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Polls showing Donald Trump catching up with Hillary Clinton: Really?

WASHINGTON — A raft of polls in recent days has shown a sharply tighter presidential race, with Hillary Clinton's lead over Donald Trump shrinking to just a couple of points. Those polls have generated a lot of questions: Just how reliable is polling this far in advance of an...

Date: 05/27/2016 | Nation & World

Vietnam brings out realist in Obama’s policy

How do you distinguish a foreign policy "idealist" from a "realist," an optimist from a pessimist? Ask one question: Do you believe in the arrow of history? Or to put it another way, do you think history is cyclical or directional? Are we condemned to do the same...

Date: 05/27/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Over the top: Donald Trump sews up Republican nomination

BISMARCK, N.D. — Triumphantly armed with a majority of his party's delegates, Republican Donald Trump unleashed a broadside attack Thursday on Hillary Clinton's prescriptions for energy, guns, the economy and international affairs, shifting abruptly toward the general election...

Date: 05/26/2016 | Nation & World

In reversal, House backs LGBT rights for federal contractors

WASHINGTON — After party leaders let Republican lawmakers vote as they wished, the House reversed course and approved a measure aimed at upholding an executive order that bars discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors.

Date: 05/26/2016 | Business Wire

Bureaucracy isn’t causing airport waits; budget cuts are

I was about to share my own sob story, when I read that hundreds of passengers missed their flights at Chicago O'Hare International Airport because of hourslong security lines. Many had to sleep on cots overnight, awaiting a morning escape. American Airlines says that in March, about...

Date: 05/26/2016 | Opinion Columnists

The GOP’s last desperate hope to find scandal

Everything Rep. Darrell Issa knows about impeachment he learned from Wikipedia.At Tuesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing to consider the impeachment of Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen, Issa, the California Republican and dogged investigator of the...

Date: 05/26/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Flying? Take a book — or two

So, how did you pass the time recently at the airport while waiting in line for your pre-flight security check?Solitaire on your smartphone? A book? The people-watching is always good because, well, there are plenty of people to watch.If you've scheduled a flight...

Date: 05/26/2016 | Editorials

Impeaching IRS chief will solve nothing

Pity John Koskinen, who agreed to take one of the worst jobs in America and is now being punished for it.In 2013, President Barack Obama asked Koskinen to take over at the Internal Revenue Service amid budgetary chaos, deteriorating morale and a simmering scandal. House...

Date: 05/26/2016 | Commentary

Donald Trump’s words endanger Americans, Clinton says

BUENA PARK, Calif. ­— Hillary Clinton hammered Donald Trump's foreign policy on Wednesday, saying the presumptive GOP presidential nominee's rhetoric endangered Americans, served as a recruiting tool for the Islamic State terrorist group and showed a profound lack of...

Date: 05/25/2016 | Nation & World

Eleven states sue Obama over bathroom directive

Eleven states and state officials filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging Barack Obama's administration over federal guidance directing schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms and other facilities that match their gender identities.The federal lawsuit, filed in...

Date: 05/25/2016 | Nation & World

Carter to step down from ‘Front-Line’ work with The Elders

ATLANTA — Jimmy Carter is stepping away from his “front-line role” as a member of The Elders, the global human rights group announced Wednesday.

Date: 05/25/2016 | Nation & World

Democrats say Supreme Court vacancy hurts small business

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats are continuing to make their case for filling the Supreme Court vacancy, arguing that a deadlocked court could harm small businesses given the uncertainty on everything from patent infringement to overtime pay.

Date: 05/24/2016 | Business Wire

On human rights, Obama finds Vietnam a work in progress

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — When President Barack Obama met with human rights advocates and other activists Tuesday, he spoke of the “remarkable strides” Vietnam was making on a range of issues. Nguyen Quang A missed the meeting: That morning, the 70-year-old activist said, security men grabbed his...

Date: 05/24/2016 | Nation & World

Obama declares end to arms sale embargo for Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam — President Barack Obama and his Vietnamese counterpart announced sweeping new cooperation Monday to bolster both countries’ military might, an accord prompted by the rise of China and that until recently seemed inconceivable for the two wartime foes.

Date: 05/23/2016 | Nation & World

Supreme Court throws out death sentence from all-white jury

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has thrown out a death sentence handed to a black man in Georgia because prosecutors improperly kept African-Americans off the jury that convicted him of killing a white woman.

