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Clinton offers support for $12 minimum wage

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Hillary Clinton on Thursday offered some support for a proposal in the Senate that would raise the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour, hinting that the higher rate sought by labor unions doesn’t have enough support.

Date: 07/30/2015 | Business Wire

Will ‘Happy Birthday’ song be free to use soon?

One of the most familiar songs to all Americans could soon be free to use if a federal judge rules against Warner Music Group’s decades-old grip on the rights to “Happy Birthday to You.”

Date: 07/30/2015 | Nation & World

Boehner backs plan to export U.S. crude

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner said he supports a push by U.S. oil companies to ship their crude oil overseas and lift a decades-long ban on exports.

Date: 07/30/2015 | Business Wire

GOP senators appear ready to corral Cruz

Who's afraid of big, bad Ted Cruz?Not Lamar Alexander. The Tennessee Republican went on the Senate floor to accuse his fellow Republican of proposing actions that would "render ourselves lawless" and cause "chaos." Alexander reminded the Texan that...

Date: 07/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Obama looks like a statesman next to hyperbolic critics

It is good to be President Barack Obama these days. In the midst of a visit to Africa, including Kenya, where Republican front-runner Donald Trump has insisted Obama was born, the president seems to have been liberated by events and circumstances to speak his true mind.

Date: 07/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

House approves highway funding bill

WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care before heading out of town for its August recess, leaving unresolved an array of sticky issues that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the...

Date: 07/29/2015 | Nation & World

Export-Import Bank excluded from highway bill

WASHINGTON — The effort to reopen the Export-Import Bank, which has helped thousands of U.S. companies export their goods, lost significant ground as House lawmakers approved a short-term highway funding bill that did not include new authority for the bank.

Date: 07/29/2015 | Nation & World

Fed holds steady on interest rates

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve appears on track to raise interest rates later this year but signaled Wednesday that it wants to see further economic gains and higher inflation before doing so.

Date: 07/29/2015 | Business Wire

Lord Hill levee repairs to start July 29

SNOHOMISH — Major repairs at the Lord Hill levee along the Snohomish River are set to begin Wednesday.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is picking up 80 percent of the $892,000 project near the city of Snohomish, the French Slough Flood Control District the remaining 20 percent.

Date: 07/29/2015 | Local News

Neither Dole, nor ADA, would be welcome in today’s Senate

Bob Dole, now 92 and in a wheelchair, made a rare return visit to Congress on Monday to celebrate this week's 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act — the sort of big bipartisan triumph of yore that now seems unimaginable.How, I asked Dole, can we get...

Date: 07/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Court rejects claim over fatal goring in Olympic National Park

SEATTLE — A federal appeals court panel has rejected Port Angeles resident Susan Chadd’s lawsuit over her husband’s fatal goring by a mountain goat that had been threatening visitors for years in Olympic National Park.

Date: 07/28/2015 | Northwest

Pierce County prosecutor, deputy sued in federal court

SEATTLE — A woman who was charged twice with child sex crimes in Pierce County and twice had those charges dismissed filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday against the county prosecuting attorney and one of his deputies.

Date: 07/28/2015 | Northwest

A bill for parks and much more

The odds that Congress will reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund before it is scheduled to expire Sept. 30 improved...

Date: 07/28/2015 | Editorials

Sanity over sancutary in the U.S. Senate

July 1 was one of those evenings when you feel blessed to be in San Francisco, especially if you are strolling along Pier 14. But every reader knows what happened next: A bullet struck Kathryn Steinle, 32, as she walked arm in arm with her father. Neither knew what had happened; the...

Date: 07/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

We can save Medicare by funding Alzheimer’s research better

Current quibbling over what Jeb Bush meant when he said it's time to phase out and replace Medicare — as opposed to "attacking the seniors," as one woman at a recent event bellowed out — will soon seem quaint against the realities of our future.Never...

Date: 07/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Planned Parenthood videos show what abortion does to our values

"Thank you Planned Parenthood. God bless you." — Barack Obama, address to Planned Parenthood, April 26, 2013Planned Parenthood's reaction to the release of a clandestinely recorded conversation about the sale of fetal body...

