The Herald of Everett, Washington
Customer service  |  Subscribe   |   Log in or sign up   |   Advertising information   |   Contact us
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus The Daily Herald on Linked In HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up  Green editions icon Green editions


Ben Carson: Syrian refugees don’t want to come to U.S.

AZRAQ REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan — After touring refugee camps in Jordan, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Saturday suggested that camps should serve as a long-term solution for millions, while other refugees could be absorbed by Middle Eastern countries.

Date: 11/28/2015 | Nation & World

White House Christmas tree arrives from Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama has kicked off the holiday season at the White House by welcoming this year’s Christmas tree.It’s a Fraser fir grown in Pennsylvania that stands more than 18 feet tall.

Date: 11/28/2015 | Nation & World

GOP contenders talk about drug abuse; racial, partisan rifts persist

More than 40 years after Republican president Richard M. Nixon coined the phrase “war on drugs,” many GOP presidential candidates are calling for an end to one of its central tenets - by agreeing with Democrats to treat low-level drug offenders rather than incarcerating them.

Date: 11/28/2015 | Nation & World

NSA’s mass collection of phone metadata to end

The National Security Agency on Sunday will end its mass collection of data about Americans' phone calls, 14 years after the counterterrorism program began in secret under the authority of President George W. Bush.The halt was ordered by Congress, which in June passed the...

Date: 11/28/2015 | Nation & World

Little reason on either side of refugee debate

The Syrian refugee debate has become a national embarrassment. It begins with a president, desperate to deflect attention from the collapse of his foreign policy, retreating to his one safe zone — ad hominem attacks on critics, this time for lack of compassion toward Syrian widows...

Date: 11/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Americans hit the road for Thanksgiving

LOS ANGELES — The big Thanksgiving getaway went into full swing Wednesday with drivers delighted by the lowest November gas prices in years and many airline passengers undaunted by terrorism fears and long lines at security checkpoints.

Date: 11/26/2015 | Nation & World

President Obama pardons a pair of turkeys

President Barack Obama spared two turkeys named for one of the nation's most admired presidents, continuing a White House tradition that provides a refreshing sense of amusement and bipartisan cheer no matter how troubled the times.Obama...

Date: 11/26/2015 | Nation & World

Tougher talk from Obama can motivate nation

The two presidents stood in the East Room on Tuesday afternoon, united in their goal of defeating the Islamic State but separated by a stylistic gulf as vast as the Atlantic.On the left, facing the cameras, was Francois Hollande, war president. He spoke of "cowardly...

Date: 11/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Uncle Sam flunks government, survey finds

If Uncle Sam were in school, he’d flunk government.His report card, in the form of a Pew Research Center survey, found “Americans’ overall views of the federal government are very negative.”

Date: 11/25/2015 | Nation & World

Trump risking our safety for political benefit

Crises bring out the best and worst in people, as has been demonstrated vividly this past week by the behavior of President Obama and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.Obama showed his best face in Tuesday's press conference with visiting French President Francois...

Date: 11/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

U.S. economy outperforms 3rd quarter estimates

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a faster pace over the summer than initially estimated, a positive sign that could help convince Federal Reserve policymakers to raise a key interest rate next month.

Date: 11/24/2015 | Business Wire

Wildfire reforms still needed

This is how persistent wildfires can be: It was only last week — mid-November — that a wildfire in the Olympic National Park's rainforest, which had been burning since May, was finally extinguished by a series of storms that dropped several feed of rain.The...

Date: 11/24/2015 | Editorials

Feds to cancel lease on land sacred to Blackfoot Indian tribes

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Interior Department plans to cancel a long-suspended oil and gas drilling lease near Glacier National Park that’s on land considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada, according to court documents filed Monday.

Date: 11/23/2015 | Northwest

Don’t let fear change values

Have we allowed fear to get the better of us?In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris, suspicion has bled from its proper focus on the Islamic State to include refugees who are fleeing two of the countries — Syria and Iraq — infested by the...