Date: 05/23/2016 | Nation & World

Bellevue man challenges denial of firearms license

SEATTLE — A Bellevue gun collector once detained as a material witness in the slaying of a federal prosecutor in Seattle is suing the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Date: 05/22/2016 | Northwest

We are the parks’ sponsors

As beloved a Northwest icon as Rainier beer's "R" is, nobody wants to see its neon curves perched atop its namesake mountain.Nor is anyone suggesting it should, but the National Parks Service, as it

Date: 05/22/2016 | Editorials

Donald Trump’s campaign investment tops $43 million

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump poured more than $7.5 million of his own money into his presidential campaign in April, bringing his total personal investment to more than $43 million since he declared his candidacy, new campaign finance reports filed late Friday show.

Date: 05/21/2016 | Nation & World

Don’t look now, but Barack Obama is suddenly popular

When the ball dropped in Times Square on Jan. 1 of this year, more than half of the country disapproved of the job that President Obama was doing, according to Gallup. That boded poorly for the Democrats over the course of the year; presidential approval correlates to both how his party...

Date: 05/21/2016 | Nation & World

Oklahoma governor vetoes bill that makes it a felony to perform abortions

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday vetoed a controversial bill that would have made it a felony for doctors to perform abortions, saying she felt the bill was too vague and poorly constructed.

Date: 05/20/2016 | Nation & World

Bernie Sanders begins to run out of cash

WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders’ campaign had less than $6 million at the start of May, a critical cash shortage as he makes an admittedly tough final play to wrest the Democratic presidential nomination from Hillary Clinton.

Date: 05/20/2016 | Nation & World

Get Congress back to work — not fundraising

In February, when Rep. David Jolly introduced his quixotic plan to ban members of Congress from soliciting campaign contributions, the Florida Republican had only six co-sponsors.Then, three weeks ago, "60 Minutes" did a sympathetic piece on Jolly's idea, giving...

Date: 05/20/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Hillary Clinton: Trump is 'not qualified' to be President

DES MOINES, Iowa — Hillary Clinton had some of her strongest words yet for presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, saying Thursday that he is "not qualified" to be president of the United States.In an interview with CNN, the Democratic front-runner and...

Date: 05/19/2016 | Nation & World

Feds: Law aimed to stop abuse of Indian women has gaps

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A U.S. Justice Department official identified significant gaps Wednesday in a federal law aimed at addressing high rates of violence against Native American women, saying the law should be expanded to broaden tribes’ authority over certain child abuse cases.

Date: 05/19/2016 | Nation & World

Pacific pact analysis predicts modest boost for U.S. economy

WASHINGTON — The world's largest regional trade pact, between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim nations, would marginally boost the U.S. economy and jobs over the next 15 years, but it also would erode employment in manufacturing sectors, according to a new analysis by an...

Date: 05/19/2016 | Nation & World

In lieu of flowers: Families reveal political hopes in obits

RICHMOND, Va. — In a heated election season filled with seemingly endless political bickering, some among the dearly departed are getting the last word, leaving behind their requests for voters this fall.

Date: 05/19/2016 | Nation & World

FBI shows little understanding of job of diplomacy

On Oct. 21, 2014, Robin Raphel, a former assistant secretary of state, got an urgent call from her daughter, who said that something had triggered the burglar alarm at home. When Raphel arrived, she found FBI agents searching through her files and other personal materials.

Date: 05/19/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Advance Senate’s Zika funding package

Even more annoying than the whine of a mosquito has been the U.S. House Republicans' response to the Zika virus.In February, President Barack Obama made an emergency request for $1.9 billion to fund vaccine research, mosquito control efforts and other work to timely address...

Date: 05/19/2016 | Editorials

Donald Trump’s business booms as he runs for president

Business has boomed in Donald Trump’s financial empire during the time he has run for president, according to an analysis of his federal disclosure forms.

Date: 05/18/2016 | Nation & World

Obama rule assures better pay, more jobs

Today President Obama makes up for four decades of neglect of middle wage workers by both Republican and Democratic administrations. That's thanks to a new federal rule on how and how much employers pay workers. This new rule will result in workers gaining literally...

Date: 05/18/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Congresswoman stands ground in face of unpopular quote

Running to replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., is not backing down from comments she made in December about the percentage of Muslims in the world who support a holy war. After the San Bernardino terrorist attack, Sanchez appeared on...

Date: 05/18/2016 | Opinion Columnists

More tribes added to land program, but money running out

BILLINGS, Mont. — Dozens of American Indian communities Tuesday joined an initiative to return millions of acres of reservation land to the control of tribal governments as U.S. officials warned the $1.9 billion program will run out of money before the task is completed.

