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Would Clinton continue Obama's Mid-East policies?

"Why can't we take out these bastards?" CNN's Jim Acosta bluntly asked President Obama at a Monday press conference at the Group of 20 summit in Turkey. "These bastards," of course, are the Islamic State — at least for Acosta. As Obama called Friday's...

Date: 11/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Time to ground frequent flyers in Congress

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

Date: 11/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Dem candidates clash on domestic, foreign policy

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

Date: 11/14/2015 | Nation & World

Uneasiness looms over U.S. voters, poll finds

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

Date: 11/08/2015 | Nation & World

Executive-elect: Priority is problem-solving, not politics

EVERETT — As a new leader prepares take the helm of Snohomish County government, he'll be facing some of the same old problems.County Councilman Dave Somers won the county executive's job in Tuesday's election with a pledge to seek solutions.

Date: 11/08/2015 | Local News

Gentle Bern has changed Democratic campaign

I feel the Bern. But it doesn't hurt.We are told Bernie Sanders, the 74-year-old "democratic socialist" challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, is taking the proverbial gloves off and going after the front-runner more aggressively.

Date: 11/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Ignoring inequality issues spells end of New Democrats

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

Date: 11/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

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

For candidates, awkwardness is way to voter’s hearts

"That's awkward."This surely was the response of many viewers watching the chaotic, ill-moderated GOP debate Wednesday night. But maybe its weirdness became the debate's selling point. Advertising experts say that awkwardness is a peculiar attribute...

Date: 11/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton allowed Republicans to stumble, fall

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

Date: 10/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Tisdel best choice for Snohomish County Council

With Snohomish County leadership a frequent presence on the front page of The Herald, notably regarding the county's now-stalled courthouse project and the disagreements between the county executive and the county council on the county's financial health, its budget and the hiring and...

Date: 10/25/2015 | Editorials

Lincoln Chafee ends his presidential campaign

WASHINGTON — Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced Friday he would end his quixotic Democratic presidential campaign after failing to gain traction against Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Date: 10/23/2015 | Nation & World

Blame game for terror attacks cuts both ways

Is Jeb Bush justified in claiming his brother "kept us safe" from terrorism? Obviously not.Let me be clear: It is grotesquely wrong to suggest that George W. Bush is in any way to blame for the 9/11 attacks. That odious distinction belongs to Osama bin Laden,...

Date: 10/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton used debate well to position herself

With the latest poll numbers tallied and political pundits having spoken, a consensus has emerged: Hillary Clinton won the first Democratic debate and, barring a Benghazi pinata exploding with revelations, has cinched the nomination.Reasons cited for Clinton's superior...

Date: 10/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Democrats welcome the gun debate to the campaign

WASHINGTON — After 15 years of a virtual gag order on guns in presidential politics, Democrats are talking again.

Date: 10/18/2015 | Nation & World

One question could make debates worthwhile

There's a question that wasn't asked in Tuesday night's Democratic presidential "debate" — it's never asked — but we'd all be better served should the moderator offer it up. If and when the stage gets small enough, the same challenge could be tossed to the...

Date: 10/18/2015 | Commentary

Debate shows GOP right to be worried

Before all the craziness — before Donald Trump and Ben Carson and the need for two-tiered debates — Republicans' biggest fear about next year's election was having to run against Hillary Clinton. As we saw Tuesday night, they were right to worry.At the Democratic...

Date: 10/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Obama’s passivity on Iran prisoner

The consequences of President Obama's passive foreign policy came close to home last week.My Washington Post colleague Jason Rezaian, the paper's Tehran bureau chief, has been languishing in an Iranian jail for 15 months on bogus charges of espionage. He was put on secret...

Date: 10/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

In Alabama, Clinton blasts GOP on voting rights

HOOVER, Ala. — Near the heart of the civil rights movement, presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton roused black Alabama Democrats on Saturday with a pledge to champion voting rights and accusations that Republicans are dismantling generations of racial progress.

Date: 10/17/2015 | Nation & World

No debating it; Clinton locks up nomination

I repeat: Unless she's indicted, Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination. I wrote that six weeks ago, amid fevered dreams of a Clinton collapse and a Joe Biden rescue. That those were a mirage is all the more obvious after Tuesday's debate. The reason, then as now, is simple:...

Date: 10/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A refreshingly normal debate by Democrats

Who "won" the Democratic debate? The Democratic Party won. All the presidential candidates, from the most flamboyant to the most contained, talked seriously about issues, even straying from liberal orthodoxy.Hillary Clinton's upbeat morning-in-America approach...