Date: 11/22/2015 | Editorials

A troubling accord among the GOP field

The impact of the Paris attacks on the Republican presidential race may turn out to be minimal, especially since the establishment candidates aren't making any more sense than outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson.Theoretically, a deadly rampage by Islamic State terrorists...

Date: 11/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Ted Cruz’s newest tool to sway voters: prayer

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz is harnessing the power of prayer for his presidential bid.The Texas Republican is creating a National Prayer Team that will hold a weekly prayer conference call every Tuesday as part of Cruz's strategy to tap into the enthusiasm of...

Date: 11/21/2015 | Nation & World

Payrolls increase in 40 states in October, led by California

WASHINGTON — Payrolls rose in 40 states and the unemployment rate fell in 32 as the U.S. labor market powered ahead in October.

Date: 11/21/2015 | Business Wire

Convicted spy Pollard is released from prison after 30 years

WASHINGTON — Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard was released from prison early Friday, culminating an extraordinary espionage case that complicated American-Israeli relations for 30 years and became a periodic bargaining chip between two allies.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Nation & World

House approves GOP bill to boost Fed oversight

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House approved a bill Thursday that supporters said would make the Federal Reserve more transparent and accountable, defying a veto threat.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Business Wire

Medal honors two from state with integrity

There are names better known nationally among this year's recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, announced earlier this week by the White House, but...

Date: 11/20/2015 | Editorials

Why did Ryan rush bill on Syrian, Iraqi refugees?

Well, it was nice while it lasted.Three weeks ago, Paul Ryan accepted the speaker's gavel with a vow to return to "regular order," in which the Congress runs by deliberation rather than fiat and lawmakers have loose rein to amend and shape legislation. "The...

Date: 11/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Rejecting Syrian refugees won’t make us safer

President Barack Obama wants the United States to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees next year — but in the wake of last week's Paris attacks and reports that one of the terrorists may have had a valid Syrian passport with a stamp from Greece, more than half the governors in this...

Date: 11/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Obama should follow example of Hollande

Tell me: What's a suicide bomber doing with a passport? He's not going anywhere. And, though I'm not a religious scholar, I doubt that a passport is required in paradise for a martyr to access his 72 black-eyed virgins.A Syrian passport was found near the body of one of the...

Date: 11/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

With new FEMA money, county can buy all Oso mudslide tracts

OSO — Snohomish County is now positioned to offer buyouts to all property owners directly affected by the Oso mudslide, now that a second federal grant has come through.

Date: 11/19/2015 | Local News

Canada’s Justin Trudeau a fresh face on world stage

MANILA, Philippines — He's younger than the next youngest leader by six years and nearly a full generation behind the 60-year-old average age of his Pacific Rim peers.Newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, 43, installed on a liberal agenda at odds with...

Date: 11/19/2015 | Nation & World

Senator pushes medical exam bill to benefit pilots like him

WASHINGTON — Sen. Jim Inhofe, an 81-year-old avid pilot who had quadruple heart bypass surgery two years ago, is trying to loosen medical exam requirements so that private pilots like him don’t have to make so many doctors’ visits to show they are fit to fly.

Date: 11/19/2015 | Nation & World

Republicans putting all cliches on the table to defeat ISIS

Congressional Republicans unveiled a new strategy Tuesday morning to defeat the Islamic State: Kill it with cliches.House GOP leaders huddled with their caucus in the Capitol basement for an hour before emerging to hit the enemy with an unrelenting barrage of hackneyed...

Date: 11/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Obama’s critics find scapegoat in refugees

The attacks in Paris have inspired a xenophobic bidding war among Republican presidential candidates.Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday signed an order trying to get his state of Louisiana to block the settlement of any Syrian refugee, while Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas...

Date: 11/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Fantasy sports a game of skill? Don't bet on it

Residents of Washington state have to sit on the sidelines when they see the ubiquitous ads on television for DraftKings and FanDuel, two online purveyors of fantasy sports that allow participants to select teams of professional football, baseball and basketball athletes with the...

