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Mobile Now Act seeks to free up wireless spectrum

According to a 2013 report from the Brookings Institution, the greater Seattle area is the 11th most innovative region in the U.S. Much of this is due to the proliferation of mobile devices and seamless connectivity of businesses and people that let Washington's technologists do what...

Date: 01/31/2016 | Commentary

Liz Cheney to run for Wyoming's U.S. House seat

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The elder daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney is running for Congress, following up a failed U.S. Senate campaign two years ago with another attempt to woo voters in a state where she has been a full-time resident only for the past few years.

Date: 01/30/2016 | Nation & World

Three minutes to midnight no time to rebuild Trident missiles

A year ago the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved its Doomsday Clock to 3 minutes to midnight, responding to "entirely insufficient" global efforts to check nuclear weaponry and global warming or to address the risks inherent to...

Date: 01/30/2016 | Commentary

Obama to party faithful: Democrats will win

BALTIMORE — President Barack Obama on Thursday promised his most fervent supporters on Capitol Hill the “Democrats will win in November” and said it’s going to take more than “phony tough talk and bluster” to defeat Islamic militants.

Date: 01/28/2016 | Nation & World

Will rational Republicans please rise?

I keep trying to write something other than rants about Republican politics, but I can't. It's simply too important to point out the dangers of their science denial, their attacks on public education, their clinging to destructive economic policy, their preference for war...

Date: 01/20/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Encouraging sedition against government they serve

Republican lawmakers began the new year in Washington with new ideas about how to undermine the government in which they serve.On Wednesday, the first legislative day of the year, House conservatives gathered with reporters for their monthly "Conversations with...

Date: 01/08/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Bundy bunch a distraction from real problem — mandatory minimums

Weeks before Ammon Bundy and his pals showed up at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to protest five-year federal prison sentences imposed on two Oregon ranchers, a friend alerted me to the ranchers' story. Thanks to federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws, the government was...

Date: 01/08/2016 | Opinion Columnists

No honor for intransigence on gun safety

It is axiomatic that congressional Republicans will oppose anything smacking of "gun control," which may as well be read as "Your mama."Thus, it comes as no surprise that President Obama's announcement of executive actions to clarify and enhance...

Date: 01/07/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Ratify Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact

If you need an example of Washington state's standing in the world of international trade, recall the September visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Everett and Seattle, which — with visits to Boeing and Microsoft and with state and local officials — was more than a...

Date: 01/06/2016 | Editorials

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott won’t seek a 15th term

SEATTLE — Longtime Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington state announced Monday that he will not seek re-election for a 15th time when he completes his term at the end of the year.

Date: 01/04/2016 | Local News

NBA, players speak out on gun violence

America's pro sports leagues are generally risk-averse. With millions of dollars in profits at stake, there's little upside to offending customers by taking positions on social issues. That's why it's extraordinary — and laudable — that the National Basketball Association...

Date: 01/04/2016 | Commentary

Ex-Rep. Mike Oxley dies; helped create post-Enron law

TOLEDO, Ohio — Former U.S. Rep. Mike Oxley, who helped write landmark anti-fraud legislation following a wave of corporate scandals that brought down Enron Corp. and WorldCom Inc., died Friday at age 71.

Date: 01/01/2016 | Nation & World

Wiretapping of Israelis scoops up talks with lawmakers

Republican lawmakers criticized the Obama administration Wednesday after a report that U.S. eavesdropping on Israeli officials during the Iran nuclear negotiations had picked up communications with members of Congress and Jewish American organizations.

Date: 12/31/2015 | Nation & World

What Congress got done in 2015

Congress and the Washington Legislature have taken their lumps on these pages during the past year. Often, it's been with ample cause. But while both preferred to use deadlines as a cudgel against the other party rather than a motivator, each body did get some work done in 2015.

