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Much ado about nothing

It’s become difficult to decipher between reality and alarmism these days. To add insult to injury, President Trump can’t seem to take two steps without being ridiculed from every direction. The latest point of contention has been his decision to disengage from the Paris Climate Accord (PCA). But is all the noise justified? Perhaps not, Read More…

Tester’s Hypocrisy on Dark Money

In April Senator Jon Tester joined an unsuccessful partisan effort to filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. To justify his actions, Tester said at the time, “With Judge Gorsuch on the bench, I am deeply concerned that dark money will continue to drown out the voices and votes of citizens.” It seems Read More…

Austin Knudsen

Republican Lawmakers Deliver on Republican Values

As the 2017 legislative session has come to an end, we want to make sure that Montanans have a clear view of what’s happened the past few months in Helena. The mission of the Senate and House Republicans from Day One has been to help create more opportunities for all Montanans by making our state Read More…

The hijacking of a special election

The special election to select a new congressman for Montana is less than 80 days away and the process for conducting the election has been turned into a political football.   First, Gov. Steve Bullock scheduled the election at the earliest possible time, 85 days after Ryan Zinke resigned to serve as President Trump’s secretary Read More…

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Billings Gazette

How religion motivates people to give and serve

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Saturday, August 19 is World Humanitarian Day – a time to remember the tremendous humanitarian need around the world. World Humanitarian Day is also a time to remember the sacrifice of those who risk their lives to Read More…

Billings Gazette

The Confederate statue debate: 3 essential reads

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Editor’s note: The following is a roundup of archival stories related to the debate over what to do with Confederate statues. The impetus for the “Unite the Right” rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12 was Read More…

Why terrorists are so focused on attacking Europe

The terror attacks we just witnessed in Spain and Finland aren’t the “new normal.” Terrorism is inherently abnormal. But it is the new norm. With the caliphate in collapse in the Middle East, these low-cost/high-payoff attacks loom ever larger for ISIS and other terror franchises: They keep the message alive and grab global publicity. Attacks Read More…

America's Second Civil War

X Story Stream recent articles “They had found a leader, Robert E. Lee — and what a leader! … No military leader since Napoleon has aroused such enthusiastic devotion among troops as did Lee when he reviewed them on his horse Traveller.” So wrote Samuel Eliot Morison in his magisterial “The Oxford History of the Read More…

Taming North Korea — without firing a shot

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis insist that the United States will seek to stop North Korea’s nuclear-missile program through economic pressure “backed by military options.” There is a middle ground, however — and it might be the most effective way to stop North Korea. The administration has good reasons for Read More…

Booting Bannon gives Trump a chance to refocus

Steve Bannon’s White House departure Friday was largely predictable — but not so its impact on Donald Trump’s presidency. At the least, it may help stem some of the infighting among Trump’s staff that has frequently undercut the president’s ability to push his agenda. Bannon’s removal became all but certain when he gave an interview Read More…

The Monumental Problems Facing our Country

Business is booming. Job productivity is up. Despite the left-wing lies that coal was not coming back, miners are mining like never before. Industry is rebranding and expanding, and educational reforms are underway with Betsy DeVos and her team in the Department of Education. Trump has trumped the media yet again, refusing to cave to Read More…

The Left and Anti-Americanism

It is always maddening for me to hear left-wingers criticize those toward their right of being “unAmerican” and “unpatriotic.” It is maddening because the left, by its very nature anti-American, is by definition unpatriotic. This is not meant to be a criticism, even though there are doubtless individual leftists who will take it as an Read More…

Hate on the Left

The video that appeared more often than any other on my TV screen this past week showed protestors toppling a statue of a confederate soldier in Durham, North Carolina. Then kicking it, stomping on it, spitting at it. The Workers World Party is the group that pulled off this feat and they were also involved Read More…

Fair Trade for Thee, but not for Me

“Nobody wants to buy something that was made by exploiting someone else,” Ben & Jerry’s and Fair Trade co-founder Jerry Greenfield likes to tell us. Let’s hope he doesn’t drive an electric vehicle, doesn’t use a laptop or cell phone, and doesn’t rely on wind or solar power. We’re constantly confronted with slogans and lectures Read More…

‘President Trump, Are You Listening?’ Why We’re Urging President Trump to End Cost-Sharing Reduction Subsidies

Health care is at the front line in a power play for America. A White House official announced Wednesday that the Trump administration will continue President Barack Obama’s unconstitutional payment of cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies to insurers through August. Despite outward appearances and media commentary, this is not ultimately about health care. The Affordable Care Read More…

Obama vet cheers Trump’s assault on the red-tape Blob

Obscured by the tumult surrounding President Trump’s horrendous response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., the White House managed to take a significant positive step this week: issuing an executive order designed to lower regulatory barriers to infrastructure projects, and to speed up and simplify the process for obtaining necessary permits and clearances. It wasn’t Read More…

Is the Party of Lincoln Now the Party of Lee?

