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Donald Trump protests turn violent in California

BURLINGAME, Calif. — Hundreds of rowdy protesters broke through barricades and threw eggs at police Friday outside a hotel where Donald Trump addressed the state's Republican convention. Several Trump supporters said they were roughed up but no serious injuries were reported.

Date: 04/30/2016 | Nation & World

Trump cribs his isolationism from Obama

Foreign policy does not determine American elections. Indeed, of all Western countries, we are the least interested in the subject. The reason is simple: We haven't had to be. Our instinctive isolationism derives from our geographic exceptionalism. As Bismarck once explained (it is...

Date: 04/29/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Trump outlines ‘unpredictable’ foreign policy

Mr. Trump came to Washington to meet the establishment he has demonized the past 10 months. It was not love at first sight.His campaign left nothing to chance for his coming out as a general-election candidate Wednesday, the day after primary wins in five states made him the...

Date: 04/29/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Speaker Boehner won’t vote for ‘Lucifer in the flesh’ Ted Cruz

Former Speaker John A. Boehner told a crowd at Stanford University that he would vote for Donald Trump for president if he’s the GOP nominee, but not for Sen. Ted Cruz.

Date: 04/28/2016 | Nation & World

State’s Republicans are mum on Trump

Donald Trump is marching toward the Republican presidential nomination and Washington is one of his next stops.

Date: 04/28/2016 | The Petri Dish

Trump is the rhetorical charlatan Plato warned us about

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — When it comes to rhetoric, Plato was right and Aristotle — not so much.Distilled, Aristotle thought rhetoric good for democracy, though his definition of "by the people" was closer to our Founding Fathers' intent of only certain...

Date: 04/28/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Bernie will back Clinton, just as she backed Obama

Eight years ago, I spent an election night in a basement gymnasium in Manhattan, watching Hillary Clinton and her campaign advisers take up residence in a parallel universe.It was June 3, 2008, and Barack Obama had just clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, making...

Date: 04/28/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Half of U.S. conservatives say climate change is real

NEW YORK — The percentage of conservative Republicans who consider global warming a threat shot up 19 points in two years, to 47 percent, according to public opinion researchers at Yale University and George Mason University. Overall, 56 percent of Republicans agree that it’s happening. Including...

Date: 04/27/2016 | Nation & World

Anti-Trump alliance came too late to give Kasich any hope

John Kasich, at a campaign stop in Rockville, Maryland, on Monday, explained why Republican voters aren't buying what he's selling."I'm trying to peddle hope," said the Ohio governor. "Hope in the short term doesn't get you a lot of attention, because...

Date: 04/27/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Toned-down Trump a threat to Democrats who pick by race, gender

Both parties sort voters by color and gender. Though there's nothing new about promoting solidarity on the basis of genetics, it can get old really fast.One sees some utility in this brand of politicking, especially for Democrats. The party of Donald Trump has done its...

Date: 04/26/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Never Trump? Never mind latest ploy by Cruz, Kasich

Don't call it strategy, call it strategery: Ted Cruz and John Kasich are going to cooperate to deny Donald Trump the Republican nomination. Also, I don't know, maybe a hurricane will dishevel Trump's comb-over and reveal his bald pate, causing such mortification that he quits the race.

Date: 04/26/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Isn’t it obvious by now? Black votes matter

CHARLESTON, S.C. — African-Americans in the South can't get a break when it comes to voting, as history can't deny.After all they've endured through slavery, Jim Crow and the fight for civil rights, their voices are still treated dismissively by tone-deaf politicians...

Date: 04/25/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Deadline here for presidential primary voter registration

Time is running out if you want to register to vote in next month’s presidential primary.Monday is the last day to register online or by mail for the May 24 election. It is also the deadline to update an existing registration.

Date: 04/24/2016 | Local News

Panel on Planned Parenthood sets low bar for ‘exhibits,’ claims

Marsha Blackburn isn't one to worry about appearances.The Tennessee Republican didn't make any pretense this week of being impartial with the committee she chairs, the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, commonly known as the Planned Parenthood committee.

Date: 04/22/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Trump presses GOP leaders to embrace him as certain nominee

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Donald Trump’s chief lieutenants pushed skeptical Republican leaders Thursday to embrace him as their likely presidential nominee, declaring he can deliver big electoral gains this fall despite his contentious ways.

Date: 04/21/2016 | Nation & World

Giving Dunshee’s seat to Lovick would benefit Dems in November

Election politics are certain to be on the minds of Snohomish County Councilmembers when they fill the state House seat vacated this week by Democrat Hans Dunshee.