Date: 10/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Debate helped Clinton but not her challengers

Hillary Clinton was a head shorter than her rivals when they lined up on stage for Sheryl Crow's version of the national anthem at Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate. But after that moment, she towered over them.Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley was preachy...

Date: 10/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

The middle ground between the socialist and the capitalist

Barrels of ink and galaxies of pixels have been sacrificed to solving the mystery of the spectacular rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.People are angry. We get it. But there's more at work than mere frustration. We are at a philosophical hinge point that feels more...

Date: 10/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

The wild card at the Democratic debate could be the guy no one’s talking about

If there’s a chance for a wild card on the stage at Tuesday’s lead-off Democratic debate, the smart money’s on former senator Jim Webb of Virginia.

Date: 10/12/2015 | Nation & World

Don’t count grammar fans among Trump’s supporters

The smart folk at Grammarly — an online grammar checker — examined Facebook posts written by supporters of the 2016 presidential candidates in a savvy bid to garner free press. It helped that the grammar site's findings confirmed the left's most treasured conceit —...

Date: 10/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Speculation only thing certain about Biden’s run

Finally, it can be reported: Joe Biden is running for president, unless he isn't. He will announce his decision this weekend, unless he doesn't.Furthermore, Biden is approaching important deadlines for declaring his candidacy, unless those deadlines don't matter. His...

Date: 10/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

State Sen. Karen Fraser announces run for lieutenant governor

OLYMPIA — Washington state Sen. Karen Fraser says she’s running for lieutenant governor.

Date: 10/06/2015 | Northwest

Voters looking for big, bold solutions from candidates

First came the big crowds, now comes the big money. At this point, anyone who doesn't take Bernie Sanders seriously must not be paying attention.Sanders' campaign announced that it raised an eye-bugging $26 million in the third quarter — essentially matching the $28...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

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

Alabama closes driver’s license offices in black areas

Hillary Clinton joined Democratic officials in Alabama in criticizing a decision by state officials to shutter 31 satellite driver’s-license offices, mostly in areas heavily populated by African-Americans, a move that could make it harder for those residents to get photo IDs needed to...

Date: 10/03/2015 | Nation & World

Despite Warren’s wins, money still trumps populism

Elizabeth Warren, collector of corporate hides, is on the hunt again.Fresh from her triumph Tuesday over the Brookings Institution in which she forced the ouster of a corporate-backed scholar, the populist Democratic senator from Massachusetts was at Lutheran Church of the...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

As Dems falter, GOP alienates potential voters

Meanwhile, on the Democrats' side:They are running a presidential campaign decrying wage stagnation, income inequality and widespread economic malaise — as if they've not been in office for the past seven years.Their leading presidential candidate is 27...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Democrats better hope Trump is the GOP’s pick

Democratic partisans have been rubbing their hands with glee as billionaire Donald Trump's antics have dominated the Republican primary. I hope they're enjoying themselves, because they soon may find themselves in their own world of hurt.While pundits have been shaking their...

Date: 09/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

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

Move up presidential primary

We're still more than a year away from the 2016 general election and the vote for our next president, yet already we've had two Republican debates. So, yes, the presidential campaign season is too long.For contrast, consider the campaign for the Canadian federal election now...

Date: 09/20/2015 | Editorials

Because they're happy

Viewpoints: Positive attitude can bring political success

Date: 09/20/2015 | Commentary

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

Despite unforced errors, Clinton still the favorite to win presidency

She keeps putting obstacles in her own path, but Hillary Clinton remains the odds-on favorite to become our next president.The headlines screaming "Clinton's Support Erodes" are true, but only in a relative sense. In the contest for the Democratic nomination,...

Date: 09/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Sanders’ history on working with minorities is complicated

So Barack Obama is "a Rockefeller Republican in blackface." He's "a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs" and "a black puppet of corporate plutocrats." Those are the words of Cornel West, an African-American academic whom Bernie Sanders invites to...

Date: 09/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Sanders revs up North Carolina crowd during Southern swing

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders told a North Carolina crowd Sunday night that young people — particularly blacks and other minorities — are being devastated by high unemployment stemming from an inequitable economy and erosion of voting rights engineered by...

Date: 09/13/2015 | Nation & World

As Trump, Sanders rise, the major parties fall

Does the 2016 presidential campaign seem chaotic? For good or ill, that's because it is. The rise of Donald Trump on the right and Bernie Sanders on the left is proof that the country's two major political parties have lost their grip on the nominating process. They can...

Date: 09/13/2015 | Commentary

Will the real Hillary Clinton please get real?

