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Grizzly Bear advocate Doug Peacock penned the letter asking President Obama to retain endangered species protections for Yellowstone-area grizzlies.
Eric Whitney

Jane Goodall and other prominent wildlife biologists have signed onto a letter asking President Obama to retain endangered species act protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears.

U.S. Supreme Court file photo.
PD

Montana’s congressional delegation is deeply divided over President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. 

President Obama says his nominee, appeals court judge Merrick Garland, deserves a full hearing and an up or down Senate confirmation vote.

But Republicans control the Senate. They don’t want to give the president a chance to influence the court’s ideological balance before he leaves office.

Montana’s Republican Senator, Steve Daines, says the next Supreme Court Justice will have far-reaching impacts for a generation.

Business As Usual For Montana Gun Sellers After Obama's Executive Order

Jan 31, 2016
It was business as usual at a recent three-day gunshow in Kalispell, the first of its kind in the state following the president’s announcement of executive action on guns.
Mike Albans

President’s Obama’s announcement on January 5 that he would take unilateral action to bolster gun control reverberated around the country. Katie Riordan reports on how the president’s words echoed in Montana, and on efforts for tighter gun control laws in Missoula and statewide.

The moratorium on major new coal leases on federal land that the Obama administration announced today, is either long-overdue or the latest offensive in the ongoing war on coal. That depends on whom you ask.
BLM

The moratorium on major new coal leases on federal land that the Obama administration announced today is either long-overdue, or the latest offensive in the ongoing war on coal. That depends on whom you ask.

Rep. Ryan Zinke.
Kaci Felstet

Montana’s Congressional delegation reacted swiftly and predictably to President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union Address.

Montana's Republican representatives condemned the President's executive actions on gun control today. Sen. Daines called the President's actions "a gross abuse of executive authority." Rep. Zinke said today's move was no surprise given the President's "tyrannical record."

White House Extends Deadline To Buy Health Coverage

Dec 15, 2015

Today* is the deadline to buy health insurance on HealthCare.gov for coverage that starts on January 1. The White House has targeted 20 places around the country with high uninsured rates, offering the one that improves the most a visit from President Obama. Great Falls is in the competition. Earlier today I spoke with White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett about today’s deadline to sign up for health coverage.

President Barack Obama
Pete Souza, The Obama-Biden Transition Project (CC-BY-3.0)

Sunday, December 6, the President spoke from the Oval Office about steps the government is taking to address terrorist threats against the country. Watch the video of his speech here.

Syrian refugee center on the Turkish border 50 miles from Aleppo, Syria (3 August 2012).
(PD)

Republican lawmakers are taking steps to keep Syrian refugees out of Montana, and the rest of the country as well. Meanwhile the governor says it’s a moot point, for the time being.

Pipes for Keystone XL Pipeline.
shannonpatrick17 (CC-BY-2.0)

Montana politicians of both parties found something to unite over today: their outrage over the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline. President Obama rejected the permit application for the pipeline citing the need for America to lead the fight against climate change.

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