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David Ignatius: How will Saudis deal with Islamist State threats?

WASHINGTON — With Iraq and Syria ablaze, the oil-rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia seems almost an afterthought. But Riyadh will be a crucial, if quixotic, ally as the U.S. seeks to mobilize Sunni Muslims against the terrorist Islamic State.

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Idaho dairy group urges farmers not to give tours

BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho dairy industry group has sent a letter to its members urging them to deny media requests for tours and on-farm interviews in the wake of a new law that makes it illegal to secretly film animal abuse at agricultural facilities.

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5 things to know about Montana's midterm elections

HELENA — In two months, Montanans will choose two new members of the state’s congressional delegation, which party will be in control for the 2015 Legislature and whether to change the makeup of the state Supreme Court. Here are five things to know about Montana’s midterm elections:

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More charges in chase that included deputy's death

More charges in chase that included deputy's death

GREAT FALLS — A Great Falls man who is charged with deliberate homicide in the death of a Cascade County sheriff's deputy faces charges that he tried to assault two other officers and endangered two motorists during an Aug. 14 chase.

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George F. Will: Building U.S. Navy with mission in mind

WASHINGTON — Russia's ongoing dismemberment of Ukraine and the Islamic State's erasing of Middle Eastern borders have distracted attention from the harassment of U.S. Navy aircraft by Chinese fighter jets over the South China Sea. Beijing calls this sea, and the Yellow and East China seas, t…

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Judge rejects Montana Senate leader's conspiracy claims

Judge rejects Montana Senate leader's conspiracy claims

HELENA — A Helena judge has dismissed claims by the Montana Senate majority leader that the governor, a state senator and two commissioners of political practices conspired to drive him out of office.

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Livestock Department faces $400K budget shortfall

Livestock Department faces $400K budget shortfall

BOZEMAN — The Montana Board of Livestock has approved plans to leave a dozen jobs unfilled, increase fees and ask the state for more money to avoid a potential $400,000 budget shortfall.

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E.J. Dionne: Democrats tout new health care benefits, not Obamacare

WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act was supposed to be a slam dunk issue for the Republicans in this fall’s elections. Karl Rove told us so in April, writing that “Obamacare is and will remain a political problem for Democrats.”

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Robert J. Samuelson: Do Democrats do economy better? Nope

WASHINGTON — It’s a Democratic campaign consultant’s dream: a study from two respected academic economists concluding that, since the late 1940s, the economy has consistently performed better under Democratic presidents than Republican. The gap is huge. From 1949 to 2013, a period when the W…

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Only 1 candidate debate set before election day

Only 1 candidate debate set before election day

HELENA — With more than two months to go before the general election, the only U.S. House and Senate candidate debates scheduled so far will be on Oct. 4 in Bozeman, officials said Monday.

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Montana to appeal judge's immigrant law ruling

HELENA — Montana's attorney general plans to appeal a judge's ruling that a voter-approved law requiring immigration checks of anybody applying for state services goes against federal immigration laws.

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Wyoming governor wants Medicaid proposal for Legislature

Wyoming governor wants Medicaid proposal for Legislature

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead said he expects to be ready to brief state lawmakers early next year about the best deal Wyoming could get from the federal government if the state agrees to expand Medicaid coverage to thousands of low-income workers.

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George F. Will: Americans fed up with cupcake cops

WASHINGTON — In physics, a unified field theory is an attempt to explain with a single hypothesis the behavior of several fields. Its political corollary is the Cupcake Postulate, which explains everything, from Missouri to Iraq, concerning Americans' comprehensive withdrawal of confidence f…

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Ed Murray wins GOP secretary of state primary

Ed Murray wins GOP secretary of state primary

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Cheyenne businessman Ed Murray has narrowly won the Republican primary for secretary of state.

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Tea party leaders don't fare so well in primary

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Two top tea party organizers in Wyoming lost their bids for legislative seats as most state Senate and House incumbents fended off challengers in Tuesday's primary.

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Jillian Balow wins GOP superintendent primary

Jillian Balow wins GOP superintendent primary

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Jillian Balow has won a three-way primary for the Republican nomination for Wyoming superintendent of public instruction.

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5 things to know about Wyoming's primary elections

5 things to know about Wyoming's primary elections

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming voters overwhelmingly chose incumbents in the top races in Tuesday's Republican primary election. Here are five things to know about the election:

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David Ignatius: Mulling a Ukraine policy in Colorado conference

ASPEN, Colo. — At the public kickoff of a discussion here about U.S. policy toward Russia and Ukraine, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates joked that his favorite definition of diplomacy was “petting a dog and saying ‘nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.”

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Mike Enzi, Cynthia Lummis prevail in Wyoming

Mike Enzi, Cynthia Lummis prevail in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming gave two big thumbs-up to two-thirds of its congressional delegation, handing U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi and U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis large majorities in the Republican primary Tuesday.

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Daines: Curtis' entry won't change his campaign

Daines: Curtis' entry won't change his campaign

MONTANA CITY — Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines of Montana said Tuesday the Democrats' recent switch in Senate candidates won't change how he campaigns for the seat in the Nov. 4 election.

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