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages: Step right up and witness a feat that will astound and amaze you. See Hillary Clinton being warm and funny.It's the season premiere of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in Rockefeller Plaza this week, and...

Date: 09/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

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

More than a good laugh we could use some trustworthiness

It's no longer enough to be a happy warrior; now our candidates must be joyful!Oh, joie. Jeb Bush started the joy bender last week when he told a New Hampshire audience that a conservative could win the White House by "campaigning with his arms wide open,...

Date: 09/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Analysis: An apology at last from Clinton over her email use

WASHINGTON — It took three interviews and five days for Hillary Rodham Clinton to say "I’m sorry."

Date: 09/08/2015 | Nation & World

Warren's criticism of Biden stifles talk of ticket

As Vice President Joe Biden reportedly mulls a bid for the U.S. presidency, his champions portray him as a credible alternative to Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Clinton, who faces accusations that she is beholden to the financial industry. But a Biden campaign risks confronting...

Date: 09/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton scandal mill running low on grist

Conservative activist James O'Keefe, whose undercover videos brought down ACORN and embarrassed National Public Radio, came to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to unveil evidence of "illegal activity conducted by high-level employees within Hillary Clinton's presidential...

Date: 09/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A Biden-Warren ticket only threat to Clinton

Unless she's indicted, Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination.That kind of sentence is rarely written about a major presidential candidate. But I don't see a realistic third alternative (except for one long-shot, below).Clinton is now hostage to the...

Date: 09/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

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

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

In calling for a wall, GOP is digging a hole

It was just a matter of time before one of the keen-eyed Republican candidates for president spotted the menace that looms over this country, threatening our national security with blasts of Arctic air and proof that socialized medicine works: Canada.Asked on "Meet the...

Date: 09/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton not the only one with email problem

Does Hillary Clinton have a serious legal problem because she may have transmitted classified information on her private email server? After talking with a half-dozen knowledgeable lawyers, I think this "scandal" is overstated. Using the server was a self-inflicted wound by...

Date: 08/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Honoring Jimmy Carter’s quiet courage

The soft-spoken older man in the gray suit had taught Bible classes before.He had led a Scripture class as a midshipman at Annapolis and then on a submarine as an officer in the Navy. He taught the Bible as a farmer, and he even conducted 15 classes at Washington's First...

Date: 08/28/2015 | Commentary

Clinton should beg Biden to run against her

Joe Biden, in the (still unlikely) event he runs for president, probably won't beat Hillary Clinton. He's been a lackluster presidential candidate in the past, and there's no clear path for him to win the Democratic nomination this time.He should do it anyway.The...

Date: 08/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Markets’ fall a reminder: It’s the economy, stupid

The sudden turmoil in the financial markets is a reminder that when the preliminary hoopla is over and voters actually begin to select their presidential nominees, competence and cool will probably matter.If the global swoon in stock prices were to turn into something more...

Date: 08/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton lawyer says her email server was wiped clean

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s personal lawyer has told a Senate committee that emails and all other data stored on her computer server were erased before the device was turned over to federal authorities.

Date: 08/20/2015 | Nation & World

Clinton has only herself to blame for email flap

This isn't about whether Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, which is likely. It isn't even about whether she becomes our next president, which she has a better chance of doing than anyone else. It's about basic respect — for us and for the truth.Why, when...

Date: 08/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Place your bets: Favorites, dark horses are set

Both presidential nomination contests having been scrambled by recent events — the FBI taking control of Hillary Clinton's private email server and a raucous, roiling GOP debate — the third edition of the Racing Form is herewith rushed into print.Legal...

Date: 08/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Inconveniences to voting can’t be allowed to be barriers

The students at Miami Central Senior High frustrated me, and I frustrated them. The topic was Ferguson and my opinion that African-Americans in that torn-up Missouri city could get the city government they want if only they voted in greater numbers. After all, they are a clear majority...

Date: 08/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

No 1st District Democratic meeting Monday

The 1st District Democrats will not have their normal monthly meeting Monday. Instead, the District Democratic organization will have its annual picnic Saturday, Aug. 22 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Brightwater facility on highway 9 north of Woodinville.

Date: 08/10/2015 | South County Politics

Media not the sparring partner Clinton needs

Joe Biden almost certainly isn't going to challenge Hillary Clinton, and that's too bad — for Clinton.I say that only half in jest. Surely, nobody at Clinton headquarters in Brooklyn is eager for a primary bloodbath with the vice president. But the absence of a...

