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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 …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 3:36 p.m.

GOP tentatively agrees to $1.5T plan on tax cuts

Top Republicans on a key Senate panel have reached a tentative agreement on a tax plan that would add about $1.5 trillion to the government’s $20 trillion debt over 10 …


Trump nominee says Russia’s election meddling led to low level of trust

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Russia, told Congress on Tuesday that Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election led directly to …


Deadline approaching for Senate internship program application

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo is encouraging Idaho students to apply for internship opportunities in his Washington, D.C., office or one of his six regional offices throughout Idaho.


News or propoganda? GOP governors launch ‘news’ site that critics are now bashing

Republican governors are getting into the “news” business. The Republican Governors Association has quietly launched an online publication that looks like a media outlet and is branded as such on …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 10:56 a.m.

Miffed Senate panel cancels private interview with Trump lawyer

A scheduled private meeting between President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and Senate committee staff was abruptly canceled on Tuesday amid a dispute over a public statement he issued before the …


Senate GOP musters final push to erase Obama health care law

Senate Republicans are revving up a final push to scuttle President Barack Obama’s health care law. Though the effort faces low odds of success and just a two-week window to …


How Trump’s advisers schooled him on globalism

On a sweltering Washington summer day, President Donald Trump’s motorcade pulled up to the Pentagon for a meeting largely billed as a briefing on the Afghanistan conflict and the fight …


Anti-Trump, anti-Nazi graffiti found on Tacoma school

Tacoma Public Schools officials are investigating anti-Trump and anti-Nazi graffiti found on an elementary school.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017, 9:10 p.m.

Crapo crafts flood insurance reform

The two major hurricanes that hammered Texas and Florida in recent weeks also highlighted the need to reform a federal flood insurance program that encourages homeowners to rebuild in flood-prone …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017, 9:02 p.m.

Council candidate, civic leader Scott Campbell dies

A candidate for Vancouver City Council and one of the region’s most energetic civic leaders, Scott Campbell, died early today at a Salmon Creek hospice center.


Alex Yablon: Video games, politics, religion don’t drive mass shooters

My experience suggests that the outsize attention paid to the shooter’s particular beliefs obscures the real connections between mass shooters. What binds them together and elevates their likelihood of killing …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 5:53 p.m.

Senate rejects bipartisan push for new U.S. war authorization

The Senate on Wednesday rejected a bipartisan push for a new war authorization against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, electing to let the White House rely on a …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 5:16 p.m.

Defense chief says U.S. must keep all 3 parts of nuclear force

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday he has become convinced that the United States must keep all three parts of its nuclear force, rather than eliminate one, as he once …


Pete Domenici, Republican senator from New Mexico, dies at 85

Pete V. Domenici, a Republican lawmaker from New Mexico who became a leading voice on budget and energy policy during six terms in the Senate, and who a colleague once …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 7:57 p.m.

Russia probe is said to have ‘red-hot’ focus on social media

Russia’s effort to influence U.S. voters through Facebook and other social media is a focus of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election and possible links to President …