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A coal mine on the Crow Reservation was the first stop for Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Montana.

After Air Force Two landed, Pence climbed into a waiting vehicle and went directly to the Crow Reservation.


Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.
Bureau of Land Management

President Donald Trump signed an executive order today directing his Interior secretary to review the designation of dozens of national monuments on federal lands. Trump called the protection efforts "a massive federal land grab" by previous administrations.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

President Trump signed a bill today to temporarily extend a troubled program designed to allow veterans to get medical care in the private sector.

Dan West speaks at the MT Democratic Party's nomination for the U.S. House Seat.
Corin Cates-Carney

While Rob Quist was selected as the Democratic Party’s nominee to run for Montana’s open U.S. house seat on Sunday, there were seven other candidates who lost. Nate Hegyi has this profile of the youngest candidate in the race.

Montana Capitol, Helena.
Mike Albans

This week, Congressman Ryan Zinke had his confirmation hearing this past week to become the next Secretary of the Interior. Assuming that Zinke is confirmed, Gov. Bullock will soon call a special election to fill Zinke's Congressional seat. Republican Ken Miller is the latest new candidate for this position.

Part of this week's conversation also includes a proposed bill that would set up long-term financing for future infrastructure projects by using coal tax money, and several bills aiming to update Montana's sexual assault statutes.

Lastly, the hosts discuss the women's marches taking place across the country the day after Trump's inauguration and whether this is the start of a long-term movement.

Join Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson, and Rob Saldin now for this episode of  "Capitol Talk."

President Obama's Farewell Address - Live Annotation

Jan 10, 2017

The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating President Obama's farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday night, scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. The team will be adding fact-checks and background to Obama's comments as he gives them. We'll be watching in particular for remarks on his legacy, national security, health care and foreign policy, among other topics.

US Considers Mining Limits In West To Save Sage Grouse

Dec 29, 2016
The Obama administration offered five possible plans Thursday for limiting mining on federal land in the West to protect the vulnerable greater sage grouse.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Pacific Southwest Region (CC-BY-2)

DENVER (AP) — The Obama administration offered five possible plans Thursday for limiting mining on federal land in the West to protect the vulnerable greater sage grouse, but it isn't saying which it prefers.

The options range from banning new mining activity on about 15,000 square miles for up to 20 years to imposing no additional restrictions on mine locations.

A memorial honoring Eloise Cobell displayed at the University of Montana's Eloise Cobell Land and Culture Institute.
Cole Grant

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Blackfeet woman who led a 15-year legal fight against the federal government over mismanagement of Indian trust funds will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation's highest civilian honor.

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

All three members of Montana’s congressional delegation voted in favor of the first-ever override of a veto by President Obama.

Last week the President vetoed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.

Wednesday, Democratic Senator Jon Tester joined Congressman Ryan Zinke and Senator Steve Daines, both Republicans, in voting to overturn that veto.

U.S. Senate Approves Blackfeet Water Settlement

Sep 16, 2016
Blackfeet Nation

The U.S. Senate has approved a $420 million water rights settlement with Montana's Blackfeet American Indian tribe as part of the larger Water Resources Development Act.

Senator Jon Tester met with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland on Capitol Hill, May 12.
Courtesy Jon Tester

Sen. Jon Tester today met with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. Tester says he felt both impressed and aggravated after their meeting.

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
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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."

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).
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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.
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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.

Sen. Tester: Iran Agreement A Step In The Right Direction

Aug 13, 2015

Senator Jon Tester announced Wednesday he will support the Iran nuclear agreement when it comes before lawmakers. He says he came to that decision after personally reading the proposed agreement, talking with experts, and listening to Montanans.

Gov. Steve Bullock. File Photo
Christopher B. Allen

Governor Steve Bullock issued the following statement on the Clean Power Plan President Obama announced today:

A Montana lawmaker is praising President Obama’s decision to restrict the kinds of military surplus equipment that go to local police departments.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox has joined 16 other states in a lawsuit challenging President Obama's executive action on immigration.

Fox says the order, issued November 20, “is nothing but an unlawfully adopted legislative rule...and a clear violation of the separation of powers.”

A Helena immigration attorney estimates there at least 20,000 immigrants in Montana; some are here legally, others not.

Shahid Haque-Hausrath says some are working in eastern Montana's oil patch. Seasonal workers are a staple of the Flathead cherry harvest. Immigrants perform year-round agricultural labor in Dillon. Others work construction jobs in Billings and the Gallatin Valley.

Haque-Hausrath says President Obama's recent executive action on immigration came as a welcome development to his clients.

Montana's candidates for federal office are weighing in on President Obama's intent to unleash military strikes on the so-called "Islamic State" extremist organizations.

Obama last week announced his counter-terrorism campaign to use intel, training and airstrikes to weaken and destroy Islamic radical groups know by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL.