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Congress passes overhaul of sexual harassment policies

Congress approved an overhaul Thursday of its process for handling sexual harassment claims, capping a tumultuous year that saw more than a half-dozen lawmakers resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

Hints of Democratic agenda as Google CEO testifies

Google CEO Sundar Pichai – and other tech executives who may be watching – got hints Tuesday of what issues they can expect to face as Democrats take control of …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 8:01 p.m.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers small-business bill gets Senate OK, heads to President Trump’s desk

The law seeks to incentivize more private investment in small businesses outside of economic centers like New York and Los Angeles. It passed through both chambers of Congress with little …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 12, 2018, 11:25 a.m.

Congress OKs bill to allow killing sea lions to help salmon

Congress has agreed to make it easier to kill sea lions threatening fragile runs of salmon in the Northwest.


Lawmakers wary of Trump’s threat to cancel NAFTA

Lawmakers in both parties appear wary of President Donald Trump’s threat to pull the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement, an apparent move to pressure a reluctant …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018, 10:01 p.m.

Trump: Congress can choose USMCA or nothing

President Donald Trump says he will shortly be providing formal notice to Congress that he will terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement, giving lawmakers six months to approve the …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 9:26 p.m.

Trump’s ex-lawyer admits lies about Russian real estate deal

President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, confessed in a surprise guilty plea Thursday that he lied to Congress about a Moscow real estate deal he pursued on Trump’s behalf …


GOP cancels votes on judges amid standoff over Mueller bill

The Senate Judiciary Committee has canceled a Thursday vote on more than 20 federal judge nominations amid a standoff between Republican Sen. Jeff Flake and GOP leaders over legislation to …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 8:58 p.m.

House of Representatives votes to delist gray wolves, bill’s future uncertain in Senate

The House of Representatives voted 196-180 on Friday to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48. The legislation will next head to the Senate.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 11:05 a.m.

House of Representatives votes to delist gray wolves

The House of Representatives will vote Friday on whether to delist gray wolves in the contiguous United States.


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on working in the minority, leadership of her party and specter of impeachment

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers spoke Wednesday about the prospects in a House of Representatives led by Democrats for the first time since 2011. She said there were no grounds for …


Analysis: Why ‘a real race’ in Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown contest offered familiar November result

Democrats said they couldn’t match the fervor from energized Republicans in Eastern Washington that led to a comfortable GOP win in the district, despite rumors of a “blue wave.” Republicans …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:39 p.m.

Simpson wins 11th term in House; Fulcher wins 1st District

BOISE – Republican Congressman Mike Simpson has won an 11th term representing Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District. And the GOP’s Russ Fulcher has won Idaho’s 1st Congressional District, defeating Democrat Cristina …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:18 p.m.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers wins eighth term with decisive victory over Democrat Lisa Brown

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown have been battling unofficially for more than a year in one of several contests nationwide that Democrats hope will shift control of Congress.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 4, 2018, 10:10 p.m.

Campaign sign theft, vandalism reach new levels in 5th District race

Theft and defacement of campaign signs may be at an all-time high in the 5th Congressional District.


100 years ago in Spokane: Republicans decry re-election of congressman who opposed war

President Woodrow Wilson asked voters to elect a Democratic Congress, but Spokane’s Republicans had a particularly critical response to that, since it would mean re-electing a “disloyal man” and a …


Women, minorities overwhelmingly want a Democratic Congress, poll finds

A new poll shows just how important turnout among certain groups of voters will be in determining whether Democrats take control of Congress after the midterm elections or if Republicans …


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown scheduled to appear at two debates in Spokane this week

A televised debate will air Wednesday night live from the Fox Theater in downtown Spokane beginning at 7 p.m. on KXLY-TV. A second debate will take place the following afternoon …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018, 9:51 a.m.

Lisa Brown raises more campaign cash than Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in latest reports

Democrat Lisa Brown reported taking in $2.2 million in a feverish two months of campaigning following her second-place finish in August’s blanket primary. Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers added $1.4 million …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 10, 2018, 4 p.m.

From Kettle Falls to the Capitol, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers used conservative bona fides to rise through ranks

After being appointed to the state House of Representatives by the slimmest of margins in 1994, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has carved out a long legislative career in Eastern Washington.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 4:31 p.m.

Popular federal fund used to purchase, develop Spokane recreation areas quietly expires

Overshadowed by a relentless news cycle, a popular federal program that helped purchase and develop land in the Spokane area expired Sunday.


Congress takes aim at shrinking seats, legroom on airplanes

The Federal Aviation Administration would be required to set new minimum requirements for seats on airplanes under legislation to be considered in the House this week, possibly giving passengers a …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 10:10 a.m.

Control of Congress also at stake in state legislative races

Democrats looking to regain a foothold in state capitols largely led by Republicans had anticipated flipping control of up to a dozen legislative chambers during the last presidential election. It …


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown lay out health care philosophies at Spokane conference

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said the role of the federal government is to increase choice and competitiveness in the U.S. health care market, while Democrat Lisa Brown urged a push …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 7:52 p.m.

Congress passes spending deal, bids to avert gov’t shutdown

Moving to head off a government shutdown that neither party wants, Congress has overwhelmingly approved a compromise spending bill and pledged agreement on a short-term bill to fund the government …


Ad watch: Ephrata group targets McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse with questionable claims about taxes, veterans

A political action committee from Ephrata, targeting Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse, is making some overly simplistic claims about legislation the Republican members of Congress have supported regarding …


100 years ago in Spokane: J. Stanley Webster wins primary to take on Congressman C.C. Dill who opposed declaring war

Judge J. Stanley Webster won the 1918 Republican primary in the race to represent Eastern Washington in Congress and incumbent C.C. Dill, who opposed the United States’ entry into World …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 10:54 p.m.

Lisa Brown thesis from 1986 prompts new GOP attacks

The document, written in 1986 in furtherance of a Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, was published online in its entirety by the Washington Examiner on Thursday morning. Brown declined …


Facebook, Twitter pledge to defend against foreign intrusion

Facebook and Twitter executives assured Congress on Wednesday that they are aggressively working to root out foreign attempts to sow discord in America, and they pledged to better protect their …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018, 12:21 a.m.

Where they stand: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown on abortion, Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood

A vacancy on the closely divided U.S. Supreme Court has renewed talks about the long-standing court decision that ensured the availability of abortion in the United States. The congresswoman and …