Editorial: At bottom, politics is what determines NMon debates

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop maintain that they are looking to right problems with the Antiquities Act and how it's used to designate national monuments, but at the end of the day they're simply underscoring how politically divisive this country and Congress have become and are working to cater to special factions.

That's not to say we should be surprised or that the Trump administration is the first to infuse its political views and desires to manipulate public lands. Presidents long have used their powers to curry favor. President Bill Clinton, rather than face the ire of Utahns, actually went to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in 1996 to designate the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument ... in Utah.

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