Date: 12/30/2015 | Editorials

Republicans seeking taxpayer bailout for Puerto Rico investors

Puerto Rico is sinking in $73 billion of debt. Mired in a long-running depression, the U.S. territory has already cut essential services to bare bones. Puerto Rico can't fully pay its bondholders without setting off total economic collapse.One of two things can happen, short...

Date: 12/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Five big things we learned about Congress in 2015

WASHINGTON — Let’s start with what we already knew when the 114th Congress gaveled in this past January: Republicans were cheering their control of both chambers for the first time in eight years, including a historic majority in the House of Representatives.

Date: 12/27/2015 | Nation & World

Expand gun tax across state

It hasn't been the best of years for opponents of even modest measures to address gun violence in Washington state.This spring, a U.S. District Court judge threw out a challenge to I-594, the initiative that passed in 2014 with 59 percent voter approval to extend the state's...

Date: 12/27/2015 | Editorials

If politicians make the ‘nice’ list, some gift ideas

Getting into the Christmas spirit, we thought we would pick out gifts for some prominent people, so here goes:For Donald Trump, finding something for the man who has or can buy anything is a challenge. Nevertheless, he plainly does not have a copy of the U.S. Constitution,...

Date: 12/23/2015 | Commentary

A short-term victory for parks, public lands

Among the lumps of coal — riders attached to the omnibus spending bill that Congress passed and President Obama signed last week — were a few diamonds, including the

Date: 12/22/2015 | Editorials

White House, Congress compromise on spending, taxes

WASHINGTON — The White House and lawmakers of both parties grudgingly embraced a massive government-wide budget deal Wednesday combining more than a trillion dollars in year-end spending with hundreds of billions in tax cuts for businesses, families and special interests of every...

Date: 12/17/2015 | Nation & World

Planned Parenthood unworthy of support

On Nov. 11th, The Herald ran a letter to the editor, "DelBene fights for family issues," regarding 1st District U.S. Rep Suzan DelBene, D-Washington. I would like to respond to that letter.

Date: 12/12/2015 | Commentary

Our complicated feelings toward those ‘yearning to breathe free’

Congressman Rick Larsen’s audience was in full agreement Friday when he spoke about the meaning of the Statue of Liberty.

Date: 12/06/2015 | Julie Muhlstein

Living and dying with choices we make

The common denominator in mass shootings is the use of firearms. Variables such as political ideology, religious fervor and mental illness are motivating factors, but death comes from the gun.Until our society recognizes that simple truth, the list of place names that...

Date: 12/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Congress approves 5-year transportation bill

WASHINGTON — After years of stymied efforts to address the nation’s aging and congested highways and transit systems, Congress found the sweet spot for passage on Thursday — a 5-year, $305 billion bill laden with enough industry favors, parochial projects, safety improvements and union demands to...

Date: 12/04/2015 | Nation & World

GOP is Ahab chasing white whale of Obamacare

Nearly six years have elapsed since Obamacare became law.The Supreme Court has upheld the foundations of the law — twice. Lawmakers tried dozens of times to repeal the law — and failed every time. President Obama was re-elected after a campaign that focused in...

Date: 12/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Congress ready to resuscitate Ex-Im bank

WASHINGTON — Nearly six months after being left on life support, the Export-Import Bank of the United States is poised to be reauthorized by Congress.The House is set to vote Thursday on a bill that includes a provision approving the bank's charter for five years. The...

Date: 12/03/2015 | Nation & World

Promises made before on trade pacts; TPP is no different

Earlier this month, the Obama administration finally released the text of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the biggest trade deal the U.S. has ever negotiated, which could set the rules for about 40 percent of the global economy. Simultaneously, the White House and corporate groups...

Date: 11/29/2015 | Commentary

Case growing against subsidies for ethanol fuel

A federal program, once launched, is impossible to kill. It doesn't matter if the scheme wastes money. It doesn't matter if the program doesn't work. It doesn't even matter if the program does the very opposite of what it is supposed to do. Every government program enters the world with...