Date: 07/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Is the problem Trump or those who support him?

Not long ago Donald Trump addressed a crowd in Arizona, where he retrod his undocumented claims about the Mexican government "sending" its rapists to the U.S. The venue was a convention center with a capacity of 4,100. Afterward he tweeted a photo of the audience with the...

Date: 07/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Two groups to sue over federal fish hatchery near Leavenworth

LEAVENWORTH — Two conservation groups say they will sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, alleging its fish hatchery near Leavenworth violates federal clean-water rules.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Northwest

Trump’s winning when he’s the focus of attention

Don't be sure the McCain episode is the beginning of the end of Donald Trump's bizarre presidential campaign. Don't even be sure it's the end of the beginning. Attacking him with censure and shame is like trying to destroy Godzilla with electricity: It might just make him stronger.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

House to take up bill blocking money for ‘sanctuary cities’

WASHINGTON — The House will take up a bill this week blocking funding for so-called “sanctuary cities” that resist turning over immigrants to federal authorities.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Nation & World

Rates rise at weekly U.S. Treasury auction

WASHINGTON — Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills rose in Monday’s auction with rates on three-month and six-month bills reaching their highest levels since March.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Business Wire

Obama again leaves Nigeria off his Africa trip itinerary

Obama left Nigeria out again in his 2013 visit to Africa. Now, as he prepares for his third and likely final trip to the continent as president, Nigeria is once more being bypassed in favor of Kenya and Ethiopia.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Nation & World

Christmas in the Capitol? Congress’ to-do list grows

WASHINGTON — Congress’ midsummer to-do list may take until Christmas to clear.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

Ex-President George H.W. Bush leaves hospital after fall

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Former President George H.W. Bush was released from a Maine hospital on Sunday, four days after the 91-year-old fell at his summer home and broke a bone in his neck.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

Bonding time for Obama, teenage daughters during N.Y. getaway

NEW YORK — It’s inevitable: At some point, teenage kids just aren’t that into their parents anymore.Parent Barack Obama, who happens to be president, set out to combat that trend by hanging out with his teenage girls on a New York overnighter.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

Texas denies birth certificates to U.S.-born children

McALLEN, Texas — Hiram Ramirez didn’t expect problems when she went to get a birth certificate for her newborn daughter, Dulce.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

Deal with Iran saves us blood, treasure

To understand why the Iran nuclear deal is such a triumph, consider the most likely alternative: war.Imagine a U.S.-led military strike — not a pinprick but an extended bombing campaign robust enough to eliminate 98 percent of Iran's enriched uranium, put two-thirds of...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Deal shows Iran can be pushed toward diplomacy

The shrill Republican attacks on the Iran nuclear deal are an embarrassment. Most global leaders share President Obama's view that the agreement is preferable to any realistic alternative. It's a diplomatic achievement that reinforces U.S. leadership, rather than undermining it. The...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Actions speak louder than the flag wavers

When President Obama arrived in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, a vulgar sight awaited him: About 10 demonstrators across the street from his downtown hotel waving Confederate battle flags as the motorcade pulled up.Such a greeting of the nation's first black president would...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump goes after John McCain’s war record

AMES, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump slammed Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a decorated Vietnam War veteran, on Saturday by saying McCain was not a war hero because he was captured by the North Vietnamese.

Date: 07/18/2015 | Nation & World

Poll: Clinton standing falls among Democrats

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s standing is falling among Democrats, and voters view her as less decisive and inspiring than when she launched her presidential campaign just three months ago, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. deal with Iran is both realism, retreat

President Obama was well into his feisty and freewheeling news conference on the Iran nuclear deal when Major Garrett of CBS News got under the presidential skin."As you well know, there are four Americans in Iran, three held on trumped-up charges," Garrett said.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

New rule to protect streams near coal mines

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration proposed new regulations Thursday designed to reduce the environmental impact of coal mining on the nation’s streams, a long-anticipated move that met quick resistance from Republicans, even as the administration projected only modest job losses in coal...

