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Providing care for elderly parents

If you're a member of the sandwich generation, you know it's got nothing to do with ham and two slices of bread.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of people 65 and older to every 100 people of traditional working ages, is expected to increase from 22 in 2010 to...

Date: 06/26/2016 | Editorials

Smart or silly, sit-in got attention of all

The extremely rare sit-in by Democrats in the House chamber may have been, as Speaker Paul Ryan claimed, a "publicity stunt." But it was a righteous one that may improve the prospects for meaningful gun control.It won't happen immediately. Even after 49 innocent...

Date: 06/26/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Franken ready to unleash wit and wisdom on Clinton’s behalf

WASHINGTON — For years, Sen. Al Franken has kept one of his most potent political weapons in check: his wit.

Date: 06/23/2016 | Nation & World

Congress going nowhere on gun laws; just faster

On May 24, the House Appropriations Committee took up a proposal "to deny transfers of firearms to persons known or suspected to be engaged in conduct related to terrorism." In a party-line vote, Republicans defeated the plan 29 to 17.Nineteen days later, a man...

Date: 06/22/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Republican senator seeks bipartisan support for gun deal

WASHINGTON — A moderate Republican senator sought broad bipartisan support Tuesday for a compromise to block gun purchases by some suspected terrorists, a day after the chamber split along party lines to derail far more sweeping proposals.

Date: 06/21/2016 | Nation & World

A divided Senate answers Orlando with gridlock on gun curbs

WASHINGTON — A divided Senate blocked rival election-year plans to curb guns Monday, eight days after the horror of Orlando’s mass shooting intensified pressure on lawmakers to act but knotted them in gridlock anyway — even over restricting firearms for terrorists.

Date: 06/20/2016 | Nation & World

It can’t be that hard to pass a good, fair law

The arguments for and against gun control are so familiar by now, we might as well hit replay and skip the debate.In the wake of the horrific murders of 49 people in an Orlando gay nightclub, America is re-enacting the usual drama: Politicians repeat past arguments, citizens...

Date: 06/20/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Congress fights to save military from veganism

This is how the sausage is made:After last weekend's terrorist attack in Orlando, the people's representatives in Washington, D.C., scrambled to counter the growing threat to national security ... from vegetarianism.A 14-hour filibuster by Senate Democrats to...

Date: 06/19/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Group's lawsuit threatens Wilderness Act it seeks to protect

More than 50 yeas ago, when the Wilderness Act of 1964 created the nation's system of wilderness preservation, the intent was to recognize those backcountry areas as places "where the earth and its community of life are...

Date: 06/17/2016 | Editorials

Veterans deserve IVF option

Among the consequences of war and the sacrifice involved in military service are the assaults on the human body inflicted in battle, attacks and accidents.We try to honor that sacrifice by providing medical care that heals the wounds and, as much as is medically possible,...

Date: 06/16/2016 | Editorials

No solutions in addressing either side’s scapegoats

A terrorist shot and killed 49 innocent Americans in Orlando on Sunday morning. After the carnage, the political food fight started.On the right, people fault Islamic extremism. When President Obama refuses to use the term "radical Islamic terrorism" that gives...

Date: 06/15/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Blocking guns laws guarantees that nothing changes

Let's start here: No single effort, no stand-alone piece of legislation is certain to prevent the next Orlando, the next San Bernardino or even the next Marysville.But a guarantee of certainty shouldn't be the standard by which Congress and our state lawmakers adopt...

Date: 06/15/2016 | Editorials

Trump making it tough for GOP to stay on its message

Seven white men and a white woman, Republican members of Congress all, boarded vehicles on Capitol Hill on Tuesday morning for a voyage deep into Anacostia, a largely black and poor section of Washington.Their mission: to reassure nonwhite voters frightened by Donald Trump,...

Date: 06/09/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Decline of local news may be Congress’ ruin

For several senators up for re-election this year, a significant problem is that no one in their home states knows who they are. This is a consequence, as The Washington Post's Paul Kane points out, of the collapse of local newspapers:"Overall, there are more reporters...

Date: 06/05/2016 | Commentary

What lies ahead for Bernie Sanders' political revolution?

