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Oil industry advocate says innovation is key to keeping industry healthy

Oil industry advocate says innovation is key to keeping industry healthy

Alex Epstein says he’s not too worried about running out of oil. But he sometimes worries that the industry won’t always have the freedom to develop it.

August 27, 2014 4:33 pm Photos

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Wyoming US House candidate calls Obama dictator

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A Republican candidate for U.S. House in Wyoming said President Barack Obama is a dictator and he wants to personally say it to the president's face.

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Guest opinion: Nixon resignation anniversary shows contrast with Obama

The 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation as president is an appropriate time to take note of how nasty and unfounded the current Republican calls for impeaching President Obama happen to be.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: The GOP's impeachment two-step

WASHINGTON — If you attack the president repeatedly for law-breaking, executive overreach and deceiving the public and Congress, do you have an obligation to impeach him? This is the logical question Republicans are now trying to duck.

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Daines votes to sue Obama; GOP says president exceeded authority

Daines votes to sue Obama; GOP says president exceeded authority

HELENA — Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., voted with the House Republican majority Wednesday to sue President Barack Obama for what they say was exceeding his constitutional authority.

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From the editor: Somewhere between hope and change

From the editor: Somewhere between hope and change

Imagine my surprise when I learned that Fox News reported The Billings Gazette had pulled its 2008 endorsement of Barack Obama.

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David Ignatius: Obama's cautious policy on global challenges

WASHINGTON — In President Obama's sometimes maddeningly cautious foreign policy, you can see him struggling to answer what may be the hardest question of his presidency: How should the United States project power in a disorderly world without making the same mistakes it did in Iraq and Afghanistan?

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White House singles out Bakken oil patch in drug strategy

White House singles out Bakken oil patch in drug strategy

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota’s top state and federal prosecutors say the White House is justified in singling out the state’s oil patch as part of its 2014 national drug control strategy released Wednesday.

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Obama seeks $615 million to fight wildfires

Obama seeks $615 million to fight wildfires

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $615 million to help fight wildfires as the summer season is already prompting blazes across western states.

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Darby man found not guilty of threatening to kill president

A Darby man was found not guilty Tuesday in United States District Court in Missoula of threatening to kill President Barack Obama and his family.

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Guest opinion: Paid family leave benefits workers, employers, too

Forty years ago this weekend, my father died of a heart attack at the age of 52. I was 12, so as time goes by I remember less and less about him. But one vivid memory is of him always coming to my baseball games. And so when I had children, I promised myself that I would do the same — not ju…

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Guest opinion: New EPA water rule threatens property rights

As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day and the liberties enshrined in our founding document, we need to be vigilant on the latest federal encroachments on our rights: President Obama’s EPA and their attempt to use the Clean Water Act to restrict property rights of farmers and ranchers.

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George F. Will: Congress must sue to stop lawless president

WASHINGTON — What philosopher Harvey Mansfield calls "taming the prince" — making executive power compatible with democracy's abhorrence of arbitrary power — has been a perennial problem of modern politics. It is now more urgent in America than at any time since the Founders, having rebelled…

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Obama: Much more needed to help Native Americans

Obama: Much more needed to help Native Americans

CANNON BALL, N.D. — President Barack Obama on Friday became only the fourth sitting U.S. president to set foot in Indian Country, encountering both the wonder of Native American culture and the struggle of tribal life on a breeze-whipped afternoon on the prairie. Amid snapping flags and colo…

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Walsh disappointed with Obama's handling of prisoner release

Walsh disappointed with Obama's handling of prisoner release

HELENA — U.S. Sen. John Walsh, the only Iraq War combat veteran in the U.S. Senate, said Wednesday he is “deeply disappointed” that President Barack Obama didn’t properly notify Congress about the circumstances of the release of prisoner-of-war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

June 11, 2014 5:45 pm Photos

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Gazette opinion: Energy jobs, health matter in writing emissions rules

Gazette opinion: Energy jobs, health matter in writing emissions rules

Like most “major” announcements coming out of Washington, D.C., the new rules on carbon dioxide emissions are more smoke than fire.

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Obama pitches wildfire plan to Western governors

Obama pitches wildfire plan to Western governors

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — President Barack Obama on Monday encouraged a group of governors to support a plan to pay for wildfire suppression, and the proposal got a positive reception from the 10 leaders gathered for an annual summit.

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David Ignatius: Our cycles of national worry about military power

WASHINGTON — When CBS News brought Dwight Eisenhower back to Normandy for the 20th anniversary of the D-Day landings in 1964, you might have expected the former commander of Allied forces to conclude with a triumphal comment. Instead, CBS captured an anguished Eisenhower against the backdrop…

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Gazette opinion: Last chance to honor ‘Greatest Generation’

Gazette opinion: Last chance to honor ‘Greatest Generation’

On Tuesday morning, June 6, 1944, The Billings Gazette carried a banner headline on its front page:

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Montana Energy Quarterly: Delay of Keystone XL pipeline draws sharp reaction

Montana Energy Quarterly: Delay of Keystone XL pipeline draws sharp reaction

Proponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have complained that election-year politics is behind President Barack Obama’s recent decision to hold off on approval of the $5.4 billion project.

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