private life and announced he's gay, one openly gay congressman joked that the Maine Democrat had never registered on his "gaydar."
Fifteen senators have a message for President Obama: The Defense Department spends $150 million a year on athletic shoes for our armed forces. Please makes sure that footwear is made in America, huh?
Congressional Republicans and Democrats sent an irate letter Tuesday to a Pentagon official requesting that the U.S. military issue uniforms made in America, not China.
Former Gov. John Baldacci on Wednesday became the third prominent Democrat to bow out of the high-profile race for a U.S. Senate seat that Democrats were given a shot at winning after Republican Olympia J. Snowe decided to retire.
Maine Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe's decision to retire from the Senate sparked a wide-open scramble Wednesday among potential Democratic and Republican candidates just two weeks before a deadline to qualify for the June primary ballot.
Congress passed three free-trade agreements Wednesday night with South Korea, Colombia and Panama in what is the nation's biggest trade deal since NAFTA and the first for the Obama administration, with the promise of boosting the economy through the creation of tens of thousands of jobs.
President Obama on Monday finally sent Congress long-delayed free-trade agreements with Panama, South Korea and Colombia, breaking a deadlock that extends back to the George W. Bush administration and setting up a showdown on Capitol Hill.
Scandal-scarred Rep. Anthony Weiner is clinging to his perch in Congress despite new efforts to pry him away and a pair of developments that might inspire others in his position to give up the fight:
"There is no easy quick fix to the claims backlog," said Rep. Michael H. Michaud of Maine, the ranking Democrat on the House committee. "While progress is being made, this legislation provides the VA with the additional tools it needs to help reach its goal of ending the backlog by 2015."
"People know me as Mike. They know my issues are veteran issues, economic development, health care and jobs, and nothing is going to change," he said.