Offering perspective on today's issues
WASHINGTON — Stay wide awake in the coming weeks. This is a historic moment when all of the divisions, misunderstandings and hatreds of President Obama’s time in office have come to a head. We are in a different place than we were. We are also in a place we were bound to get to eventually.
A day after 39 Democratic U.S. senators and two independent senators voted against constructing the Keystone XL pipeline, it’s worth noting why the proposal for transporting Canadian crude has bipartisan support in Montana.
WASHINGTON — It’s not exactly the Ems Dispatch (the diplomatic cable Bismarck doctored to provoke the 1870 Franco-Prussian War). But what the just-resurfaced Gruber Confession lacks in world-historical consequence, it makes up for in world-class cynicism. This October 2013 video shows MIT pr…
The American experiment of federalism, and the proper role of the states versus the federal government, continues to evolve. Even though many of us are cautiously optimistic after this election that the federal government will improve, given the federal government's past inability to properl…
WASHINGTON — President Obama looked almost relieved after Tuesday’s election blowout. A man who has been perhaps the least political president in modern American history doesn’t have to worry about elections anymore.
One of the first emails I received Wednesday morning, after just a five-hour hiatus from the office for what was more a nap than sleep, said, "How about this newspaper support Republicans instead of always supporting Democrats every single year?"
WASHINGTON — President Obama has always had a thing about hope as an antidote to cynicism.
WASHINGTON — The president is upset. Very upset. Frustrated and angry. Seething about the government's handling of Ebola, said the front-page headline in The New York Times on Oct. 18.
BOSTON — Seth Moulton, an Iraq veteran and Democratic congressional candidate on Massachusetts' North Shore, has done something with little precedent in political campaigning: He was caught underplaying his war record.
HELENA — The Montana commissioner of political practices says his office has received a spike in complaints about mailers that depict how liberal or conservative four Supreme Court candidates are.
When customers use credit cards at shops in Europe or Australia, they insert a card in a reader and enter a PIN. There’s no swiping and signing as in U.S. card transactions.
Montana Republican candidates show strong leads in U.S. Senate and House races, according to a poll released Friday by Montana State University Billings.
BURLINGTON, N.C. — The clergy gathered in the second-floor conference room at the First Baptist Church here were pondering whether this midterm election might be different from other midterm elections.
NEWARK, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie could be forgiven if he had chips on both shoulders as big as those shoulders. This year, the first of his second term, has been overshadowed by often partisan investigations, more protracted than productive, of the involvement of several of his former aide…
The Ebola epidemic threatens thousands of lives along with the economies of nations in Africa and beyond.
WASHINGTON — The United States last declared war many wars ago, on June 5, 1942, when, to clarify legal ambiguities during a world conflagration, it declared war on Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Today’s issue is not whether to declare war but only whether the president should even seek cong…
WASHINGTON — Over the last decade, Americans' views on foreign policy have swung sharply from support for intervention to a profound mistrust of any military engagement overseas. Over the same period, political debates on foreign affairs have been bitter and polarized, defined by the questio…
HELENA — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat, and U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, a Republican, agreed Wednesday night on two aspects of the country’s response to Islamic terrorists in the Middle East: That President Barack Obama should consult with Congress and any response should not put new U.S. tro…