Date: 04/20/2016 | The Petri Dish

To go or not to go: Republicans face Trump convention dilemma

At least four top Republican senators say they’ve decided to skip July’s party nominating convention in Cleveland to campaign in their home states. Several others say they haven’t decided whether they’ll make the trip, and at least one will boycott the event if Donald Trump emerges as the...

Date: 04/20/2016 | Nation & World

Appointed to County Council, Dunshee resigns from state House

OLYMPIA — Snohomish County Councilman Hans Dunshee has resigned from the state House of Representatives and the process to fill his seat has started.Dunshee submitted his resignation letter to Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday, the same day the governor signed the supplemental...

Date: 04/20/2016 | Local News

Trump’s rants risk annoying those who may decide nomination

DES MOINES, Iowa — Donald Trump’s relentless assault on the rules that govern how Republicans choose their nominee is coming far too late to change what even defenders acknowledge is a complicated selection system.

Date: 04/17/2016 | Nation & World

GOP official rails over effort aimed at nomination rules

WASHINGTON — The Republican Party’s rules chairman is accusing other GOP officials of “a breach of our trust” by trying to preserve the party leadership’s power to allow the nomination of a fresh candidate for president.

Date: 04/17/2016 | Nation & World

Will the White House become an assisted-living center?

How did we wind up with these old people running for president? In 1960, the first election I voted in, Richard Nixon was 47 and John Kennedy was 43 and now, 56 years later, the candidates are mostly my age. Young people are flocking to Bernie Sanders who, given two terms in...

Date: 04/17/2016 | Commentary

How Donald Trump can lock up the GOP nomination

WASHINGTON — To all the political junkies yearning for a contested Republican convention this summer: not so fast.It's still possible for Donald Trump to clinch the nomination by the end of the primaries on June 7. His path is narrow and perilous. But it's plausible...

Date: 04/16/2016 | Nation & World

3 Republicans vying for lieutenant governor speak in Everett

EVERETT — The most sought-after statewide office in this year's election is lieutenant governor and on Thursday three Republicans who want the job made their case to party loyalists in Everett. Phillip Yin, of Bellevue;

Date: 04/15/2016 | Local News

What Bill gained, Hillary seeks to reverse

How far they've come. And I'm not talking about the GOP, whose front-runner representing 37 percent of the Republican electorate has repudiated post-Reagan orthodoxy on trade, entitlement reform, limited government and Pax Americana (and possibly abortion, but who knows?). I'm talking...

Date: 04/15/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Timing of Benghazi panel’s report aimed at Clinton

Is Trey Gowdy planning a July surprise?The chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi went to ground after he and his colleagues grilled Hillary Clinton in October. They haven't had a single hearing since then (and had only three public hearings before that one), though...

Date: 04/15/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Cruz plans to block Trump on 2nd ballot at GOP convention

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is close to ensuring that Donald Trump cannot win the GOP nomination on a second ballot at the party's July convention in Cleveland, scooping up scores of delegates who have pledged to vote for him instead of the front-runner if given the...

Date: 04/13/2016 | Nation & World

Voting begins in Washington's May 24 presidential primary

EVERETT — As they battle for delegates in Washington, GOP presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich already may have picked up a vote or two in the state's presidential primary.

Date: 04/13/2016 | Local News

GOP chief looks for comfort in a fortune cookie

Reince Priebus, the beleaguered and balding Republican National Committee chairman, was asked a few days ago about his mane."How much gray hair do you think you're going to have by December?" CNN's Jake Tapper inquired."Gray is fine," the...

Date: 04/13/2016 | Opinion Columnists

The nation liked Ike; should GOP draft a military leader?

As Republicans head toward what could be a stalemated convention, they might recall how the party healed itself in 1952 in what was known as the "winter of discontent." The Republicans drafted a military leader, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, as their presidential candidate.

Date: 04/13/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Sanders backers suppressing their own votes

If the polls hold, scoring tickets to "Hamilton" will be as good as it's going to get for Bernie Sanders in New York. But let us first linger in Wisconsin, where Democrats and independents gave Sanders what looked like a decisive win.It seems that 15 percent of...

Date: 04/12/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Infighting now hurts Democrats later

The Democratic nominee for president will be running against a political novice who is widely despised, or a senator so unpopular that only two of his colleagues support him, or a governor far too moderate for his party's hard-line base, or someone else chosen at a bitterly contested...

