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More than thoughts, prayers

"Our thoughts and prayers are not enough."Too often, as he did Thursday following the mass shooting that claimed nine innocent lives in Roseburg, Oregon,...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Editorials

GOP must choose: Govern or make noise

The coming months are shaping up to be fateful ones for the national Republican Party. Among GOP voters, Donald Trump continues to lead other presidential contenders, followed by Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina. When John Boehner announced he would step down as House speaker and resign...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Commentary

Jeb Bush on Oregon shootings: Stuff happens

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush and other Republicans declared their opposition to stiffer gun laws Friday in the aftermath of the Oregon college mass shooting, while Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton called for a national movement to counter the power of the...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Nation & World

Obama misjudged Putin; Putin may have misjudged Syria

Russia's expanded role in the Middle East has been hiding in plain sight for months. And the Obama administration, eager for Moscow's diplomatic help, all but invited it. Now that Russian jets and tanks have arrived in Syria, this intervention doesn't look so benign.

Date: 10/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Putin’s plans in Syria clear to all but Obama

"Russia hits Assad's foes, angering U.S." — Headline, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 1If it had the wit, the Obama administration would be not angered, but appropriately humiliated. President Obama has, once again, been totally outmaneuvered by...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

McCarthy comments on Benghazi a gift to Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton's upcoming appearance before the U.S. House Select Committee on Benghazi was supposed to be a crucible: a chance for Republicans to prosecute the former secretary of state for her handling of the 2012 terrorist attacks that killed four Americans as well as for her...

Date: 10/01/2015 | Nation & World

Angry and frustrated, Obama condemns latest mass shooting in U.S.

WASHINGTON — A visibly frustrated President Barack Obama said Thursday that thoughts and prayers are no longer enough as Americans respond to another deadly school shooting, and he challenged voters wanting to deal with the problem to vote for elected officials who will do something.

Date: 10/01/2015 | Northwest

In first half of 2015, Washingtonians gave Clinton more than $738K

OLYMPIA — Washington residents are spreading their dough around to all the contenders in the wide-open race for president.White House hopefuls hauled in $1.33 million from donors in this state in the first half of...

Date: 10/01/2015 | Local News

Putin may not fare any better fighting ISIS than U.S. has

Between the lines of President Obama's comments on Syria at the United Nations on Monday, you could hear a sad admission of failure: The U.S. hasn't been able to organize a winning strategy to deal with the Islamic State. Maybe we should let Russian President Vladimir Putin try his...

Date: 09/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

What the pope can teach Xi, Obama, Putin

Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in America this week the same way, making a slow descent down an airplane ramp toward a waiting entourage. Watching the two, you couldn't help wondering: Which man is more powerful in the world today?Francis is arguably...

Date: 09/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Heed the pope and cooperate

Uncertainty, thy name is Congress.With only days remaining — hours, really — to avoid a shutdown of the federal government, Speaker of the House John Boehner announced Friday that he will step down from his post and leave Congress all together. His resignation,...

Date: 09/27/2015 | Editorials

A rocky 'engagement'

Viewpoints: U.S.'s China policy decades behind the times

Date: 09/27/2015 | Commentary

Death watch under way for Rand Paul’s 2016 campaign

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Rand Paul was right.In January 2014, the day after The Atlantic anointed Paul, Kentucky’s junior U.S. senator, as the Republican front-runner in the 2016 presidential race, Paul told the Herald-Leader “it’s still too early probably to talk about things like that.”

Date: 09/25/2015 | Nation & World

Americans see Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush as presidential

NEW YORK — When it comes to Americans envisioning a 2016 presidential candidate moving into the White House, Hillary Clinton has the edge.

Date: 09/23/2015 | Nation & World

Everett High grad, first lady both passionate about Let’s Move! exercise initiative

Wooded Glenhaven was Diane Mortenson’s playground.She was Diane Dobler then, a girl who would go on to play soccer and basketball at Everett High School.

Date: 09/23/2015 | Julie Muhlstein

Jobs, diplomacy and waiting in traffic

Just in case it doesn't get said in the next couple of days during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Everett, Seattle, Redmond and Tacoma: Thank you for your patience and for being good hosts.And special thanks to those who had to wait in traffic during the visit.

Date: 09/23/2015 | Editorials

Next president fortunate to have Obamacare to build on

The morning of the recent Republican debate, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the number of uninsured Americans in 2014 had dropped by about 9 million from the year before. This was thanks, of course, to the Affordable Care Act.So it did cross one's mind that at least...

