Joe Biden

Gianforte tells Biden ‘it’s a tinderbox situation’ in Montana at wildfire conference

BY: - July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden met virtually with governors from Western and Midwestern states on Friday to discuss how federal intervention can best aid states battling wildfires, amid complaints from states about federal forest management. “We’ve got big, complex wildfires burning across multiple areas,” Biden said. “We’re in for a long fight this year, and the only […]

Bipartisan Senators, Biden strike deal on $550B infrastructure plan

BY: - July 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators say they have worked through the sticking points on a major infrastructure package, paving the way for a vote to begin debate on that proposal as soon as Wednesday evening. That announcement came a week after Republicans blocked a test vote on the deal, with GOP senators opposed to […]

CDC: Wear masks indoors in areas of high-infection rates

BY: - July 27, 2021

CDC says the vaccinated should wear masks indoors in areas with high infection rates July 27, 2021 4:57 pm By Laura Olson WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Tuesday urged Americans in areas of the country with the highest surges in COVID-19 infections to once again wear masks when they are in public, indoor settings — even […]

Biden quietly transforms Medicaid’s safety net

BY: and - July 26, 2021

The Biden administration is quietly engineering a series of expansions to Medicaid that may bolster protections for millions of low-income Americans and bring more people into the program. Biden’s efforts — which have been largely overshadowed by other economic and health initiatives — represent an abrupt reversal of the Trump administration’s moves to scale back […]

Senate Republicans block bipartisan infrastructure, but talks continuing

BY: - July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats’ attempt to start debate on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan was blocked by Republicans on a party-line vote Wednesday, as lawmakers hustle to wrap up negotiations over drafting that legislation. In the 49-51 test vote, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, (D-N.Y.), switched his vote to “no,” a procedural move that allows […]

Conflicting stories emerge as Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination hangs in the balance

BY: - July 16, 2021

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to reflect the comments of John Blount who said Stone-Manning did not participate in planning the tree-spiking incident. Tracy Stone-Manning and a former federal investigator during the past few days shared widely varying accounts of her involvement in a 1989 tree-spiking in an Idaho national forest, as the […]

COMMENTARY

Close the digital divide in rural areas first

BY: - July 14, 2021

Montana sits in the center of a digital divide. One that hamstrings rural communities across the state and the nation. In America, rural and low-income towns face coverage gaps while urban centers have world-class broadband access. Urban or rural, our lives depend on the internet., For rural America, it has never been more important for […]

Biden: ‘The big lie is just that, a big lie’

BY: , and - July 13, 2021

Returning to the state that handed him the White House, President Joe Biden made a passionate plea Tuesday for Americans to rise up and protect their voting rights from a series of restrictive measures pushed by Republicans in Washington and in state capitols nationwide.    “It’s up to all of us to protect that right – […]

Montana’s Stone-Manning near crucial vote in bid to become BLM chief

BY: - July 9, 2021

Republican senators during the past few weeks led sustained attacks on President Joe Biden’s choice to head up the Bureau of Land Management, zeroing in on the Montanan’s Twitter feed, her graduate thesis that included a mock-up for an advertisement for population control and her ties to a 1989 tree-spiking incident. But Tracy Stone-Manning’s confirmation […]

COMMENTARY

White House fire meeting was a bunch of hot air

BY: - July 8, 2021

Cancer and wildfire (and probably many other things) share the same rejoinder. When people talk about the disease, they often say cancer doesn’t care whether you’re Black or White, Democrat or Republican. The same is true for wildfires. They don’t pick and choose which states to flare up in, based on partisan ideology. That’s why […]

Biden administration signals it’s in no rush for Canadian drug imports

BY: - July 5, 2021

The Biden administration said it has no timeline on whether it will allow states to import drugs from Canada, an effort that was approved under President Donald Trump as a key strategy to control costs. Six states have passed laws to start such programs, and Florida, Colorado and New Mexico are the furthest along in plans to get federal approval. The Biden […]

COMMENTARY

For today’s GOP, democracy is no longer worth defending

BY: - July 5, 2021

Make no mistake: Our democracy is facing its greatest threat in modern history.  The threat is not confined to the violent assault by thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump on the Capitol building that left one police officer dead, more than 150 others injured and temporarily stopped a Congressional vote to certify the 2020 […]