Date: 04/10/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Harm comes in believing promises of Sanders, Trump and Cruz

Free trade agreements "have been disastrous" for America, the candidate said, and have sent jobs to Mexico and China. "I will stop it by renegotiating all of the trade agreements that we have."It sounded like just another threat from Donald Trump to...

Date: 04/10/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Prosecutors detail sex-abuse allegations against Hastert

CHICAGO — Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million to a person the former House speaker sexually abused when the victim was a 14-year-old wrestler on a team coached by Hastert, prosecutors said in a court filing that details allegations by five former students.

Date: 04/09/2016 | Nation & World

With Trump’s rise, donors hesitate to commit cash to GOP convention

WASHINGTON — With Donald Trump locked in a dogfight against much of the rest of the Republican Party, a lot of things are uncertain about the GOP’s convention in Cleveland in July.Here’s a big one: Who will pay for it?

Date: 04/09/2016 | Nation & World

Should abuses of free speech cause us to question that right?

Donald Trump tests the limits of campaign speech. He makes false statements and refuses to correct them. He attacks other religions and ethnic groups, inflaming domestic tension and foreign terrorist rage. He pledges to overhaul long-standing U.S. commitments in ways that frighten...

Date: 04/08/2016 | Opinion Columnists

GOP pick or not, Trump’s a loser this fall

The voters have spoken: Never Trump.Wisconsin Republicans sent the nation a clear message Tuesday night in the drubbing they dealt the bilious billionaire. Republicans, and Americans, are better than Donald Trump.The message goes well beyond the 13-point primary...

Date: 04/08/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Derailing Trump won’t stop the GOP’s train wreck

Yes, the big Wisconsin story is Ted Cruz's crushing 13-point victory. And yes, it greatly improves his chances of denying Donald Trump a first-ballot convention victory, which may turn out to be Trump's only path to the nomination.Nonetheless, the most stunning result of...

Date: 04/08/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Battle for McAuliffe's Senate seat heats up fast

The race to succeed retiring Democratic state Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe of Bothell got underway Thursday with the emergence of two Democratic candidates.

Date: 04/07/2016 | The Petri Dish

After 6 terms, Bothell Sen. McAuliffe says she won’t run again

BOTHELL — Veteran Democratic state Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe of Bothell announced Wednesday she will not seek re-election this year.

Date: 04/07/2016 | Local News

3 questions intended to challenge candidates to be honest

Six years ago Brian Baird walked away from Congress, resettled in Edmonds and refocused on family.But the moderate Democrat didn't stop thinking about the devolution of dialogue in that political...

Date: 04/06/2016 | The Petri Dish

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

Clean energy advances validate U.S. investment

So much of America's future is at stake in the 2016 presidential election. But let's focus for a moment on just one area — energy and the environment — where the Obama administration has made startling progress that could be reversed if either of the GOP front-runners...

Date: 04/07/2016 | Opinion Columnists

In Trump, Hogan scandals, women are merely anonymous sex objects

If you've been following Hulk Hogan's successful suit against Gawker or Donald Trump's rumble with a gossip writer, you may have come across some missing people. Both stories lean on "love" triangles in which one of the sides, the woman, is of so little consequence she's...

Date: 04/07/2016 | Opinion Columnists

No blows in Sanders’ pillow fight with Clinton

The 19th century had the Lincoln-Douglas debates. The 20th century brought Kennedy-Nixon. And now we have just experienced a forensic masterpiece to define our times: the Clinton-Sanders Debate Debate.This particular rhetorical showdown was not a back-and-forth about issues,...

Date: 04/06/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Ryan for president? Stranger things already happening

The spectacular strangeness of this presidential election may require a new display in Ripley's Odditorium of believe-it-or-nots.Among the exhibits, curators might place the History of Conventional Wisdom, wherein the page titled "Populists Never Win in America"...

Date: 04/06/2016 | Opinion Columnists

As bad as Trump's week was, he's far from finished

Not so fast, everybody. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, Wisconsin will not be the end of Donald Trump. It will not even be the beginning of the end. But it might be the end of the beginning.To be sure, Trump had a terrible, horrible, atrocious week. But imagine the...

Date: 04/05/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Trump brings out the bigot in some backers

In a Republican debate last month, Donald Trump was asked whether his claim that "Islam hates us" means all 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide hate the United States."I mean a lot of ‘em," Trump replied, as some in the crowd — Trump supporters,...

