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Guest opinion: GOP must reclaim wisdom of TR, Lincoln

Many Republicans have been waiting and wishing to vote for a Republican U.S. Senate. But no matter how decent or even reasonable Steve Daines may be, he is beholden to the party with a loud and demanding base that perverts reasonableness and insists on slavish obedience to a toxic orthodoxy.

July 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Great Society bifurcates LBJ legacy

WASHINGTON — Standing on his presidential limousine, Lyndon Johnson, campaigning in Providence, R.I., in September 1964, bellowed through a bullhorn: “We’re in favor of a lot of things and we’re against mighty few.” This was a synopsis of what he had said four months earlier.

May 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: The right message and the right-wing message

Montana has already embarked on a political season long on promises and rhetoric, short on what voters really care about.

March 23, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: 1st Amendment religion clauses: A sword with 2 edges

There is gathering national support acknowledging that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens are simply that —citizens — with the same rights, privileges and obligations as other citizens. In response, some states, along with various fundamentalist religious and conservative organi…

February 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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…

February 12, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Must the Obamacare debate be stupid?

WASHINGTON — One of the best arguments for health-insurance reform is that our traditional employer-based system often locked people into jobs they wanted to leave but couldn’t because they feared they wouldn’t be able to get affordable coverage elsewhere.

February 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Obamacare opponents launch Montana ad campaign

Obamacare opponents launch Montana ad campaign

Americans for Prosperity, the conservative social welfare group that blanketed Montana with mailers and bus tours during the 2012 election, launched a new TV ad blitz on Wednesday targeting Obamacare.

January 15, 2014 6:30 pm Video Photos

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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.: Obama needs to win his friends back

WASHINGTON – President Obama is furiously fending off those “winter of discontent” stories, and it’s not even winter yet.

November 18, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Worse than Nixon? Check Obama's public-information record

If you really want to grab people’s attention, call a president “worse than Nixon.”

November 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne: Professor Clinton explains far right politics

DALE CITY, Va. — Bill Clinton, the nation’s politician in chief, is on a roll on behalf of his friend Terry McAuliffe, the front-runner in Tuesday’s election for governor of Virginia.

November 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Politifact: Democrats' attack on Daines erroneous

Politifact: Democrats' attack on Daines erroneous

The PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter is not reading favorably for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee after it targeted Montana Rep. Steve Daines over anti-shutdown legislation the Republican previously co-sponsored.

October 18, 2013 5:40 pm Photos

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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…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Politics for 2016: The quiet gender revolution

WASHINGTON — American politics has gone through a gender revolution that has barely been noticed.

July 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Boehner's House implodes with Farm Bill fiasco

WASHINGTON — The roof fell in on John Boehner’s House of Representatives last week. The Republican leadership’s humiliating defeat on a deeply flawed and inhumane farm bill was as clear a lesson as we’ll get about the real causes of dysfunction in the nation’s capital.

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George F. Will: Same-sex marriage case veers into uncharted territory

WASHINGTON -- When on March 26 the Supreme Court hears oral arguments about whether California's ban on same-sex marriages violates the constitutional right to "equal protection of the laws," these arguments will invoke the intersection of law and social science. The court should tread cauti…

March 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: New Jersey's operatic governor

TRENTON, N.J. — Coyness is not part of Chris Christie's repertoire, which does not stress subtlety, delicacy and intimation. New Jersey's governor is more Mickey Spillane than Jane Austen and his persona, which sometimes is that of a bulldog who got up on the wrong side of the bed, is so pop…

February 01, 2013 12:30 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Verdict awaits on Obama's quest for greatness

WASHINGTON — The "legacy thing" may be harder than President Barack Obama imagines. Beginning his second term, Obama has a focused, though unstated, agenda: to achieve presidential greatness in the eyes of historians and Americans. In this, he will almost certainly fail. He is already a hist…

January 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: How an anti-redlining law fed the housing bubble

One of the major points of contentions in the aftermath of the housing debacle was whether the Community Reinvestment Act — an anti-redlining law — contributed to the disaster.

January 05, 2013 12:05 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: Proclamation of freedom resounds today

Gazette opinion: Proclamation of freedom resounds today

One hundred and fifty years ago Tuesday, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Lincoln’s proclamation set a moral standard for the Union in the war that had been killing rebels and patriots alike for two terrible years.

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