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Shawn Vestal: Only in Wonderland is Congress insuring children’s health

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ claim that the House reauthorized the Children’s Health Insurance Program is fit for a fact in Wonderland.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 10:51 p.m.

Trump’s year: Mueller looms, Congress bickers over Russia

Republicans who spent the early months of 2017 working with Democrats on investigations into Russian interference in U.S. elections have pivoted as the new year begins and midterm elections loom, …


Trump washes his hands of insurgency against GOP incumbents

President Donald Trump says he’s done campaigning for insurgents challenging incumbent Republican members of Congress.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 2, 2018, 3:38 p.m.

Two new faces and old partisan standoffs as Congress returns

There will be two fresh Senate faces and plenty of familiar but stubborn clashes facing lawmakers as Congress begins its 2018 session Wednesday.


Congress returns to a full slate of difficult issues

Congress faces a jam-packed to-do list when it returns this week, with deadlines looming on difficult issues – including how to fund the government and avoid a shutdown, stabilizing the …


Candidate for John Conyers’ seat sues Gov. Snyder over special election date

A candidate who wants to replace U.S. Rep. John Conyers in Congress has filed a federal lawsuit against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, alleging the 11-month delay in holding a special …


Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Churchill visits U.S., Dec. 28, 1941


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 25, 2017, 6:25 p.m.

College students come up with plug-in to combat fake news

A team of college students is getting attention from internet companies and Congress after developing a browser extension that alerts users to fake and biased news stories and helps guide …


Health insurance funding for children running low as Congress stays deadlocked on reauthorizing CHIP

A federal health insurance program covering 52,000 kids in Washington is running out of money as partisan disagreements keep Congress from reauthorizing funding. The Children’s Health Insurance Program, commonly called …


New year to be a challenge for Republicans in Congress

Their tax bill triumph in the rear-view mirror, Republicans running Congress face a 2018 in which they’ll need Democratic votes to get almost anything done.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017, 7:35 p.m.

Expanded child tax credit may not be as generous as it seems

The expansion of a child tax credit helped seal Congress’ approval of the Republican tax overhaul. Sen. Marco Rubio had insisted that House-Senate negotiators allow low-income households to claim more …


Senate approves stopgap measure, evading shutdown

Congress passed a stopgap spending bill Thursday, averting a partial government shutdown at midnight Friday but pushing into January showdowns on spending, immigration, health care and national security.


Congress deals 2 blows to ‘Obamacare’

Congress dealt a pair of blows to the Obama health care law Wednesday, including a retreat by two senators who were fighting for a provision this year that would help …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 4:17 p.m.

Young immigrants to wait until ’18 to learn their fate in U.S.

The fate of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants living here illegally and facing deportation will be decided next year, a Republican senator says.


Young immigrants’ fate unclear as Congress delays DACA fix

Lopez is one of thousands of immigrants who are losing their protection from deportation under the program established by President Barack Obama in 2012, including many who missed the deadline …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 18, 2017, 6:04 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers makes final push for tax reform as Congress nears vote on divisive proposal

The fourth-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives continues her pitch for the tax plan, which she says will put more money in the wallets of Americans. Democrats remain wary, …


Senate chairman disputes report of Corker add to tax bill

The Senate Finance Committee chairman on Monday rejected as “categorically false” a report that Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee was responsible for a provision in the final tax bill …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 18, 2017, 8:05 a.m.

Hawaii attorney general announces run for U.S. Congress

Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin, who has been fighting President Trump’s travel ban, has announced he will run for U.S. Congress.


Outside View: Five years later, no progress on mass shootings

Five years after Sandy Hook, it is still far too easy for evil people to get guns and use them on schoolchildren, congregations, movie fans, ballplayers, concertgoers.


Shawn Vestal: Five years since Sandy Hook, Congress slumbers on gun safety

Five years ago today, 20 children and six adults were shot in class at a Connecticut school, and a lot of people thought it had finally, tragically arrived: The watershed. …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 2:55 p.m.

Uber: No evidence hackers took rider credit card numbers

An outside cyber security firm hired by Uber after a massive data theft found no evidence that rider credit card, bank account or Social Security numbers were downloaded by two …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 2:13 p.m.

Mental health care worries linger 5 years after Sandy Hook

The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre sounded alarms nationally about gaps in mental health care and led to calls for better screening and services, especially for young people showing a …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 2:39 p.m.

GOP says it’s got a deal on taxes; cuts coming for next year

Confident congressional Republicans forged an agreement Wednesday on a major overhaul of the nation’s tax laws that would provide generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans – Donald …


12 governors urge Congress to fund children’s health program

Twelve governors of both parties are urging Congress to reauthorize funding for a popular children’s health insurance program as soon as possible.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 9:29 p.m.

Tax package would lower top tax rate for wealthy Americans

Congressional Republicans on Tuesday rushed toward a deal on a massive tax package that would reduce the top tax rate for wealthy Americans to 37 percent and slash the corporate …


Start the clock for Trump, GOP in last push on taxes, budget

Start the countdown clock on a momentous two weeks for President Donald Trump and the GOP-run Congress.


Rep. Marcus Riccelli and Shahrokh Nikfar: McMorris Rodgers’ bill undermines paid sick leave

Trying to undermine paid sick leave laws goes against the values people in Spokane and across our state stood up for when they voted in favor of these policies.


Editorial: Foot-dragging on DACA is cruel

DACA itself was born of congressional inaction. President Obama adopted it after Congress failed to pass the Dream Act, which would’ve resolved the issue


Clown in Congress: Brazil’s Tiririca says he won’t run again

A clown elected twice to Brazil’s Congress under the slogan “It can’t get any worse” apparently feels that it did. He says he is too embarrassed by his fellow lawmakers …


Congress’ top 2 Dems to meet Trump on government spending

Congress’ top two Democrats said Monday they’ve accepted an invitation from President Donald Trump for a White House budget summit later this week as the two parties try to avert …