Date: 11/17/2015 | Editorials

The West and Muslims must join forces to fight ISIS

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Do Western nations think that Muslim lives matter less? Most of us would resist any such characterization of callousness. But Western outrage about the carnage in Paris, coupled with near-indifference to similar killings in the Arab world,...

Date: 11/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Do Obama’s critics seek U.S. boots in Syria?

As Paris mourns its dead, critics of President Obama's caution in the fight against the Islamic State are full of sound and fury. But those who throw around such words as "weak" and "feckless" should tell us if they support the logical alternative: sending in...

Date: 11/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Obama: Help or hindrance for 2016 Democrats?

WASHINGTON — Do Democratic presidential candidates defend or inch away from President Barack Obama’s record? There’s no easy answer.

Date: 11/15/2015 | Nation & World

Align U.S. cannabis law with state laws

In 2012, voters in Washington state passed Initiative 502, which legalized the sale, consumption and taxation of marijuana products. Including Washington, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized some form of marijuana, and in 2016, several more states are expected to...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Commentary

How to follow the money

Viewpoints: Democrat, Republican offer campaign finance fix

Date: 11/15/2015 | Commentary

Taxpayers shouldn’t pay for pro sports patroitic tributes

Professional sports teams have collected more than $53 million from the Department of Defense for patriotic displays that cheer the U.S. military. Two U.S. senators who authored a report on the practice decry it as unnecessary and wasteful "paid patriotism."Let's...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Commentary

Time to ground frequent flyers in Congress

House Republican leaders recently did something that should outrage Americans of all parties and creeds: They declared that the people's representatives will be working an average of only two days a week next year.The House will be in session just 111 days in 2016. This...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Dem candidates clash on domestic, foreign policy

DES MOINES - A Democratic presidential debate here Saturday that began with a sobering discussion of the escalating terrorist threats from Islamic State militants quickly turned to a sharp ideological clash on domestic issues that included regulating the banking industry and gun...

Date: 11/14/2015 | Nation & World

More Central Americans flee violence to enter U.S.

HOUSTON — The number of families illegally crossing the southern U.S. border has more than doubled over the same period last fall, prompting concern about a new surge of migrants from Central America.

Date: 11/14/2015 | Nation & World

Supporters shrug off Donald Trump outburst

AMES, Iowa — Iowa supporters' response to Donald Trump's 95-minute eruption? An "ugh" and a shrug.

Date: 11/14/2015 | Nation & World

Medicare to spend $9 billion on hepatitis C drugs

WASHINGTON — Medicare spending on breakthrough medications for hepatitis C will nearly double this year, passing $9 billion, according to new government figures. That’s raising insurance costs for all beneficiaries, whether or not they have the liver-wasting viral disease.

Date: 11/14/2015 | Nation & World

Supreme Court to review abortion-restriction laws

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday decided to hear its first major abortion case in nearly a decade, agreeing to determine how far states may go in regulating the procedure without violating a woman's constitutional rights.It will be one of the court's most...

Date: 11/13/2015 | Nation & World

Wyoming ‘Freedom Caucus’ congresswoman to retire

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming Rep. Cynthia Lummis announced Thursday she will not seek re-election and former Vice President Dick Cheney's elder daughter, Liz Cheney, said she was seriously considering running for the seat.Lummis is the only female member of the rebellious...

Date: 11/13/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. adult cigarette smoking hits a new low

About 17 percent of American adults smoked cigarettes in 2014 — approximately a 20 percent drop from the rate of adult smoking in 2005, according to figures released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.That figure is the lowest recorded since...

Date: 11/13/2015 | Nation & World

Rep. Larsen seeks input on Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact

Congressman Rick Larsen is doing something this week his congressional colleagues from Washington and around the country are not.

Date: 11/12/2015 | The Petri Dish

Criticism of Obama’s foreign policy fails to show different path

President Obama's foreign policy has been a regular punching bag for Republican presidential candidates, but many of their criticisms are facile. The next president — from whichever party — will have to confront the same puzzle that Obama has faced about how best to use U.S.