Date: 11/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GOP short of votes to raise debt limit

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans say they are short of the votes for raising the debt limit and avoiding a first-ever government default. With barely a week before deadline, there's no plan on what to do.It's a huge problem for House Speaker John Boehner and a...

Date: 10/23/2015 | Business Wire

Chamber of Commerce targets ultra-conservatives

WASHINGTON — Thomas Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, pledged Friday to "double down" on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail against the ultra-conservative forces that he said threaten the business community's agenda.Those forces, which...

Date: 10/23/2015 | Business Wire

Paul Ryan will seek job of House Speaker

WASHINGTON — Rep. Paul Ryan formally declared his candidacy for speaker of the U.S. House Thursday evening, pledging in a letter to GOP colleagues, “We have an opportunity to turn the page.”

Date: 10/22/2015 | Nation & World

House conservatives support Paul Ryan for speaker

WASHINGTON — The hardline House Freedom Caucus said Wednesday it is supporting Rep. Paul Ryan for speaker of the House, all but guaranteeing he'll get the job, and potentially heralding a new start for a deeply divided House GOP.The group of around three dozen...

Date: 10/22/2015 | Nation & World

Big day ahead for Benghazi committee, Clinton

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives committee investigating the fatal attacks in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 spent $1,847 on printing this year. It spent $1,077 on bottled water. And it spent $570 on cabs and parking.

Date: 10/21/2015 | Nation & World

House conservatives support Paul Ryan for speaker

WASHINGTON — The hardline House Freedom Caucus said Wednesday it is supporting Rep. Paul Ryan for speaker of the House, all but guaranteeing he'll get the job.

Date: 10/20/2015 | Nation & World

Former speaker Dennis Hastert to plead guilty

CHICAGO — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert intends to plead guilty in a hush-money case linked to allegations of sexual misconduct, a defense attorney said Thursday, a move that could ensure that any secrets from his days as a high school wrestling coach are never revealed in...

Date: 10/15/2015 | Nation & World

Paul Ryan would gain nothing as House speaker

The worst job in the world, it turns out, isn't the U.S. presidency but speaker of the House of Representatives."It's where you go to die," as one veteran Hill watcher put it to me.Volunteers?In the wake of majority leader Kevin McCarthy's...

Date: 10/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Rightist House faction is unsure Paul Ryan is conservative enough to be speaker

WASHINGTON — While some Republicans see Rep. Paul Ryan as the “last hope” to become House speaker and restore order to the fractured GOP congressional delegation, an influential faction of hard-liners is not convinced that he is conservative enough.

Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World

Conservative cause sabotaged from within

Rep. Tom McClintock of California is about as conservative a Republican as you can find in Congress. As a state legislator in Sacramento, he was a well-known budget hawk. In the House, writes The Almanac of American Politics, he has been "a faithful conservative vote, though an...

Date: 10/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

House Republicans ask: Can anyone lead us?

WASHINGTON — The job of leading House Republicans may have gone from difficult to impossible.

Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World

House probe partisan, fired Benghazi investigator says

WASHINGTON — A former investigator with the Republican-led congressional committee examining the attacks in Benghazi in 2012 said he was fired after resisting pressure to narrowly focus his investigative work on Hillary Clinton.

Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World

Solving chaos in House may be up to voters

The chaos on Capitol Hill would be entertaining if the consequences weren't so serious.The speaker of the House is second in line to the presidency and since the founding of the Republic, the position has been one of the most important in government, key to national security...

Date: 10/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP has only itself to blame for chaos

At this point, I worry we're going to start finding members of the Republican establishment curled up in their beds, eyes clenched shut and ears covered with trembling hands, moaning "make it stop, make it stop, make it stop." Pity their suffering, but remember...

Date: 10/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Divided GOP sees savior in Paul Ryan

WASHINGTON — Endlessly divided, House Republicans pleaded with Rep. Paul Ryan on Friday to rescue them from their damaging leadership vacuum. But the GOP's 2012 vice presidential nominee showed little appetite for the prestigious yet thankless job of speaker of the House.