Date: 09/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton takes on Trump, spares Sanders in New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. — An energized Hillary Clinton didn’t sound at all like a presidential candidate losing ground as she delivered a rousing speech here on Saturday to the state Democratic convention, casting herself as a candidate prepared to fight for solutions to a wide array of problems...

Date: 09/20/2015 | Nation & World

Florida boy’s beekeeping gets White House buzz

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Ten-year-old Benjamin Oppenheimer has one honey of a pen pal: President Barack Obama.

Date: 09/20/2015 | Nation & World

Republicans jockey for conservative credibility

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Setting aside personality clashes for a night, the Republican Party's 2016 contest shifted to substance Friday as a slate of White House hopefuls vowed to steer the nation sharply to the right as they courted conservatives in battleground South Carolina.

Date: 09/19/2015 | Nation & World

Obama nominates openly gay Eric Fanning as Army chief

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, in a historic first for the Pentagon, has chosen to nominate Eric Fanning to lead the Army, a move that would make him the first openly gay civilian secretary of one of the military services.

Date: 09/18/2015 | Nation & World

Putin's moves to fight Islamic State are calculated

Once again, President Obama and his foreign policy team are stumped. Why is Vladimir Putin pouring troops and weaponry into Syria? After all, as Secretary of State John Kerry has thrice told his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, it is only making things worse.But worse for...

Date: 09/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Debate leaves GOP no closer to knowing likely nominee

LOS ANGELES — For many of the Republican presidential candidates who expected to be at or near the top of the polls now, finding a solid base of support has proven to be a daunting challenge.

Date: 09/17/2015 | Nation & World

Carly Fiorina rises in GOP debate

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Carly Fiorina emerged Wednesday as a formidable challenger to front-runner Donald Trump, as issues such as national security got a serious airing in the second GOP debate and suggested a turning point in the 2016 campaign.Trump will likely remain...

Date: 09/16/2015 | Nation & World

Marco Rubio says U.S. can't afford novice Donald Trump

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — The latest on the GOP presidential debates at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley:6:50 p.m.

Date: 09/16/2015 | Nation & World

Lindsey Graham stands out with humor in undercard debate

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham stood out in the Republican presidential undercard debate Wednesday for his mix of dark foreign-policy warnings and cornball one-liners.Graham campaigned on a split personality: half gloom and war, half cornball humor.

Date: 09/16/2015 | Nation & World

Can we trust someone who wants to be president?

Once upon a time in a twinkling city on a hill, little boys and girls were taught that anyone could grow up to become president.The children all believed it and today many, many of them are trying to fulfill the promise. While it has been proved true that anyone really can...

Date: 09/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

History of Iran deal shows Obama’s resolve, persistence

The political circus surrounding the Iran nuclear deal shouldn't obscure the fact that President Obama won an enormous victory in negotiating the agreement and mustering the necessary congressional votes to sustain it. It's the most determined, strategic success of his presidency.

Date: 09/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

White-collar crime prosecutions down but not the crimes themselves

Just a few years after the financial crisis, a new report tells an important story: Federal prosecution of white-collar crime has hit a 20-year low.The analysis by Syracuse University shows a more than 36 percent decline in such prosecutions since the middle of the Clinton...

Date: 09/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Donald Trump embraces his role in GOP

ST. LOUIS — A growing divide has emerged in the Republican Party's unruly presidential contest, as the race bid farewell to a once-powerful White House contender. On one side stands billionaire businessman Donald Trump and his allies, on the other are those who oppose him.

Date: 09/13/2015 | Nation & World

Firm has no knowledge that Clinton server was ‘wiped’

WASHINGTON — The company that managed Hillary Clinton's private email server says it has no knowledge that the server was "wiped," which could mean that more than 30,000 emails Clinton said she deleted from the device could be recovered, according to a report in The...

Date: 09/12/2015 | Nation & World

Rick Perry exits 2016 Republican presidential race

ST. LOUIS — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry ended his second bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Friday, becoming the first major candidate of the 2016 campaign to give up on the White House.

Date: 09/11/2015 | Nation & World

Debate needed as we face ‘fog of diplomacy’

Dean Acheson, who is often seen as one of the great American secretaries of state, wrote in the final chapter of his memoir, "Present at the Creation," about what he called "the struggle through illusion to policy."So many things that he and his...

