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Eric Whitney

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Eric Whitney is the news director for Montana Public Radio.

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Army veterans Andrew Person and Cliff Larsen give a press conference outside Senator Jon Tester's Missoula office Thursday, April 26, 2018.
Eric Whitney

President Donald Trump called out Montana Senator Jon Tester today on national television in the wake of the President’s pick for VA Secretary withdrawing his nomination.

On Wednesday Tester, a Democrat running for a third term in November, released a two-page list of allegations against Admiral Ronny Jackson. Tester said they came from 23 active duty military personnel and veterans who served with Jackson, none of whom were identified, because, Tester said, they feared retribution.

Senator Jon Tester this afternoon released a two-page summary of allegations against Admiral Ronny Jackson, the physician President Trump has nominated to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

They include accounts of drunkenness, over-prescribing drugs, and creating a hostile work environment.

Montana Senator Steve Daines at a Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee meeting Tuesday
Courtesy Sen. Steve Daines

Senator Steve Daines put out a press release Tuesday saying he’s "building momentum" for the U.S. to re-join negotiations for the trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.

In a White House meeting with Daines and other farm state lawmakers on April 13th President Trump made remarks that some interpreted as a potential policy change towards re-joining TPP talks. Pulling out of the trade agreement was one of Trump’s first actions after being elected, and he spoke strongly against it during his campaign.

Shortly after the April 13th meeting though, Trump tweeted that he would only join TPP if the deal were substantially better than the one offered to President Obama.

Hellgate High student Mollie, one of the organizers of that school's walkout over gun violence, talks to a reporter after observing a moment of silence for the Parkland shooting victims, March 14, 2018, in Missoula.
Josh Burnham

The national website coordinating school walkouts Friday to demonstrate against gun violence shows four events in Montana. They’ll be held in Helena, Butte, Bozeman and Missoula.

Friday is the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, where 15 people died.

Governor Steve Bullock launched a statewide tour today to, in his words, "highlight the health and economic benefits of Medicaid" in Montana.

At Missoula’s Providence Hospital, Bullock cited a University of Montana economic analysis released last week that says the Medicaid expansion Montana launched in 2015 will pay for itself. It found that expansion offsets other state agency costs, and yields economic benefits that exceed state spending on Medicaid expansion.

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