Date: 10/10/2015 | Nation & World

Rumors of affair drove GOP speaker’s race drama

WASHINGTON — Why did House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., abruptly decide to pull out of the race for House speaker — a race he was sure to win?

Date: 10/09/2015 | Nation & World

Petition assures House vote to revive Ex-Im Bank

WASHINGTON — Several dozen Republicans teamed up with Democrats Friday to assure a House vote on reviving the U.S. Export-Import Bank, giving the effort to save the bank new life more than three months after its charter lapsed.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Business Wire

GOP turns to reluctant Paul Ryan for speaker post

As soon as Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., shocked his fellow Republicans by withdrawing from the race for House speaker, Paul Ryan knew what was coming."I will not be a candidate," the Wisconsin Republican said less than 20 minutes after McCarthy's stunning...

Date: 10/09/2015 | Nation & World

Freedom Caucus wants a speaker that follows its lead

You think John Boehner had a rocky time as speaker of the House? Just wait until you see how his successor fares this fall — if House Republicans can even find a successor.The same conservatives who badgered Boehner into retirement wasted no time in ousting his...

Date: 10/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Congressman’s letter clouds McCarthy leadership withdrawal

WASHINGTON — A North Carolina congressman threw confusion over House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s sudden departure from the speaker’s race with a letter he later insisted had nothing to do with McCarthy at all.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Nation & World

McCarthy withdraws candidacy for U.S. House speaker

WASHINGTON — In a stunning move, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday withdrew his candidacy for speaker of the U.S. House.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Nation & World

House GOP not through taking hostages

There is a time for war and a time for peace, according to the book of Ecclesiastes and The Byrds. In the contest to replace John Boehner as speaker of the House, the Republican candidates chose to sell themselves as full-time political warriors. Forget about the national interest.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

U.S., 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal

WASHINGTON — After more than six years of stalled progress and political wrangling, negotiators from the U.S. and 11 trading partners across the Pacific Rim announced a deal Monday on a landmark trade accord linking 40 percent of the global economy.

Date: 10/05/2015 | Business Wire

Chaffetz’s bid for House speaker muddies GOP leadership race

WASHINGTON — An up-and-coming House committee chairman announced his long-shot candidacy Sunday for speaker of the House, adding a new dose of turmoil for reeling House Republicans.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

Boehner’s successor will still have an unruly caucus

How happy was John Boehner to be quitting his job? So happy that he couldn’t resist singing a few bars of “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” on his way out. His relief, however, is inversely proportional to the difficulty that will face his successor as speaker of the House.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Commentary

It's a time of tumult for House Republicans

WASHINGTON — It's a tumultuous time for House Republicans, and leadership elections this coming week may only heighten the disarray. Dissatisfied lawmakers are casting about for new choices and a surprise longshot challenger is emerging in the speaker's race.The...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

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

Kevin McCarthy’s gaffe hands Clinton a pass

The lede to this column is a deep, guttural groan that originates in the throat and expands into the lungs before collapsing in the pit of the stomach.How do you spell hmmmgrrrungh?What else is there to say about House Republicans' inability to get something...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

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

Ex-Im Bank revival pushed, as GOP remains divided

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a candidate for speaker, is “strongly” discouraging lawmakers from signing on to a fellow Republican’s effort to force a vote to revive the U.S. Export-Import Bank, his spokesman said.

Date: 10/02/2015 | Nation & World

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

GOP toasts Boehner’s exit with weak tea

The Republican Party's "Freedom Caucus," which has several less-charitable nicknames on Capitol Hill, is the dog that caught the car.Now what?Having (sort of) unseated Speaker John Boehner, these 37 or so uber-conservative House members are now...