Date: 07/17/2015 | Business Wire

Deal puts Iran on irreversible nuclear path

When you write a column, as did I two weeks ago, headlined "The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history," you don't expect to revisit the issue. We had hit bottom. Or so I thought. Then on Tuesday the final terms of the Iranian nuclear deal were published. I was wrong.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

House admits defeat, OKs road bill extension

WASHINGTON — After years of promises to find new cash for roads and transit systems, the House on Wednesday admitted failure once more, voting to use a hodgepodge of money to extend the current bill until just before Christmas.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Nation & World

Obama finally makes just use of his pardon pen

President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 federal drug offenders Monday. In his first term, Obama issued one meager commutation; he was arguably the stingiest modern president when it came to the exercise of his pardon authority. Now, White House spokesman Josh Earnest noted,...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP quickly rejects Iran deal without reading it

Negotiators in Vienna had announced the Iran nuclear deal only an hour earlier, but Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Republican presidential candidate, was already on the airwaves denouncing it."You have created a possible death sentence for Israel," he...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Nuclear deal is sound; Iran is bigger question

As the Iran nuclear talks neared the endgame, some observers worried that President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, in their eagerness for a deal, would give away the store with last-minute concessions.Those fears turned out to be misplaced, notwithstanding...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

5 things to know about Donald Trump’s fortune

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says his personal fortune is more than $10 billion, making the businessman the wealthiest person to ever run for the White House.Five things to know about Trump’s wealth:

Date: 07/15/2015 | Nation & World

Federal judge to consider delay in Hanford tanks work

RICHLAND — A federal judge will consider the U.S. Department of Energy’s proposal to delay a deadline to empty the next nine leak-prone tanks on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Date: 07/14/2015 | Northwest

Blame Boehner for brief rise of Confederacy

The Confederates launched a surprise attack, under cover of darkness.It was 8:30 Wednesday night, and the House was plodding toward its 20th hour of debate on a little-watched appropriations bill, when Rep. Ken Calvert of California, who had been leading the Republican side...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Hillary Clinton to make boosting wages a central theme

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton will make boosting middle class incomes and wages the focus of her economic agenda, pointing to stagnant paychecks as the central challenge facing the U.S. economy.The Democratic presidential candidate intends to lay out the themes of her...

Date: 07/11/2015 | Nation & World

11th-grade test-refusal rate in county higher than statewide

OLYMPIA — More than half of high school juniors in Washington refused to take the state new standardized test, according to initial participation numbers for 2015 released Thursday.Roughly seven of every 10 juniors in the Mukilteo, Edmonds, Snohomish and...

Date: 07/11/2015 | Local News

Will polygamy be next in marriage debate?

The Supreme Court’s ruling last month in favor of same-sex marriage has renewed debate over polygamy and whether marriage should be restricted to relationships between two people.

Date: 07/11/2015 | Nation & World

Report: Psychological Association colluded with U.S. interrogation

WASHINGTON — Leaders of the American Psychological Association secretly collaborated with officials at the Pentagon and CIA to weaken the association’s ethical guidelines and allow psychologists to take part in coercive interrogation programs after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to a report...

Date: 07/11/2015 | Nation & World

President Obama will visit federal prison

WASHINGTON — President Obama will visit a federal prison in Oklahoma, White House officials said Friday, as part of his intensified push to overhaul the nation's criminal justice system.The Thursday trip will be "the first visit by a sitting U.S. president to a...

Date: 07/11/2015 | Nation & World

Bill would cut big-rig driver age to 18

WASHINGTON — Parents may hesitate to hand teens the keys to the family car, but Congress is proposing to allow drivers as young as 18 to get behind the wheel of big rigs on the nation’s interstates

Date: 07/10/2015 | Nation & World

House passes bill to hasten forest projects

WASHINGTON — The House passed a bill Thursday designed to improve the health of national forests by scaling back the environmental reviews that go into some timbering projects and discouraging lawsuits that delay projects.

