The Gist

Big Turmoil in Big Sky Country

Anne Helen Petersen returns to discuss her new posting—covering politics in Montana for BuzzFeed.

Republican Greg Gianforte speaks to supporters after being declared the winner at a party for Montana’s special House election on May 25 in Bozeman.

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Anne Helen Petersen returns to discuss her new posting—as the Western correspondent for BuzzFeed. Petersen will be reporting on U.S. political culture from her new home, Missoula, Montana. “There’s a reason every newspaper used to have bureaus in every part of the country,” says Petersen, who recently covered the recent razor-thin House race in which notorious Republican Greg Gianforte came out on top.

On the Spiel, when everything becomes a calamity, nothing is a calamity.

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