LOS ANGELES — Bernie Sanders' political revolution — and how far he's willing to take his presidential campaign — may hinge on the outcome of the California primary Tuesday, with Hillary Clinton poised to clinch the Democratic nomination in coming days.

Date: 06/04/2016 | Nation & World

Flying? Take a book — or two

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

Date: 05/26/2016 | Editorials

We are the parks’ sponsors

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

Date: 05/22/2016 | Editorials

Get Congress back to work — not fundraising

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

Date: 05/20/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Advance Senate’s Zika funding package

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

Date: 05/19/2016 | Editorials

Congresswoman stands ground in face of unpopular quote

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

Date: 05/18/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Risking a summer of smoke

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

Date: 05/17/2016 | Editorials

Pro-lifers in Congress must fund Zika fight

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

Date: 05/12/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Bring back state's Basic Health Plan

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

Date: 05/10/2016 | Editorials

More women will strengthen U.S. military

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

Date: 05/08/2016 | Commentary

Schumer: Probe billboards using phone data to track shoppers

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

Date: 05/01/2016 | Nation & World

Congress should safeguard privacy of emails

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

Date: 04/28/2016 | Editorials

Fund fight against Zika, more

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

Date: 04/27/2016 | Editorials

Bill introduced in Senate to return Kennewick Man to tribes

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

Date: 04/26/2016 | Northwest

Senate Democrats fail to force vote on lower court judges

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

Date: 04/26/2016 | Nation & World

Kick-start the hemp industry

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

Date: 04/25/2016 | Editorials

The lead lurking in our water

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

Date: 04/24/2016 | Editorials

Senate energy bill powered by compromise

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

Date: 04/22/2016 | Editorials

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

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

Date: 04/21/2016 | Nation & World

Senate candidate bills campaign for family trip

INDIANAPOLIS — A Facebook page belonging to the wife of an Indiana congressman touted the family’s visit to the Ronald Reagan presidential library in Simi Valley, California, with photos showing the two children by the conservative icon’s grave and the couple in front of a “humble” wooden table...

Date: 04/20/2016 | Nation & World

Senate takes up energy bill after 2-month delay for Flint

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday revived a bill that would promote a variety of energy sources, from renewables such as solar and wind power to natural gas, hydropower and geothermal energy.

Date: 04/19/2016 | Northwest

House Republicans miss budget deadline amid divisions

WASHINGTON — House Republicans departed Washington on Friday having missed a deadline to pass their long-stalled budget and without appearing to revive it despite the embarrassment for the party and its new House Speaker Paul Ryan.Continuing divisions between tea party...

Date: 04/16/2016 | Nation & World

Senators propose forcing companies like Apple to aid FBI

WASHINGTON — North Carolina’s senior U.S. senator, Richard Burr, a Republican, and the Senate Intelligence Committee’s top-ranking Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, want a federal law requiring companies such as Apple to help the government access encrypted phone data under court...

Date: 04/14/2016 | Nation & World

New rule will protect retirement investments

You might assume that your financial adviser, who recommends funds for your Individual Retirement Account or the 401(k) account you have through your employer, looks out for your best interests. And many do.But enough of them don't that U.S. consumers investing for their...

Date: 04/12/2016 | Editorials

Senate won’t stop airlines from shrinking seat sizes

WASHINGTON — The Senate refused Thursday to come to the aid of airline passengers squeezed by the ever-shrinking size of their seats.An amendment by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., would have blocked airlines from further reducing the "size, width, padding, and...

Date: 04/07/2016 | Business Wire

GOP senators’ wait risks a nominee more liberal than Garland

Merrick Garland is an "oppo" researcher's nightmare.Those who oppose President Obama's Supreme Court nominee have been digging for dirt to justify opposition by 52 of the 54 Senate Republicans to granting him a hearing. But about the worst thing anybody has come...

Date: 04/07/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Opposing state, federal voting rights may work against GOP

In Olympia, Senate Republicans again shamelessly blocked the Washington Voting Rights Act from becoming law. House Bill 1745, approved by the House despite unanimous Republican opposition, would provide for communities to make changes in situations where at-large elections...

