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New York Times: Corporations Have Rights. Why Shouldn't Rivers?

DENVER - Does a river - or a plant, or a forest - have rights? This is the essential question in what attorneys are calling a first-of-its-kind federal lawsuit, in which a Denver lawyer and a far-left environmental group are asking a judge to recognize the Colorado River as a person. If successful, it could upend environmental law, possibly allowing the redwood forests, the Rocky Mountains or the deserts of Nevada to sue individuals, corporations and governments over resource pollution or … Continue Reading


The Washington Post: The American West is Burning

Hurricanes such as Harvey, Irma and Maria are unstoppable. They rip at our coastlines and tear at our hearts. The yellow, orange, red, even purple colors on the Doppler radar and weather maps this summer have been horrific to see, but that's nothing compared to the images of flooded streets and wrecked homes. Those images inspired Americans to band together and do what we could for our neighbors in the South. In crises such as these, Americans show what they're truly made of: unwavering resolve … Continue Reading


Utah Policy: Sen. Lee introduces 'CBO show your work' bill

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the "CBO Show Your Work" Act Thursday, legislation designed to improve the legislative process by making the Congressional Budget Office more transparent and accountable. "Congress does need a scorekeeper to provide budgetary estimates for the policy changes it considers," Sen. Lee said. "But at a bare minimum, that scorekeeper should be forced to show how its models work. Currently the CBO doesn't have to do that." "That is why I have introduced the CBO Show Yo… Continue Reading


Ekalaka Eagle: Ceremony for Wendelburg, Aug. 14

Back in February, the Ekalaka Eagle reported that Belle Wendelburg was recognized by Senator Steve Daines as Montanan of the Week for her continued work in serving her community. Wendelburg retired from Dahl Memorial in July of 2016 after working there for more than 20 years. In his statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, Daines wrote, "Throughout the past 20 years, Belle has remained faithful in her love for her home and the eastern Montana prairie. I want to express my… Continue Reading


Politico: GOP clash looms over raising the debt ceiling

Republican congressional leaders are quietly preparing to pass a "clean" debt ceiling increase, according to multiple senior GOP sources - setting the stage for a high-risk showdown with rank-and-file Republicans this fall. Trump administration officials, led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, are imploring Congress to raise the $19.8 trillion debt limit with no strings attached by the end of September. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan - well aware they need D… Continue Reading


KTVQ: Firefighter killed at Lolo Peak fire identified

Authorities released the name of the firefighter who was killed by a falling tree while fighting the Lolo Peak fire on Wednesday. Missoula County Sheriff TJ McDermott said that 29-year-old Brent M. Witham of Mentone, California, died in the accident. Medical crews were called around 3 p.m. Wednesday after a firefighter was struck by a tree while working with a crew in the McClain Creek area south of Lolo. Efforts were made to get Witham down to a landing zone where he could be evacuated by he… Continue Reading


MTN News: Additional asbestos cleanup money awarded to Libby

Some additional federal money is on the way to Lincoln Country to help the city of Libby continue asbestos clean up. Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-MT) and U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT announced on Wednesday that that the Montana Department of Environmental Quality has been awarded a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. "The work continues to provide the people of Libby with a clean, healthy place to live, work, and raise a family," Gianforte said. "This grant fr… Continue Reading


Montana Public Radio: MT Senators Say Work Should Continue on Health Care

Montana's two U.S. Senators disagree with the decision to abandon work on health care to focus on other legislative priorities. Tuesday's announcement comes after yet another failure by the Republican majority to scrap the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. U.S. Senator Steve Daines, R-MT, has been a vocal supporter of "repeal and replace." Still he disagrees with the decision by his party's leadership to drop health care for now. "Failure is not an option," Daines says.… Continue Reading


Washington Times: Senators seek cybersecurity standards for federal ‘Internet-of-Things’ devices

A bipartisan group of senators are calling on Congress to adopt security standards for for internet-connected devices bought by the government in a bid to further secure the nation's computer systems from cyberattacks. The Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 would mandate that connected devices purchased by the government meet specific security standards if passed as lawmakers look to safeguard against cyberattacks spread by IoT products in the wake of a debilitating … Continue Reading


Montana Standard: Time to protect Paradise Valley

To find an amazing example of Montana grassroots action, look no further than the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act. More than 360 businesses in Park County have united in the Yellowstone Gateway Business Coalition to protect the Paradise Valley between Livingston and Gardiner from large-scale mining development. At the request of the coalition, the Park County Commission and numerous individual local residents, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester introduced the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act four mo… Continue Reading


Huffington Post: As Democratic Leaders Seek Bipartisan Obamacare Fix, Progressives Elevate Single Payer

