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Clinton isn’t crooked; she’s hunkered down

The report on Hillary Clinton's email by the State Department's inspector general last week was devastating — not because of how she handled email but because of how she handled investigators.The report's revelations weren't particularly revelatory: Clinton violated...

Date: 05/29/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Getting through next six months

When your hearing gets fuzzy so you hear the word "peanuts" as "penis," it's time to stop in at the hearing-aid shop, lest one day you go to the ballgame and get arrested for indecent exposure. A reasonable man will do this. A man who prefers to live by what he...

Date: 05/29/2016 | Commentary

Origin of key Clinton emails from report are a mystery

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was supposed to have turned over all work-related emails to the State Department to be released to the public. But an agency audit found at least three emails never seen before — including Clinton’s own explanation of why she wanted her...

Date: 05/27/2016 | Nation & World

Polls showing Donald Trump catching up with Hillary Clinton: Really?

WASHINGTON — A raft of polls in recent days has shown a sharply tighter presidential race, with Hillary Clinton's lead over Donald Trump shrinking to just a couple of points. Those polls have generated a lot of questions: Just how reliable is polling this far in advance of an...

Date: 05/27/2016 | Nation & World

Ryan’s choice on Trump could determine GOP’s future

On Tuesday night, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump disparaged New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, probably the most prominent Hispanic Republican officeholder in America, saying at a rally in Albuquerque that she has a bad record and "she's got to do a better...

Date: 05/27/2016 | Opinion Columnists

As the campaign nears end, Sanders talks about his mission

Sen. Bernie Sanders sat down with Los Angeles Times reporter Kate Linthicum for a brief interview Wednesday night before his rally in Lancaster, Calif. This transcript of the questions and answers has been lightly edited for clarity.

Date: 05/26/2016 | Nation & World

Reaganomics band gets back together to advise Trump on tax plan

Donald Trump the real estate developer owes much of his fame to the 1980s. Now Donald Trump the presidential candidate is going back to that decade to call on President Ronald Reagan’s economic team.

Date: 05/26/2016 | Business Wire

Trump reaches the magic number to clinch nomination

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president Thursday, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and set the stage for a bitter fall campaign.

Date: 05/26/2016 | Nation & World

In digging up Foster rumors, Trump buries the truth

If Donald Trump prefers combatants who aren't captured, as he once mocked John McCain, he apparently doesn't believe in taking prisoners, either.The exception to the rule is obviously truth. But then, veracity is no hindrance to the conspiracy-minded.Now, Trump...

Date: 05/26/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton email use broke federal rules: inspector's report

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton and her team ignored clear guidance from the State Department that her email setup broke federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers, a department audit has found. Her aides twice brushed aside concerns, in one case...

Date: 05/25/2016 | Nation & World

Anti-Trump protests turn violent outside New Mexico rally

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In one of the presidential campaign year’s more grisly spectacles, protesters in New Mexico opposing Donald Trump’s candidacy threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, injuring several, and toppled trash cans and barricades.

Date: 05/25/2016 | Nation & World

Trump, Clinton maintaining leads after Washington primary

OLYMPIA — Republican Donald Trump continued his march toward the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday with a convincing victory in Washington's presidential primary.Meanwhile, Democratic...

Date: 05/25/2016 | Local News

Donald Trump for president? Are you serious?

So, let me get this straight: Donald Trump now says his ban on Muslims was "just a suggestion." Then, having eschewed big-donor money, he accepts a hundred million bucks from Sheldon Adelson, "proud" of his support. He'll eliminate gun-free zones; his...

Date: 05/25/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Would Trump's taxes crown him 'welfare king'?

A generation after Ronald Reagan denounced the "welfare queen," the Grand Old Party is evidently on the verge of nominating its first welfare king.Four years ago last week, the party's 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, famously wrote off the 47 percent of...

Date: 05/25/2016 | Opinion Columnists

A dying request: ‘Please don’t vote for ...’