Date: 04/02/2016 | Commentary

Bad and good news on salmon

Along with being an important source of food and a cultural icon for Northwesterners, salmon also serve as an indicator of the health of the environment.And some of the latest indicators aren't good.State and tribal fishery agencies, as they consider alternatives...

Date: 03/29/2016 | Editorials

The center-left holds

Viewpoints: Court pick adds to Obama's moderate legacy

Date: 03/20/2016 | Commentary

GOP just following Democrats’ lead

After reading the Everett Herald's editorial, "Senate Republicans hiding behind the ‘Biden Rule,'" I was not shocked by their hypocrisy...

Date: 03/19/2016 | Commentary

Republican senator calls for vote on Obama high court nominee

Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois on Friday became the first Republican senator to call for an up-or-down vote on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, saying on a Chicago radio show that his colleagues ought to “just man up and cast a vote.”

Date: 03/18/2016 | Nation & World

Obama’s play to fairness met with opposition and shrugs

President Obama, in nominating Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, appears to be laboring under a misapprehension that the confirmation process is on the level."I hope they're fair. That's all: I hope they are fair," Obama said Wednesday morning in the...

Date: 03/18/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Don’t be surprised; judicial nominations political by design

Washington, D.C., should host an Olympics for finger-pointing. There would be no shortage of accomplished practitioners. Start with President Barack Obama, who, in introducing Judge Merrick Garland as his choice to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the big bench, asked the...

Date: 03/18/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Republicans won’t budge on Obama’s high court nominee

Senate Republicans are not budging in their refusal to consider President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court after the president officially named Merrick Garland for the job.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insisted Wednesday that the Republican choice not to...

Date: 03/17/2016 | Nation & World

Senate Republicans hiding behind the ‘Biden rule’

Who knew that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and the rest of the Senate Republicans had turned over the role of writing that body's procedural rules to Vice President Joe Biden?And people lament the lack of bipartisanship in Congress.

Date: 03/17/2016 | Editorials

Party of No! set to become party of Trump

It has been an annual rite in Washington, D.C., since the modern budgeting system began in 1974: The president sends his budget to Congress and lawmakers hold hearings on it.But not this year.The chairmen of the House and Senate budget committees announced, for...

Date: 03/14/2016 | Opinion Columnists

State proves benefits of trade

Trade has made for an easy target during the campaigns of both Democratic and Republican presidential candidates.Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont, rode his criticism of "disastrous trade agreements written by corporate America," to an upset victory in Tuesday's...

Date: 03/11/2016 | Editorials

Senate shirking its duty to advise, consent on Supreme Court pick

I have a very simple message for Senate Republicans: Do your jobs, and allow me to do mine. I was elected by the voters in Washington state to be their voice, but I can't do that if Republicans refuse to allow the Senate to perform one of our most important Constitutional...

Date: 03/06/2016 | Commentary

God save this honorable court from politics

These wombs had a great view.Uteruses of all sizes and colors paraded in front the Supreme Court during Wednesday morning's arguments in the largest abortion case in a quarter-century.There, facing the marble temple, were a large cardboard cutout of a uterus, a...

Date: 03/04/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Politics cloaked in finery of U.S. Constitution

In the aftermath of Antonin Scalia's death we have the perfect lens through which to view our current political dysfunction. Starting with the obvious: "Judicial activism" is a term describing court decisions with which one disagrees. "Originalism" is...

Date: 03/02/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Labeling GOP as ‘obstructionist’ Democrats only recourse

Senate Republicans say they will refuse to have a hearing for President Obama's nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. So Democrats on Wednesday took matters into their own hands: They held a hearing all by themselves.A dozen members of the Senate minority assembled on...

Date: 02/26/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Loading up degrees with debt

We're not lacking good ideas on how to make higher education more affordable.U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, was shown that Friday as she met with a panel of eight students who attend Everett Community College or its campus...

Date: 02/24/2016 | Editorials

Sandra Day O’Connor: The once and future justice?

The death of Justice Antonin Scalia has already deepened the divide in American politics. Even when the president's party controls the Senate, Supreme Court confirmations are difficult; just ask President George W. Bush about what happened with Harriet Miers. In the midst of...