X Story Stream recent articles This year will mark my 30th anniversary as a syndicated columnist. During these years, I have written more words than I would have preferred about race. But race is America’s great moral stain and unending challenge. I’ve tackled school choice, affirmative action, transracial adoption, crime, police conduct, family structure, poverty, Read More…

Measuring Trump, Iran’s nuke violations & other comments

Conservative: Mismeasuring the Trump Riddle Pollsters measuring President Trump’s popularity tend to ignore the “astonishing” fact that 60 percent of all voters had an unfavorable impression of him even back on the day he was elected, recalls Byron York at the Washington Examiner. Current polls show him at virtually the same level. Indeed, “considering all Read More…

Speaking Truth to Power

X Story Stream recent articles Speaking truth to power: Nothing is more difficult, especially in politics. In business, after all, people have contracts and stock options, and if nothing else, at least they can find similar jobs at other companies. But there’s no such thing in government. There’s one treasury secretary, one head of the Read More…

How Can You Stand by a President with No Heart?

X Story Stream recent articles “O mother What shall I cry? We demand a committee, a representative committee, a committee of investigation RESIGN RESIGN RESIGN” — T.S. Eliot, “Difficulties of a Statesman” WASHINGTON — Many have asked with rising hope in their voices: Will Steve Bannon be fired? It would certainly be ironic for the Read More…

Russia Reaps Blowback from Covert Campaign

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — Intelligence officers sometimes talk about “blowback,” when covert actions go bad and end up damaging the country that initiated them. A year later, that is surely the case with Russia’s secret attempt to meddle in the U.S. presidential election, which has brought a string of adverse unintended consequences Read More…

What Identity Politics Hath Wrought

X Story Stream recent articles There’s a whiff of Weimar in the air. During the years of the Weimar Republic (1919-33), Germany was threatened by Communist revolutionaries and Nazi uprisings. Foreign Minister Walter Rathenau was assassinated, and violent street fighting was commonplace. Then Adolf Hitler took power in 1933. America is nowhere near that point. Read More…

Ending Government Schools Does Not Mean Ending Public Education

My dream of a nation free from government schools and odious teachers unions, wherein parents responsible enough to bring another human into this world are also responsible enough to ensure that human is educated without the government’s help, is unlikely to soon become reality. However, further limiting the influence of our current, failing, monopolistic education Read More…

Delaney, a 'Different Kind of Democrat,' Sets Sights on WH

X Story Stream recent articles It might sound counterintuitive that Democrats, looking to defeat President Trump in 2020, would turn to an ultra-wealthy former businessman who supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership, warns against vilifying banks, and believes partisanship is a four-letter word.  But Rep. John Delaney is betting on it.   “Who?”  That was the one-word reaction Read More…

CNN Publishes Fake Hate List – Targeting Well-Known Christian Groups

Many Christian organizations are fearful for their safety after CNN published a bogus “hate map” concocted by the Southern Poverty Law Center. “Here are all the active hate groups where you live,” CNN’s headline declared. The list included among others American Family Association, Family Research Council, Alliance Defending Freedom, Liberty Counsel and Pacific Justice Institute. Read More…

Learn When to Shut Up, Mr. President

As we’ve said here before, Donald Trump has to learn to just shut up and let things go. The failure to do that is the worst Achilles heel of a president who seems to have half a dozen Achilles heels. Because he can’t think on his feet, because he doesn’t know how to say the Read More…

Will There Ever Be a Breaking Point for Trump?

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — We are past the time when mournful comments about President Trump’s disgraceful behavior are sufficient. It is no longer defensible for his lieutenants or Republicans in Congress to tell themselves that they’re staying close to Trump to contain the damage he could cause our country. If their actual Read More…

Controversy on a Pious Cable News Outlet

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — Last week, CNN fired Jeff Lord, its famously pro-Trump contributor, for mocking an activist whom The Daily Caller has reported is a racist and an anti-Semite. Lord addressed him by saying, “Sieg Heil!” What is wrong with that? Is CNN covering for racists and anti-Semites? CNN is the Read More…

Trump Isolation Grows as CEOs, Republicans Pull Away

X Story Stream recent articles In the wake of a combative and controversial press conference, Donald Trump Wednesday found himself much the way he began his White House campaign: isolated from rank and file Republicans, business and community leaders, and former presidents. GOP officials dismissed White House-circulated talking points defending the president’s response to racial Read More…

Billings Gazette

More states are allowing guns on college campuses

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Texas and 10 other states now have laws permitting concealed carry of guns at colleges and universities. So far in 2017, campus carry bills have been introduced in at least 16 other states. While state laws and campus policies Read More…