The wild and crazy 2016 presidential race has expanded to a new territory: obituaries.It typically goes something like this: In lieu of flowers, the deceased asks that mourners not vote for Donald Trump. Or for Hillary Clinton. It's shown up in newspapers in...

Date: 05/24/2016 | Whats Up With That?

Sanders campaign requests Kentucky vote recanvass

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign requested a recanvass in Kentucky’s presidential primary Tuesday, where he trails Hillary Clinton by less than one-half of 1 percent of the vote.

Date: 05/24/2016 | Nation & World

Delegate math: How Clinton wraps up nomination by June 7

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton is closing in fast on the Democratic presidential nomination.After losing three of four state contests in May, Clinton has maintained a lead over Bernie Sanders of 271 pledged delegates won in primaries and caucuses.

Date: 05/24/2016 | Nation & World

Sanders picks pro-Palestinian activist for Democratic platform committee

Sen. Bernie Sanders has been given highly unusual say over the drafting of the Democratic Party platform this year even if, as expected, he loses the primary contest to Hillary Clinton.

Date: 05/24/2016 | Nation & World

Candidates should reconsider trade deal

Among the many unfortunate aspects of the 2016 presidential campaign has been the bashing of "trade deals" by candidates across the political spectrum, including those who should know better, like the Democratic front-runner, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

Date: 05/24/2016 | Commentary

Sanders bank plans too vague to succeed

On Wednesday, Bernie Sanders had lunch at the Chieftain, a cozy pub near the San Francisco Chronicle. In days gone by, it served as a lunch spot for parched journalists. Earlier, Sanders had addressed a rally in San Jose; he had another scheduled in Vallejo, California, that night. When...

Date: 05/24/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Presidential primary ballots due Tuesday

OLYMPIA — Voting in the state’s presidential primary concludes Tuesday and the results could push Donald Trump closer to becoming the Republican Party presidential nominee.But it won’t put him over the top.

Date: 05/23/2016 | Local News

Washington’s presidential primary only counts for the GOP

OLYMPIA — More than a million voters have already sent in their ballots for Washington state’s presidential primary, even though the results will only be used to allocate Republican delegates to this summer’s Republican National Convention.

Date: 05/23/2016 | Northwest

Hillary Clinton could topple Obama’s record for revving gun sales

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has struggled with her party’s liberal base during the primary season, as Sen. Bernie Sanders and his supporters insist she’s too cozy with Wall Street, resent her 2002 vote to invade Iraq, and criticize the overlap between her family...

Date: 05/23/2016 | Nation & World

Sanders to have major input on Democratic Party platform

Sen. Bernie Sanders will get highly unusual say over the drafting of the Democratic Party platform this year even if, as expected, he loses the primary contest to Hillary Clinton.

Date: 05/23/2016 | Nation & World

Lesser of two evils remains a better choice

On rare occasions, Americans coalesce around a common cause, usually following some calamity — a terrorist attack, a natural disaster or, say, during a presidential election.Take today. Or rather, take the past several months during which Americans have begun to face...

Date: 05/23/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Trump as fickle on policy as he is with women

Just how gullible does Donald Trump suppose the American voter is?The billionaire showman has been the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for only a couple of weeks, yet his general election strategy is already becoming clear: hope for a mass nationwide outbreak of...

Date: 05/22/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Sanders’ backers risk President Trump

Bernie Sanders is playing a dangerous game. If he and his campaign continue their scorched-earth attacks against the Democratic Party, they will succeed only in one thing: electing Donald Trump as president.I say this as someone who shares much of Sanders' political...

Date: 05/22/2016 | Opinion Columnists

For best results, don’t waste money on Trump or Clinton

Have some money you want to donate, with the goal of bringing about political change? Whatever you do, don't give it to Hillary Clinton. Or Donald Trump. It isn't that there's anything particularly wrong with either candidate. It's that money donated to presidential general election...