Date: 04/04/2016 | Opinion Columnists

What Trump could have said about abortion

Donald Trump is learning how hard it is to pretend to be something he's not.Case in point: Since deciding to run for president — and maybe before, but who knows? — Trump has insisted he is pro-life. America learned otherwise with his recent remarks that a woman...

Date: 04/03/2016 | 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

With Wisconsin vote looming, Trump checks in with RNC

As he tries to recover from a series of stumbles ahead of an important primary contest next week in Wisconsin, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump made a surprise appearance in Washington on Thursday and presented himself as the presumptive leader of his party.

Date: 04/01/2016 | Nation & World

Foreign policy and the Other Final Four

After dozens of contests featuring cliffhangers, buzzer- beaters and a ton of flagrant fouls, we're down to the Final Four: Sanders, Clinton, Cruz and Trump. (If Kasich pulls a miracle, he'll get his own column.) The world wants to know: What are their foreign policies?

Date: 04/01/2016 | Opinion Columnists

‘Dangerous Donald’ fits Trump to a T

Whatever else one may think about Donald Trump, he has a gift for labeling opponents.Jeb Bush? "Low energy."Ted Cruz? "Lyin' Ted." (Trump directs supporters to drop the "g.")Marco Rubio? "Liddle Marco."...

Date: 04/01/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Corporations taking a lead on civil rights

You can have your Coke with a smile today.On Monday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a conservative Republican, said he would veto a bill that would have legalized discrimination against gay people, responding to an outcry from corporate interests including Coca-Cola, Home Depot,...

Date: 03/31/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Trump may have a point on U.S. support of NATO, Saudis

It seems strange that so few of my fellow TV binge-watchers have submitted to the fascinating Norwegian political thriller, "Occupied." Friends, this is eight hours of your life you won't mind not getting back.In the story, an idealistic Norwegian prime minister...

Date: 03/31/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Sanders backers urge state's superdelegates to support him

Backers of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders aren't just fired up about taking on America's corporate titans.They're now targeting Washington's "superdelegates" with an aggressive online campaign to get them to pledge their delegate vote to Sanders...

Date: 03/30/2016 | Local News

GOP fertilized the ground for Trump's rise

Republicans deny their party is racist. Suppressing minority voting, they'd argue, for example, is just common sense.But if the party isn't, pretty much all American racists who vote will vote Republican, and they're stepping to Donald Trump like geese. To the KKK, neo-Nazis...

Date: 03/30/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Media didn’t ‘create’ Trump; his followers did

One of the more absurd things being said about the Donald Trump phenomenon is that the media created it. For the record, we didn't.First of all, there is no "we." The news media operate in what should be every conservative ideologue's dream environment: an...

Date: 03/29/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Legislative budget deal reached; session could end Tuesday

State House and Senate negotiators have reached a budget deal in Olympia that could pave the way for an end to a special session as soon as Tuesday night.

Date: 03/28/2016 | The Petri Dish

Wisconsin-based ‘Cheesehead Revolution’ challenged by Trump

MADISON, Wis. — A trio of Wisconsin Republicans looking to inject the party with their own youthful, aggressive brand of conservatism ushered in the “Cheesehead Revolution.” Their aim was to position the GOP for success in the 2016 presidential election.Then came Donald Trump.

Date: 03/28/2016 | Nation & World

Eating one’s words is a dish best served cold

Here's some food for thought. Or, rather, here are some thoughts for food.Six months ago, I made a reckless vow. With Donald Trump dominating in the polls, I said I'd eat a column — 18 column inches of toxic newsprint, wood-pulp, ink and all — if he won the...

Date: 03/28/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, gives birth to third child

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is a grandfather — again.

Date: 03/27/2016 | Nation & World

‘War on women’ charge now sticks, thanks to Trump

When a presidential election devolves into a hydrant-watering contest between leading contenders about the relative attractiveness of their respective wives, not only does America look ridiculous but we diminish our moral standing to denounce other cultures' marginalization of women.

Date: 03/27/2016 | Opinion Columnists

President Trump might follow path of Gov. Arnold

They're both iconic figures in American culture who are known by their first names. California's former governor is Arnold. The GOP presidential front-runner is The Donald. We Californians who lived through Arnold's two terms in the governor's office have watched The Donald's...

Date: 03/27/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Small hands? Be concerned about the size of Trump's intellect

Donald Trump's ignorance of government policy, both foreign and domestic, is breathtaking. The Republican Party is likely to nominate for president a man who appears to know next to nothing about the issues that would confront him in the job.Such a sweeping condemnation may...

