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George F. Will: Obama needs Congress to approve this war

WASHINGTON — The United States last declared war many wars ago, on June 5, 1942, when, to clarify legal ambiguities during a world conflagration, it declared war on Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Today’s issue is not whether to declare war but only whether the president should even seek cong…

September 18, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Bill would rename Billings VA clinic

Bill would rename Billings VA clinic

A bill before Congress would rename the Billings VA Clinic the Bear Root Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic.

September 16, 2014 6:25 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Obama's new politics of foreign policy

WASHINGTON — Over the last decade, Americans' views on foreign policy have swung sharply from support for intervention to a profound mistrust of any military engagement overseas. Over the same period, political debates on foreign affairs have been bitter and polarized, defined by the questio…

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Montana vets question federal health officials

Montana vets question federal health officials

HELENA — The acting director of the Veterans Affairs Montana Health Care System said Wednesday he isn’t waiting for a follow-up inspection to a national audit to figure out ways to cut the long waiting period for initial doctors’ appointments.

September 10, 2014 7:45 pmLoading…

Veterans Affairs to hold town hall meeting

HELENA — The Department of Veterans Affairs is hosting a town hall to listen to and answer questions from Montana veterans.

September 08, 2014 11:56 amLoading…

Wyoming considers restricting police use of drones

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming lawmakers are considering a bill to ban law enforcement use of drones without a warrant.

September 07, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…
War college begins review into Walsh's work

War college begins review into Walsh's work

HELENA — A U.S. Army War College spokeswoman says no information will be released about an investigation into plagiarism allegations against Sen. John Walsh until the process is complete.

August 15, 2014 1:22 pmLoading…

George F. Will: Scholar's theory may reveal reason behind Watergate

WASHINGTON — At about 5:15 p.m. on June 17, 1971, in the Oval Office, the president ordered a crime: “I want it implemented on a thievery basis. Goddamn it, get in and get those files. Blow the safe and get it.”

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VA executive: Wait times can be fixed in 2 years

DENVER — Long wait times for veterans to get health care can be cleared up in two years, along with investigations of employees accused of falsifying data to hide the problem, Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said Wednesday.

August 06, 2014 8:15 pmLoading…

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.

July 19, 2014 9:11 pmLoading…
As 'fresh eyes,' James targeted nuke missile ills

As 'fresh eyes,' James targeted nuke missile ills

WASHINGTON — When Deborah Lee James became top boss of the Air Force seven months ago she had no inkling a nuclear crisis was brewing. But once it erupted in the form of exam-cheating by dozens of missile launch officers, she quickly announced conclusions that no Air Force leader before her …

July 14, 2014 9:50 am Related Loading…

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?

July 11, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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.

May 28, 2014 10:05 pm Photos

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David Ignatius: Gangs take over in Iraq's never-ending war

AMMAN, Jordan — Iraq appears to be slipping back into civil war, and Sheik Zaydan Aljabiri, one of the political leaders of the Sunni insurgent group known as the Tribal Revolutionaries, seems confident that his side is winning.

April 29, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Ukraine poses existential crisis for Obama, too

WASHINGTON — As President Obama looks at the Ukraine crisis, he sees an asymmetry of interests: Simply put, the future of Ukraine means more to Vladimir Putin’s Russia than it does to the U.S. or Europe. For Putin, this is an existential crisis; for the West, so far, it isn’t, as the limited…

April 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Wyoming Guard program transforms teenagers

RAWLINS, Wyo. — Their motto is simple — courage to change.

March 30, 2014 1:49 pmLoading…

David Ignatius: In Syria, a moderate rebel with a just cause

WASHINGTON — With the Ukraine crisis, any fleeting hope that the U.S. and Russia could soon broker a political settlement in Syria has vanished. The U.S. needs an alternate strategy for strengthening Syrian moderates who can resist both the brutal Bashar al-Assad regime and al-Qaida extremists.

March 13, 2014 2:33 pmLoading…

David Ignatius: Spymasters' conclave on Syria

WASHINGTON — Western and Arab intelligence services that support Syria’s struggling opposition gathered for a two-day strategy meeting in Washington last week that appears to signal a stronger effort to back the rebels.

February 19, 2014 7:03 amLoading…
When do nuclear missteps put security in jeopardy?

When do nuclear missteps put security in jeopardy?

WASHINGTON — At what point do breakdowns in discipline put the country's nuclear security in jeopardy?

January 20, 2014 4:45 pm Related Loading…

Guest opinion: Snowden’s action protected democracy

WASHINGTON — Edward Snowden is a courageous American hero and will be remembered as one long after the “war on terror” is replaced by some other pretext for violating Americans’ constitutional rights and the rest of the world’s national sovereignty, privacy and, sometimes, security.

January 15, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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