Date: 05/22/2016 | Commentary

GOP convention wraps up with delegate election

PASCO — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Chris Vance told the state Republican Party convention on Saturday that it is time to oust Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray after four terms.

Date: 05/21/2016 | Northwest

A President Trump could trump his club’s fight over planes

PALM BEACH, Fla. — There are many questions about what Donald Trump would do if elected president, so let’s add another: Would he ban planes leaving Palm Beach International Airport from flying over his prized Mar-a-Lago Club?

Date: 05/20/2016 | Nation & World

Bernie’s apology raises issues of self-pity, white privilege

In a statement on the Nevada rampage by some of his supporters, Bernie Sanders said a remarkable thing. He said, "Our campaign has held giant rallies all across this country, including in high-crime areas, and there have been zero reports of violence."Who lives...

Date: 05/20/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton needs Sanders to fight shrewd Trump

Among the abundant ironies of this election cycle, there is this: We are now in the eighth year of the most liberal administration since Lyndon Johnson's. The primary elections reveal a national mood of anxiety, apprehension and anger, in turn reflecting stagnation at home and failure...

Date: 05/20/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Bernie Bros giving Democrats a taste of GOP’s turmoil

If Donald Trump supporters had booed a Republican senator at a state convention over the weekend, if they threw chairs because they did not like a delegate count, if Trump's goons published a state party vice chairwoman's private phone number — which unleashed a torrent of...

Date: 05/20/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Cathy McMorris Rodgers backs Trump, isolating Paul Ryan

WASHINGTON — Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, announced her support for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign late Wednesday, leaving House Speaker Paul D. Ryan as the last major GOP leader on Capitol Hill not to back Trump.

Date: 05/19/2016 | Nation & World

Sanders’ fight now against his adopted party

Let's examine what Bernie Sanders supporters did in his name this past weekend.As the Nevada Democratic convention voted to award a majority of delegates to Hillary Clinton — an accurate reflection of her victory in the state's February caucuses — Sanders backers...

Date: 05/19/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Trump’s Supreme Court picks include ‘the people that you want’

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has released a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices he plans to vet to fill the seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Date: 05/18/2016 | Nation & World

Washington state GOP convention opens in Pasco

SPOKANE — With Donald Trump emerging as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, a little of the drama has been removed from the state GOP convention that opened in Pasco on Wednesday.

Date: 05/18/2016 | Northwest

Trump comes to financial rescue for Christie, state GOP

TRENTON, N.J. — Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump is helping dig former rival Chris Christie and the New Jersey Republican Party out of big debt they incurred from the George Washington Bridge scandal and the governor’s presidential campaign.

Date: 05/18/2016 | Nation & World

Admitting to errors might do Hillary some good

You could say that it all depends on how you define "lie." Or, perhaps, that it's hell to have a public record.Either way, Hillary Clinton's vast resume of, shall we say, inconsistencies, is the dog that caught the car and won't let go. A viral video collection...

Date: 05/18/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Trump ramping up national team to expand battleground states

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump is moving quickly to install political operatives in more than a dozen states, targeting Maine and Minnesota among others that traditionally favor Democrats, as the Republican White House contender lays the groundwork for an expanded electoral battlefield.

Date: 05/17/2016 | Nation & World

Superdelegates could close the deal for Clinton, but won’t

Jason Rae learned about the pressures of being a superdelegate in 2008. Back then, he was just a 21-year-old junior in college-the youngest elected member of the Democratic National Committee-and strangers would corner him in public to berate him about his decision to back Barack Obama over Hillary...

Date: 05/17/2016 | Nation & World

Upheaval in Nevada raises concerns over Democratic unity

LAS VEGAS — As Oregon and Kentucky queue up to vote in the Democratic presidential nominating contest, the pall of a divisive state party convention in Nevada hangs over the race.

Date: 05/17/2016 | Nation & World

Hillary Clinton says Bill’s job will be ‘fixing the economy’

COVINGTON, Ky. — Hillary Clinton has already made it pretty clear that her husband, former president Bill Clinton, is unlikely to spend his days in the White House picking out the china during her potential administration.