Date: 05/17/2016 | Northwest

Risking a summer of smoke

The "rainy day" fund is the name given to unspent money that state lawmakers set aside each session, held in reserve for emergencies, unforeseen needs and economic downturns.But considering where sizeable chunks of those reserves have gone the last two years,...

Date: 05/17/2016 | Editorials

Candidate filing for fall elections begins Monday

EVERETT — Line-ups in this year’s bounty of elections begin taking shape Monday when the formal sign-up period opens for candidates.

Date: 05/16/2016 | Local News

Syria may be using chemical weapons again

The Obama administration has another chance to enforce its botched "red line" against the use of chemical weapons in Syria, given new reports that President Bashar Assad's regime has used nerve gas against extremist fighters and may be planning more such attacks.

Date: 05/16/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Blocking airline a threat to Boeing workers

Congressman Rick Larsen's incongruous, anti-consumer and anti-Boeing worker rhetoric threatens aerospace jobs at Boeing and kowtows to airline unions afraid of competition that would make low fares to Europe a reality for American consumers. Families in the Puget Sound community should...

Date: 05/15/2016 | Commentary

Recall petition filed against Oregon county top official

PORTLAND, Ore. — A recall petition has been filed against a Harney County official who did not support the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Date: 05/13/2016 | Northwest

Brazil president blasts critics, vows to fight impeachment

BRASILIA, Brazil — Speaking hours after the Senate voted to impeach her on Thursday, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff blasted the process as “fraudulent” and promised to fight what she characterized as an injustice more painful than the torture she endured under a past military...

Date: 05/12/2016 | Nation & World

Pro-lifers in Congress must fund Zika fight

Rep. Vern Buchanan, a Florida Republican, has called himself "pro-life" since he came to Congress a decade ago. This month, he's proving it.Buchanan last week announced his support for President Obama's request for $1.9 billion to fight the Zika virus — a...

Date: 05/12/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Future of Brazil’s president on the line in key Senate vote

BRASILIA, Brazil — Senators in Brazil began debate Wednesday on whether to oust President Dilma Rousseff, a movement that has built up steam and turned into a referendum on her leadership amid several spiraling crises besetting Latin America’s largest nation.

Date: 05/11/2016 | Nation & World

The latest push to confirm Garland: A 141-page questionnaire

WASHINGTON — The latest push to put Judge Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court involved pulping some trees: The White House on Tuesday delivered a 141-page questionnaire from President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Date: 05/10/2016 | Nation & World

Bring back state's Basic Health Plan

Washington now has the opportunity to revive a program to provide more affordable health insurance coverage for low-income working individuals and families, one that the state innovated in 1987 but ended in 2014.Signed into law by Gov. Booth Gardner, the program was created...

Date: 05/10/2016 | Editorials

Lawyers: Ammon Bundy intended occupation to end up in civil court

PORTLAND, Ore. — Ammon Bundy intended the takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge to lead to a civil court taking up the constitutionality of federal land-management policy, according to court documents filed Monday.

Date: 05/09/2016 | Northwest

Feds: Big coal terminal violates tribal rights; permit denied

SEATTLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday denied a permit to a $700 million project to build the nation's largest coal-export terminal in northwest Washington state, handing a striking victory to the Lummi tribe which argued the project would violate its...

Date: 05/09/2016 | Northwest

White House on damage control after aide’s magazine profile

WASHINGTON — The White House is working to contain the damage caused by a magazine profile of one of President Barack Obama’s top aides.

Date: 05/09/2016 | Nation & World

U.S. should copy Europe’s vaping ad ban

It may come as a disappointment to Europeans who enjoy watching the Marlboro man ride on the open plain (update: He now appears to be a woman, and uses a helicopter), but it's terrific news for Europe's health: Within a few weeks, ads for electronic cigarettes will go dark on European...

Date: 05/09/2016 | Commentary

More women will strengthen U.S. military

An attempt to undermine the Pentagon's decision to allow women to serve in combat roles backfired spectacularly last week — and the U.S. will be safer for it.During a congressional debate on the defense policy bill, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-California, proposed requiring...

Date: 05/08/2016 | Commentary

Trump takes aim at Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren

Donald Trump is once again raising former President Bill Clinton's marital infidelities, a preview of how the billionaire businessman is likely to respond to general-election attacks from Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and her allies about his treatment of women.