Date: 07/10/2015 | Nation & World

Trump: Most reviled and popular GOP candidate

Donald Trump is simultaneously the most widely disliked candidate in the Republican field and, at least for now, among its front-runners, according to new polls that illustrate how deeply polarizing the billionaire developer is.Almost half of voters surveyed don't just have...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Nation & World

Islamic State’s online executions seek us as witnesses

Reporting about the Islamic State inevitably means watching their videos, but that's not something I would wish on anyone. The group has created a public theater of death on the Internet — beheading people, drowning them, burning them, breaking their bones.This extreme...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Secretary of state wants to hold earlier presidential primary

OLYMPIA — Washington intends to conduct a presidential primary in 2016, though it is not certain when.Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman wants to hold it in early March rather than late May,...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Local News

Medicare to cover end-of-life counseling

WASHINGTON — Medicare said Wednesday it plans to pay doctors to counsel patients about end-of-life care, the same idea that sparked accusations of “death panels” and fanned a political furor around President Barack Obama’s health care law six years ago.

Date: 07/09/2015 | Nation & World

Sequestration could force Army to cut more troops

WASHINGTON — In the midst of a war against the Islamic State that the Obama administration says will last many years, the Army is moving ahead with big troop cuts. And they could grow even larger unless Congress and the White House find a way to stop further across-the-board...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Nation & World

Feds stick with plan to put woman on $10 bill

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is sticking with his plan to replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill with a woman.

Date: 07/09/2015 | Business Wire

U.S. borrowing hit record high in May

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer borrowing climbed to a record high in May, propelled by a surge in auto and student loans.The Federal Reserve said consumer borrowing increased $16.1 billion after a gain of $21.4 billion in April, which was the strongest monthly increase...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Business Wire

Feds to require cameras in train cabs

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said it’s drafting rules to require that railroads install video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record the actions of engineers.

Date: 07/09/2015 | Business Wire

Smartphone encryption worries U.S. officials

WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement officials warned Wednesday that data encryption is making it harder to hunt for pedophiles and terror suspects, telling senators that consumers' right to privacy is not absolute and must be weighed against public-safety interests.

Date: 07/09/2015 | Business Wire

Lessons remain from Greatest Generation

On April 24, 1944, 2nd Lt. John R. Pedevillano was flying in a B-17 over Nazi territory when the fighters escorting his formation were drawn away in combat, leaving the bombers defenseless against air and ground fire for an hour.Sixteen U.S. planes went down, and Pedevillano...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Justices' dissents wrong on marriage, Constitution

Whatever else they may be, in their marriage-equality dissents the conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court are neither impartial nor innocent callers of balls and strikes, as Chief Justice Roberts famously feigned at his confirmation hearing. It doesn't take much understanding of the...

Date: 07/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

U.S. has to do more than play whack-a-mole in Syria, Iraq

In the beginning there was Operation Overlord. Then came Operation Rolling Thunder, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom.Now the fight against the Islamic State has introduced a new concept into modern warfare. Call it Operation Whack-a-Mole.

Date: 07/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Make parks fund permanent

If Congress were seeking a vote on a valuable program that would allow it to pat itself on the back and celebrate its ability to work in a bipartisan fashion, it could do no better than renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Date: 07/07/2015 | Editorials

Chemical safety bill may have good shot

Most Americans believe the chemicals in products they buy in the supermarket have been tested for safety. But the scandalous truth is our main chemical safety law is so badly broken that no one has the authority to ensure the safety of chemicals used in everything from cleaning products...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Commentary

With marriage and liberty for all

Viewpoints: Does court's ruling threaten religious liberty?

Date: 07/05/2015 | Commentary

Obama spending his windfall of political capital on Cuba

"This," President Obama said in the Rose Garden on Wednesday as he announced the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba, "is what change looks like."This echo of his 2008 campaign theme was self-congratulatory but deserved, coming at a time of...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Supreme Court’s EPA ruling can’t stop coal’s long slide

It took 41 years from the time it was enacted by Congress for the Clean Air Act to limit the amount of mercury and other poisonous substances that coal-fired power plants are allowed spew into the air. A ruling Monday from the Supreme Court, which struck those limits on something very...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Commentary

Weakened party ID puts GOP at disadvantage

The Gallup organization reported its latest findings on party identification late last week, and the report contained good news for the Democrats and a flashing yellow for Republicans.

