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Tuesday, April 23, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Adam B. Schiff: Take steps to ensure that Trump isn’t working for foreign interests

Now that special counsel Robert Mueller’s report has been issued, it is up to Congress to assure that the president and his associates work for the American people and not …


Joe Heller

Cartoon for April 23.


Robert J. Samuelson: Can the Fed stay independent?

Donald Trump’s nominees for the Federal Reserve Board are fiercely partisan, which would cast a dark shadow over economic policymaking.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: GOP, you look dopey when you attack AOC

The Republican Party keeps poking at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and it keeps ending poorly for them.


Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for April 22.


Tom Toles

Cartoon for April 22.


Marc A. Thiessen: Trump is right to call out Democrats for their hypocrisy on sanctuary cities

If Democrats won’t help the president secure the border, then there’s nothing outrageous about making them live with the consequences of the policies they advocate.


Kathleen Parker: It is finished

In the span of a few days, we’ve been joggled between the banal and the sublime, from Trump’s “I’m [effed]” upon learning of Robert Mueller’s assignment to the Russia investigation …


Mary Lee McJimsey: Education’s focus should be on students’ needs, not ‘system’

We owe it to our children, and to the social and economic health of our state, to pay more attention to what students need and less on what “the system” …


Editorial: Billig’s reversal a welcome win for all

Andy Billig must have stepped outside his office in Olympia and noticed that the title on the door identifies him as the majority leader of the Washington Senate, not as …


Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for April 21.


Wally Watson: Olympia is limiting our ability to support our own children’s education

The state’s levy restrictions went too far, and now districts in Eastern Washington are facing budget cuts. There are solutions, but senators such as Schoesler and Holy apparently are opposed.


Joe Heller

Cartoon for April 21.


George F. Will: Supreme Court’s census case has bigger ramifications

Wilber Ross’ U.S. census case before the Supreme Court is another in which presidential behavior is provoking plaintiffs to ask the judiciary to police the blurry boundaries of executive discretion.


Froma Harrop: Paris and New York are united by urban horror

Many of us watching the inferno at Notre Dame de Paris felt that 9/11 dread. The outcomes may have been different, but both calamities showed that what we think most …


Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for April 20.


Clay Bennett

Cartoon for April 20.


Hugh Hewitt: What comes after the Mueller report

The theater of the absurd of the past three years has reached an end for President Trump, his family and campaign team. It is the beginning of the end for …


Janis Avery: Investing in young adults who’ve experienced foster care

All of those years ago, Treehouse saw my potential and invested in me, just like we do for more than 7,000 kids and youth in foster care every year.


Michael Gerson: There is no vindication for Trump

Moments after the Mueller report’s release, Republicans are urging America to move on. In this case, moving on would ignore and reward corruption on a grand scale.


John Podesta: An assault on our democracy

Mueller got us this far. Now it’s Congress’s turn to weigh the evidence against the president, decide what merits a response and act in the best interests of our democracy.


Tom Toles

Cartoon for April 19.


Jim Morin

Cartoon for April 18.


Sen. Mark Schoesler: Don’t blame Legislature for school districts’ budget problems

If Spokesman-Review readers saw last week’s story (“Spokane schools issues 325 layoff notices amid budget shortfall”), they understandably would have questions, and might conclude the Legislature caused the $31 million …


Froma Harrop: Change is coming to health care. Vote wisely.

It’s a solid bet that our health care future won’t look quite like the present; its future will depend a great deal on who is president after the 2020 election.


Guest opinion: City’s decision on bus pullouts benefits Sprague, drivers, neighborhood

On Thursday, the Spokane Transit Authority will vote on the City of Spokane’s decision to make East Sprague’s bus stops more commuter- and business-friendly. As current and former presidents of …


Michael Gerson: Trump is a threat to religious freedom

Donald Trump’s perception of religious liberty as freedom only for the faiths he prefers is a potential threat to every religious group.


Mikayla Fox: Teachers are worth much more than test scores

325. That is the number of staff members within just Spokane Public Schools who were told on Wednesday that they were being laid off. I am a freshman at North …


Joe Heller

Cartoon for April 16.


Robert J. Samuelson: What really caused the financial crisis?

The lesson of the financial crisis is that it wasn’t just overzealous regulators or greedy capitalists; the larger role was played by the convergence of many forces that we understand …