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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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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…

July 18, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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.

July 17, 2014 5:01 pmLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Highway Trust spending will shrink 30% if Congress does nothing

WASHINGTON — It's time for a primer on the Highway Trust Fund, which looms as the next battle in Congress' unending budget wars.

July 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

State refinances bonds to save $1.6 million

HELENA — The state has refinanced building bonds issued in 2005 and 2007 in a move that will save the state $1.64 million in interest.

July 08, 2014 4:04 pmLoading…
Zinke record questioned at House GOP debate

Zinke record questioned at House GOP debate

HELENA — The five Republican U.S. House candidates agreed on some issues in their final debate in Kalispell on Wednesday night, but several called into question the conservative credentials of state Sen. Ryan Zinke, of Whitefish.

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E.J. Dionne: Why Paul Ryan should love Americorps

E.J. Dionne: Why Paul Ryan should love Americorps

WASHINGTON — We are at a point where we will soon have vicious ideological debates over motherhood and apple pie.

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Simplifying taxes fastest way to grow our economy

NEW YORK — The modern income tax was passed 100 years ago on a simple premise — it would apply only to the top one-half of 1 percent of the population and it would be easy to fill out — just one page.

April 15, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: How to make tax day fun for the 99%

WASHINGTON — Tax day is always a busy day for the tax hysteric crowd: the folks who think it is outrageous that we tax people to pay for things like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and infrastructure.

April 15, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Tax reformer's uphill push toward economic growth

WASHINGTON — The Sisyphean task of tax reform should be tried only by someone who will not flinch from igniting some highly flammable people — those who believe that whatever wrinkle in the tax code that benefits them is an eternal entitlement. Tax reform’s Senate champion is Ron Wyden, the …

April 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Will Putin's Ukraine gamble backfire?

WASHINGTON — It’s a stunning comparison that, in some ways, explains everything about the crisis in Ukraine. Back in 1990, average per-person incomes in Poland and Ukraine were roughly equal, about $8,000 in each country. By 2012, they no longer were, reports economist Anders Aslund of the P…

March 14, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

February 21, 2014 4:10 am

Robert J. Samuelson: Unpredicted disasters create identity crisis for economists

WASHINGTON — These are hard times for economists. Their reputations are tarnished; their favorite doctrines are damaged. Among their most prominent thinkers, there is no consensus as to how — or whether — governments in advanced countries can improve lackluster recoveries. All in all, the s…

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Robert J. Samuelson: Ignoring aging costs may end government as we know it

WASHINGTON — Something strange is happening in Washington. We are slowly dismantling the federal government, even as its spending is growing larger. The paradox is that governmental competence is being systematically degraded while the government’s size, as measured by its budget, is increas…

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Robert J. Samuelson: How we won and lost the War on Poverty

WASHINGTON — We are awash in retrospectives of the “War on Poverty,” launched 50 years ago this month by Lyndon Johnson. A furious debate has developed between those (mostly liberals) who consider the war an important, if incomplete, triumph and those (mostly conservatives) who judge it a wa…

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Guest opinion: War on Poverty not a lost cause

Jan. 8 marked the 50th anniversary of legislation launching America’s War on Poverty. The story of that war is often told with a sort of reverse Hollywood ending: oversimplified and wrapped up neatly as a failure. No one can claim that the war on poverty has been won, but the failure narrati…

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E.J. Dionne Jr: 2013: Not as bad as you think

WASHINGTON — “Has this been the worst year of your presidency?”

January 02, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Public bankruptcy reveals clash of generations

WASHINGTON — We are locked in a generational war, which will get worse before it gets better. Indeed, it may not get better for a long time. No one wants to admit this, because it's ugly and unwelcome. Parents are supposed to care for their children, and children are supposed to care for the…

December 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Fat cats vs. tax facts: Exaggerations of power

WASHINGTON – How often have you heard that we have the best government money can buy? Washington is overrun, it’s said, with fat-cat lobbyists whose lavish campaign contributions and insider connections manipulate the White House and Congress to serve big corporations and the rich. Meanwhile…

November 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: America's enduring JFK fascination

WASHINGTON — It’s not about him. It’s about us.

November 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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