Date: 09/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Iran deal is all over except for repercussions

Congress is finally having its say on the Iran deal. It will be an elaborate charade, however, because, having first gone to the U.N., President Obama has largely drained congressional action of relevance. At the Security Council, he pushed through a resolution ratifying the deal, thus...

Date: 09/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Senate rejects attempt to derail Iran deal

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked a Republican effort to scuttle the Iran nuclear deal, delivering the Obama administration a long-awaited, major foreign policy victory.

Date: 09/10/2015 | Nation & World

Some liberals have started to love Donald Trump

As the Donald Trump jamboree has played on — and blown out amps — some progressive thinkers have started to see its upside.

Date: 09/10/2015 | Nation & World

Cheney’s Iran objections a bit too familiar

Early signs indicate Dick Cheney is leaning against the Iran nuclear deal."It is madness," the former vice president announced Tuesday."The results may be catastrophic," he inveighed."This deal gives Tehran the means to...

Date: 09/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Creating parks’ new stewards

Don't stow the camping gear and hiking boots just yet. As we move into fall, good weather may inspire some to stretch the camping season, and autumn can offer the most colorful time to take a walk in the woods.And there's another incentive, particularly for those families...

Date: 09/10/2015 | Editorials

U.S. watching political moves among Saudi leadership

President Obama's meeting last Friday with Saudi Arabia's King Salman came as U.S. officials are anxiously watching a potential succession rivalry between the king's ambitious young son and the crown prince who is a longtime intelligence partner of the U.S.Salman, 79, was...

Date: 09/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Democrats clinch critical votes for Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON — Pressing their advantage, the White House and insistent Senate Democrats locked up the votes Tuesday to frustrate attempts by outraged Republicans to pass a legislative rebuke to the Iran nuclear accord.

Date: 09/08/2015 | Nation & World

With a year to go, Obama is hitting his stride

Attention has been focused on who becomes our next president, but meanwhile the incumbent is on quite a roll.Throughout his tour of Alaska, President Obama looked full of his old swagger. He took photos of Denali — the former Mount McKinley — through the windows...

Date: 09/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

With Iran deal set, Netanyahu must make a choice

By David IgnatiusWhat does Israel do now that President Obama has won the congressional votes needed to implement an Iran nuclear agreement that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described as “a stunning historic mistake”?

Date: 09/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton: I didn’t ‘stop and think’ about email system

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton said Friday her use of a private email system at the State Department wasn’t the “best choice” and acknowledged she didn’t “stop and think” about her email set-up when she became President Barack Obama’s secretary of state in 2009.

Date: 09/05/2015 | Nation & World

Conservatives try to mount anti-Trump ad campaign

WASHINGTON — A top conservative group is trying to coax wealthy Republican donors to help fund a multimillion-dollar ad campaign and other efforts against Donald Trump — the latest sign of growing anxiety within GOP circles over the businessman’s dominance in the 2016 race.

Date: 09/05/2015 | Nation & World

Donald Trump vow to GOP: No third-party bid

NEW YORK — Caving to intense Republican lobbying, presidential candidate Donald Trump ruled out the prospect of a third-party White House bid on Thursday and vowed to support whoever wins the party’s nomination — a U-turn made easier by his position at the front of the field.

Date: 09/03/2015 | Nation & World

Senators back nuclear deal with Iran

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama scored a major foreign policy victory Wednesday after securing enough votes in the Senate to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, which has come under intense criticism from Republicans and some Democrats.The agreement to curb Iran's...

Date: 09/03/2015 | Nation & World

As rumors fly, Joe Biden hits the road

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday embarks on a series of public and private stops from the Southeast to the Rust Belt that may provide him key feedback on how much appetite exists in the Democratic Party for him to challenge Hillary Clinton for the nomination.

Date: 09/02/2015 | Nation & World

Salmon spawns on President Obama’s shoes

DILLINGHAM, Alaska — This oh-my moment was nowhere on the official schedule for President Barack Obama’s visit to Alaska: salmon spawning on his shoes.

Date: 09/02/2015 | Nation & World

The need for more icebreakers

President Obama's renaming of Alaska's Mount McKinley to Denali earlier this week was just an icebreaker. But it wasn't the only one on the president's mind.The...

Date: 09/02/2015 | Editorials

Republicans’ molehill-turned-mountain is named spite

Come now the Denali deniers.President Obama's conservative critics have long said there is no depth to which he will not sink in his zeal to trash the Constitution. Now, apparently, they also think there is no height to which he will not climb in that same effort.