Date: 10/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

House GOP has little to show for campaign against Planned Parenthood

At this point Republicans may wish to consider aborting to protect the health of the party.They have been going after Planned Parenthood over the past few months like so many Captain Ahabs. They threatened to shut down the government to defund the group. Their insistence on...

Date: 10/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

‘Mis-speaker’ McCarthy may garble more than langauge

Kevin McCarthy is about to ascend to the highest office in the House of Representatives and become second in line to the presidency.But there is a problem: The speaker-apparent apparently still can't speak.I have been tracking the California Republican's valiant...

Date: 09/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Shed a tear for Boehner’s departure

I am going to miss John Boehner as speaker of the House. The GOP looks like the fun party with its ring-a-ding leader and his dash of Dean Martin. Boehner even sauntered into his resignation news conference Friday while crooning, "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay. My oh my, what a...

Date: 09/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Did debt crisis, shutdown teach GOP nothing?

Yogi Berra is no longer around, but one of his witticisms — "It's deja vu all over again" — has never been more apt. This time, though, it's not at all funny.All over again, the hard right is threatening a government shutdown. All over again, the...

Date: 09/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

John Boehner warns of ‘false prophets’ among Republicans

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner warned Sunday against “false prophets” in his own party making unrealistic promises, saying his resignation had averted a government shutdown this week but not the GOP’s broader battle over how to wield power.

Date: 09/27/2015 | Nation & World

Pope reminds: We are in this together

"God bless America" sounds banal coming from politicians but profound when spoken by the shepherd of 1.2 billion souls. In his historic address to Congress, Pope Francis delivered a blessing of encouragement, not admonition — and spoke powerfully about the hot-button...

Date: 09/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Pope Francis inspires us to be better people, a better nation

"Oh, so you drank the Kool-Aid," my neighbor superciliously sneered from the stoop he occupies each afternoon to sip wine and critique people's parking skills on our beloved Olive Street.I did, I confessed. I grabbed the pope's chalice, gulped it down and asked...

Date: 09/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Congress should listen to pope, Boehner

Even by John Boehner's usual standard of lachrymosity, Thursday was a gusher.The House speaker shed a few tears while watching Pope Francis address a joint meeting of Congress. When he escorted the pontiff to the West Front of the Capitol to bless the masses below, Boehner...

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

Speaker John Boehner quits in sacrifice to rescue House

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, sacrificed his job on Friday — a wrenching decision that he determined was the only way to spare the country the trauma of yet another government shutdown."More than anything, my first job as speaker is to...

Date: 09/26/2015 | Nation & World

Time running out to renew ban on Internet access taxes

For Washington Senator Patty Murray, September has been a busy month.Former state Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, launching an "underdog" campaign against the Democratic incumbent. While Sen. Murray will surely...

Date: 09/26/2015 | Commentary

GOP leader pushes to avoid government shutdown

WASHINGTON — The Senate’s top Republican moved swiftly to avoid a government shutdown in six days, pushing legislation that would keep agencies operating without a contentious fight over money for Planned Parenthood.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Nation & World

Reopen bank; keep jobs here

When the teller at your bank puts up the "next teller" sign, you, of course, move to the next window.If all the tellers closed their windows you'd give serious consideration to moving your accounts to the next bank, which is essentially the decision some...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Editorials

Push to defund Planned Parenthood is a fantasy

"I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain,'" quoth Carly Fiorina at the Republican presidential debate last...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Taking the path to shutdown

You'd be tempted to throw the "do nothing" label on Congress if some of its members weren't working so hard to avoid doing anything constructive.Friday, the House is expected to vote on a measure to defund Planned Parenthood, stripping the women's health network...

Date: 09/17/2015 | Editorials

Make way for walkers and cyclists

Here's how great our concern for the condition of our roads, bridges and the other parts of our transportation infrastructure has grown in recent years: At least at the state level, Republicans were the ones to step forward with a gas tax increase to fund a $16 billion transportation...

Date: 09/13/2015 | Editorials

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

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