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Dana Milbank: It’s the season for treason, according to Trump

This must be the season for treason. In the Oval Office on Thursday afternoon, President Trump gave a lesson on American justice to the visiting South Korean president. Speaking about …


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for April 13.


Cynthia M. Allen: ‘Unplanned’ forces those willing to watch to see the reality of abortion

The men and women sympathetic to the plight posed by crisis pregnancies but who have never truly seen the carnage of abortion are the ones who will be most moved …


Clay Bennett

Cartoon for April 13.


Trudy Rubin: Netanyahu victory in Israel’s election means the end of illusions about a Palestinian state

The re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu, if he keeps his campaign pledge about West Bank settlements, is propelling Israel toward a one-state solution in which it will have to decide whether …


Hilary Franz and Suzy Dix: Bold plan for wildfire response, forest health is needed

Wildfires are increasingly part of our experience in Washington state, with smoke choking our lungs and flames damaging our landscapes, homes and vehicles. At one point last summer, wildfire smoke …


Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for April 12.


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for April 11.


UPDATED: Sat., April 13, 2019, 4:05 p.m.

Kurtis S. Robinson: HEAL Act targets health disparities

I am urging Washington state’s House of Representatives to vote “yes” to environmental justice and pass the HEAL Act, in order to ensure healthy environments for ALL.


Tom Toles

Cartoon for April 10.


Laura Hitchcock: Education of students with disabilities should not depend upon ZIP code

Washington needs a meaningful solution with a robust state investment that provides students with disabilities the resources they need to access their basic education, regardless of where they attend school.


Robert J. Samuelson: Let states, localities fix the schools

We should let states and localities see whether they can make schools work better. The grandiose fix-it national plans are mostly exercises in political marketing.


Joe Heller

Cartoon for April 9.


Lawrence H. Summers: IRS should release Trump’s tax returns

For the treasury secretary to seek to decide whether to pass on the president’s tax return to Congress would surely be inappropriate and probably illegal.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: ‘We are Americans first’ … aren’t we?

“Before we are anything else,” says Beto O’Rourke, “we are Americans first.” That used to be a lot easier to believe.


Dalynn Parrish: Protect patients’ safety by protecting hospital staff’s health

I support Rep. Marcus Riccelli’s proposal to protect patient safety by requiring hospitals to provide staff with uninterrupted breaks during their long shifts of 10, 12, or more hours.


Tim Campbell

Cartoon for April 8.


Tom Toles

Cartoon for April 8.


Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for April 8.


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for April 8.


Marc A. Thiessen: Why was a well-deserved award rescinded from Mike Pompeo?

How bad has Trump derangement syndrome gotten in Washington? Consider this: On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was set to receive the 2019 Foley American Hostage Freedom Award, in …


Jack-Daniyel Strong: New Sprague bus stops good for business, pedestrians

I am a property owner on East Sprague. I am a past president and former member of the East Spokane Business Association (ESBA). I am a bus rider and a …


Clay Bennett

Cartoon for April 7.


Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for April 7.


Kathleen Parker: Kiss me, kiss me not

When it comes to personal contact, it’s the woman’s decision.


Philip Skinner: My community would be a ghost town if the border were closed

If President Trump does eventually carry out his threat to close the U.S. border with Mexico, the whole country would feel the impact in some way. But in my small …


Petula Dvorak: Crashing jets. Dangerous strollers. Scary pork. That’s a world without regulators.

Lawn darts. Killer baby cribs. Pool drains that disemboweled children. Cars that exploded in low-speed fender benders. Miss those?


Paul Waldman: Elizabeth Warren calls for eliminating filibuster, and some good could come of that

While people in both parties think it’s in their self-interest to retain the filibuster, each party’s self-interest is profoundly different.


Victor Parr: Aware drivers are the key to fewer motorcycle accidents

Some statistics of motorcycle accidents provided by a 1981 report and from the National Highway Traffic Safety Authority show that 75 percent of motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle. A whopping …


Tim Campbell

Cartoon for April 6.