Date: 09/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

After McKinley, is Rainier next?

Editorial: Should we change our mountain's moniker?

Date: 09/01/2015 | Editorials

In Alaska, Obama will focus on climate change

WASHINGTON — With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska this week to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully calibrates his message in a state heavily dependent on oil.Obama will...

Date: 08/30/2015 | Nation & World

Putin exploits Obama’s failure to challenge him

On Sept. 5, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years.The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The NATO secretary-general issued a tweet. Neither did...

Date: 08/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

China’s market woes make it trickier to negotiate with

When U.S. policymakers began planning Xi Jinping's state visit to Washington next month, they must have imagined that the Chinese president would be arriving, figuratively, in a gleaming aircraft carrier with his trademark "Chinese Dream" banners flying. The challenge then...

Date: 08/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

In Deep South, thousands flock to see Donald Trump

MOBILE, Ala. — Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Friday joked, "I know how Billy Graham felt" as he addressed the largest crowd yet of his thriving presidential campaign.

Date: 08/21/2015 | Nation & World

How did Donald Trump make his fortune?

NEW YORK — Donald Trump sells himself as a bold empire builder, the kind of businessman who could force through big changes in Washington as president.

Date: 08/20/2015 | Nation & World

Hillary Clinton breaks with Obama to oppose Arctic drilling

WASHINGTON — In her first major break with President Obama over environmental policy, Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she opposed drilling in the Alaskan Arctic because it is too dangerous.

Date: 08/18/2015 | Nation & World

Mayor who made racist comments about Obamas resigns

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The mayor of a Spokane suburb says he’s resigning for health reasons, after he got in hot water for making derogatory comments about President Obama and the first lady.

Date: 08/18/2015 | Northwest

The 6 books on President Obama’s summer reading list

President Barack Obama is on Martha’s Vineyard for his annual two-week summer vacation, and the White House has released his reading list.

Date: 08/15/2015 | Nation & World

DNA proves President Harding had a love child

DNA testing all but confirmed Thomas Jefferson slept with his slave Sally Hemings. Now it's rewriting another lurid chapter in presidential history, this one from the Roaring '20s.Genetic analysis has proved that President Warren G. Harding fathered a child with long-rumored...

Date: 08/14/2015 | Nation & World

Doctors plan cancer treatments for Jimmy Carter

ATLANTA — Determining what treatment to pursue for former President Jimmy Carter's cancer will depend on its type, its origin and factors such as age and health, doctors said.

Date: 08/12/2015 | Nation & World

Hillary Clinton to turn over email server to Justice Dept.

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton relented Tuesday to months of demands she relinquish the personal email server she used while secretary of state, directing the device be given to the Justice Department.

Date: 08/11/2015 | Nation & World

Steps for saving the safety net

Social Security marks its 80th birthday Friday, and it's an occasion that should be celebrated. The program that provides a safety net of benefits for American workers and their families at retirement or in the event of disability or early death, was signed into law by President...

Date: 08/11/2015 | Editorials

Even if he’s right on Iraq, Obama needs Congress, country behind him

Can an American president make big, historic changes in the country's direction with a relatively narrow base of political support? That was the challenge President Obama faced when he pushed health care reform through Congress, and it's the same problem he faces now in trying to win...

Date: 08/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Iran deal a tough sell, even to Obama’s ad guy

Obama ad man Mark Putnam has a dexterous sense of loyalty.He is proud of his work on the president's 2008 and 2012 campaigns. His website boasts that he wrote and produced Obama's 30-minute infomercial in 2008, "the most-watched and highest-profile political ad in...

Date: 08/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Public turning against nuclear deal with Iran

The latest Quinnipiac poll shows that the American public rejects the president's Iran deal by more than 2 to 1. This is astonishing. The public generally gives the president deference on major treaties. Just a few weeks ago, a majority supported the deal.What happened?...

Date: 08/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Obama to require steeper emissions cuts from U.S. power plants

WASHINGTON — Aiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Barack Obama moved ahead Sunday with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power plants, setting up a certain confrontation in the courts with energy producers and Republican-led states.

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

Who will be the new face of the GOP?

WASHINGTON — The question that will be front and center at Thursday's Republican presidential debate is who will lead the party in 2016. As important will be: What kind of party will the GOP nominee end up leading?For Republicans this is a moment for optimism, but it's...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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