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  • Shawn Vestal: Definition of war gets lost in rhetoric

    I would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers for – when taking to the lectern last week as the GOP’s woman-in-chief – not calling her …


  • Senate bill would help local housing projects apply for federal funds

    A return to normalcy in the way Congress doles out federal dollars could be a boon to housing in the region. The Senate Appropriations Committee signed off Thursday on a …


  • Shawn Vestal: Phoenix-type appointment practices used at Spokane VA, retiree says

    A former clerk at Spokane’s VA hospital says that he and his fellow clerks routinely logged in appointment times in a way that obscured the long waits veterans had for …


  • Lawmakers scrutinize oil train safety standards

    WASHINGTON – The federal bureaucracy’s inability to remove substandard oilcars carrying volatile crude off railroad tracks continues to frustrate U.S. lawmakers. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx tried to put the onus …


  • Fairchild cuts ribbon on building

    Elected officials and commanding officers old and new gathered Thursday morning to bid farewell to a 71-year-old headquarters building on Fairchild Air Force Base and hail the opening of a …


  • Sen. Patty Murray to revive college anti-bullying bill

    Colleges and universities would be required to adopt anti-harassment policies and recognize cyberbullying as a threat to students under a new law Washington Sen. Patty Murray said she will introduce …


  • Spokane Veterans Affairs hospital brings budget concerns to Sen. Patty Murray

    WASHINGTON – Staff shortages and the worry of possible budget cuts prompted local managers at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Spokane to ignore the chain of command and take their …


  • Murray, Crapo pursue budget deal again

    WASHINGTON – As the 29 members of the congressional Budget Conference Committee gathered for opening remarks Wednesday, perhaps the only thing hanging more heavily in the air of the subterranean …


  • They said it

    President Barack Obama said: “America has lost a legend of the United States Congress. Tom’s straightforward approach helped him find common ground with members of both parties, eventually leading to …


  • Region’s lawmakers mixed on Obama’s Syria speech

    Giving Syria a chance to resolve the crisis over its use of chemical weapons through diplomatic means is better than the military option – if it works, Idaho Sen. Jim …


  • McMorris Rodgers says GOP working on ‘Obamacare’ surgery

    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, said the GOP plans to pick away at President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation by targeting provisions she said are causing bipartisan headaches. “To …


  • Berg Co. awarded $13.5 million Pentagon contract

    A Spokane Valley company will receive a $13.5 million Pentagon contract to produce energy-efficient “combat outposts” to use in Afghanistan and other remote places U.S. troops are sent. The Berg …


  • Congress, staff forced to change health insurance

    A wrinkle in the Affordable Care Act is taking away the lucrative employee health care benefits from members of Congress, forcing the lawmakers and their staffs to buy policies from …


  • Federal defenders facing layoffs

    Federal budget cuts totaling 23 percent over two years could mean attorneys who are appointed to represent the poorest defendants in Eastern Washington’s federal court will receive pink slips in …


  • Sens. Murray, Cantwell speak in Spokane

    Washington’s U.S. senators visited Spokane on Tuesday, each pushing federal legislation aimed at improving students’ well-being. Sen. Maria Cantwell toured Spokane Seed Co. after touting a provision in the pending …


  • Murray, Cantwell tout D.C. work in Spokane

    Washington’s U.S. senators visited Spokane on Tuesday, each pushing federal legislation aimed at improving students’ well-being.


  • Fairchild loses bid for new tankers

    Turns out the most important thing in becoming the first base for the Air Force’s new air refueling tanker is the same as the most important thing in real estate: …


  • Fairchild loses bid to host new tankers

    Wichita’s McConnell Air Force Base has been selected over Fairchild Air Force Base and two others to be the main operating base for the Air Force’s new KC-46A air refueling …


  • Getting There: Cuts will likely bring air travel delays

    U.S. Sen. Patty Murray last week said summer travel delays are likely at the nation’s airports as a result of congressionally ordered budget cuts at the Federal Aviation Administration. FAA …


  • Violence bill grants tribal courts power

    WASHINGTON – The Violence Against Women Act now on its way to President Barack Obama’s desk after a yearlong delay has deep ties and connections to the Inland Northwest and …


  • Bill targets non-Indian crimes

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate on Tuesday reauthorized a federal law channeling resources to female victims of domestic violence, including those on Native American tribal lands. It is now up …


  • Murray invites public input on budget

    WASHINGTON – It didn’t take long for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray to get comfortable in her new cyberspace digs. A few days after officially assuming the role of Budget Committee …


  • Murray unveils online budget tool as GOP digs in

    It didn’t take long for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray to get comfortable in her new cyberspace digs. A few days after officially assuming the role of Budget Committee chairwoman, the …


  • Murray: Senate will pass budget

    WASHINGTON – Count Washington Sen. Patty Murray among those confident the U.S. Senate will pass a budget this spring. The new Budget Committee chairwoman said Wednesday it’s time for her …


  • CV band ready for inauguration parade

    The horns will trumpet the arrival of Central Valley High School’s marching band in Washington, D.C., this week for a celebration that only happens every four years. President Barack Obama …


  • Budget deal reachable, says Sen. Murray

    The new leader of the U.S. Senate’s budget committee said Tuesday that Republican threats to shut down the government are irresponsible. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, a Seattle-area Democrat, said there …


  • Fairchild on short list to get new tanker

    Fairchild Air Force Base is one of several bases on a short list for receiving the nation’s newest air refueling tanker. The West Plains base is on a list the …


  • Region’s lawmakers divided on tax vote

    This week’s votes to keep income tax rates from rising for most Americans split the House delegations in Washington and Idaho but unified the two states’ senators behind the last-minute …


  • VA Medical Center to be renamed

    Spokane’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center will be renamed for a pair of local heroes, both houses of Congress decided Thursday. The northwest Spokane facility will become the Mann-Grandstaff Department of …


  • Murray jokes about Boehner’s Plan B

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Patty Murray joked today that with House Speaker John Boehner embracing “Plan B,” women’s issues are progressing in Congress.

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