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UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 7:01 p.m.

Under fire, Kelly overhauls White House clearance procedure

Under pressure over his handling of abuse allegations against a top aide, White House chief of staff John Kelly on Friday ordered sweeping changes in how the White House clears …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 6:12 p.m.

Planned Parenthood files suit in Spokane to stop Trump cuts to teen pregnancy prevention

The local office of Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit Thursday in Spokane that is seeking to have a federal judge stop the Trump Administration from cutting the grants that fund …

No Olympic truce for U.S., North Korea in Pyeongchang

Forget an Olympic truce. The rhetoric war between North Korea and the Trump administration hasn’t skipped a beat in Pyeongchang.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 12:50 p.m.

Why prospect of higher budget gaps is spooking stock market

The stock market may be firing off warning shots to the Trump administration and Congress about their plans to blow up the size of the federal deficit.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 3:49 p.m.

Trump administration’s oil drilling plan prompts protests

The Trump administration’s plan to drill for oil and gas off the coast of the United States drew protests Tuesday in Congress and on the streets.

Washington will fight offshore drilling, Inslee says

State officials, tribal leaders vow to fight Trump administration plans to open the Washington coast areas to offshore oil and gas drilling.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 9:19 a.m.

U.S. slaps arms embargo on South Sudan, urges UN to do same

The Trump administration is imposing a U.S. arms embargo on civil war-torn South Sudan while urging the United Nations and other countries to do the same.

Sanctioned Russian spy official met with counterparts in U.S.

The Trump administration let a top Russian spy official visit the United States last week for meetings with U.S. intelligence officials even though there are sanctions against him that typically …

Trump asks for Supreme Court review of immigration policy

The Trump administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a judge’s ruling blocking the administration’s decision to end protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants.

Trump administration creating civil rights division to shield health workers with moral or religious objections

The Trump administration will create a new conscience and religious freedom division within the Health and Human Services Department to ease the way for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals …

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 10:52 p.m.

Governor office: Zinke reconsiders drilling off Oregon Coast

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke agreed to consider exempting Oregon from the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan after speaking with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, her office said Friday.

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, 9:54 p.m.

Republican Sen. Doug Ericksen appointed to EPA adviser job

Washington Sen. Doug Ericksen has been appointed as the senior adviser to the Region 10 administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency.

U.S. agrees to send lethal weapons to Ukraine, angering Russia

The Trump administration has approved a plan to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine, a long-awaited move that deepens America’s involvement in the military conflict and may further strain relations with …

CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity

Trump administration officials are forbidding officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases – including “fetus” and “transgender” – in any …

Supreme Court blocks for now DACA case document disclosure

The Supreme Court on Friday blocked for now a judge’s order requiring the Trump administration to disclose all emails, letters and other documents it considered in its decision to end …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 24, 2017, 5:23 p.m.

U.S. backtracks on decision to close Palestinian office in D.C.

The Trump administration backtracked Friday on its decision to order the Palestinians’ office in Washington to close, instead saying it would merely impose limitations on the office that it expected …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 1:54 p.m.

U.S. slaps new sanctions on North Korean, Chinese firms

The Trump administration imposed new sanctions on a slew of North Korean shipping firms and Chinese trading companies Tuesday in its latest push to isolate the rogue nation over its …

Democratic lawmakers sue over Trump administration secrecy

Democratic members of the House oversight committee filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday over the Trump administration’s refusal to turn over information about the Trump family’s lease of the …

U.S. workers’ productivity jumps 3 percent in third quarter

U.S. workers’ productivity jumped 3 percent in the third quarter, the strongest gain in three years, while labor costs remained moderate.

Government won’t pursue talking car mandate

The Trump administration has quietly set aside plans to require new cars to be able to wirelessly talk to each other, auto industry officials said, jeopardizing one of the most …

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.

Seattle judge ices states’ challenge to latest travel ban

SEATTLE – A federal judge in Seattle has put on hold a challenge by Washington and several other states to the Trump administration’s latest travel ban. U.S. District Judge James …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 9:18 p.m.

Belatedly, Trump admin finishes list of off-limits Russians

The Trump administration gave Congress on Thursday a list of Russian officials who may soon become off-limits to anyone who wants to avoid U.S. sanctions, as criticism mounted over the …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 9:22 p.m.

Pentagon chief accuses North Korea of threatening ‘catastrophe’

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accused North Korea on Friday of building a nuclear arsenal to “threaten others with catastrophe” and said the Trump administration remains committed to compelling the …

Tillerson again insists Syrian leader Assad must go

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson doubled down Thursday on Washington’s call for Syrian President Bashar Assad to leave power, looking past recent battlefield gains by his Russian-backed forces to …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 12:33 p.m.

U.S. agrees to pay tea party groups in suits over IRS scrutiny

The Trump administration has agreed to a “very substantial” payout and is apologizing to tea party groups to settle lawsuits over the extra, often burdensome IRS scrutiny they received when …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 8:59 a.m.

Tillerson in India to highlight U.S. strategy in South Asia

Combating terrorism and India’s role in war-torn Afghanistan dominated talks between U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Indian counterpart Wednesday as Tillerson highlighted the Trump administration’s new strategy …

Congress must stabilize health insurance

Insurers need stability now, so they can set rates. The mandate to purchase is a key to keeping premiums in check.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 5:54 p.m.

D.C. court blocks – for now – immigrant teen’s access to abortion

A Washington appeals court is blocking for now an abortion sought by a pregnant 17-year-old immigrant being held in a Texas facility, ruling Friday that the government should be given …

Guest Opinion: Megan J. Ballard: Trump’s refugee rationale is a ruse

Reducing refugee admissions to a trickle is not justified by humanitarian concerns nor is it in the national interest.