Date: 03/27/2016 | Opinion Columnists

A landslide victory

Bernie Sanders wins state Democratic caucuses

Date: 03/26/2016 | Local News

Lawmakers talk of overriding governor's package of vetoes

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed 27 bills earlier this month when lawmakers didn't pass a budget in time to avoid special session.He didn't object to any of them but said he wanted to send a...

Date: 03/26/2016 | Local News

Ryan, as a GOP leader, doesn’t have the luxury of neutrality

Before House Speaker Paul Ryan's "Address on the State of American Politics" Wednesday, an aide went to the microphone to instruct the crowd."You don't have to save your applause to the end," said the aide, Caleb Smith. "If he says something you...

Date: 03/25/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Reaction to Belgium shows one candidate with right bearing

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to a small room — 135 attendees, not counting journalists — at Stanford University on Wednesday about the need for the United States' "nimble and far-reaching" response to the Islamic State group, "an...

Date: 03/25/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Jeb Bush endorses Ted Cruz

WASHINGTON — Former Florida governor Jeb Bush endorsed Ted Cruz for president Wednesday, the latest sign that the Texas senator is eagerly seeking to unite Republican Party leaders behind his campaign in an attempt to stop Donald Trump.

Date: 03/24/2016 | Nation & World

Inslee walking a charter school tightrope

Gov. Inslee was hanging out with his pals from the Washington Education Association on Saturday morning when the subject of charter schools came up.Inslee, who had come confident of

Date: 03/24/2016 | The Petri Dish

Ryan slams ‘ugliness’ in politics amid Trump-driven chaos

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday decried ugliness and divisiveness in American politics, delivering a veiled but passionate rebuke to GOP front-runner Donald Trump and the nasty tone of the presidential race.

Date: 03/23/2016 | Nation & World

Republicans will be asked: What did you do to stop Trump?

Now that Donald Trump has spoken before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobbying group, Americans have learned the following:Trump can read a teleprompter; he finally got someone to write him a decent speech, which he was able to deliver...

Date: 03/23/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Cruz and Trump: Boost surveillance of Muslims after Brussels

NEW YORK — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said Tuesday that surveillance in Muslim neighborhoods in the U.S. must be intensified following the deadly bombings at Brussels, while rival Donald Trump suggested torturing a suspect in last year’s Paris attacks would...

Date: 03/22/2016 | Nation & World

Clinton campaigns in Everett

Presidential candidate pledges pursuit of jobs creation

Date: 03/22/2016 | Local News

Lawmakers may return to Olympia this week to end special session

While there’s no budget deal that would bring about the conclusion of the legislative special session, some lawmakers are anticipating one early this week.

Date: 03/21/2016 | The Petri Dish

Trump’s personal investment in campaign climbs to nearly $25 million

Donald Trump put $6.9 million more of his personal money into his presidential campaign in February, significantly increasing his investment as he began racking up wins in the Republican presidential primary contest, new filings show.

Date: 03/20/2016 | Nation & World

Trump to have an off-the-record conclave with top Republicans

Donald Trump will host a group of nearly two dozen influential Republicans on Monday afternoon for an off-the-record gathering that his allies hope will improve his relationship with the congressional GOP and the party’s Washington establishment, according to two attendees.

Date: 03/20/2016 | Nation & World

The center-left holds

Viewpoints: Court pick adds to Obama's moderate legacy

Date: 03/20/2016 | Commentary

GOP is incapable of stopping Trump

We can no longer pretend this isn't happening. Donald Trump will very likely be the Republican nominee for president, and there is a nonzero chance he could win in November.Trump won at least four of the primary contests Tuesday, including winner-take-all Florida. If you...

Date: 03/20/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Shared blame for campaign’s air of menace

By international and historical standards, political violence is exceedingly rare in the United States. The last serious outburst was 1968 with its bloody Democratic-convention riots. By that standard, 2016 is, as yet, tame. It may not remain so.The political thuggery that...

Date: 03/18/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Rubio should have used themes of his farewell speech earlier

WEST MIAMI, Fla. — It was not supposed to end like this for Marco Rubio.Eleven months ago, he launched his presidential campaign in front of Miami's Freedom Tower, the Ellis Island for his and other Cuban families. In his rapid rise, young Rubio had been a darling of...

Date: 03/17/2016 | Opinion

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

Give the West its due by rotating the primaries

There's a not-insignificant part of the United States known as the West Coast. It includes such prominent states as California, Oregon and Washington.These states have yet to hold a single presidential primary or caucus. But at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, this...