? Democratic leaders in Congress are offering to cooperate with Republicans on solutions to stabilize the Obamacare exchanges, but progressive groups and their congressional allies are heading in the opposite direction. Following the defeat of Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, left-leaning organizations are accelerating their long-standing goal of establishing a single-payer system in which the government provides health insurance for all. Although pro… Continue Reading


New York Times: U.S. Senators to Introduce Bill to Secure 'Internet of Things'

bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Tuesday plans to introduce legislation seeking to address vulnerabilities in computing devices embedded in everyday objects - known in the tech industry as the "internet of things" - which experts have long warned poses a threat to global cyber security. The new bill would require vendors that provide internet-connected equipment to the U.S. government to ensure their products are patchable and conform to industry security standards. It would also prohibit v… Continue Reading


Elizabeth Warren Flip Flops On Single Payer Health Care Photo of Henry Rodgers

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren appeared to change her stance on single payer health care Monday, also known as "medicare for all," when she dodged a question on the subject at a campaign event. Warren did not confidently show her support on single payer when asked a question on the issue at an East Boston Neighborhood Health Center where she was campaigning for Senate. "I think of this as less about politics and more about values," she said. "We are all part of the human family, and health ca… Continue Reading


Sanders preps month-long campaign for single-payer health care, with legislation to follow

Sen. Bernie Sanders is ramping up his campaign for single-payer health care, starting with digital ads that ask voters to endorse his planned "Medicare for All" legislation ahead of the Senate's August recess. The six-figure buy, paid for by Sanders's 2018 Senate reelection campaign, will direct readers to his website, where they can sign on to his bill. That will tee up legislation that Sanders (I-Vt.) has promised, then delayed, since March - a version of single-payer health care that, he hop… Continue Reading


Flake makes waves with Trump takedown

Jeff Flake's scathing critique of Donald Trump roiled the Capitol - and potentially his own reelection bid - on Tuesday as the first-term senator pressed his case that the GOP aided and abetted the president's rise. Flake's fellow GOP senators applauded him for writing his new book on conservatism, yet few were willing to endorse his central message: that their party has done little to push back against Trump. Flake's detractors, meanwhile, seized on the treatise as another example of how the A… Continue Reading


Montana music man calls it a career after 41 years

The alarm clock doesn't go off at 3 a.m. anymore for Skip Walters. The longtime Great Falls radio personality isn't making any more morning police calls for "Montana Live" at 7:15, either. And no longer is he offering "Close Enough Trivia" at 7:45. Skip, 65, has retired at Cherry Creek Media's KMON after decades of disc jockey work that made his one of the most recognizable voices in the Treasure State. The Montana music man is proud of his 41 years on the radio. "Absolutely," he says. "I co… Continue Reading


Montana's wildfires are part of growing national emergency, should be treated like other natural disasters

The nation's worst wildfires are burning in Montana. Thousands of acres have been scorched, and thousands more will be lost before the last flame is doused this season. Already more than a dozen homes have been destroyed, and the running total of property damage is climbing. The smoke is harming air quality in many communities, including Missoula. Worst of all, a firefighter's life has been lost. Wildfires in Montana are a certainty we anticipate every summer. The only question is how … Continue Reading


American student arrested in China has been freed, senator says

Chinese authorities have dropped charges against an American college student who was arrested and detained in the Asian nation a week ago after reportedly injuring a taxi driver who was roughing up his mother in a fare dispute, a U.S. lawmaker said Sunday. Guthrie McLean, a University of Montana senior, was released from a detention center in the central China city of Zhengzhou early Monday local time, according to Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana. "Prayer's answered. Guthrie's home,"… Continue Reading


UM student detained in China safely reunited with his mother

University of Montana student Guthrie McLean, who was detained in China, has been safely reunited with his mother this morning. U.S. Senator Steve Daines worked through the weekend with both the Chinese and United States Embassies, the Chinese government, local officials and McLean's mother, Jennifer McLean, to ensure his safe release. Jennifer McLean emailed the Senator at 11:53 a.m. on Sunday morning stating, "prayers answered, Guthrie is home." Guthrie plans to return to school at the Uni… Continue Reading


Daines said it was a team effort to get Guthrie released

Senator Steve Daines emphasized that it was a team effort to get Guthrie McLean released from the detention center in China. He said he received an email from Jennifer McLean, Guthrie's mother, at 11:53 AM Mountain Time saying, "Prayers answered. Guthrie is home." Daines said he has been in contact with the highest level of the Chinese government and is pleased with the outcome. He has had countless phone calls and email threads with Terry Branstad, the U.S. Ambassador to China and Cui Tianka… Continue Reading

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