Date: 05/17/2016 | Nation & World

Forced to choose party, many skip presidential primary

EVERETT — As hundreds of thousands of voters cast ballots in the May 24 presidential primary, many are sitting it out because they will not declare allegiance to the Democratic or Republican parties in order...

Date: 05/17/2016 | Local News

There’s much to learn from Trump’s taxes

Besides his usual brazenness, something unsettling lurks behind Donald Trump's latest statement that — unlike every other nominee in modern times — he will not make public his tax returns before the November election. "There's nothing to learn from them," he told...

Date: 05/17/2016 | Commentary

Trump’s minor cons matter because of job he seeks

Donald Trump's opponents in the primaries were right to call him a con artist, a narcissist and a pathological liar. Just ask "John Miller."That's one of the names Trump used with journalists to burnish his status as a bold-faced Manhattan celebrity; he also...

Date: 05/17/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Vermont college that Bernie Sanders’ wife once led is closing

Burlington College, a small Vermont private school once led by the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, said Monday it will close later this month, citing “the crushing weight” of debt incurred during her presidency.

Date: 05/16/2016 | Nation & World

Bernie Sanders visits Puerto Rico amid debt crisis

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders warned of a humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico Monday, calling on the U.S. government to support a debt restructure in the territory.

Date: 05/16/2016 | Nation & World

Hillary Clinton plans to pin down Donald Trump on policy

WASHINGTON — As Hillary Clinton’s campaign focuses its attacks on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, she faces the challenge of pinning down someone who rapidly shifts positions on issues, sometimes within a single day.

Date: 05/16/2016 | Nation & World

Trump worries GOP, says he’ll win because of his personality

ATLANTA — Donald Trump says he plans to win the White House largely on the strength of his personality, brushing off the need for a heavy investment in what he calls the “overrated” use of data to shape campaign strategy and get out the vote.

Date: 05/16/2016 | Nation & World

Trump predicts relationship with David Cameron could be rocky

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hit back against criticism from British Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Sadiq Khan in a British TV interview broadcast Monday, issuing sharp broadsides against leading political figures in one of the United States’ closest...

Date: 05/16/2016 | Nation & World

Ryan, others will bow to Trump’s base

Save us all the faux drama. We already know how this star-crossed courtship is going to end: House Speaker Paul Ryan will decide that Donald Trump isn't such an ogre after all, and they'll live unhappily ever after.Ryan will be unhappy, at least. Trump has stolen his party,...

Date: 05/15/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Newspaper more palatable than Trump’s words

My alimentary canal got a lot of traffic this week."Inside Edition," People magazine, ABC News, CNN, National Public Radio and broadcasters from Japan, Germany, Spain and Britain, among others, all took interest in me making good on my pledge to eat an entire...

Date: 05/15/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Battleground state registration gives Democrats early edge

CHICAGO — Democrats hold a registration advantage over Republicans in four of seven battleground states likely to play a central role in the presidential election, even as Republicans and independents have made gains.

Date: 05/13/2016 | Nation & World

Trump can thank Palin for birthing his campaign

"I know Russia well. I had a major event in Russia two or three years ago, Miss Universe contest." — Donald Trump "You can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska." — Sarah...

Date: 05/13/2016 | Opinion Columnists

What if Bernie had gone after Clinton’s ‘damn emails’?

Of course I had to ask Sen. Bernie Sanders about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email account when he came to a San Francisco Chronicle editorial board meeting Tuesday. When Sanders famously offered that he didn't want to hear about those "damn...

Date: 05/13/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Trump, Ryan pledge to work together; endorsement may come

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan pledged to work together despite their differences after a meeting Thursday aimed unifying a party torn over Trump's rise to the cusp of the Republican presidential nomination. The speaker stopped short of a full-throated...

