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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.

July 17, 2014 6:36 amLoading…

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.

July 15, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: For GOP, re-evaluation time

WASHINGTON — The morning after, at breakfast at the Republicans' Capitol Hill Club, Virginia Rep. Robert Goodlatte was, as befits one of Washington's grown-ups, measured in his reaction to what 36,120 Virginia voters did the day before. It would, he says, be wise "to take a step back and a d…

June 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne: Democrats must find key to 2014

CHICAGO — The Democrats' biggest strategic challenge in maintaining control of the U.S. Senate involves motivating the party's base while simultaneously attracting swing and even Republican voters in contests being waged in conservative states.

April 25, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Why immigration reform matters to GOP

WASHINGTON — Distilled to their discouraging essence, Republicans’ reasons for retreating from immigration reform reflect waning confidence in American culture and in the political mission only Republicans can perform — restoring America’s economic vigor. Without this, the nation will have a…

February 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: GOP harming itself on immigration issue

The Republican Party is hurting itself by taking immigration reform off the table. Recently, the Republican leadership announced that it was killing any possibility of immigration reform during this midterm election year. This runs counter to the party’s desire to court the Latino vote — a g…

February 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Calculating political prospects by the numbers

WASHINGTON — Two years from today, Iowa — dark, brooding, enigmatic Iowa — will be enjoying its quadrennial moment as the epicenter of the universe. And in 10 months, voters will vent their spleens — if they still are as splenetic as they now claim to be — in congressional elections. Some nu…

January 05, 2014 11:02 amLoading…

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…

George F. Will: Budget sequester remains the hammer in Republicans' hands

WASHINGTON — Liberals constantly lecture, more in theatrical sorrow than in actual anger, about their eagerness to compromise with Republicans, just not with Republicans who are — liberal moderation expresses itself immoderately — hostage-taking, terroristic, anarchistic, jihadist suicide bo…

October 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Countdown: GOP unity frays as shutdown grows near

Republican unity showed unmistakable signs of fraying Monday as the Senate swatted aside the latest tea party-driven demand to delay the nation's health care overhaul in exchange for averting a partial government shutdown at midnight.

September 30, 2013 12:24 pm Related Loading…

Will: should give Obama what he wants and let him fail

WASHINGTON — When Dwight Eisenhower asked Gen. Georgy Zhukov how the Red Army cleared minefields, Zhukov replied: “We march through them.”

September 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Obama seeks purposeful failures with eye on 2014

WASHINGTON -- Thirty-one months ago Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell affronted the media and other custodians of propriety by saying something common-sensical. On Oct. 23, 2010, he said: "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term preside…

May 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Gun measures put Baucus, moderate Senate Democrats in bind

Gun measures put Baucus, moderate Senate Democrats in bind

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's push for tougher gun measures and expanded background checks has placed several moderate Senate Democrats facing re-election next year in a bind, forcing them to take sides on a deeply personal issue for rural voters.

April 13, 2013 8:09 amLoading…

George F. Will: For substantial GOP candidates, deregulate campaign finance

WASHINGTON — Because of the grotesquely swollen place the presidency now occupies in the nation's governance and consciousness, we are never not preoccupied with presidential campaigning. The Constitution's Framers would be appalled.

March 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Redistricting panel adopts final plan

HELENA — A commission drawing up new legislative districts on Tuesday completed its three-year effort by rejecting recommendations from Republican legislative leaders, and instead adopting a small bipartisan request.

February 12, 2013 6:28 pmLoading…

E.J. Dionne: U.S. political system system teetering on cliff

WASHINGTON -- The United States faces a crisis in our political system because the Republican Party, particularly in the House of Representatives, is no longer a normal, governing party.

December 26, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Steven V. and Cokie Roberts: No more rigid partisan pledges

''The only pledge I'd sign is a pledge to sign no more pledges." That bit of wisdom came from Rep. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, during his successful run for a U.S. Senate seat. Now a few of his more courageous colleagues are taking the same path and renouncing the politics of purity.

December 02, 2012 12:05 amLoading…
GOP blocks Tester bill to give hunters more land access

GOP blocks Tester bill to give hunters more land access

WASHINGTON — A wide-ranging bill to give hunters and fishermen more access to public lands stalled in the Senate Monday after Republicans said it spends too much money.

November 26, 2012 6:06 pmLoading…
Analysis: Montana Republican takeover hopes dashed in 2012 vote

Analysis: Montana Republican takeover hopes dashed in 2012 vote

HELENA — An election that held great expectations for Montana Republicans turned into a GOP flop at the ballot box.

November 09, 2012 5:57 am Related Loading…

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