Date: 08/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bernie Sanders draws large crowd in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke to his second packed crowd in the Pacific Northwest as supporters filled Portland’s Moda Center to hear the Vermont senator speak about income inequality and other issues.

Date: 08/09/2015 | Northwest

Clinton’s denials of her trade deal work easily dismissed

In her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton has lately promoted herself as a populist defender of the middle class. To that end, she attempted to distance herself last week from a controversial 12-nation trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership,...

Date: 08/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bernie Sanders brings campaign to West Coast

SEATTLE — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is taking his presidential bid to the West Coast, with rallies planned in the coming days in Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Northwest

2016 election matters for one reason: climate change

The vast majority of scientists who have devoted their professional lives to studying the Earth's climate believe human-induced warming is an urgent problem requiring bold action. Republican candidates for president insist they know better.With one possible exception —...

Date: 08/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Why Bernie Sanders is worth a listen

Inconceivable as it is that a Jewish socialist could become president, I'm glad Bernie Sanders is running. For one thing, it might stimulate inquiry into what Bernie means when he describes himself as a "democratic socialist." People toss around political labels like...

Date: 08/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Move up presidential primary

You may yet get your opportunity to help nominate Donald Trump or any other candidate among the Republicans and Democrats running for president in 2016.Earlier this spring it appeared the state would skip a presidential primary, instead allowing the state parties to use the...

Date: 08/03/2015 | Editorials

Clinton’s presidential campaign airs its first TV ads

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is spending $2 million airing the first television ads of her presidential race in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

George McGovern revealed he had a secret child

An academic with a forthcoming biography of 1972 Democratic presidential candidate and former senator George McGovern has confirmed that the South Dakotan fathered a child before he was married.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Nation & World

Voters mistrust of Clinton is no mystery

Voters in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia think Hillary Clinton is not honest or trustworthy. According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, a mere 34 percent of Colorado voters think she can be trusted; 62 percent do not. In Iowa, those numbers are 33 percent to 59; in Virginia, Clinton is...

Date: 07/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump hasn’t cornered audacity market

Since announcing his 2016 White House bid, Donald Trump has been the central focus of the campaign — by one estimate, he has garnered almost 40 percent of all election coverage on the network newscasts. Clearly, The Donald's attempt to turn 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. into Trump White...

Date: 07/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Dave Somers for county executive

With five candidates seeking the office of Snohomish County executive, there is no shortage of choice for voters in terms of the candidates' ideas, political stances, background and experience.Current County Executive John Lovick, a Democrat from Mill Creek, has held the...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Editorials

Silicon Valley leading source of cash, power for politics

When Jeb Bush visited Silicon Valley this week, the Republican candidate was visiting the heart of a Democratic state that few expect to be contested in the 2016 presidential election. But when it comes to the political money chase, the Northern California home of the world's technology...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bush, Clinton views on Uber offer contrast

The most recent time I had seen Jeb Bush speak in San Francisco was in January, when he addressed the National Automobile Dealers Association. It is hard to imagine a group more invested in the old-school economy. It was a friendly crowd. The former Florida governor seemed comfortable...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Sanders more a man of words than accomplishments

Back in the 1960s, Bernie Sanders burned hot as a civil rights activist. He led sit-ins against segregation and participated in the 1963 March on Washington. A few years later, he joined the exodus of countercultural lefties from the cauldron of New York City to the bucolic hills of...

Date: 07/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

What Clinton could learn from Sanders

Is Bernie Sanders the political reincarnation of Eugene McCarthy? I doubt it, but let's hope he makes the Democratic presidential race interesting.I don't know if front-runner Hillary Clinton shares my wish, but she ought to. I'm not of the school that believes competition...

Date: 07/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Populists are the new New Democrats

Scenes from an insurrection: In Madison, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, 10,000 people show up to rally for longshot presidential candidate Bernie Sanders — giving the self-declared "democratic socialist" the largest crowd any candidate has had so far this election cycle.

Date: 07/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Enjoy the Trump and Saunders shows while you can

Stranger things have happened in American politics, but the sudden surge of Democratic populist Bernie Sanders and Republican pompulist Donald Trump puts one in mind of alternate universes.And I don't mean Miss Universes.Both men are holding second place in some...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Why no vote on export tool?

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

Date: 07/01/2015 | Editorials

Left allows its president to fight on alone

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

Date: 06/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

As tea party wanes, liberal label embraced

Since the 1988 presidential campaign, when George H.W. Bush and Lee Atwater turned "Massachusetts liberal" into an epithet, the label has been tainted — so much so that many liberals abandoned it for "progressive."But new polling shows a...