Date: 05/12/2016 | Nation & World

Defiant Trump brushes off GOP critics on eve of Ryan meeting

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump brushed off his Capitol Hill critics on Wednesday, declaring he doesn’t need House Speaker Paul Ryan or other leery Republican leaders, even as he prepared to sit down with them. His defiant message came amid new signs that he might be right, with GOP voters becoming more...

Date: 05/11/2016 | Nation & World

Trump candidacy sparks surge in Latino citizenship applications

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is spurring a record number of citizenship applications and increases in voter registration among Latinos upset by the candidate’s rhetoric and fearful of his plans to crack down on immigration.

Date: 05/11/2016 | Nation & World

GOP shows range of responses, and nonresponses, to Trump

There must be 50 ways to leave your leader.Some slip out the back."In this election, I do not support either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton," said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Florida).Some are making new plans."I cannot...

Date: 05/11/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Hecklers and disrupters doing Trump a favor

I hate it when any people, but especially "liberals," disrupt speakers by trying to shout them down. I hate it as much as hearing the nominee of a formerly respectable party call on audiences to rough those disrupters up, or saying he'd like to punch them in the...

Date: 05/11/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Sanders takes stage in Salem as Oregon primary nears

SALEM, Ore. — Forging ahead with momentum from two wins in the past week, Bernie Sanders zeroed in on Oregon’s May 17 primary with a rally in the state’s capitol city of Salem on Tuesday evening before several thousand devoted supporters.

Date: 05/10/2016 | Northwest

Poll: Two-thirds of Trump backers think Obama is Muslim

CQ-Roll CallWASHINGTON - Two-thirds of voters with a favorable opinion of Donald Trump believe President Barack Obama is a Muslim, and a quarter of them believe that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was murdered, a poll released Tuesday shows.

Date: 05/10/2016 | Nation & World

Will Ted Cruz jump back into GOP presidential race?

WASHINGTON — Ted Cruz returns?The Texas senator told Glenn Beck that he may jump back into the GOP presidential race as discomfort over Donald Trump’s presumed nomination roils the party.

Date: 05/10/2016 | Nation & World

Ryan says he would step down as convention chair if Trump asks

JANESVILLE, Wis. — House Speaker Paul Ryan said Monday that if Donald Trump wants him to step down as a co-chairman of the GOP convention, he will respect his wishes.

Date: 05/10/2016 | Nation & World

Options dwindling, Sanders says race isn’t over

DES MOINES, Iowa — For Bernie and Jane Sanders, the revolution continues, despite the odds.

Date: 05/10/2016 | Nation & World

Amid alarm, Trump tries to clarify economic proposals

Donald Trump struggled Monday to quash a firefight over a series of confusing and alarming statements he made about his economic policies, which have prompted some leading experts to warn he could crash the U.S. economy.

Date: 05/10/2016 | Nation & World

No need to debate Trump; he does that all on his own

How do you nail a blob of mercury to the wall? That's a problem the Democratic nominee — likely Hillary Clinton — will have to solve in running against Donald Trump, most of whose positions on major issues are, shall we say, elusive.I say "most"...

Date: 05/10/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Bernie and his supporters can still tout ideas

Bernie Sanders is almost certainly not going to be the Democratic nominee. Though he retains a devoted following, the crowds, the attention and the money are no longer what they were — death for a campaign built on momentum. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, holds a virtually...

Date: 05/10/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Trump chooses Chris Christie to lead transition to White House

TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to endorse Donald Trump back in February brought him plenty of derision at the time. But it’s bringing rewards now that it’s clear he bet on the winner.

Date: 05/09/2016 | Nation & World

Sanders’ next fight: A more liberal Democratic platform

WASHINGTON — With his prospects of becoming the Democratic nominee for president fading, Bernie Sanders is pushing hard for what he thinks is the next best thing: the party platform.

Date: 05/09/2016 | Nation & World

Clinton should rebut Trump’s isolationism

By questioning the fundamentals of America's global role, Donald Trump has given Hillary Clinton a chance to lift her game — by explaining why continued international engagement is in America's interest and the world's.If Clinton can't counter Trump's "America...

