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Steve King applauded at first Iowa event since House rebuke

Constituents applauded Republican Rep. Steve King on Saturday at the Iowa congressman’s first public event since being rebuked by his House colleagues over racist comments he had made to a …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 7, 2019, 11 a.m.

Trump plans border visit as shutdown lurches into 3rd week

With no breakthrough in sight to end the partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump is planning to visit the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday to highlight his demands for a border …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 5:42 p.m.

The strange history of the House’s 181-year-old ban on hats – and the push to overturn it

Nineteenth-century congressman George Kremer would probably tip his hat to new congresswoman Ilhan Omar.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 7:23 p.m.

Abandoned house along Bloomsday route burns from suspected transient warming fire

A suspected transient lit a fire in an abandon house along the Bloomsday trail on Thursday. No one was injured.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 11:57 a.m.

The new Congress: Pelosi retakes House gavel as shutdown continues

The House of Representatives, which includes 63 new Democrats, on Thursday elected Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as speaker for a second time.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 4:28 p.m.

Speaker again, Pelosi sees ‘new dawn’ for diverse 116th Congress

Cheering Democrats returned Nancy Pelosi to the House speaker’s post Thursday as the 116th Congress took office and ushered in a historically diverse class of freshmen ready to confront President …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 4:37 p.m.

House Democrats unveil measure to re-open government

House Democrats unveiled a package of bills Monday that would re-open the federal government without approving funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico, establishing an early confrontation that …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018, 10:25 p.m.

Trump’s demand for wall pushes government closer to shutdown

The federal government was careening toward a partial shutdown Friday after President Donald Trump’s quest for a border wall left Congress without a clear plan to keep the government running …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 9:10 p.m.

Montanan first woman to enter House – and she did it on horseback

So many women roared to victories in Tuesday’s elections that a record of more than 100 are slated to be in the U.S. House when it convenes in early 2019. …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 7, 2018, 10:55 a.m.

Tester wins Montana, added Democratic ranks pose threat to Trump governing agenda

Democrats have regained control of the House from President Donald Trump’s Republican Party in the midterm elections, powered by a suburban revolt that has threatened what’s left of the president’s …


Democrat Wexton defeats Rep. Comstock, turning GOP stronghold in Virginia blue

Democrat Jennifer Wexton defeated Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., ending nearly four decades of Republican control of a key northern Virginia seat.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 9:31 p.m.

Dems on track to take House control, but GOP retains Senate

Democrats were on track to gain House control Tuesday night but Republicans held their Senate majority as voters rendered a mixed verdict in the first nationwide election of Donald Trump’s …


Gianforte’s fortunes tied to Trump in Montana House race

U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte is pinning his third campaign in two years on Montana residents being better off economically since President Donald Trump took office and that the voters will …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 12:06 p.m.

Escalation in Spokane County home prices shows signs of slowing

The average price for homes with sales closing in August was $260,800 – nearly unchanged from $259,300 in July, and down from a peak of $268,830 in June, according to …


Michael Gerson: The only way to save the GOP is to defeat it in the House

University of Chicago researchers – who clearly have a lot of time on their hands – have found that the use of certain brands and products is a good predictor …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 3:06 p.m.

Conservative Jim Jordan’s speaker run boosts Trump allies

Hard-right Republican Rep. Jim Jordan said Thursday that he’s running to become House speaker next year, a long-shot bid underscoring conservatives’ frustration that party leaders haven’t aggressively pushed President Donald …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 7:58 p.m.

House backs defense bill with pay raise for troops

The House on Thursday approved a $716 billion defense policy bill that would give the military a 2.6 percent pay hike, the largest in nine years.


Exorcist’s prayer team blesses house formerly occupied by Boise priest accused of crimes

The house where a retired Boise priest lived for 15 years — until he was accused in February of sharing child pornography online and of drug possession — has been …


House Republicans grill FBI, Justice leaders on Russia probe

Republicans accused top federal law enforcement officials Thursday of withholding important documents from them and demanded details about surveillance tactics during the Russia investigation in a contentious congressional hearing that …


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 5:39 p.m.

House votes to curb salmon eaters: Bill would allow problem sea lions to be euthanized; Senate still must act

A bill to expand the authority of Northwest fisheries agencies to help struggling native species in the lower Columbia and Willamette rivers by killing sea lions there passed the U.S. …


Ryan sets House vote on GOP immigration bill for Wednesday

House Speaker Paul Ryan scheduled a long-awaited showdown vote on a broad Republican immigration bill for Wednesday, but is showing little confidence that the package will survive.


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018, 4:08 p.m.

GOP-led House passes farm bill

The Republican-led House has narrowly passed a sweeping farm bill that would toughen work requirements for food stamp recipients.


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018, 4:48 p.m.

GOP struggles to salvage immigration bill, postpones vote

The House Republican immigration overhaul dangled precariously Thursday, imperiled by stubborn differences between conservative and moderate factions – and by President Donald Trump’s running commentary about a bill he only …


Why many Americans aren’t benefiting from robust U.S. economy

The numbers that collectively sketch a picture of a vibrant economy don’t reflect reality for a range of Americans who still feel far from financially secure even nine years into …


Democrats test liberal messages in midterm House elections

Weeks into the primary season, with five more states voting Tuesday, Democrats’ midterm class is shaping up to test what liberal messages the party can sell to the moderate and …


UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 12:05 p.m.

GOP moderate: Tentative immigration deal with conservatives

A leader of House moderates said Thursday that a tentative deal with conservatives has emerged to help young “Dreamer” immigrants stay in the U.S. legally. But details remained unclear and …


UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

House Democrats vote to suspend lawmaker’s chairmanship

Rep. David Sawyer was suspended Wednesday from his position as chairman of the House Commerce and Gaming Committee pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct.


Spokane’s affordable housing, pace of life attract people priced out of other West Coast cities

Spokane’s housing prices are attracting people to the area. Realtors say they’re seeing young couples priced out of other West Coast markets and retirement-age people who don’t want to deplete …


Home inspections help buyer avoid surprises

Home inspectors are charged with finding the smallest to biggest problems with the interior and exterior of a home for a prospective buyer in hopes of helping them make the …


Houses ravaged by fire in Spokane, Colbert

Two Spokane-area homes were ravaged by unrelated fires Monday morning.