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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.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 14, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

Improving world economy still needs help from low rates

Global finance leaders on Saturday appealed to central bankers to stick as long as possible with low-interest rate policies that have made borrowing attractive and helped safeguard an improving but …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 1:34 p.m.

EPA orders cleanup at Texas toxic site flooded by Harvey

The Trump administration has handed a rare victory to environmentalists. It’s ordered two big corporations to pay for a $115 million cleanup at a Texas toxic waste site that may …


Commerce chief: Billions more dollars needed for 2020 Census

The Trump administration acknowledged Thursday that billions more dollars are “urgently needed” to ensure a fair and accurate count during the 2020 Census.


Hezbollah says new U.S. measures attempt to ‘demonize’ group

A multimillion dollar reward offered by the Trump administration in return for information leading to the arrest of two senior operatives of the Lebanese Hezbollah group is part of ongoing …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 3:20 p.m.

White House to seek $29B disaster aid package

The Trump administration on Wednesday asked Congress for $29 billion in disaster aid to cover ongoing hurricane relief and recovery efforts and to pay federal flood insurance claims.


Guest Opinion: Nick Gier: Sanctuaries have a sacred history

The people of the ancient Middle East practiced radical hospitality, and the Israelites were no exception: “When a stranger sojourns in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The …


Washington wheat growers: Stay the course with S. Korea trade deal

Wheat farmers join chorus urging Trump administration not to pull out of a trade treaty with South Korea.


Congress must stabilize health insurance market

The reality is that the ACA will remain the law for the forseeable future, so the responsible course is for Congress to stabilize the individual insurance market.


Editorial: Opioid addiction is a clear, present danger

No state has been immune to the opioid crisis. In 2015, 718 Washingtonians and 218 Idahoans died from drug overdoses. The numbers keep rising.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 2:27 p.m.

Daunting budget deadlines loom for government

The Trump administration and Congress face a daunting set of budget-related deadlines in the coming weeks. Blowing them could upend global financial markets and cause a partial government shutdown.


Robert J. Samuelson: Beware of economic growth as magic elixir

We can no longer grow our way out of serious conflicts, if we ever could. There isn’t enough money to satisfy all our demands, even at higher rates of economic …


Trump administration moves to withdraw clean-water rule

The Trump administration moved Tuesday to roll back an Obama administration policy that protected more than half the nation’s streams from pollution but drew attacks from farmers, fossil fuel companies …


Endangered species budget cuts could impact jobs

Many state groups and agencies that handle Endangered Species Act functions for the federal government have been casting worried looks at the endangered status of their funding.


BPA grid sale tied to fantasy budget

Privatizing the BPA grid would devastate the Northwest economy. And for what? Another budget proposal that isn’t grounded in reality.


Shell CEO says climate change is real, but energy demand growth is ‘unstoppable’

Ben van Beurden, the chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell, took time to speak to The Washington Post on May 17 during a visit to Washington, and he touched on …


UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 10:43 p.m.

Senators tell Zinke: Hands off the Hanford Reach

U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell said in a letter to Ryan Zinke, U.S. secretary of the interior, that they oppose any attempt to modify the Hanford Reach National …


UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 7:02 p.m.

Kushner family drops out of China investor summit

The sister of White House adviser Jared Kushner on Thursday pulled out of the family company’s scheduled weekend presentation to potential Chinese investors amid growing criticism that she had used …


North Carolina governor decries lack of Hurricane Matthew recovery funds

Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday expressed his “shock and disappointment” in the small amount of federal disaster funding the Trump administration and Congress have authorized for Hurricane Matthew recovery in …


UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 11:30 p.m.

Trump renominates Idaho Judge Nye for long-vacant federal judgeship

President Trump on Monday re-nominated Judge David Nye to fill Idaho’s long-vacant second U.S. District judge position.


A small-town stage for national refugee debate

As images of dead Syrian children flashed across his television this month in Montana, David LeBleu prayed it would finally change minds.


UPDATED: Sat., April 29, 2017, 10:51 p.m.

EPA website removes climate science site from public view

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday evening its website would be “undergoing changes” to better represent the new direction the agency is taking, triggering the removal of several agency websites …


Senate confirms Alex Acosta as Trump’s secretary of labor

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Alex Acosta as Labor secretary, filling out President Donald Trump’s Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office.


UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 9:42 a.m.

Spin Control: Benton’s number comes up, he’s now head of the draft

Former state senator and state GOP chairman lands at the helm of the Selective Service System.


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 6:13 p.m.

U.S. warns companies not to overlook qualified Americans

The Trump administration is warning U.S. companies that it will investigate those that discriminate against qualified American workers in favor of foreigners.


George Critchlow: Turkey’s refugee policy puts U.S. to shame

Turkey’s willingness to open its borders to millions of refugees and commit scarce national resources to their well-being is remarkable.


White House makes clear it’s not trying to push Assad out

The Trump administration declared Friday that it wasn’t pursuing a strategy to push Syrian President Bashar Assad out of power, making clear its focus is on defeating the Islamic State …


UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 7:52 p.m.

New rifts emerge as Trump administration rejects free trade statement at G-20 meeting

The Trump administration on Saturday rejected a statement from other leading economies that warned against the perils of trade protectionism, the latest sign of how the administration’s more combative approach …


UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017, 9:48 p.m.

Senators urge new energy secretary to protect Hanford workers

Washington’s two U.S. senators brought the chemical vapors issue at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to the attention of new Energy Secretary Rick Perry, asking him to improve safety and make …