Date: 11/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Areas of Olympic National Park closing Thursday

PORT ANGELES — Olympic National Park officials say they’ll close six areas of the park Thursday ahead of expected heavy rain and high winds.

Date: 11/11/2015 | Northwest

Netanyahu may have turned Jewish Americans against him

Benjamin Netanyahu doesn't do regret.Earlier this year, the Israeli prime minister did more than any of his predecessors over nearly 70 years to turn his country into a partisan political issue in the United States. In his speech to Congress and in other venues, he fought...

Date: 11/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Energy independence is why we can say no to Keystone

The Obama administration has finally passed judgment on the Keystone XL pipeline, and it's a thumbs-down. The environmental arguments against it have always been impeccable. But it took America's turn toward energy independence to cut down the economic case for it.Americans...

Date: 11/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Report: Forest restoration work not keeping pace with demand

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Forest Service says it has increased the pace and scale of its forest restoration work since 2011, but progress waned this year and the agency risks following further behind without more resources.

Date: 11/09/2015 | Nation & World

Netanyahu expects more military aid from meeting with Obama

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington on Monday is being billed as a fence-mending visit after their dispute over the Iran nuclear deal.

Date: 11/09/2015 | Nation & World

Why politicans ought to move families to D.C.

Paul Ryan has two goals. He can accomplish both with one move.The new speaker of the House wants to make sure the big job doesn't keep him from spending time with his wife and three children, who live in Janesville, Wisconsin.He also wants to restore...

Date: 11/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Uneasiness looms over U.S. voters, poll finds

One year ahead of the presidential election, a pervasive disquiet has shaped voter attitudes, with a majority of Republicans pessimistic about moral values and the increasing diversity of the nation’s population and Democrats uneasy about an economy they see as tilted toward the rich.

Date: 11/08/2015 | Nation & World

No one likes Ted Cruz. He’s fine with that

Ted Cruz has been branded a "wacko bird" by a Senate colleague and a "jackass" by the former speaker of the House of Representatives. A GOP consultant labeled him a show horse, and a strategist for a rival presidential campaign called him the Mitt Romney of 2016...

Date: 11/08/2015 | Nation & World

Good, not spectacular, preliminary ratings for Trump on ‘SNL’

NEW YORK — Donald Trump hadn’t gotten far into his opening monologue before trouble occurred. An off-screen heckler interrupted with a cry of “You’re a racist!”

Date: 11/08/2015 | Nation & World

TPP will promote our state’s trade and protect our values

Over the last five years, proponents and opponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership regional free trade agreement have shared one disadvantage: No one knew what the final agreement would contain. Would it be a high-standard, 21st-century agreement that levels the playing field, or...

Date: 11/08/2015 | Commentary

White men can't cope

Viewpoints: What's ailing white working-class men?

Date: 11/08/2015 | Commentary

Bushes now free to speak their minds

If the truth sets us free, then Bush family members should be warbling from rooftops.At least one Bush, patriarch George H.W. Bush, has been singing his heart out with author Jon Meacham, whose biography of the 41st president will soon be released.Early excerpts...

Date: 11/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Ben Carson's West Point claims made no sense

Ben Carson's story about receiving a scholarship to the prestigious U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, is now under scrutiny following a Politico report on Friday. The West Point story was laid out in "Gifted Hands," Carson's 1996 autobiography, the book that...

Date: 11/07/2015 | Nation & World

Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz gain ground in Republican field

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump and Ben Carson remain the leaders in the Republican presidential field, both in California and nationally, but two freshman senators, Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas, have moved into a solid second tier, a new University of Southern California Dornsife/Los...

Date: 11/07/2015 | Nation & World

Obama quashes Keystone XL pipeline plan

WASHINGTON — Ending a seven-year political saga, President Barack Obama killed the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring it would have undercut U.S. efforts to clinch a global climate change deal at the center of his environmental legacy.

Date: 11/07/2015 | Business Wire

Battle begins over details of Obama’s Pacific trade deal

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has revealed its trade pact with Pacific nations, a sweeping and controversial deal igniting fierce opposition from President Barack Obama's Democratic allies.The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement published on Thursday has...