Date: 05/07/2016 | Nation & World

California’s aid-in-dying process will not be easy

Starting June 9, terminally ill Californians with six months or less to live can request a doctor’s prescription for medications intended to end their lives peacefully.If that sounds simple, it won’t be.

Date: 05/07/2016 | Nation & World

Donald Trump to speak in Lynden at 3 p.m.

SPOKANE — The dozens of protesters gathered outside the Spokane Convention Center were outnumbered by supporters of Donald Trump who lined up early for the first of the presumptive GOP presidential candidate's two Saturday rallies in Washington state.

Date: 05/07/2016 | Northwest

Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney join list of Republicans who won’t back Trump

New rifts emerged Friday in the already shaky relationship between Republican leaders and presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump, heightening concerns that the party is headed into a long period of civil war that imperils its chances in the November elections.

Date: 05/07/2016 | Nation & World

Support for Mukilteo mosque appears politically motivated

Last week, I attended a public meeting with Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Washington. One of the items on his agenda was an April 23 guest commentary he'd written for the Herald titled "Opposition to mosque goes against...

Date: 05/07/2016 | Commentary

U.S. might get out of paying back debt, Trump says

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Thursday said he might seek to pay back investors in U.S. government debt less than they were owed “if the economy crashed,” raising doubts about whether Treasury bonds would be reliable in a future administration.

Date: 05/06/2016 | Business Wire

FDA can go further with its vaping rules

Since the turn of the century when electronic cigarettes went on the market, the devices have gone largely unregulated, promoted as a healthier alternative to cigarettes and a method for quitting smoking if not breaking the addiction to nicotine.But with more studies...

Date: 05/06/2016 | Editorials

FDA to establish rules for e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON — The federal government Thursday announced sweeping new rules for electronic cigarettes that will for the first time require the devices and their ingredients to be reviewed, a mandate that could offer some protection for consumers and upend a multibillion dollar industry that has gone...

Date: 05/06/2016 | Business Wire

Your vote could waste a perfectly good ballot

In our latest poll at, we asked whether you’ll vote in Washington’s...

Date: 05/06/2016 | Web Monkey

House Speaker Paul Ryan refuses to back Donald Trump

WASHINGTON — In an extraordinary rebuke of the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., the nation's highest-ranking GOP official, said Thursday that he could not support Donald Trump until he changes his tone and demonstrates that he...

Date: 05/05/2016 | Nation & World

Trump-backing tow truck driver refuses service to Sanders supporter

Ken Shupe responded to a woman who was stranded on an interstate in North Carolina on Monday. Shupe is a tow truck driver; the woman had been involved in a wreck, according to reports.

Date: 05/05/2016 | Nation & World

House Speaker Paul Ryan refuses to back Donald Trump

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan is refusing to support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president, insisting Thursday that the businessman must do more to unify the GOP.

Date: 05/05/2016 | Nation & World

Minimum wage hikes were followed by employment increases

An incredibly simplistic argument breaks out every time liberal groups push to raise the federal minimum wage. We’ll lose jobs, opponents say. No we won’t, supporters say.

Date: 05/05/2016 | Business Wire

Your flight is boarding, the security line is long. Get used to it

It was late afternoon Monday and four different airports — in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and Atlanta — were beset by the same problem that had passengers fuming: more than a 30-minute wait to get through the TSA security checkpoint.With those passengers in...

Date: 05/05/2016 | Nation & World

Army captain sues Obama; says he lacks authority to fight ISIS

WASHINGTON — An Army captain sued President Barack Obama on Wednesday, alleging that he doesn’t have the proper congressional authority to wage war against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Date: 05/05/2016 | Nation & World

For Donald Trump, victory leads to a swirling day of interviews

"So Kasich got out because it was enough, right? Well, that's alright. That's the smart thing."

Date: 05/05/2016 | Nation & World

Obama tells Flint residents, 'I've got your back'

FLINT, Mich. — Sipping filtered city water to show it's again drinkable, President Barack Obama promised Wednesday to ride herd on leaders at all levels of government until every drop of water flowing into homes in Flint, Michigan, is safe to use.

Date: 05/04/2016 | Nation & World

Rolling Stones ask Trump to stop playing their songs

The Rolling Stones have asked presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to stop playing their songs at his campaign events.

Date: 05/04/2016 | Nation & World

Kansan who went with kids to Oregon standoff arrested

TOPEKA, Kan. — A Kansas woman who took her children to perform for occupiers during the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge earlier this year says authorities have removed seven of her children from her home and arrested her for assaulting an officer.

