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 By Tim Leeds    National

Biden wins presidency

Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden is projected to have won the 2020 U.S. presidential election. With Pennsylvania called for Biden, he had 273 votes in the Electoral... — Updated 11/7/2020

 
 By Politifact    National

Fact-checking the Montana Senate race between Bullock, Daines

IF YOUR TIME IS SHORT -- The Montana Senate race will help determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the Senate. -- Republican groups have attacked Bullock over his support of a public option healthcare plan and... — Updated 10/30/2020

 

Tester on 'unacceptable' Empire Builder cuts: Amtrak needs to give Montanans 'clear answers'

Note: This is from the office of U.S. Sen. Jon Tester U.S. Sen. Jon Tester released Monday a statement as Amtrak’s cuts in service to the Empire Builder line, which crosses the entire state of Montana along the Hi-Line, go into... — Updated 10/20/2020

 

Senators: COVID disaster aid increase passes Senate

Montana's U.S. senators both said the latest version of a bill to add funds to protect small business payrolls passed the Senate this afternoon. Sen. Steve Daines R-Mont., held a... — Updated 4/21/2020 Full story

 
 By Tim Leeds    National

House passes COVID-19 aid package, heads to president for signature

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a package intended to provide aid for states, businesses and people struggling with the impacts of novel coronavirus 2019 and the... — Updated 3/27/2020 Full story

 

Senate passes coronavirus relief fund

Montana's U.S. senators praised the Senate Wednesday unanimously passing a novel coronavirus 2019 aid package that the U.S. House is expected to vote on Friday. "It's good to see... — Updated 3/26/2020 Full story

 
 By Press Release    National

Social Security warns of COVID-19 scams

Inspector General of Social Security Gail S. Ennis is warning the public about fraudulent letters threatening suspension of Social Security benefits due to COVID-19 or coronavirus-related office closures. The Social Security Admini... — Updated 3/25/2020 Full story

 

People warned that fake coronavirus website delivers malware

U.S. Health and Human Services is warning people a malicious website claiming to be the live map for Coronavirus COVID-2019 is circulating on the internet. Visiting the website... — Updated 3/13/2020

 

Savanna's Act passes Senate, out of House committee

Staff and wire report Montana’s U.S. senators and several grassroots organizations praised the unanimous Senate passage Thursday of legislation to help prevent and reduce murdered and missing Indigenous women. Savanna’s Act is... — Updated 3/13/2020

 
 By Tim Leeds    National

Bullock announces bid for presidency

Montana Governor Steve Bullock has announced he is planning to run for U.S. president in the 2020 election. A two-term Democratic governor, Bullock remains popular with voters in... — Updated 5/14/2019

 

Trump, Congress leaders reach deal to end shutdown

By ANDREW TAYLOR, ALAN FRAM and CATHERINE LUCEY Associated Press WASHINGTON - Yielding to mounting pressure and growing disruption, President Donald Trump and congressional leaders... — Updated 1/25/2019

 

Federal shutdown delays USDA crop reports

By SCOTT McFETRIDGE Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that it must delay the release of key crop reports due to the partial government shutdown, leaving investors and farmers... — Updated 1/9/2019

 

Congress, White House talking, but no quick end to shutdown

By LISA MASCARO, DARLENE SUPERVILLE and KEVIN FREKING Associated Press WASHINGTON - Congress gaveled open for a rare Saturday session days before Christmas as America's elected... — Updated 12/22/2018

 

2 attorneys general to subpoena Trump Organization, IRS

By TAMI ABDOLLAH Associated Press WASHINGTON — The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland plan to file subpoenas today seeking records from the Trump Organization, the Internal Revenue Service and dozens of... — Updated 12/4/2018

 

Trump and Xi agreement buys time in trade war

By PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON — The dinner table diplomacy that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping of China conducted over the weekend produced something as vague as it was valuable: an agreement to keep... — Updated 12/3/2018

 

Sears files for Chapter 11 amid plunging sales, massive debt

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer NEW YORK — Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today, with plans to shutter 142 unprofitable stores in the hopes that it can stay in business. The question now is whether a... — Updated 10/15/2018

 

Kavanaugh is confirmed: Senate Oks Supreme Court nominee

By ALAN FRAM and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - The bitterly polarized U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday to join the Supreme Court,... — Updated 10/6/2018

 

Daines will be in DC after daughter's wedding for Kavanaugh vote if needed for confirmation

Editor’s note: This version corrects an Associated Press headline that said Daines would leave his daughter’s wedding if needed WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Steve Daines said he will return to Washington D.C. by private jet on his... — Updated 10/5/2018

 

Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh clears crucial Senate hurdle

By LISA MASCARO and ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON — A deeply divided Senate pushed Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination past a key procedural hurdle today, setting u... — Updated 10/5/2018

 

GOP advances Kavanaugh after Flake calls for FBI probe

By LISA MASCARO, ALAN FRAM and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON - After a flurry of last-minute negotiations, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Brett... — Updated 9/28/2018

 

Facebook says 50M user accounts affected by security breach

NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook says it recently discovered a security breach affecting nearly 50 million user accounts. The hack is the latest setback for Facebook during a year of... — Updated 9/28/2018

 

Bill Cosby gets 3 to 10 years in prison for sex assault

By MARYCLAIRE DALE and MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press NORRISTOWN, Pa. - His Hollywood career and good-guy image in ruins, an 81-year-old Bill Cosby was sentenced today to three... — Updated 9/25/2018

 

12 Russians accused of hacking Democrats in 2016 US election

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON - Twelve Russian military intelligence officers hacked into the Clinton presidential campaign and Democratic Party, releasing tens of... — Updated 7/13/2018

 

Trump replaces high court's swing vote with conservative

By CATHERINE LUCEY, ZEKE MILLER and MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected judge, for the Supreme Court, setting up a ferocious... — Updated 7/10/2018

 

Congress widens private care at besieged VA

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON — Congress today expanded private care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs health system. The Senate cleared the bill on a 92-5 vote on Wednesday, also... — Updated 5/23/2018

 

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