Date: 11/06/2015 | Nation & World

Christie, Huckabee out of main GOP debate

NEWARK, N.J. — Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee have been bumped from the main stage at next week’s GOP presidential debate, while George Pataki and Lindsey Graham have been cut from the lineup altogether.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Nation & World

In new bio, George H.W. Bush slams ‘iron-ass’ Cheney, ‘arrogant’ Rumsfeld

It's long been a mystery what President George H.W. Bush thought of President George W. Bush's response to the Sept. 11 attacks and the subsequent invasion of Iraq. Bush 41, of course, had stopped short of ousting Saddam Hussein; Bush 43 had gone ahead and done just that. But what was...

Date: 11/05/2015 | Nation & World

IRS customer service to get worse this tax season

WASHINGTON - Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen said this week that taxpayers should expect customer service to “get worse” during the upcoming filing season unless Congress boosts the agency’s budget - worse, that is, than the new low set last year.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Nation & World

States link student learning to teacher reviews

WASHINGTON — The vast majority of states now require that teachers be evaluated, at least in part, on student test scores — up sharply from six years ago. And in many states, those performance reviews could lead to a pink slip.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Nation & World

Feds offer new, free retirement plan

WASHINGTON — Starting this week, people who don't have access to a retirement savings plan at work will have an easier time setting aside cash.The myRA program, a government backed retirement plan first announced by President Barack Obama...

Date: 11/05/2015 | Business Wire

Senate bills look to fairly adjust Social Security for seniors

The 121,000 people who receive Social Security benefits in Snohomish County will be getting a rude non-surprise on Jan. 1. That's because they will not see any COLA increase in their Social Security checks. Why not? The COLA, the annual cost-of-living adjustment, accounts...

Date: 11/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Ignoring inequality issues spells end of New Democrats

It was a pitiful whimper from the last of a breed.During last week's House speaker election, almost all Republicans were voting for Paul Ryan and virtually all Democrats for Nancy Pelosi. Then the clerk called on Jim Cooper, a moderate Democrat from Tennessee.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton, Carson tied in hypothetical matchup

Hillary Clinton and Ben Carson are tied in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup in a new poll released Tuesday, a year out from when voters are set to cast ballots in the 2016 general election.

Date: 11/04/2015 | Nation & World

Conflicting strategies shape GOP debate furor

WASHINGTON — Despite a handful of high-profile defections, most Republican presidential candidates are still demanding changes to the GOP’s coming debates. That’s not to say they are speaking with one voice. The White House hopefuls have distinct, sometimes contradictory, strategies to score...

Date: 11/04/2015 | Nation & World

TransCanada: Politics not behind Keystone delay request

TORONTO — The head of the Canadian company behind the proposed Keystone XL pipeline denied Tuesday that political motivation drove its decision to ask the U.S. government to delay consideration of the project.

Date: 11/04/2015 | Business Wire

Key U.S. races, issues: Pot loses in Ohio

In most states, the big elections will come next year. But on Tuesday, voters in a few states elected governors and legislators, some cities selected mayors, and a variety of major issues were settled at the ballot box.The elections were expected to be low-turnout affairs,...

Date: 11/03/2015 | Nation & World

Business owners say the Trans-Pacific Partnership shows promise

GRANITE FALLS — Anna Schoolcraft likes her commute. It takes her about three minutes driving in her red Corvette Stingray to get to her job at Cobalt Enterprises, a machine shop that makes parts for aerospace companies.

Date: 11/03/2015 | Business

Federal government begins large Oregon wild horse roundup

PORTLAND, Ore. — Wild horse advocates are calling for a stop to one of the largest roundups of wild mustangs in Oregon history.

Date: 11/02/2015 | Northwest

New cleanup deadlines sought for central Hanford

RICHLAND — The U.S. Department of Energy and its Hanford Nuclear Reservation regulatory agencies want new legal deadlines to clean up radioactive waste in the central portion of the site.They say existing deadlines cannot be met at the nation’s most polluted nuclear weapons site.

