After the canceling of the Keystone XL oil pipeline the previous week, a new Executive Order dominated the oil and gas headlines the last week of January. President Biden has halted new leasing and drilling permits on U.S. lands and waters for 60 days. The order will impact Wyoming and New Mexico the most but a number of legal challenges are forthcoming, especially if the administration tries a permanent ban and/or goes after already existing leases. Currently, the U.S. gets around 20-22% of its oil and 10-12% of its natural gas from federal areas. 

In Washington, D.C., there are no statues of James Burnham. Most Americans know little or nothing about him. He was not a high-level U.S. government official. He was a writer, a political philosopher, and a geopolitician. He started his intellectual journey on the Left as a member of the Trotskyite faction of the international communist movement in the 1930s. He ended up writing for William F. Buckley Jr.’s National Review. Burnham was an empiricist, not an ideologue. His intellectual heroes were Machiavelli, Mosca, Pareto and Michels—writers who studied history and the way ruling classes wielded political power. He accepted Toynbee’s historical view of the rise and fall of civilizations. And he viewed global politics through the timeless geopolitical lenses provided by Halford Mackinder and Nicholas Spykman. As the year 1945 approached, Burnham used his formidable intellectual arsenal to discern the beginnings of the Cold War.

One of the truths of this world is that all living things are mortal. Only we humans realize that we are alive and we are going to die.  We know that to enjoy life well, we must make peace with our death. One way to make peace with our death is to live life fully, compassionately, and respon…

Montana conservatives had an historic night on Election Day. After taking out a slew of “Republicans” in the primary – some voting with Democrats over 200 times during the last legislative session – conservatives swept seats by comfortable margins around the state. In Cascade County, Republi…

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What do you do with a ballot that arrives after Election Day, with no postmark and a signature that doesn’t match the voter’s record? Count it — according to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

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On Wednesday, The New York Post published what in ordinary times might have been considered a major journalistic scoop: a report on a trove of emails purporting to be from a laptop owned by Hunter Biden and raising questions about his Ukrainian business dealings -- and his father’s role in them. Among the emails was alleged evidence calling into question whether Joe Biden had been more involved in those dealings than he has previously acknowledged.

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One of the most chaotic news cycles in an election season full of them is coming to an end this week with Democrats embracing their presidential nominee as a reassuring Mr. Rogers while the other side is casting him as the ringleader of a crime family.

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Dr. Scott W. Atlas joined the president’s coronavirus task force in August, but after two months, he has yet to sit for a photo shoot or throw out a first pitch or inspire a single artisanal cocktail. No one has impersonated him on “Saturday Night Live” either, and there certainly isn’t any grassroots campaign to get him nominated as People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.”

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The Second Amendment is hanging in the balance, and Trump’s Supreme Court nomination this Saturday will determine its fate. All of Trump’s likely nominees – 7th Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett, 11th Circuit Judge Barbara Lagoa and 4th Circuit Judge Allison Jones Rushing – would likely be strong on this issue. But Barrett has the clearest record, having actually ruled on such cases. Barrett is also the most feared by liberals, some of whom concede that she has “a topnotch legal mind.”

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The bloodiest day in American history was not inflicted by Al Qaeda on 9/11, or the Japanese Empire at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, or Nazi Germany on D-Day June 6, all among the most famous dates in U.S. history.

On Aug. 23, 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed the Non-Aggression Pact, which in reality was an agreement to begin the European phase of the Second World War, to conquer and partition Poland, and to divide up much of Eastern and Northeastern Europe. The Asian phase of the war began in July 1937, when Japan invaded China after an incident at the Marco Polo Bridge near Beijing. The responsibility for unleashing the most destructive war in history belongs to the Japanese militarists -- and Hitler and Stalin.

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These six ladies have played cards together every week for over 50 years until the virus came along. They also were married 50 years, except Verda and Jim Krause (68) and Maria and Ray Meyer (66). No divorces.

I have always said that I have a face made for radio (not TV!) and a voice that is perfect for newspapers (not radio!).

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BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation responded to a memorandum issued by ‘Everytown Law,’ an arm of Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety gun prohibition lobbying group, calling the document “totally biased” and written solely to support the emergency closure of American gun…

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The Federal Primary Election is June 2, 2020.  Teton County Election’s Office mailed out approximately 1,750 letters to registered voters who have not requested to vote by absentee ballot.  The letter can be completed to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you for the upcoming electio…

“I ask how and why this decision was reached,” Utah Sen. Mitt Romney said in the Senate recently. He was calling for an investigation into President Trump’s decision to pull US forces out of Syria. “Are we so weak and so inept diplomatically that Turkey forced the hand of the United States o…

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In a rush to judgment, some conservation groups place blame for every conceivable environmental malady on the development of Montana’s natural resources, because, well, fear sells. Fear sells newspapers and organizational memberships. Fear sells political agendas and is used to pit different…

A few years ago, I was at a polling place here in Indiana where a long line of people stood waiting to vote. A woman recognized me and called me over. “Why is it,” she asked, “that you politicians make it so hard and inconvenient to vote?”

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I grew up in the 1960s and saw first-hand how easy it was to dehumanize soldiers returning from Vietnam as racist killers. Nowadays it is politically correct to decry that horrific treatment and talk about it as an aberration of American decency, but it was much more than that.

The Democratic debates, so called, didn’t accomplish much, but they might have struck a blow for valium. Valium is the calm-down pill that we should put in the water.

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Newspapers are feeling under the gun. People don’t want to pay for what they’re selling. The sweet aroma of paper and ink, the bang and clatter of hundreds of typewriters that evaporated in the clouds of tobacco smoke that once made newsrooms dark and mysterious cave-like places, the thunder…

I’m not going to be buying Jim Acosta’s new book. I’ve already been snookered by a slick carnival barker once, back when I was a young man at the Feast of San Gennaro. No need to pay money twice for the same old sleight of hand.

Pity good ol’ Joe Biden. He’s eager at last to master the hounds, to impose order in the kennel. He wants to encourage the amiable golden retrievers, collies and cocker spaniels in his care, and he has to throw a little raw meat to the rabid pit bulls. How can he do that and escape with his …

I firmly believe Montana farmers and ranchers care deeply about developing and growing consumer confidence and trust in the products we painstakingly raise.  It’s a key goal in helping a growing urban demographic understand why we’re so passionate about our agricultural and rural lifestyles …

My column this week at Real Clear Politics urges Republicans and Trump administration officials to stay off CNN and MSNBC. If you need any proof of the ambush waiting to happen, the interview of Hogan Gidley by Hallie Jackson last week should have sealed the deal. Conservatives who go on the…