Date: 05/09/2016 | Opinion Columnists

For some in GOP, Trump-Clinton matchup is ‘nightmare’ choice

OREM, Utah — As the setting sun flooded a meeting of Utah County Republicans, Melanie Sorensen described her concerns about her party’s presumptive presidential nominee.

Date: 05/08/2016 | Nation & World

Eating the elephant

Viewpoints: How deep will Trump's bite on GOP be felt?

Date: 05/08/2016 | Commentary

Turn out lights; the Grand Old Party’s over

It wasn't precisely an act of moral courage, but House Speaker Paul Ryan's comment that he's not ready to support presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump was at least ... something.Whether it's a start or a finish remains to be revealed, but it would seem that we're...

Date: 05/08/2016 | Opinion Columnists

GOP’s choice is to resist or collaborate

The Republican Party this week is like fifth-century Rome must have been after the Visigoths stormed the city's gates. Anarchy and confusion reign, there is the sound of anguished wailing, and political leaders are making an urgent calculation: Resistance or collaboration?

Date: 05/08/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Most party leaders deaf to Trump’s vulgarities

"I won't use foul language. I'm just not going to do it. ... I'll never do it again, actually." — Donald Trump in February "The guy's a pain in the ass." — Donald Trump at a rally last...

Date: 05/08/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton’s super delegates risk alienating Sanders’ voters

After 60 years on this planet and 42 years as a voter and an active supporter of the Democratic Party, I am appalled, disgusted and disappointed by the arrogant behavior of our elected Democratic officials and party "elite" in their actions as super delegates. In...

Date: 05/08/2016 | Commentary

Late date fades state's primary colors

Republican voters in Washington state were just days away from having more than one candidate in the race when they go to mark their ballots for the state's May 24 presidential primary.Following Tuesday's Indiana primary win by Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz suspended his...

Date: 05/08/2016 | Editorials

Trump brings his campaign to liberal Oregon college town

EUGENE, Ore. — Protesters in a liberal university town shouted "Dump Trump" and argued with supporters of the billionaire businessman as the likely Republican presidential nominee brought his divisive, but popular, campaign to an Oregon rally Friday.

Date: 05/06/2016 | Northwest

Inslee denounces Trump ahead of rallies in Washington

SEATTLE — A day before presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump’s scheduled campaign stops in Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee joined U.S. Rep Adam Smith and community leaders to denounce the candidate’s rhetoric as dangerous for women and minorities.

Date: 05/06/2016 | Northwest

Obama on Trump: ‘This is not entertainment. This is not a reality show.’

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday warned that presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is not fit for the nation’s highest office, saying that “this is not a reality show.”

Date: 05/06/2016 | Nation & World

Trump doesn’t totally support giving federal lands to states

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Donald Trump’s apparent lock on the Republican presidential nomination means advocates of large-scale transfers of federal lands to states in the West likely won’t find support in the White House regardless of who wins election this November.

Date: 05/06/2016 | Northwest

Trump tells W. Virginians not to vote in primary, changes mind

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Well, here’s something that’s probably going to come up at the next meeting between top Republican officials and Donald Trump, their presumptive nominee.

Date: 05/06/2016 | Nation & World

Sanders wants supporters represented at party convention

LOS ANGELES — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders threatened a floor fight over rules and platform planks at the party’s summer convention on Friday, warning the Democratic National Committee not to stack the convention’s standing committees with supporters of Hillary Clinton.

Date: 05/06/2016 | Nation & World

Eating one’s words as haute queasy cuisine

The tweets and emails started immediately after Donald Trump's victory Tuesday night:"You've got a promise to keep, bub.""Get ready to eat it.""EAT IT!!!"To them, I say: Con gusto.Seven...

