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Forest Service weighs changes to protections for sage grouse
The U.S. Forest Service is rethinking protection plans for sage grouse in six Western states after a U.S. court agreed with mining companies that the agency illegally created some safeguards in Nevada
US sage grouse policy heading back to square one
Federal scientists and land managers who've been crafting strategies to protect sage grouse habitat across much of the West for nearly two decades are going back to the drawing board under a new Trump administration edict to reassess existing plans
Storylines to Watch in Tuesday’s 2016 Presidential Primaries and Republican Caucuses
Republicans will vote Tuesday in the Idaho, Michigan and Mississippi primaries and the Hawaii Republican caucuses. Democrats in Michigan and Mississippi are also holding their primaries. In total, 205 delegates are at stake for the two Democratic candidates. On the other side of the aisle, 150 are
Election 2014 Scorecard: How 6 Potential 2016 GOP Presidential Candidates Fared on the Campaign Trail
We know that Election Day 2014 left the Democrats seeing red. But with midterms behind us, the focus now shifts to 2016. The midterms gave potential 2016 nominees a chance to hit the campaign trail early – for other candidates, of course. Bill and Hillary...
Primary Super Tuesday: Kentucky, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Arkansas, and Idaho
Today is the big one, the Super Tuesday of the primary season, with six states holding primaries across the country, including Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon,and Pennsylvania. WHO’S ON THE BALLOT?Today’s key race features the senate minority leader pummeling a tea party challenger in
As Gay Marriage Turns 10, US Public Opinion Tips
Ten years ago today Robyn Ochs and Peg Preble married in Massachusetts. They were the first same-sex couple to be married, the day same-sex marriage was legalized in the state. Since then, s17 states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage. At the...
Turn Off That Camera! Idaho Gov Signs Tough 'Ag-Gag' Into Law
Bill Sponsors 'Tickled,' Animal Rights Group Says Law is 'Dangerous, Unconstitutional'
Elizabeth Warren's Peace
By RICK KLEIN (@rickklein) History shall record that, three years from the next presidential election, a freshman senator announced that she will not be part of said next election. What Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., announced is basically what Sen. Barack Obama said in the months...
Read an Excerpt of Gov. Scott Walker's New Book 'Unintimidated'
Excerpted from Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge by Governor Scott Walker and Marc Theissan, in agreement with Sentinel, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Copyright (c) Scott Walker and Marc Theissan, 2013. INTRODUCTION "If It Can Happen in Wisconsin, It Can Happen
The Note: Michele Bachmann's Exit Strategy
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES EIGHT IS ENOUGH: In an e-mail message to supporters and a video posted online early this morning Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., announced she would not seek a fifth term in Congress in 2014. “Be assured, my decision was not in any...