Government & Politics

Congress starts trying to figure out how to set AI ‘rules of the road’

BY: - September 13, 2023

WASHINGTON — The development of artificial intelligence presents far-reaching challenges for virtually every aspect of modern society, including campaigns, national security and journalism, members of a U.S. Senate panel said at a Tuesday hearing, Technology experts invited to testify at a hearing of the Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security Subcommittee of the Senate […]

Amid government spending fight, U.S. House GOP punts on debating major defense bill

BY: - September 13, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans sidetracked debate on the massive Defense spending bill at the last minute on Wednesday, removing it from the daily schedule just as the chamber gaveled into session. The decision follows public opposition from especially conservative Republicans to advancing any government funding measure in the absence of a written commitment from […]

New round of COVID-19 booster shots on the way after CDC recommendation

BY: - September 13, 2023

WASHINGTON — Americans older than six months should get an updated COVID-19 booster this fall, according to a recommendation the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued Tuesday. The vaccine should be available by later this week, the CDC said in a statement. “We have more tools than ever to prevent the worst outcomes from […]

U.S. House conservatives balk at short-term funding patch that would avert shutdown

BY: - September 13, 2023

WASHINGTON — The most conservative Republicans in the U.S. House announced Tuesday they won’t support the short-term spending bill that’s needed to stop a partial government shutdown from beginning on Oct. 1. Freedom Caucus Chairman Scott Perry, a Pennsylvania Republican, said the group is not interested in a stopgap spending bill that “continues the policies […]

The inside story of how the U.S. Navy spent billions on the ‘little crappy ships’

BY: - September 13, 2023

This story was written, produced and originally published by ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom.  In July 2016, warships from more than two dozen nations gathered off the coasts of Hawaii and Southern California to join the United States in the world’s largest naval exercise. The United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea and others sent […]

Fort Belknap company, council members sue ex-attorney over alleged financial conspiracy

BY: - September 12, 2023

A longtime lawyer for a Fort Belknap Indian Community company that generates most of the reservation’s revenue faces accusations in a newly filed lawsuit that she was behind alleged financial mismanagement of the company that has caused deep divides, and potentially put hundreds of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars at risk in northern […]

Montana is struggling to retain new teachers; experts cite waning education graduates

BY: - September 12, 2023

Montana is struggling to keep new teachers in the classroom. More than half of newly licensed teachers in Montana leave the state or the profession within the first three years on the job and 86% of education graduates decide to leave the state or don’t pursue teaching. “​​That’s a stunning number,” said Sen. Dan Salomon, […]

Pinocci arrested, released, on misdemeanor; disputes validity of court warrant

BY: - September 12, 2023

Randy Pinocci, a Public Service Commissioner, said he is fighting a July 5 disorderly conduct ticket from a tenant dispute and said his recent arrest at a home improvement store was the result of a miscommunication with the court. But Pinocci, a Republican elected to the PSC in 2018, also said Cascade County Justice Court […]

MyPillow CEO Lindell goes ballistic during questioning by attorneys

BY: - September 12, 2023

Mike Lindell’s story of cocaine addict to rich pillow pitchman to Trump fanboy and election huckster seems to have taken a new turn. With his fortune at stake, the MyPillow chief executive officer lost his cool during a series of legal depositions recently. Lindell yelled, swore, called lawyers names, banged his fist on a table […]

Tuberville blockade of military nominees roils hearing for top Air Force official

BY: - September 12, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday conducted a nomination hearing for the next U.S. Air Force chief of staff, a key appointment caught up in the more than 300 military promotions currently blocked by Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville in protest of the Pentagon’s abortion policy. Gen. David W. Allvin, now vice chief […]

U.S. House Speaker McCarthy tells committees to launch Biden impeachment probe

BY: - September 12, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday announced that he has directed several House committees to open a formal impeachment inquiry into unproven GOP allegations that President Joe Biden profited from his son’s business dealings when he was vice president in the Obama administration. “These allegations paint a picture, a picture of corruption,” […]

Battles over spending, farm bill, Ukraine and yet more loom over a divided Congress 

BY: , , and - September 12, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House and Senate are both back in D.C. on Tuesday following a long summer recess, facing an overwhelming agenda of unfinished work — funding the federal government and reauthorizing major programs set to expire at the end of the month. Congressional leaders and President Joe Biden have only a few weeks […]