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Wuri, who only has one name, is a student and language teacher from Indonesia who attended the protest in Missoula Tuesday, October 11, 2016.
Nora Saks

A month ago a group called ACT for America held an event in Kalispell that drew 200 people on a weeknight. ACT says its mission is preserve American culture and keep the country safe. Human rights groups say ACT engages in anti-Muslim hate speech.

Sen. Daines Addressing Montana Energy Issues
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  The end of the federal government shutdown this week exposes a growing rift in the Republican Party—a rift between moderates and Tea Party Republicans.

Passage of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act boosted the Tea Party movement three years ago and the momentum put the GOP back in charge of the House of Representatives. Republicans have since tried multiple tactics to delay or defund Obamacare—culminating in the government shutdown early this month.