Date: 05/06/2016 | Opinion Columnists

With GOP race over, decision hasn’t gotten any easier

When Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas announced Tuesday night, after losing Indiana, that he was suspending his presidential primary campaign, it was not a fatal blow to the stop-Trump movement. Many Republicans who oppose Donald Trump — because he's a self-serving, unreliable conservative...

Date: 05/06/2016 | Opinion Columnists

In Trump, a puzzling hero for GOP voters

What lies behind Donald Trump's nomination victory? Received wisdom among conservatives is that he, the outsider, sensed, marshaled and came to represent a massive revolt of the Republican rank and file against the "establishment."This is the narrative: GOP...

Date: 05/06/2016 | Opinion Columnists

At least Trump has spared us from Cruz the Culture Warrior

Days before the Indiana primary, Ted Cruz paraded his two young daughters in matching pink dresses and spoke darkly of "putting little girls alone in a bathroom with grown men."This was a visual that, frankly, we could have done without. Thankfully, Donald Trump...

Date: 05/06/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Your vote could waste a perfectly good ballot

In our latest poll at, we asked whether you’ll vote in Washington’s...

Date: 05/06/2016 | Web Monkey

Trump to hold rallies in Spokane, Lynden on Saturday

SEATTLE — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s Washington state campaign team says he will visit the state Saturday for two public rallies before the state’s primary election May 24.The Seattle Times reported that Trump will hold rallies in Spokane and Lynden.

Date: 05/05/2016 | Northwest

Republican Senate candidate says he won’t vote for Trump

OLYMPIA — The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Washington state said Thursday that he does not support Donald Trump as his party’s presumed presidential nominee, and won’t vote for president in November unless a conservative third-party alternative comes...

Date: 05/05/2016 | Northwest

Frustration boils over for Sanders’ supporters

With all the attention given the heated contest for the Republican Party presidential nomination, it’s easy to forget the battle to become the Democratic nominee isn’t over.

Date: 05/05/2016 | The Petri Dish

Trump’s part in hate crimes against Muslims

My neighborhood of Chevy Chase is a leafy and peaceful slice of Northwest Washington, D.C. But this week, the news here is of a woman assaulted outside the local Starbucks by a Donald Trump supporter, she says, for the sin of being Muslim.Police on Monday released...

Date: 05/05/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Carly stumbled but Cruz is who fell hardest

When Shakespeare wrote the "truth will out," he must have had Ted Cruz in mind.Cruz's truth — or his true self — has been leaking by steady drips ever since he began his candidacy, which was at approximately 12:10 p.m. on Jan. 3, 2013, when Cruz was...

Date: 05/05/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Judge: Clinton may be ordered to testify in records case

WASHINGTON — A federal judge said Wednesday he may order Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton to testify under oath about whether she used a private email server as secretary of state to evade public records disclosures.

Date: 05/04/2016 | Nation & World

Kasich ends White House bid; clears Trump’s path

CONCORD, N.H. — The last man standing in Donald Trump’s path to the Republican nomination, Ohio Gov. John Kasich will end his campaign Wednesday, making Trump the party’s presumptive nominee.

Date: 05/04/2016 | Nation & World

Clinton exploring how to win over Republicans

ATHENS, Ohio — With Donald Trump all but clinching the Republican nomination for president, Hillary Clinton is beginning to explore ways to woo Republicans turned off by the brash billionaire.

Date: 05/04/2016 | Nation & World

Anti-Trump Republicans have right to be angry, too

Cable news pundits often warn that Republicans have to respect the righteous anger of Donald Trump supporters. They forget the other angry Republican voters — the many folks I saw at California's Republican convention in Burlingame over the weekend who have been loyal...

Date: 05/04/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Fiorina singing a different tune for Cruz now

Carly, we hardly knew ye.A week ago, Carly Fiorina was in a good position to enjoy the sheen of respectability she had acquired. The former Hewlett-Packard chief had run a solid presidential campaign and established herself as an adroit debater who could cut Donald Trump...

Date: 05/04/2016 | Opinion Columnists

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