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Analysis: Late ballots swing to Cathy McMorris Rodgers throughout district, Spokane County in race against Lisa Brown

A lead of 600 votes on election night has blossomed to nearly 7,000 district-wide for the congresswoman, who has once again proved the adage correct that Republicans vote later than …


Serving on corporate board while in Congress? That could end

WASHINGTON – The indictment of Rep. Chris Collins on insider trading charges is drawing new attention to the freedom members of Congress have to serve on corporate boards or to …


Why they’ll win: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown remain locked in tight battle

The November race for Eastern Washington’s seat in Congress will be the closest campaign in at least two decades. What are the signs that each candidate has the edge heading …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 6:59 a.m.

Results point to real contest: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown nearly tied in primary

The contest between the high-ranking congressional Republican and the Democrat with years of experience in state political leadership has drawn national interest and big local spending as the parties vie …


Cathy McMorris Rodgers seeks widespread GOP support in competitive race against Lisa Brown

The seven-term congresswoman reached out to state Rep. Matt Shea this year, a legislator seen as a mouthpiece for the libertarian, constitutionalist wing of the Republican Party. Lisa Brown, the …


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 10:18 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: McMorris Rodgers’ offensive campaign ads and flyers undermine her call for political civility

Our divided nation needs to heal, Cathy McMorris Rodgers says. We are heartbreakingly riven by political divisions, Cathy McMorris Rodgers says. We can no longer disagree without being disagreeable. We …


UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Ad watch: Cathy McMorris Rodgers spot revives attack on Lisa Brown regarding sex offenders

The Lisa Brown campaign accused U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of desperation and “scare tactics” in a new attack ad questioning the Democrat’s record in the state House of Representatives …


UPDATED: Mon., July 16, 2018, 12:22 p.m.

Truth testing: The negative ads from Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown

Television advertisements and campaign mailers are already finding their way to Eastern Washington voters from the two presumptive candidates for the region’s seat in Congress. What’s true, and what isn’t, …


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 11:27 a.m.

Kavanaugh begins Congress tour, selling himself for court

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, mapped out strategy with Republican leaders Tuesday, launching a fierce confirmation battle that could remake the court for decades and roil the …


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 10:45 p.m.

Sen. Patty Murray introduces bill to limit warrantless searches along U.S./Canadian border, including Spokane

A proposed law would prevent Border Patrol agents from conducting warrantless interviews at the intermodal center in downtown Spokane, where people have been reporting being questioned by agents during bus …


GOP leaders eye new bill on family separations at border

Top House Republicans are discussing legislation aimed at curbing the separation of migrant families at the border, GOP aides said Monday. The election-year response to public uproar over the Trump …


DOJ gives Congress new classified documents on Russia probe

The Justice Department says it has given House Republicans new classified information related to the Russia investigation after lawmakers had threatened to hold officials in contempt of Congress or even …


Spin Control: Almost everything gets a special spot on the calendar. How about orcas?

Proposal to declare a National Orca Protection Month may be a whale of an idea, but fans of the marine mammals shouldn’t get their hopes up.


UPDATED: Sat., June 23, 2018, 1:06 p.m.

DOJ gives Congress new classified documents on Russia probe

The Justice Department says it has given House Republicans new classified information related to the Russia investigation after they had threatened to hold officials in contempt of Congress or even …


UPDATED: Wed., June 20, 2018, 10:18 p.m.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown both say Trump correct in reversing family separation policy

But the candidates disagreed on the next steps in Congress, with the House of Representatives set to vote on a pair of bills Thursday that have been forwarded by Republicans. …


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018, 11:45 a.m.

Lawmakers rip tariffs enacted in name of national security

Pointing to damage done to home-state companies, lawmakers from both parties Wednesday criticized tariffs the Trump administration has imposed on imported steel and aluminum products in the name of national …


Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown both highlight their roles as working moms in early ads

This week saw Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown trade early campaign advertisements touching on each woman’s motherly bona fides.


There’s a fund to protect national parks, but Congress drastically underfunds it

WASHINGTON – Officials say they need $6 million in federal money to prevent pockets of land around Redwood National Park from being used for private interests. The Everglades National Park …


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 10:49 p.m.

Lisa Brown releases first TV ad in bid to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Lisa Brown’s first TV spot focuses on the former state legislator’s experience in Olympia in 1993, when the chief clerk of the House of Representatives told her she couldn’t bring …


Congress OKs Trump bid to widen private care at besieged VA

Congress delivered a victory to President Donald Trump by expanding private care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs health system.


UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 4:01 p.m.

Congress moves to dismantle key post-crisis bank rules

Congress moved Tuesday to dismantle a chunk of the rules framework for banks, installed to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lost jobs and …


Trump urges Congress to overhaul nation’s prison system

President Donald Trump on Friday urged Congress to overhaul the nation’s prison system and help more former inmates re-enter society, hoping to jump-start legislation that’s facing fresh opposition from Democrats.


Drug supply firm execs say they didn’t cause opioids crisis

Top executives of the nation’s leading wholesale drug distributors told Congress under oath Tuesday that their companies didn’t help cause the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic, drawing bipartisan wrath that included …


Trump proposing billions in spending cuts to Congress

The White House is finalizing a multibillion-dollar roster of proposed spending cuts but is leaving this year’s $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill alone.


UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018, 8:51 a.m.

At hearings, EPA chief Pruitt seeks to divert blame for ethics woes

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, yet another Trump administration official with his job on the line over ethical concerns, took heat from lawmakers over his profligate spending and lobbyist …


After Facebook scrutiny, is Google next?

Facebook has taken the lion’s share of scrutiny from Congress and the media about data-handling practices that allow savvy marketers and political agents to target specific audiences, but it’s far …


UPDATED: Sat., April 14, 2018, 6:50 p.m.

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg didn’t have all the answers for Congress

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg often came across as one of the smartest people in the room as he jousted with U.S. lawmakers demanding to know how and why his company …


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018, 7:41 p.m.

As Trump fumes, senators bid to protect the special counsel

Four senators – two Republicans and two Democrats – are taking a step to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job as President Donald Trump has angrily mused about firing him.


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018, 6:47 p.m.

Zuckerberg says regulation inevitable. Is Congress up to it?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged Wednesday that regulation of social media companies is “inevitable” and disclosed that his own personal information has been compromised by malicious outsiders. But after two …


UPDATED: Tue., April 10, 2018, 3:32 p.m.

Is Facebook really changing? Or just trimming its data haul?

Lost amid a flurry of Facebook announcements about privacy settings and data access is a much more fundamental question: Is Facebook really changing its relationship with users, or just tinkering …