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Government And Politics

E.J. Dionne Jr.: 2 D.C. judges rule for blind ideology, 4 uphold ACA

WASHINGTON — Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens captured our ideal when he wrote of the judge as "an impartial guardian of the rule of law."

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War College to investigate Walsh plagiarism allegations

War College to investigate Walsh plagiarism allegations

HELENA — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year.

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Walsh case shows how candidates risk 'oppo-research' revelations

Walsh case shows how candidates risk 'oppo-research' revelations

WASHINGTON — It’s one thing to be Montana’s lieutenant governor. It’s another to be a U.S. Senate candidate in one of the states that will determine which party controls that 100-member chamber.

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George F. Will: Immigrants' son is California's new Goldwater

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, who knew he would lose: Americans were not going to have a third president in 14 m…

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Montana Supreme Court: Sentencing enhancement justified in sex crime

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court has ruled a Havre man convicted of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl should face a sentencing enhancement due to the girl's age, even if the ages of the defendant and the victim were not on the verdict form.

July 23, 2014 1:55 pmLoading…

Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court delivered a potentially serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, imperiling billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.

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David Ignatius: Obama's foreign policy shortcomings

WASHINGTON — When Attorney General Eric Holder says that the Islamic State that has taken root in Iraq and Syria poses a "deadly" threat, and that he has "extreme, extreme concern" about its bomb-makers, that sounds like an emergency. Yet the Obama administration hasn't settled on a coordina…

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Rekha Basu: You can’t escape the Kochs

You can’t escape the Koch brothers. They’re everywhere. Underwriting efforts to eliminate Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. Trying to get rid of aid to education, the Environmental Protection Agency and minimum-wage laws. They’re the brunt of late-night monologues, dramatic TV series and …

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Americans sure have odd ways of dealing with their problems

WASHINGTON — We Americans are marvelously inventive when it comes to dealing with our piques.

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2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

DES MOINES, Iowa — The yearslong fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.

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FE Warren Air Base gaining 240 personnel

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A push to boost the nation's intercontinental ballistic missile force will mean about 240 more airmen at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne.

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The Medicaid paralysis

WASHINGTON — The White House recently put out a 40-page report arguing that the 24 states that have not expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) are hurting their poor and themselves. It’s an easy case to make, but it’s incomplete and misleading. The furt…

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Simpson: E. Idaho sheep station will remain open

BOISE, Idaho — A sheep research facility that has operated for about a century on the Idaho-Montana border will remain open, Republican Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho said.

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Ukraine: 295 on Malaysia plane shot down over east

Ukraine: 295 on Malaysia plane shot down over east

In this Nov. 15, 2012 photo, the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 with tail number 9M-MRD _ the same aircraft that was shot down near the Ukraine Russia border on Thursday, July 17, 2014 _ takes off from Los Angeles International Airport. Ukraine said the passenger plane was shot down Thursd…

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Democrats ask U.S. Navy for Zinke military records

Democrats ask U.S. Navy for Zinke military records

HELENA — Montana Democrats released a letter Wednesday asking for Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke’s military records under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Gun laws and what the Second Amendment intended

As school shootings erupt with sickening regularity, Americans once again are debating gun laws. Quickly talk turns to the Second Amendment.

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Gov. Bullock promotes drought management effort

Gov. Bullock promotes drought management effort

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock announced a pilot project Wednesday that could have national implications for better managing the impacts of drought.

July 16, 2014 1:40 pmLoading…

Why should unions negotiate for workers who don’t pay their fair share?

In Harris v. Quinn, the U.S. Supreme Court put unions in a bind when it ruled that unionized home-care workers cannot be required to pay for the representation that unions are required by law to provide to them. In cases across the country lawyers are now asking courts to extend the rule of …

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Wyoming police officer fatally shoots man

BASIN, Wyo. — Police in Basin say an officer shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at him.

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Where does the buck stop?

WASHINGTON -- Some elections are contests between voters who are happy and voters who are not. This fall's elections are of a different sort: Since almost all the voters are unhappy with politics, the battle will be over which party gets the blame for dysfunction, inaction and disillusionment.

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