Date: 06/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A look at Bush, Clinton on the issues

The two dynastic candidates told compelling stories recently about why they should be president, but there has been one big difference: Jeb Bush has taken the political risk of disagreeing with his party's base, and Hillary Clinton hasn't.Their formal announcement speeches...

Date: 06/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

District Dems endorse two challengers, an incumbent for Lynnwood Council

Democrats in the 32nd Legislative District have endorsed one incumbent and two challengers for places on the Lynnwood City Council.

Date: 06/16/2015 | South County Politics

Bill Clinton’s response not easing skepticism on donations

It had a familiar ring: "I don't ever know what people's motives are," said former President Bill Clinton, prompting one to pause and consider just what the definition of "motives" is.Indeed, one doesn't ever know. But when a country or a firm gives...

Date: 06/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton: Obama should use trade fight to his advantage

DES MOINES, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday that President Barack Obama should use a setback in Congress to seek the best possible trade agreement with 11 other Pacific Rim nations, pointing to the stumbles over the pact as an opportunity to address Democrats’...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Nation & World

Democrats' dinner to feature Lovick, DelBene, Keister, Steves

The 2015 Snohomish County Democratic Dinner and Henry M Jackson Awards at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood Saturday will feature Snohomish County Executive John Lovick, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, TV comedian John Keister and travel writer Rick Steves.

Date: 06/09/2015 | South County Politics

Dubious claims or not, Clinton’s problem is one of appearances

Rep. Sean Duffy, a Wisconsin Republican who was a reality TV star before entering politics, is unlikely to be listed in any Smartest Member of Congress rankings. Yet even he finds it easy to uncover scandal at the Clinton Foundation.At a House hearing last week, Duffy was in...

Date: 06/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Most Americans back legal status for immigrants

WASHINGTON — A majority of Americans support allowing immigrants living in the country illegally to stay and be granted legal status, according to a new poll released Thursday.The survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 72 percent of Americans support...

Date: 06/05/2015 | Nation & World

O’Malley says he’s ready to campaign hard in New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. — A day after jumping into the presidential race, Democrat Martin O’Malley vowed Sunday to fight hard in New Hampshire, home of the first presidential primary and a stronghold for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Date: 05/31/2015 | Nation & World

Conflict of arms deals, donations should have been clear to Clinton

Among all the rivers of money that have flowed to the Clinton family, one seems to raise the biggest national security questions of all: the stream of cash that came from 20 foreign governments who relied on weapons export approvals from Hillary Clinton's State Department.

Date: 05/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Media bias or silliness

Viewpoints: Are journalists' donations a big deal?

Date: 05/31/2015 | Commentary

Clinton’s email chats with friend on Libya offer look inside D.C.

Secretaries of state have had private contacts since the job was created, so it's a mistake to get too indignant about Hillary Clinton's email exchanges about Libya with her longtime friend, Sidney Blumenthal. Still, these messages offer some useful insights about the court politics of...

Date: 05/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

How to move left, right back toward center

Hillary Clinton's move to the left on trade and other issues is a reminder of the growing power of activists on the wings in presidential nominating politics — and a corresponding diminution of the power of the center."Social and demographic shifts mean that no...

Date: 05/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Hillary Clinton follows nation to the left

WASHINGTON — Amid discussion of Hillary Clinton's move to the left in her presidential campaign, a new Gallup poll provides an important piece of context: The nation has shifted left, as well.In recent weeks, Clinton has called for reforming the nation's criminal...

Date: 05/22/2015 | Nation & World

Clinton should take high road on donations

In a private meeting last week with 200 of the Democratic Party's top financiers, Hillary Clinton drew vigorous applause when she said any of her nominees to the Supreme Court would have to share her desire to overturn the Citizens United decision.Clinton also, as reported...

Date: 05/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

One can’t offer a clear answer; the other won’t answer at all

Jeb Bush promised he would be his "own man," and this week he proved it — alas for him.The former Florida governor, often regarded as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, managed over an extraordinary 72 hours to demonstrate that he...

Date: 05/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

How long can Clinton avoid taking a stand?

President Obama, so often cool and cautious in his language, gave a full-throated roar on trade last week, saying that Sen. Elizabeth Warren was "absolutely wrong" in her criticism of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and that "her arguments don't stand the test of fact...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Move forward with trade bill

It still faces a long slog, but after a defeat on a procedural vote in the Senate earlier in the week, a trade bill that could be a major benefit to Washington state jobs appears to again be moving forward.

Date: 05/15/2015 | Editorials

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