Date: 05/03/2016 | Northwest

Getting a fair deal for National Guard members

During disasters, the assistance provided by members for the Army National Guard and Air National Guard have proved invaluable to the victims of disaster but also in support of the work of first responders at the scene, such as during the wildfires in Eastern and Central Washington the...

Date: 05/03/2016 | Editorials

Candidates vie to replace retiring Rep. McDermott

SEATTLE — The three leading candidates to replace U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott are pushing to distinguish themselves in Washington’s deeply liberal 7th Congressional District.

Date: 05/02/2016 | Local News

Schumer: Probe billboards using phone data to track shoppers

NEW YORK — A U.S. senator is calling for a federal investigation into an outdoor advertising company’s latest effort to target billboard ads to specific consumers.

Date: 05/01/2016 | Nation & World

Warren Buffett: Business will be fine with Trump or Clinton

A Donald Trump presidency wouldn't be the blow to U.S. business that some fear, Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway, said at the company's annual shareholders meeting Saturday."If either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton becomes...

Date: 04/30/2016 | Nation & World

Latino activists promise more Trump protests as tensions heighten

Latino activists said they expect more large protests as Donald Trump moves his presidential campaign into California.

Date: 04/30/2016 | Nation & World

High court won’t block Texas voter ID law

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday declined to block the use of Texas’ voter ID law in the November election but indicated it is open to that possibility if a lower court has not settled the matter by midsummer.

Date: 04/30/2016 | Nation & World

Rowdy Trump protests portend explosive California primary

BURLINGAME, Calif. — Hundreds of rowdy protesters broke through barricades and threw eggs at police Friday outside a hotel where Donald Trump addressed the state's Republican convention. Several Trump supporters said they were roughed up but no serious injuries were reported.

Date: 04/28/2016 | Nation & World

Bernie Sanders is biggest spender of 2016 so far

The small-dollar fundraising juggernaut that has kept Bernie Sanders's insurgent White House bid afloat far longer than anticipated has generated another unexpected impact: a financial windfall for his team of Washington consultants.By the end of March, the self-described...

Date: 04/28/2016 | Nation & World

U.S. economy grows at slowest pace in two years

WASHINGTON — Growth by the U.S. economy fell off sharply in the first three months of 2016, posting its worst quarterly performance in two years amid a global slowdown, the Commerce Department said Thursday.The broadest measure of the nation's economic output, known as...

Date: 04/28/2016 | Business Wire

February court date set for Bundy standoff case in Nevada

LAS VEGAS — A federal magistrate judge in Las Vegas set a Feb. 6 trial date for rancher Cliven Bundy and 18 other defendants in an armed confrontation with government officers two years ago.

Date: 04/28/2016 | Nation & World

Ex House Speaker Hastert gets 15 months after sex scandal

CHICAGO — A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced former House speaker Dennis Hastert to one year and three months in federal prison — a term above what prosecutors had recommended and one that clearly took into account the sexual abuse allegations that generated the criminal...

Date: 04/28/2016 | Nation & World

Congress should safeguard privacy of emails

Imagine police rifling through your desk, then boxing up and carting off any mail or correspondence that was older than six months.Ridiculous; they'd have to have a warrant. But the same Fourth Amendment protection you enjoy at home has yet to be extended to the emails and...

Date: 04/28/2016 | Editorials

Former House speaker sentenced to more than a year in prison

CHICAGO — Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House and was second in the line of succession to the presidency, was sentenced Wednesday to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that included accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high...

Date: 04/27/2016 | Nation & World

Obama to visit Flint to discuss water crisis

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama next week will make his first trip to Flint, Michigan since the impoverished city was found to have lead-tainted drinking water, the White House said Wednesday.

Date: 04/27/2016 | Nation & World

Fund fight against Zika, more

For most, the threat posed by the Zika virus still seems a continent away, a concern for those in South and Central America or those planning to travel there.The mosquito-borne virus, however, does have the potential to reach into the United States, specifically Gulf Coast...

Date: 04/27/2016 | Editorials

Hanford seeks possible leak in 2nd double-walled tank

SPOKANE — Officials for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are trying to determine if a second giant underground tank containing radioactive waste from the production of plutonium for nuclear weapons is leaking, the U.S. Department of Energy revealed on Tuesday.

Date: 04/26/2016 | Northwest

Bill introduced in Senate to return Kennewick Man to tribes

SPOKANE — A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to require the federal government to give the bones of Kennewick Man back to the Indian tribes from which he descended.

