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Murray blogging from China

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Decade’s local politics had highs and lows, thrills and chills

Local politics for the Double Zeroes, or whatever one calls the last decade, started with a promise of a new millenium and a broken campaign promise. It ended with lots of zeroes behind red-hued numbers – the difference between what our governments expect to take in and what they are scheduled to pay out. In between, governments were restructured, ballots recounted, politicians recalled or forced to resign.

Double Zeroes gone, not forgotten

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Flight of fancy, 787 style

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Washington, Idaho delegations back Obama’s strategy

Vietnam War veteran Rep. Walt Minnick sat in the auditorium at West Point on Tuesday surrounded by men and women in cadet gray uniforms being told by a president they could lose their lives in another Asian country. “It was an honor to be here, a generation later,” said Minnick, one of seven members of Congress asked to attend President Barack Obama’s speech on raising troop levels in Afghanistan.

Obama wins bipartisan support from local delegation

Vietnam War veteran Rep. Walt Minnick sat in the auditorium at West Point on Tuesday surrounded by men and women in cadet gray uniforms being told by a president they could lose their lives in another Asian country.

Obama speech reax: Bipartisan support for now

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Obama signs law to OK Walla Walla VA renovation

President Barack Obama has signed a law authorizing the Department of Veterans Affairs to build a new outpatient clinic at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash.