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UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 11:22 a.m.

Oil trains at forefront of Spokane City Council race between Breean Beggs and Andy Dunau

Breean Beggs squares off against Andy Dunau in a contest for one of the most liberal-leaning areas of town. Dunau casts himself as a centrist, and says Beggs’ support of …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 12:03 p.m.

Terrorism, race, religion: Defining the Las Vegas shooting

The mass shooting in Las Vegas is the deadliest in modern U.S. history, but is it terrorism? While much will hinge on the motives of a white gunman attacking a …


For GOP women in politics, a needle that’s not moving

While a tide of anti-Trump activism has led thousands of Democratic women to consider runs for office, their Republican counterparts are where they were before the 2016 election – with …


GOP-backed group ready to rumble on redistricting

A new Republican group on Thursday launched a campaign to ensure the GOP is well-positioned to draw the political boundaries that will determine future Congresses after the 2020 census.


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers closes Walla Walla office

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ Walla Walla office has closed following the departure of its sole permanent staff member.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 5:39 p.m.

Embattled HHS Secretary Price to pay for controversial chartered flights

A day after President Donald Trump declared his displeasure with him, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price showed up Thursday to get a very public flu shot.


Trump unhappy with top health official over travel

President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that he’s “not happy” with his top health official, putting Tom Price’s job in jeopardy after his costly charter flights triggered a congressional investigation of …


Activists ask Oregon to allow online signing for initiatives

Some Oregon activists are pushing for the state to implement a system that would allow voter signatures to be gathered electronically for initiative petitions.


Obamacare rates set to rise as Trump’s opposition fuels turmoil

A day after Republicans failed yet again to repeal Obamacare, confusion sowed by President Donald Trump’s opposition to the law is roiling the health-insurance market.


Paul Turner: Mike Leach is preparing Cougar fans for politics at the Thanksgiving table

We in the Inland Northwest have had a dress rehearsal for sports at the Thanksgiving table already, thanks to Washington State University football.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 6:16 p.m.

Trump plans to slash U.S. refugee admissions

The Trump administration will allow no more than 45,000 refugees into the United States next year, officials said Tuesday, in what would be the lowest admissions level in more than …


Interior Secretary Zinke calls his staff disloyal in speech to oil industry

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke walked into a big gathering of the National Petroleum Council on Monday already facing at least two government probes for his management of the department’s workforce …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 9:23 p.m.

Firebrand jurist Moore wins GOP primary runoff in Alabama

Sen. Luther Strange and firebrand jurist Roy Moore faced off Tuesday in the GOP primary runoff for an Alabama U.S. Senate seat in a race where Moore ended his last …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 5:54 p.m.

Stone says no coordination between Trump campaign and Russia

Longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone says there is “not one shred of evidence” that he was involved with Russian interference in the 2016 election.


House investigators demand details on private emails by Trump team

A top House Republican has demanded details on the use of private emails by some of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 11:11 p.m.

Trump revels in drama over spat with NFL

President Donald Trump is indulging in his favorite kind of drama – personal, aggressive, culturally volatile and entirely of his own making.


Trump promising major tax reform

The White House and congressional Republicans are finalizing a tax plan that would slash the corporate rate while likely reducing the penalty for the wealthiest Americans, with President Donald Trump …


Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announces bid for re-election

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has formally announced she will run for re-election.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 8:50 p.m.

Sen. Collins’ opposition essentially kills GOP health care drive

The last-gasp Republican drive to tear down President Barack Obama’s health care law essentially died Monday as Maine Sen. Susan Collins joined a small but decisive cluster of GOP senators …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 1:40 p.m.

Weiner’s sexting results in 21-month prison sentence

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison for sexting with a 15-year-old girl in a case that rocked Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the White House …


Abe calls snap election in Japan, readies $18 billion package

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he’ll dissolve the lower house of parliament on Sept. 28 for a general election as he announced an $18 billion economic package.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 12:14 p.m.

Trump, Pence, Bannon campaign in key Alabama Senate race

Sen. Luther Strange and challenger Roy Moore head into their final full day of campaigning in Alabama before Tuesday’s Republican runoff for U.S. Senate.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 4:54 p.m.

Kushner used private email account for some White House business

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has used a private email account to conduct and discuss official White House business dozens of times, his lawyer confirmed Sunday.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 9:49 a.m.

Idaho getting $483,000 under settlement with EpiPen maker

Idaho is getting roughly $483,000 from EpiPen maker Mylan as part of a multi-state settlement.


NFL players kneel during national anthem following further Trump tweets

NFL game day dawned Sunday with a powerful display of unity by the Baltimore Ravens’ and Jacksonville Jaguars’ players and coaches, who locked arms on the sideline of London’s Wembley …


Italy: 5-Stars open new phase, pick candidate for premier

Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement opened a new phase in its quest for the country’s premiership Saturday by choosing its candidate and party leader to take the reins from founder Beppe …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, 7:03 p.m.

Eugene Scott: Get used to mix of celebrities, politics

But the lack of expertise aside, the reason many of us tolerate celebrity engagement in policy is because we know that behind their public images celebrities are real people.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 11:19 a.m.

Weiner’s sexting case could result in prison time

Federal prosecutors say former congressman Anthony Weiner should go to prison for about two years for engaging in sexting with a 15-year-old girl.


Senate leader praises revived GOP health law repeal drive

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday praised the revived Republican effort to uproot former President Barack Obama’s health care law, giving a public boost to a proposal that’s given …


Trump’s latest nickname: Rocket Man

With President Donald Trump, a good enemy deserves a good nickname. In his debut appearance before the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday, Trump embraced his latest label – calling North Korean …