Date: 04/26/2016 | Northwest

Senate Democrats fail to force vote on lower court judges

WASHINGTON — In a preview of tactics that could be used to call for action on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, three Senate Democrats tried and failed to force votes on lower court judicial nominees Tuesday afternoon.

Date: 04/26/2016 | Nation & World

Environmental groups sue over bull trout recovery plan

KALISPELL, Mont. — Two environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s plan to recover threatened bull trout.

Date: 04/25/2016 | Northwest

Individual A’ sues Hastert for money over unpaid hush money

CHICAGO — A man who alleges he was sexually abused by former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and later promised $3.5 million to stay quiet filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit on Monday, saying he’s owed more than half of the money Hastert promised.

Date: 04/25/2016 | Nation & World

Bundy says Feds have no right to prosecute in Oregon standoff

PORTLAND, Ore. — Lawyers for Ammon Bundy revealed plans to contest the authority of the federal government to prosecute their client for the takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Date: 04/25/2016 | Northwest

Kick-start the hemp industry

On Earth Day last week, a writer on the USA Today opinion page argued for the use of paper in classrooms because studies show students...

Date: 04/25/2016 | Editorials

Obama to announce plans to grow U.S. Special Operations force in Syria

LONDON — President Obama will announce the addition of 250 Special Operations troops to the American advisory force in Syria, U.S. officials said Sunday, the administration’s latest move seeking to intensify pressure on the Islamic State.

Date: 04/24/2016 | Nation & World

EPA fines Tesoro’s oil refinery in Anacortes for violations

SEATTLE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined the Tesoro oil refinery in Anacortes nearly $720,000 for alleged safety violations.The EPA said last week it filed a complaint seeking penalties for violations found during two facility inspections in 2011.

Date: 04/24/2016 | Northwest

Obama pushes for global trade deals in face of opposition

HANNOVER, Germany — President Barack Obama mounted a strong defense of international trade deals Sunday in the face of domestic and foreign opposition, saying it’s “indisputable” that such agreements strengthen the economy and make U.S. businesses more competitive worldwide. But he acknowledged...

Date: 04/24/2016 | Nation & World

Donald Trump says he’s ‘not toning it down’

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A confident Donald Trump told supporters Saturday that he's not changing his pitch to voters, a day after his chief adviser assured Republican officials their party's front-runner would show more restraint while campaigning."You know, being...

Date: 04/24/2016 | Nation & World

The lead lurking in our water

Any certainty that residents of Washington state wouldn't need to worry about lead in our drinking water — as the residents of Flint, Michigan, have had to endure — has evaporated with recent stories from across the state that testing has found high levels of lead in water...

Date: 04/24/2016 | Editorials

Stamp of approval earned

Lynnwood photographer's image to be used on postage

Date: 04/23/2016 | Local News

Face time with queen, princes completes Obamas’ royal visit

LONDON — President Barack Obama plunged into a whirlwind of royal socializing Friday that began over a birthday lunch with Queen Elizabeth II and ended at a dinner hosted by the trio of young royals who represent the future of the British monarchy.Obama, accompanied by...

Date: 04/23/2016 | Nation & World

Senate energy bill powered by compromise

The timing is coincidental but no less appropriate: During National Parks Week and a couple of days before today's observance of Earth Day, the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive energy bill that accomplishes more than any previous energy legislation in nearly a decade.

Date: 04/22/2016 | Editorials

Panel on Planned Parenthood sets low bar for ‘exhibits,’ claims

Marsha Blackburn isn't one to worry about appearances.The Tennessee Republican didn't make any pretense this week of being impartial with the committee she chairs, the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, commonly known as the Planned Parenthood committee.

Date: 04/22/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Federal judge upholds Dallas’ ban on sex exposition

DALLAS — A federal judge on Thursday cited skimpy outfits, lewd behavior and other factors in upholding a decision by Dallas leaders to ban a sex exposition that last year drew upward of 15,000 people.

Date: 04/21/2016 | Nation & World

In Saudi visit, Obama works to calm Gulf tensions with U.S.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Barack Obama strained to ease tensions with Persian Gulf allies Thursday, pledging U.S. help in confronting Iran and other security threats. Yet he failed to win the commitments he sought to boost economic aid to Iraq.

Date: 04/21/2016 | Nation & World

The Senate’s presiding officer: Holding the gavel with nothing to do

WASHINGTON — It’s the most prominent position at the Capitol that comes with almost no power at all.

Date: 04/21/2016 | Nation & World

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