Date: 07/04/2015 | Nation & World

Snohomish County is eager for federal transportation dollars

EVERETT — Local leaders are pleading with U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, among others, for help ensuring Everett doesn’t get passed up for light rail in favor of places such as West Seattle and Ballard.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Local News

U.S. economy needs many more jobs

WASHINGTON — The economy is adding a lot of jobs, but still needs to add a lot more.That's the simple message of the latest jobs report, which was good, but not quite as good as the headline numbers suggest. Now, if you're a glass-half-full kind of person, you'd point...

Date: 07/03/2015 | Business Wire

Upholding the law a duty, not an option

Last Friday's Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges raised some new legal questions, but it answered one resoundingly: States must license and recognize same-sex marriages. Strange, then, that some are still trying to keep courthouse doors closed to gay and lesbian couples:...

Date: 07/03/2015 | Commentary

U.S. deal with Iran guarantees it gets a bomb

The devil is not in the details. It's in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Obama's fantastical belief that he, uniquely, could achieve detente with a fanatical Islamist regime whose foundational purpose is to cleanse the Middle East of the poisonous...

Date: 07/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bernie Sanders gains on Clinton in Iowa

Hillary Clinton enjoys a 19-point lead among likely Democratic caucus-goers in the key state of Iowa over her nearest challenger, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, but that advantage has shrunk since May, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.The former...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Nation & World

Former Sen. Jim Webb to run for president

WASHINGTON — Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announced his presidential campaign Thursday, opening a long-shot bid against Hillary Clinton and a field of Democratic rivals for the party's nomination.Webb, in an announcement posted on his campaign website, acknowledged he...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Nation & World

Christie's favorability under water in Iowa

WASHINGTON — A new poll of Republicans in Iowa has New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie with among the worst favorability ratings in a crowded field of presidential candidates, and with just 1 percent of likely caucus participants saying they would vote for him.The New...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Nation & World

U.S., Cuba to resume ties on July 20

WASHINGTON — After more than a half-century of hostility, the United States and Cuba declared Wednesday they will reopen embassies in each other's capitals this month, marking a historic full restoration of diplomatic relations between the Cold War foes.For President...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Nation & World

White House lifts photo ban during tours

WASHINGTON — For more than four decades a White House tour was a hushed affair, where visitors moved at timed intervals through the executive residence, their cameras in their pockets, taking in portraits of past presidents, the antique furniture and the color of the drapes.

Date: 07/02/2015 | Nation & World

State’s best chance at own water rule

Even with two special sessions and counting, there were issues that the Legislature didn't get to this year. But with lawmakers' likely failure to pass legislation that would have helped the state Department of Ecology develop and enforce water quality rules, the state may now be...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Editorials

Construction spending shows solid increase

WASHINGTON — U.S. construction spending posted a solid gain in May, pushing total activity to the highest point since the fall of 2008, with the strength led by a big jump in non-residential projects.

Date: 07/02/2015 | Business Wire

Michelle Obama finds her voice with ‘Let Girls Learn’

First-term first ladies are often shadows to their more-important husbands, dabbling in "lite" fare to avoid criticism and picking safe projects to shield them and their families from the inevitable slings and arrows.The safest bet has been to keep interests...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Resisting court ruling will only lead to regret

After the Supreme Court's historic 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Southern politicians adopted a strategy that became known as "massive resistance." It doomed the South to a losing battle not just against the court, but a majority of Americans.Some...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

The founding farmers

Nation’s first leaders revolutionized garden styles

Date: 07/02/2015 | Home and Garden

81 things that Mike Huckabee has denounced

Former Arkansas governor and presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has denounced the following:1. Dancing, in general. "Christian teens stay away." (1973)2. Twerking, by Miley Cyrus. "Shameless and tasteless display of...quite ordinary private...

Date: 07/01/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. payroll growth highest in six months

NEW YORK — Companies in the U.S. boosted employment in June by the most in six months, signaling the job market is strengthening, according to a private report based on payrolls.

