Political Trough: Is There a Doctor in the House? Look Who’s Back

Look who’s back…after being purged to China.  What’s the most unique occupation in Montana? Oil prices at a 6 year low, while a nuke deal with Iran could lower prices even further.  Broadband before the Montana legislature.  Hillary’s e-mails, and donors too.  A Benghazi timeline.  Plus, the kicker out of Idaho…why a woman started wailing on a bird- and is now facing jail time as a result.  All those stories and more are in this week’s Political Trough. 

But first…

I don’t know about you, but if I were the one getting the vasectomy, I would probably be the first person asking, “Is there a doctor in the house?  Is there a doctor in the house?”

On a more serious note…

Wake Up Montana: Lawmakers Consider Broadband Expansion

Montana lawmakers are considering issuing $15 million in bonds to help expand Internet, phone and cable services to Montana’s isolated communities.

Rep. Kelly McCarthy introduced House Bill 14 in the House Appropriations Committee Monday. The measure would fund up to one-half or $2.5 million of a project to install broadband framework. It would require non-governmental organizations provide a minimum of one-quarter of the project costs.

Look who’s back…After being purged from the Senate in an effort to try and keep Democrats in control of a US Senate seat from Montana, Max Baucus hasn’t been home for a while…

AP- Daines, Zinke to state GOP: Unite to win governor’s seat, other state offices in 2016

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke told Montana Republicans Saturday they need to unite to win seats in 2016 while the senator and congressman work to stem President Barack Obama’s “overreach.”

Zinke told Republicans to keep their fights inside the locker room if they want to win the governor’s seat and other state positions in 2016.

“The time to fight is when you’re planning. When you’re on the field, it’s time to unite,” the freshman congressman from Whitefish said. “If we continue as a party to be divided, we will not win the next presidency nor will we win the governor’s office.”

Leave it to the only Navy SEAL in Congress to have the courage to hold a townhall meeting.

KTVQ-TV: Zinke answers questions about health care, security and the President

Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., said family, faith and the U-S Constitution are most important to him in how he votes in Congress, at a town hall meeting on Friday.

Another man stood up and talked about his concern with President Obama.

“I believe that this man, the current resident of the White house gets away with what he does simply because of his skin color. A lot of people want to say that, a lot of people are afraid to say that. I’m not, I’m a man of color, I’m from a Mexican background. i served my country 24 years.”

“A man of color” questioning the president?  How’re they gonna call him a racist?  I’m sure the Left will figure out a way…

The bad headlines continue to face Hillary 2016…

Fox News First on Tuesday:

Hillary billed taxpayers $527,000 for charter flights as Senator – USA Today: “Before her 2006 Senate re-election campaign and 2008 presidential bid, then-senator Hillary Rodham Clinton dramatically increased her use of taxpayer-funded charter flights, becoming the Senate’s biggest spender on reported charter airfare. … The figure rose to $527,000 when the cost of the staff who flew with her is included.”

And, from Politico’s Playbook:

–“Chinese company pledged $2 million to Clinton Foundation in 2013,” by CBS News’ Julianna Goldman: “One donor – Rilin Enterprises – pledged $2 million in 2013 to the Clinton Foundation’s endowment. The company is a privately-held Chinese construction and trade conglomerate and run by billionaire Wang Wenliang, who is also a delegate to the Chinese parliament. … The firm owns a strategic port along the border with North Korea and was also one of the contractors that built the Chinese embassy in Washington. That contract is a direct tie to the Chinese government, according to [China expert] Jim Mann.” http://cbsn.ws/1BIYRj1

The Wall Street Journal’s Capital Journal on Monday:

•  Russian President Vladimir Putin Russian appeared in front of reporters for the first time since March 5, brushing off speculation about his health as gossip. He also ordered nearly 40,000 troops in northern and western Russia to be put on full alert as part of snap-readiness exercises. 


Post by Aaron Flint.

The Wall Street Journal: Obama’s Iran Jam; The White House wants the U.N. to vote but not the U.S. Congress.

The larger context here is that Mr. Obama is trying to make his Iran deal a fait accompli before Congress has any say. His plan is to strike a deal and submit it to the U.N. Security Council for approval, hemming in Congress. He’ll then waive some Iran sanctions on his own, while arguing that anyone who opposes the deal wants war.

Mr. McDonough’s letter includes a long list of previous agreements that “do not require congressional approval.” But the examples he cites are either minor accords or have had substantial bipartisan support. There is no precedent in the nuclear era for a President negotiating such a major arms-control accord without Congressional assent.

Post by Aaron Flint.
Post by Aaron Flint.

NY Times: U.S. Oil Prices Fall to Six-Year Low

Oil prices fell to six-year lows on Monday in the face of concerns that a glut in the United States was outpacing already-brimming storage facilities.

Additionally, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries published a report suggesting that the cartel remained reluctant to intervene to prop up prices.

WSJ: Iran’s Nuclear Deal Could Open Oil Flood

Iran, the U.S. and its allies are pushing ahead with talks over a nuclear deal that would change many things—perhaps none faster than the price of oil.

Iranian exports in recent years have been essentially capped by Western sanctions aimed at pressuring Tehran over its nuclear ambitions. A deal easing those sanctions could eventually translate into half a million barrels or more a day in Iranian crude heading into a currently glutted global market, analysts estimate.

With global crude prices already under pressure, a deal could quickly knock them lower.

Washington Examiner: Top Dem demands immediate AR-15 bullet ban, calls ATF cowards

A top Democrat on Monday called for an immediate ban on a popular and inexpensive AR-15 rifle ammo, calling the administration’s decision to delay action “cowardly” and dangerous to police.

Rep. Steve Israel, the sixth-ranking House Democrat, also called for a ban on other armor-piercing ammunition that can be used in AR-15 pistols, a move that could wipe out ammo available for the sporting weapon.

TheBlaze.com- Map: What’s the Most Unique Occupation in Your State?

The answer for Montana: Underground Mining Loading Machine Operators

The State of Idaho gives us this week’s Kicker (er-slapper), courtesy of the Fox News First morning newsletter: RAPTOR RAPPED

An Idaho woman’s overzealous sympathy for the hunted over the hunter may land her in jail, The Coeur d’Alene Press reports. In January, Patti McDonald allegedly meted out a dose of unnatural selection when she came upon Hornet, a falcon owned by hunter Scott Dinger. In his investigation of the incident which reportedly led to the bird of prey’s demise, Craig Walker, an Idaho Department of Fish and Game regional conservation officer said his office received a phone call from an unidentified woman who said she saw a falcon take a duck from the air and then went to the aid of the duck and tried to scare away the falcon. When the falcon remained in place holding the duck, the woman said she removed a scarf that had beads on it and beat the bird. “The woman later stated that she had been very upset about the duck being injured, but felt bad about injuring someone’s pet, because she “beat the crap out of it really hard,” the report states. If found guilty, McDonald could be sentenced to a maximum of six months in jail and $5,000 in fines.

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