Date: 02/21/2016 | Commentary

Educating a senator

Students tell Cantwell about the college-loan bureaucracy

Date: 02/19/2016 | Local News

GOP in a twist on how best to handle court vacancy

Sen. Ron Johnson plays a mean game of Twister.Right hand red! "Let's let the American people decide and let the next president nominate."Left foot blue! "I never said that we shouldn't vote."Left hand yellow! "I would...

Date: 02/19/2016 | Opinion Columnists

It’s about raw power, and McConnell should use it to say no

Let's understand something about the fight to fill the Supreme Court seat of Antonin "Nino" Scalia. This is about nothing but raw power. Any appeal you hear to high principle is phony — brazenly, embarrassingly so.In Year Seven of the George W. Bush...

Date: 02/19/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Senate's confirmation phobia

Oh, to own a shoe repair shop in nation's capital right now, what with all the foot-dragging going on in the Senate.Of course there's the adamant stance by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that any nomination made by President Barack Obama to succeed Justice Antonin...

Date: 02/18/2016 | Editorials

What would be Scalia’s advice? Follow the law

As Republican presidential candidates invoke Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's legacy, all insisting that his suddenly vacant seat shouldn't be filled until a new president is in place, it is helpful to ask: What would Scalia do?First, Scalia would read the law and,...

Date: 02/18/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Odds are against any nominee Obama would offer

Even before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released his before-the-corpse-is-cold statement suggesting that the next president should pick Justice Antonin Scalia's successor, it was clear the Republican Senate is not going to confirm whomever President Obama picks. There's too...

Date: 02/18/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Obstruction began before Scalia’s body was cold

In the first minutes after the shocking news spread Saturday that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had died, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley tried to be reasonable.It didn't go well for him.The Iowa Republican, informed in a phone call...

Date: 02/17/2016 | Opinion Columnists

GOP practiced in ignoring Obama’s judicial, other nominations

In elementary school, I was taught that presidents serve four-year terms.Apparently that number is off by three — or so I've learned recently from listening to Republican politicians.See, according to former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio,...

Date: 02/17/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Make permanent commitment to fund public lands

I have the honor of representing one of the most beautiful and diverse districts in the country. Washington's First District is home to stunning open spaces including the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, the North Cascades National Park and...

Date: 02/14/2016 | Commentary

Paying costs of getting around

The money isn't in hand — that will have to wait for Congress to complete the federal budget process before October — but two transportation projects in Snohomish County are in line to receive federal funding that represents confidence in their value and necessity to...

Date: 02/14/2016 | Editorials

Getting ready for the big one

By now our concerns about earthquakes, specifically "The Really Big One" discussed in the New Yorker article of the same name from July — the one that quoted a FEMA official as saying...

Date: 02/11/2016 | Editorials

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

Senate panel approves bill to make school lunches tastier

WASHINGTON — School meals could become a bit tastier under legislation approved by a Senate committee.

Date: 01/21/2016 | 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

Despite veto, consider these wins by GOP

Republicans fulfilled a popular campaign pledge Wednesday when, by a 240-181 vote, the House passed a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act and defunding Planned Parenthood. The bill, already passed by the Senate, now goes to the desk of President Barack Obama, where it surely will be...

Date: 01/10/2016 | 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

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

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

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

Marco Rubio blocks new U.S. ambassador to Mexico

WASHINGTON — By most accounts, Roberta Jacobson's confirmation as U.S. ambassador to Mexico should have been a shoo-in.Fluent in Spanish, expert in Latin American politics and skilled in cross-border trade negotiations, the career diplomat was nominated by President...

Date: 12/26/2015 | Nation & World

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

Paris talks and local efforts

Negotiators from more than 190 countries on Saturday approved a far-reaching agreement to slow the emission of greenhouse gases and the advancement of climate change.Regardless of whether the pact is ultimately ratified by those nations, and what it will spell out in the...

Date: 12/13/2015 | Editorials

Top military advisers reluctant to move on Syria

The U.S. military is the world's most powerful fighting force, but its leaders sounded downright timid on Capitol Hill Wednesday.Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, assured members of the Senate Armed...

Date: 12/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

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

Wildfire reforms still needed

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

Date: 11/24/2015 | Editorials

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

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

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