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UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 7:11 p.m.

U.S. grounding of Boeing jet shows limits of company’s clout

Trump administration’s decision to follow other countries and ground Boeing 737 Max 8s illustrates the limits of the company’s clout.


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019, 10:33 p.m.

2020 Democrats flock to trendy SXSW festival in Austin, Texas

The 2020 circus had arrived at the hipster-techie festival that is South by Southwest.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 9:10 p.m.

Trump urges America to ‘choose greatness’ in State of the Union address

Facing a divided Congress for the first time, President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Washington to reject “the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution.” He warned emboldened Democrats that …


Virginia governor apologizes for racist photo; not resigning

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam apologized on Friday for a racist photo in which he appeared more than 30 years ago, but said he did not intend to heed calls to …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 10:41 a.m.

Senate proposal would make some lawmakers’ documents public record

Legislators would have to make public some of their correspondence, documents and memos – although not as much as other government officials in Washington – under a proposal filed Thursday.


Michael Gerson: Trump’s 2016 campaign has been revealed as false advertising

The news that Donald Trump’s approval rating is near historical lows brings some relief that the laws of political gravity still apply. When the president is doing a spectacularly bad …


Backed by military, Venezuela’s Maduro hits back at rival

Backed by Venezuela’s military, President Nicolas Maduro went on the offensive against an opposition leader who declared himself interim president and his U.S. supporters, setting up a potentially explosive struggle …


Record wildfire-fighting budget requested by Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz

An investment of $55 million would include a doubling of the state’s resources to fight wildfires. Franz, in an interview recorded for the Spokesman-Review’s Newsmakers podcast series, said such spending …


Eye on Boise: The keys to a friendly transition

After he’d conducted what he referred to as his last official act in the governor’s office on Thursday, I asked outgoing Gov. Butch Otter when he’d be turning over the …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 6:43 p.m.

Congo’s top archbishop pleads for peace on eve of election

Congo’s top archbishop is urging peace on the eve of a long-delayed presidential election, saying differences of opinion are no reason to “light the country on fire.”


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 6:44 p.m.

Elections, films help effort to ban gay conversion therapy

Activists urging more states to ban gay conversion therapy for minors are expecting major gains in 2019, thanks to midterm election results and the buzz generated by two well-reviewed films.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 6:46 p.m.

Delegates quiet as shutdown takes effect

As midnight came and went on the East Coast Friday, bringing with it the third government shutdown of the year, Spokane’s federal delegations stayed largely quiet.


Did your favorite company donate to Democratic or Republican campaigns? This startup will tell you.

The Washington D.C.-based startup, Progressive Shopper, has set out to mine political spending from hundreds of major brands. The site shows shoppers what percentage of a company’s political spending went …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Washington Women’s March group disbands amid anti-Semitism controversy at national level

The decision won’t affect plans for a downtown march next month in Spokane, which will mark the third year of the annual demonstration that grew out of concern over the …


Sue Lani Madsen: Initiative 1000 barking up the wrong tree

If you’re unfamiliar with the phrase, or with the acute hearing of dogs, a dog whistle refers to a sound pitched so high only a dog can hear it. When …


Sue Lani Madsen: The more things change…

Mom always said people don’t really change as they get older, they just get more and more like themselves. Apparently so do countries.


Putin derides Ukraine’s martial law as political trick

Ukraine’s president donned combat fatigues to implement martial law in much of the country on Wednesday, a move Russia denounced as a cynical political trick as both sides ratcheted up …


Shawn Vestal: ‘Constitutionalists’ have some funny ideas about the Constitution

Scratch the surface of a “constitutionalist” – at least one of the Western anti-government variety – and what you often find underneath is an authoritarian. Or an anarchist.


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on working in the minority, leadership of her party and specter of impeachment

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers spoke Wednesday about the prospects in a House of Representatives led by Democrats for the first time since 2011. She said there were no grounds for …


Ammon Bundy says he never meant to create a movement. But one exists in Idaho.

It’s a motto of sorts. Ammon Bundy calls himself a “sunlight kind of guy.” Before his family’s infamous standoffs near Bunkerville, Nevada, and Burns, Oregon, he was living in the …


Trump calls Pittsburgh synagogue attack ‘evil’ anti-Semitism

President Donald Trump mourned the dead and forcefully condemned anti-Semitism Saturday after a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 dead. But faced with another national tragedy, he …


Incumbent Lawrence Wasden faces accidental candidate Bruce Bistline in Idaho AG race

Boise attorney and Democrat Bruce Bistline filed to run against GOP Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden four years ago just in case Wasden lost the primary, then didn’t actively campaign …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 3:46 p.m.

Political contests erupt as cities and hotel industry struggle to curb Airbnb

The explosive growth of short-term rentals – such as Airbnb – around the country has pushed local governments to rein in the practice, with help from the hotel industry, which …


Taylor Swift breaks political silence, backs Tennessee Dems

Music superstar Taylor Swift announced Sunday she’s voting for Tennessee’s Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, breaking her long-standing refusal to discuss anything politics.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 4:31 p.m.

Popular federal fund used to purchase, develop Spokane recreation areas quietly expires

Overshadowed by a relentless news cycle, a popular federal program that helped purchase and develop land in the Spokane area expired Sunday.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 25, 2018, 9:15 p.m.

Trump boasts of America’s might, draws headshakes at UN

President Donald Trump poured scorn on the “ideology of globalism” and heaped praise on his own administration’s achievements Tuesday in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly that drew headshakes …


Pakistan’s ex-PM Sharif freed after court suspends sentence

Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law were released from prison Wednesday after a court suspended their sentences and granted them bail pending their appeals hearings.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

At Montana rally, Trump lauds Kavanaugh progress, decries ‘meanness’

President Donald Trump on Thursday praised Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s progress toward winning confirmation to the Supreme Court but decried the “anger and the meanness on the other side,” blasting Democrats’ …


Amazon’s Jeff Bezos donates $10 million to veteran-focused super PAC in first major political venture

Amazon founder and chief executive Jeffrey Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, are making their first major political contribution with a $10 million gift to a super PAC focused on …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018, 10 p.m.

Women win primaries in record numbers, look to November

Women are not just running for office in record numbers this year – they are winning.