Date: 11/02/2015 | Northwest

Jimmy Carter says he feels fine, keeps busy despite cancer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Jimmy Carter’s August announcement that doctors had discovered tumors on his brain came with a promise: The former U.S. president would scale back his work schedule.

Date: 11/02/2015 | Nation & World

Prayers that Congress lets its speaker lead

The speaker-elect walked down the center aisle Thursday morning, accepting hugs, kisses, handshakes and applause. Then he did something unexpected: He turned left.Paul Ryan, the young Wisconsin Republican who in minutes would accept the speaker's gavel, walked through the...

Date: 11/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bush-Rubio rivalry intensifies as Iowa caucuses draw closer

DES MOINES, Iowa — Neither Jeb Bush nor Marco Rubio emphasized the need to do well in Iowa in the early months of the 2016 presidential campaign. But that's changed as their rivalry intensifies and pressure mounts to emerge from the Feb. 1 caucuses as the favorite among mainstream...

Date: 11/01/2015 | Nation & World

Panhandling laws face challenge after church signs ruling

DENVER — Cities trying to limit panhandling in downtowns and tourist areas are facing a new legal hurdle because of a recent Supreme Court ruling that seemingly has nothing to do with asking for money.

Date: 10/31/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. plans for boots on the ground in Syria

WASHINGTON — The United States escalated its fight against the Islamic State in Syria on Friday, pledging the first open deployment of military boots on the ground, even as U.S., Russian and other diplomats pressed a new peace effort that America hopes will hasten the departure of...

Date: 10/31/2015 | Nation & World

Consumer spending shows weakest gain in 8 months

WASHINGTON — Consumer spending in September posted the smallest gain in eight months, a sign that shoppers grew cautious at the end of the third quarter.

Date: 10/31/2015 | Business Wire

New rules protect against mega-bank failures

WASHINGTON — In their latest bid to reduce the chances of future taxpayer bailouts, federal regulators are proposing that the eight biggest U.S. banks build new cushions against losses that would shift the burden to investors.The Federal Reserve's proposal put forward...

Date: 10/30/2015 | Business Wire

Senate OKs budget, debt deal, sends measure to Obama

WASHINGTON — Legislation sparing the country the specter of a catastrophic default and partial government shutdown is ready for President Barack Obama's signature after the Senate passed it by a comfortable margin.

Date: 10/30/2015 | Nation & World

GOP just can’t make its case at hearings

At a certain point, you have to realize you can't hit a fastball. House Republicans don't quite get that they are hopeless at oversight hearings. They keep losing — and now the chairman of the House Oversight Committee has just introduced articles of impeachment against IRS...

Date: 10/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Should Congress control tribal recognition?

BILLINGS, Mont. — A Republican proposal to let only Congress decide whether American Indian tribes deserve federal recognition threatens the legitimacy of hundreds of tribes and would add delay to what was long a broken system, an Obama administration official said Wednesday.

Date: 10/29/2015 | Nation & World

Disappointing report card for 4th and 8th graders

WASHINGTON — The nation's schoolkids turned in a lackluster performance on national tests, with math scores for fourth and eighth graders declining for the first time in 25 years. Reading scores were not much better: flat for fourth graders and lower for eighth graders than two...

Date: 10/29/2015 | Nation & World

Dems urge Obama to fund earthquake-warning system

WASHINGTON — Thirty-six members of Congress from Western states asked President Barack Obama on Wednesday for $16.1 million to complete an earthquake early-warning system being developed by scientists in Southern California and along the West Coast.Reps. Adam Schiff,...

Date: 10/29/2015 | Nation & World

GOP taps new speaker, OKs budget deal

WASHINGTON — House Republicans embraced a new leader Wednesday and swiftly consented to a major budget-and-debt deal to avert a federal financial crisis, highlights of a day of dramatic fresh starts at the Capitol after years of division and disarray.Wisconsin Rep.

