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UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 5:06 p.m.

Google bows to worker pressure on sexual misconduct policy

Google is promising to be more forceful and open about its handling of sexual misconduct cases, a week after thousands of high-paid engineers and others walked out in protest over …


Saudi Arabia hosts world chess games, testing reform limits

Saudi Arabia is hosting a world chess tournament for the first time on Tuesday nearly two years after the country’s top cleric issued a religious edict against playing the board …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 11:27 p.m.

Samuelson: Connection between tax cuts, growth is sketchy

We really don’t have conclusive historical evidence of the relationship between tax rates and economic growth.


Pence applauds U.N. resolution on peacekeeping reform

The Security Council backed reforms Wednesday to reduce inefficiencies, corruption and abuse in the U.N.’s far-flung peacekeeping operations, a key priority of the Trump administration at the U.N. General Assembly.


UPDATED: Sun., June 18, 2017, 8:46 p.m.

GOP senator warns against rushed vote on health care bill

A Republican senator on Sunday warned against rushing a vote on a GOP bill to repeal and replace the nation’s health care law, saying both parties deserve a chance to …


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 7:54 p.m.

Lawsuit seeks court oversight of Chicago police reforms

Several leading community groups, including a local Black Lives Matter organization, filed a class-action lawsuit against Chicago on Wednesday in a bid to bypass or even scuttle a draft agreement …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 3, 2017, 10:17 p.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: Fixing coverage mandates a good first step in reforming Obamacare

Consumer-driven, patient-focused health care is the goal as Republicans methodically work through the process of reforming the reform. But it’s hard to feel like the consumer is driving anything in …


Judge cancels review of Portland police reforms amid appeals

A U.S. District Court judge has canceled a January hearing about Portland police oversight reforms as the city pursues appeals on the matter.


Froma Harrop: Trump a phony on immigration

Had the Republican House leadership allowed a vote on similar legislation, which would have been approved, America would now be well on its way to curbing illegal immigration..


Outside View: It’s time to rethink bail

A key precept of the American justice system is that a defendant’s wealth or poverty has no bearing on his treatment or his ability to mount a defense. The bail …


Spokane County Jail receives an additional $1.75 million from MacArthur Foundation to reduce overcrowding

Criminal Justice Adminstrator Jacqueline van Wormer informed stakeholders at the city and county level Wednesday afternoon the national nonprofit had selected Spokane County as one of 11 sites to receive …


Street protests, strike in France to reject labor reform

Workers and students held street protests, some of them violent, across France on Thursday while train drivers, teachers and others went on strike to reject a government reform relaxing the …


WSU Spokane professor picked to provide new criminal risk assessment tool

Zach Hamilton, a professor at WSU Spokane in criminology, will help develop a customized tool for the region to determine who should be in the overcrowded Spokane County Jail and …


MacArthur Foundation grant will reduce jail crowding

Spokane County has been rewarded for its efforts at criminal justice reform, with the deep-pocketed MacArthur Foundation selecting the area for a competitive grant to reduce overcrowding at the aging …


Symposium on tested, creative justice reform aims to maintain local momentum

Most communities would jump at a chance to reduce crime while keeping more people out of jail. Julian Adler is coming to Spokane to show them how it’s done. Adler …


Idaho wage garnishment bill doesn’t reach Senate floor

BOISE – Legislation to remove Idaho lawmakers’ special exemption from having their wages garnished has fallen victim to hostilities between the House and Senate. A Senate committee chairman refused to …


Editorial: Otter wise to lead on health care exchanges

Score one for logical over ideological. Though he’s no fan of national health care reform, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is taking a pragmatic stance in telling legislators that the state …


Editorial: Idaho school reform plan starts talks for solutions

The reality is that Idaho needs to change its public school system after being hit last year with a $128.5 million budget cut. Gov. Butch Otter’s newest budget holds education …


Washington on track for 1 million uninsured

Washington state will have more than 1 million uninsured residents by 2011, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said in Spokane this afternoon.


Ads Seek End To Political ‘Soft Money’ Financier Out To Abolish Influence-Seeking Donations To Parties

A $1 million ad campaign was launched Wednesday in an effort to have Congress ban “soft-money” political contributions. Campaign for America, founded by Wall Street financier Jerome Kohlberg, began running …


Allow Campaign Gifts Of Any Size, State Group Says Donations Would Have To Be Reported Within 24 Hours

Washington state’s five-year-old campaign finance law makes it harder for the public to know who’s spending money on elections, says a nonpartisan group. The Washington Council for Fair Elections is …


Prisons Need A Plan, Says Expert Former Andrus Aide Urges Batt To Think Long-Range, Not Quick-Fix

Gov. Phil Batt’s plan to rein in spiraling prison costs is a good first step, says an expert on Idaho’s prisons. But Batt should go one step further and create …


Catholic Groups Ask Bishops To Allow Divorce

Twenty-four Catholic dissident groups plan to release an open letter to the nation’s Catholic bishops today calling for the church to abandon the annulment process and allow divorced Catholics to …


Workers On Welfare Demand Union Wages

Anthony Brown hoses down a San Francisco city bus as part of the work he does to collect a general assistance check. He receives about $5 an hour, while unionized …


Welfare Queries To Be Answered

State officials will hold a public meeting Thursday night to answer questions about WorkFirst, Washington’s new welfare policy. WorkFirst requires welfare recipients to find and retain a job. Public assistance …


Craig Sees Chance To Alter Constitution Balanced Budget Amendment Tops Senator’s List Of Things To Do In 105th Congress

Newly re-elected Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, was a whirlwind of activity this week, bouncing between meetings with GOP congressional leaders as they prepare for the 105th Congress in January. But …


Gop’s Welfare Bill Would Stop Health Coverage Little-Noticed Addition Severs Link Between Welfare, Medicaid

A little-noticed addition to the Republican welfare bill, now awaiting final action in Congress, would eliminate the longstanding guarantee of health insurance coverage for many welfare recipients. The versions of …


Clinton: Gop Wrong On Welfare Says Move To Deny Assistance To Teen Moms Holds All Reform Hostage

President Clinton accused conservative Republican senators Saturday of trying to hold welfare reform hostage to extreme political views in demanding that unwed teen mothers be denied assistance. “This approach would …


Weaver Case Alters Indictment System U.S. Attorney In Idaho Adds Reviews, Safeguards To Process

Idaho’s U.S. attorney’s office has made significant changes in the way it handles indictments since the Randy Weaver case. But Idaho U.S. Attorney Betty Richardson noted in a memo to …


Gingrich Concedes He Will Have To Deal On The Welfare Bill

President Clinton on Saturday denounced major elements of the welfare bill approved Friday by the House of Representatives, and Speaker Newt Gingrich acknowledged that he would have to negotiate with …