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Friday, January 18, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Molly Johnson and Katelyn Good: Mentorship in schools fosters a community of learning

January is National Mentoring Month. When we think mentoring, we might first think of the Boys & Girls Club or the YMCA, but at On Track Academy we’ve created a …


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for January 7.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Should Donald Trump be impeached?

Should Donald Trump be impeached? That he will be seems likely as Democrats take control of the House of Representatives, the chamber where impeachment proceedings begin. That he deserves to …


Jim Morin

Cartoon for January 7.


Samuel Smith: Generosity, not fear, made America a beacon of hope

Love and generosity, not fear, made the United States a beacon of hope to the world


Henry Olsen: Trump wants a witch hunt. Are Democrats about to give it to him?

Republicans warned that Democrats would move to impeach President Donald Trump if they gained control of the House. And right on cue, a few hours after the new majority took …


Clay Bennett

Cartoon for January 6.


Marc A. Thiessen: The 10 worst things Trump did in 2018

In his second year in office, President Trump did many positive things, and (last week), I offered my list of the 10 best things Trump did in 2018. But he …


Michelle Singletary: In a panic about their pay, federal workers apply for unemployment

Even if a deal is reached quickly to reopen the shuttered federal agencies, workers probably won’t get a paycheck until mid-January or later. So what’s a worker to do?


Jennifer Rubin: Watch out for these two Democrats with gubernatorial experience

A competent governor from the center-left might be a welcome alternative to President Chaos.


Elizabeth Bruenig: How Jerry Falwell Jr. found his MAGA religion

Jerry Falwell Jr. is once again spreading his uniquely modern, American version of a business philosophy roughly based on the religion known as Christianity.


Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for January 4.


H. George Frederickson: Flying to Frisco With the Eagles

On Saturday at 11 a.m., in Frisco, Texas, the Eastern Washington Eagles will play the North Dakota State Bison for the NCAA Division I (Football Championship Subdivision – FCS) title.


Megan McArdle: What’s wrong with modern politics? The internet is the best answer

In the two years since Donald Trump’s unexpected victory, everyone seems to have developed a strong theory about what’s wrong with modern politics.


Marc A. Thiessen: Trump’s top 10 successes of 2018

In his second year in office, the list of extraordinary things President Trump has done, for good and ill, continued to grow.


Sabra Purdy: We’re trying to keep chaos at bay

Clear across the country from Washington, it can feel as though Congress is continually in crisis, and a shutdown always looms over us. At any moment, we’ll have to spring …


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for January 3.


Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for January 1.


Barry Ritholtz: Why your New Year’s resolutions won’t work out

It’s the time of the year when we are barraged with lists: Stocks to buy, books to read, explanations of why the bad choices made in the past year will …


Tim Campbell

Cartoon for December 31.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: 2018, the year we lost ourselves

A look back at 2018, and what it did to us as a nation.


Catherine Rampell: Trump did what he always does and changed his mind. Why was Congress surprised?

The only way to deal with Donald Trump is to not do deals with Donald Trump. The private sector has learned this; when will Congress?


Joe Heller

Cartoon for December 30.


Amber Petrovich: Hire today, gone tomorrow

You’ve probably seen me around your office. I’m the contract (or freelance, contingent, temp, outsourced) worker your company hired on a short-term basis to get that project done or cover …


Max Boot: Democrats need a new foreign policy

For decades, elites in the United States believed that championing a liberal world order was in our interest. Now, we are seeing a new left-right axis emerge around protectionism and …


Erik Orton: Instead of resolutions, try New Year’s ‘firsts’

My wife and I combine the celebrations of our anniversary and New Year’s not by resolving to do anything, but by doing something neither of us has ever done before. …


George Nethercutt: Christmas movies offer reason for living a good life

Perhaps Christmas movies that celebrate love or the triumph of faith over distress, are, in their own way, perpetuating the Christian message.


Cal Thomas: Osama bin Laden was right

Lawrence Wright quotes Osama bin Laden as saying: “Look at Vietnam, look at Lebanon. Whenever soldiers start coming home in body bags, Americans panic and retreat.” With President Trump’s announcement …


Petula Dvorak: It’s time for adults to say: enough

Six years after Sandy Hook, American schools experienced a record-breaking year for carnage, with 94 people shot, 33 of them fatally.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 8:38 p.m.

Paul Waldman: Shutdown’s end depends entirely on Trump’s hurt feelings

As the government shutdown drags on, everyone seems dug in to their position. So how does this end? The answer will depend, unfortunately, on President Donald Trump’s feelings.