Date: 03/17/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Donald Trump: Time to rally around me — or expect riots

WASHINGTON — After yet another round of convincing victories for Donald Trump, Republican leaders spent Wednesday wavering between grudging acceptance and deep denial about the businessman’s likely ascent to the GOP presidential nomination. An emboldened Trump warned that if the party tried to...

Date: 03/16/2016 | Nation & World

Loose ends in Olympia: Corrections scandal, state budget

OLYMPIA — Time to catch up on a couple pieces of unfinished business around here.Let’s begin with Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Date: 03/16/2016 | The Petri Dish

What O.J.'s lawyers and Trump understand about the media

Watching FX's "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" brings me back to the one day I spent in 1995 at Simpson's murder trial. I play that day over and over in my head. The prosecution had spent an inordinate amount of time asking the coroner about an...

Date: 03/16/2016 | Opinion Columnists

The view from the crowd at a Trump rally

BOCA RATON, Fla. — It was a festive afternoon at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater. Families rolled out blankets on the lawn beside a man-made lake. Vendors sold foot-long hot dogs. Organizers tossed T-shirts from the stage.Then, at nightfall, Donald Trump took the stage...

Date: 03/16/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Our concepts of patriotism can exclude many

Recent discussions with fellow Americans of right-wing persuasion have made me think the word "patriotism" ought to be banished like a Guatemalan child at our Southern border. Either that, or people who use it should be required simultaneously to define it. Even...

Date: 03/16/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Protests show widespread rejection of Trumpism

Desperate times call for desperate measures. The organized protest in Chicago that led Donald Trump to cancel a planned rally Friday may someday be remembered as the Dawn of the Resistance.Trump has fueled his campaign's rise with the angriest and most divisive political...

Date: 03/15/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Protests against Trump only play to his advantage

It's not easy to turn Donald Trump into an object of sympathy, but the hotheads disrupting his rallies are pulling it off. They may see their invasions as a brave effort to stop a frightening, divisive political force. But others — not just Trump followers — see privileged...

Date: 03/15/2016 | Opinion Columnists

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

The Cappys are back

We award lawmakers for their amazing achievements

Date: 03/13/2016 | Local News

What's an anti-Trump Republican to do?

Donald Trump's recent victories in the GOP primaries leave him in commanding position to be the party's presidential nominee. One problem: Many Republicans say they won't back Trump for president — but they're not going to vote for the Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton,...

Date: 03/13/2016 | Commentary

GOP can’t, so voters will have to stop Trump

We the people are going to have to save ourselves from Donald Trump, because politicians don't seem up to the task.For the big-haired billionaire it was another week, another romp. In winning three of the four states up for grabs Tuesday, Trump demonstrated once again the...

Date: 03/13/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Trust your instincts; Trump is as bad as you thought

As Donald Trump continues to surge forward as the most-likely Republican nominee, perfectly sane people are beginning to wonder: "Was there something we missed? Maybe he's not really so bad?"Shed that self-doubt and purge the thought. You're not wrong — and...

Date: 03/13/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Anger is legitimate but misdirected

Good countries can sometimes go bad. Donald Trump's supporters implicitly make this argument when they proclaim "Make America Great Again." And so do those who loathe Trump and see in him a dangerous populist response to the anger of frustrated middle-class voters.

Date: 03/13/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Sharing in the pain of state budget inaction

For many of us, childhood paddlings were preceded by a parent's assurance that "this is going to hurt me more than it does you."We weren't always convinced, but there may be some actual shared pain in Gov. Jay Inslee's decision to make good on his threat to veto...

Date: 03/13/2016 | Editorials

Senate Republicans release budget, Democrats disappointed

OLYMPIA — Senate Republicans on Friday released their latest supplemental budget proposal as lawmakers started their first full day of an overtime legislative session.

Date: 03/11/2016 | Local News

Some skepticism, please, regarding pollsters and pundits

When the dust settled after Tuesday's Democratic primaries, Hillary Clinton expanded her commanding lead over Bernie Sanders by 18 delegates. This was the political bottom line, but it wasn't the story, was it?The story was that by confounding pollster expectations that...

Date: 03/11/2016 | Opinion Columnists

GOP has only itself to blame for Trump, not the media

For nine months, Republican leaders refused to take on Donald Trump when it would have done some good. Now that it may be too late, they're blaming their own failures on the media."The media's pumping him up," Marco Rubio complained. The Republican presidential...

Date: 03/10/2016 | Opinion Columnists

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