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Gazette opinion: Free tuition for students who are ready for college

Gazette opinion: Free tuition for students who are ready for college

When President Barack Obama made a case for boosting the middle class in the State of the Union address, his idea to “up our game” focused on college affordability.

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FACT CHECK: Obama claims credit for an incomplete recovery

FACT CHECK: Obama claims credit for an incomplete recovery

EDITOR'S NOTE — An occasional look at political claims that take shortcuts with the facts or don't tell the full story

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Montana’s congressional delegation reacts to Obama's speech

Montana’s congressional delegation reacts to Obama's speech

HELENA — Montana’s congressional delegation split along party lines Monday night with Democratic Sen. Jon Tester praising President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, while Republican Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Ryan Zinke criticized the president.

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Gazette opinion: Montana’s big stake in Keystone XL pipeline

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would become the biggest taxpayer in Phillips County and the biggest customer for the Big Flat Rural Electric Cooperative.

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Gazette opinion: Congress must refuel highway fund fast

Gazette opinion: Congress must refuel highway fund fast

Back in 1993, gas sold for about $1 a gallon all year. And Congress did something that it has been loathe to do since: Raised the federal fuel tax that builds and maintains our nation’s transportation system.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Community colleges getting presidential push

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Community colleges getting presidential push

WASHINGTON — Permit me to declare my bias: I came to revere community colleges for very personal reasons and learned to admire them because they are central to restoring social and economic mobility in our nation.

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White House says President Obama would veto Keystone pipeline legislation

White House says President Obama would veto Keystone pipeline legislation

WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto the first piece of legislation introduced in the Republican-controlled Senate, a bill approving the much-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, in what was expected to be the first of many confrontations over energy and environmental policy.

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Tester says things can get fixed, if the Republicans play ball

Tester says things can get fixed, if the Republicans play ball

HELENA — Montana’s lone Democrat in Congress, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, said Monday the new GOP-controlled Congress has the chance to address many problems facing the country — if Republicans are serious about advancing “responsible” proposals.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Little long-term progress on US debt, budget reform

WASHINGTON — The Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee issued a fascinating and largely overlooked report the other day highlighting how little Congress and the White House have done to deal with the nation's budget problems. Don't be fooled by Congress' recent approval of a $1.1 trillion…

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Obama makes big waves as lame duck

WASHINGTON — Politics in a democracy is a team sport that leans heavily on individual high performers. This explains the paradoxical closing of President Obama’s most difficult year in office.

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Gazette opinion: Governing after the fact leaves U.S. behind

Congress went home for Christmas having met Americans’ abysmally low expectations: A government shutdown was avoided when both House and Senate passed a budget for the fiscal year that began three months ago.

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Obama: Keystone offers little benefit to consumers

Obama: Keystone offers little benefit to consumers

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama downplayed the benefits of building the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. He said it would not lower gasoline prices and argued more jobs would be created by repairing America's infrastructure.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Everything depends on restoring middle class prosperity

WASHINGTON — Sen. Charles Schumer gave Democrats a talking-to about their obligation to stand up for government's role in helping struggling middle-income Americans — and his message got swallowed up by a few paragraphs on health care.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Senate report unlikely to prevent repeat of US torture

WASHINGTON — Can we now say with confidence that our government will not use torture again and that Americans in the future will rise up to prevent it from doing so? In light of the reaction to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report, I fear that we can’t.

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Attorneys for judiciary say Cebull's emails are confidential

Attorneys for judiciary say Cebull's emails are confidential

Attorneys for the federal judiciary moved Tuesday to prevent the release of hundreds of inappropriate and offensive emails from a U.S. district judge in Montana who was reprimanded for sending racist correspondence.

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Montana part of multistate coalition suing over immigration order

Montana part of multistate coalition suing over immigration order

HELENA — Montana has joined 16 other states in challenging President Barack Obama’s recent executive order to suspend immigration laws for 4.1 million people living illegally in the United States.

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Obama unveils plan to help young American Indians

Obama unveils plan to help young American Indians

BISMARCK, N.D. — President Barack Obama announced an initiative Wednesday aimed at improving conditions and opportunities for American Indian youth, more than a third of whom live in poverty.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Obama spotlights GOP contradictions on immigration reform

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.

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