Date: 10/29/2015 | Nation & World

What else isn’t getting a vote?

It's not that surprising that the U.S. House finally passed legislation to take the Export-Import Bank out of the mothballs it was placed in back in June when its authorization expired. The support was there all along.The bank, which guarantees loans between American...

Date: 10/29/2015 | Editorials

Gun control advocates refocus on background checks

The video montage opening the Brady Campaign's conference on gun deaths Tuesday featured praise for Sarah and Jim Brady from leaders past and present."They have remained committed to improving the lives and the safety of their fellow Americans," Bill Clinton says...

Date: 10/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Debate highlights Republicans' two-track nomination fight

BOULDER, Colo. — Marco Rubio bid forcefully for control of the Republican Party's establishment wing in Wednesday night's third GOP debate, deflecting jabs from Jeb Bush, who desperately sought to right his floundering campaign.Insurgent outsiders Donald Trump and Ben...

Date: 10/28/2015 | Nation & World

Federal drug inmates set for early release

About 6,000 federal inmates whose drug sentences were reduced will begin making their way home Friday from halfway houses and prisons across the country as a result of policy changes made by the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Date: 10/28/2015 | Nation & World

Hillary Clinton says she feels ‘a little bit sorry’ for GOP

BARTLETT, N.H. — Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton said Wednesday she feels “just a little bit sorry for the Republicans” as they met for another debate, because “they really don’t have a lot to talk about.”

Date: 10/28/2015 | Nation & World

Newspaper calls for Marco Rubio to resign from Senate

MIAMI — In a blunt editorial, a top south Florida newspaper called on Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio to resign from the Senate, saying he was not doing his job in Washington.

Date: 10/28/2015 | Nation & World

Fed keeps rate at record low; will consider December boost

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve is keeping its key short-term interest rate at a record low in the face of threats from a weak global economy and excessively low inflation. But it suggested the possibility of a rate hike in December.A statement the Fed issued...

Date: 10/28/2015 | Business Wire

Boehner to push budget vote over right-wing opposition

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders on Tuesday pushed toward a vote on a two-year budget deal despite conservative opposition, relying on the backing of Democrats for the far-reaching pact struck with President Barack Obama.

Date: 10/27/2015 | Nation & World

Swap of federal lands a threat to hunters’ interests

The Durfee Hills contain some of the finest elk hunting grounds in Montana. Some 2,700 acres of this majestic country is open to sportsmen, courtesy of the land's owner, the United States government.But "no trespassing" signs could sprout if two rich Texans...

Date: 10/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton allowed Republicans to stumble, fall

Hillary Clinton must have been mindful of the old adage that you never interrupt an enemy when he is making a mistake. She sat in the witness chair with the patience of Job, hour after endless hour, while the House Select Committee on Benghazi did all it could to make her our next...

Date: 10/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Coal mine expansion stalls in lawsuit citing climate change

BILLINGS, Mont. — The U.S. Interior Department should not have approved the expansion of a southeastern Montana coal mine without taking a closer look at its effect on the environment, a federal judge said about a lawsuit arguing the government ignored coal’s contributions to climate...

Date: 10/26/2015 | Northwest

Trump is the most ego-driven, Iowans say

Republicans planning to attend the Iowa caucuses are still sorting out their presidential preferences, but there's one decision they've overwhelmingly made: Donald Trump is the most ego-driven in their party's crowded field of candidates.Asked to select which of the...

Date: 10/25/2015 | Nation & World

»» More search options

digital subscription promo

Subscribe now

Unlimited digital access starting at 99 cents, or included with any print subscription.

HeraldNet Classifieds

HeraldNet highlights

‘Grandma in the Window’
‘Grandma in the Window’: The kids on Bus 7 in Arlington welcome her home
Home from Hollywood
Home from Hollywood: Composer Ron Jones sets up shop in Stanwood
The meat of the issue
The meat of the issue: Viewpoints: Quantifying the risk that bacon will kill you
Start them early
Start them early: Hike it Baby connects parents and kids for outdoor fun