Date: 07/01/2015 | Business Wire

Emotions mixed after gay marriage ruling

SAN FRANCISCO — This city changed America. When then-Mayor Gavin Newsom opened City Hall to same-sex marriages during the 2004 Winter of Love, he had determined to "put a human face on discrimination." The long line of couples eager to tie the knot appealed to the...

Date: 07/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Why no vote on export tool?

It might only be temporary, but Congress' failure to reauthorize the charter of the federal Export-Import Bank by yesterday's deadline offers an alarming look at the potential effect of its absence.The federal export credit agency, frequently shortened to Ex-Im Bank,...

Date: 07/01/2015 | Editorials

A bridge too narrow

Granite Falls hoping to replace 81-year-old bridge

Date: 06/30/2015 | Local News

How to get where we’re going on transportation

Compromise requires concession, especially when the subjects of transportation, taxes and the environment intersect.It appears the Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee have come to terms on a $16.1 billion transportation budget that should be ready for the governor's signature...

Date: 06/30/2015 | Editorials

State’s economy depends on federal transportation bill

In Northwest Washington, we rely on the usual ways to get ourselves to work, school and recreation: driving our cars on roads, bridges and highways. But we also rely on many other transportation modes. Our ferry system is the largest in the country. And we go motor-free on our legs and...

Date: 06/30/2015 | Commentary

Left allows its president to fight on alone

Americans were perilously close to losing their right to health care when the Supreme Court offered a reprieve. Few were more grateful than the conservative politicians who had been railing against the Affordable Care Act while praying they would not have to face the political...

Date: 06/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Liias says Supreme Court decision makes promise of America real

After the U.S. Supreme Court said Friday that bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, Democratic 21st District State Sen. Marko Liias said that the decision enhances the promise of America for gay and lesbian families.

Date: 06/29/2015 | South County Politics

High court upholds effort to curb partisan redistricting

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday upheld Arizona congressional districts drawn by an independent commission and rejected a constitutional challenge from Republican lawmakers.

Date: 06/29/2015 | Nation & World

Justices rule against Obama bid to limit power plant emissions

WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court on Monday ruled against federal regulators’ attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.

Date: 06/29/2015 | Nation & World

Justices uphold use of drug implicated in botched executions

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal injection executions Monday, as two dissenting justices said for the first time that they think it’s “highly likely” that the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

Date: 06/29/2015 | Nation & World

Rights tilting to corporations in trade deal

In promoting a proposed trade pact covering 12 Pacific Rim nations, President Obama has cast the initiative as an instrument of equity. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would, in his words, "level the playing field" and "give our workers a fair shot." But critics...

Date: 06/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Celebrate right for all to wed

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday ended, in one sense, same-sex marriage.Now, in every state in the union, we can use just one word: marriage, without need of any qualifier.

Date: 06/28/2015 | Editorials

Iran’s 2 voices complicating nuclear deal

Iran enters the endgame of the nuclear talks with what amount to two negotiating positions — the parameters reportedly endorsed in April at Lausanne by Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and another set of "red lines" drawn this week by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Date: 06/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Wasn’t court’s place to correct Obamacare

The GOP-majority Supreme Court saved President Barack Obama's bacon Thursday with a political ruling that papered over his signature Affordable Care Act. Writing for the majority in the 6-3 King v. Burwell decision, Chief Justice John Roberts noted that the 900-page law was written...

Date: 06/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

WASHINGTON — Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide Friday as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement, setting off a jubilant cascade of long-delayed weddings in states where they had been forbidden.

Date: 06/26/2015 | Nation & World

Washingtonians react

The same-sex marriage ruling resonates here

Date: 06/26/2015 | Local News

Reaction near and far to the Supreme Court marriage decision

Here are excerpts from the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Friday that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states, and reaction ny national and state leaders.

Date: 06/26/2015 | Nation & World

Seattle mayor, Gov. Jay Inslee hail gay marriage ruling

SEATTLE — When he was a young gay man, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the idea that he could someday get married seemed a far-fetched notion.

Date: 06/26/2015 | Northwest

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