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Robert J. Samuelson: Let states, localities fix the schools

We should let states and localities see whether they can make schools work better. The grandiose fix-it national plans are mostly exercises in political marketing.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: ‘We are Americans first’ … aren’t we?

“Before we are anything else,” says Beto O’Rourke, “we are Americans first.” That used to be a lot easier to believe.


UPDATED: Sun., April 7, 2019

Washington Democrats to use results of presidential primary

The Washington state Democratic Party has announced it will use the state’s 2020 presidential primary to allocate delegates to candidates instead of the precinct caucuses it has used in previous …


UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019

Biden jokes about accusations, targets union voters

Former Vice President Joe Biden tries to use humor to defuse his recent controversy about crossing physical boundaries with women — but acknowledges he’ll have to change the way he …


UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019

’Our country is full’: Trump says migrants straining system

Declaring “our country is full,” President Donald Trump insisted the U.S. immigration system was overburdened and illegal crossings must be stopped as he inspected a refurbished section of fencing at …


Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan is latest Democrat seeking White House

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan jumped into the 2020 presidential race on Thursday, portraying himself as a candidate who can bridge Democrats’ progressive and working class wings to win the White …


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019

State could require tax returns from presidential candidates

A state House committee passes a bill requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to be on Washington ballots next year.


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019

Inslee on CNN town hall next week

CNN town hall broadcast will feature Gov. Jay Inslee next Wednesday.


Biden says he never meant to make women feel uncomfortable

Joe Biden on Monday forcefully rejected comparisons of his embrace of colleagues, friends and their families during swearing-in ceremonies as vice president and the 2014 allegation he says he can’t …


Kathleen Parker: Can I call ya Jo(k)e?

If Democrats want to woo renegade Republicans and independents they’d best focus on uniting their constituents under a banner of shared values rather than encouraging good men to apologize for …


First Democratic 2020 debates set for late June in Miami

The first Democratic presidential debates will take place June 26 and 27 in Miami. The Democratic National Committee confirmed the plans first disclosed by NBC News, which will broadcast the …


Trump assembling an army of operatives for re-election fight

In 2016, President Donald Trump compared Hillary Clinton’s campaign to the lumbering federal bureaucracy. Now he’s building one of his own.


Inslee’s security unit expanded amid presidential bid

The taxpayer price tag for Gov. Jay Inslee’s White House ambitions is escalating, as the Washington State Patrol plans to nearly double the size of his traveling security detail at …


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019

Democrats’ 2020 nominating fight turns in the GOP-run South

Democrats’ road back to the White House runs through the Republican-run South, and not just in the early nominating state of South Carolina


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019

Beto O’Rourke says he raised $6.1M online in 1st 24 hours

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke raised more than $6 million online during the first 24 hours after he announced his White House bid, the highest first-day number reported by any …


Spin Control: Will a presidential run interfere with governor duties?

Gov. Jay Inslee says he has no plans to resign his seat while running for president.


Gillibrand highlights contaminated water in Northeast

Democratic presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand is trying to connect with voters’ important issues on the ground, or in some cases under, in New Hampshire


UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019

Inslee signs bill moving up presidential primary and forcing voters to declare parties

Gov. Jay Inslee signs presidential primary law.


Stacey Abrams, Joe Biden meet as both weigh 2020 decisions

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams were meeting privately Thursday in Washington, bringing together two starkly different faces of their party as they both weigh their …


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019

Dems in limbo as Biden’s 2020 decision ‘a few weeks’ away

The political world may have to wait yet another “few weeks” to learn whether one of the biggest names in Democratic politics is running for president.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Fox ‘News’ doesn’t deserve a seat at the table

In being banned from hosting upcoming primary debates by the Democratic National Committee, Fox is getting what Fox deserves.


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019

2020 Democrats flock to trendy SXSW festival in Austin, Texas

The 2020 circus had arrived at the hipster-techie festival that is South by Southwest.


Christine Emba: The Democrats’ bad decision on Fox News

By cutting Fox News out of the debates entirely, the Democratic National Committee has alienated even the few responsible journalists from that network and given Fox News defenders even more …


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019

Washington presidential primary heads to March

The Washington House sends Gov. Jay Inslee a bill to change Washington’s presidential primary to March and require voters declare their party affiliation.


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019

Ex-Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper enters presidential race

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said on Monday he’s running for president, casting himself as a can-do uniter who’s used to overcoming adversity and accomplishing liberal goals in a politically …


GOP stalls energy bill vote, gives Inslee a win

Senate Republicans’ maneuver gave Gov. Jay Inslee a win just as he was announcing his run for president.


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019

What the national media is saying about Gov. Jay Inslee’s presidential bid, climate platform

Most national pundits questioned Friday whether the Democratic governor’s singular focus on combating global climate change would be enough to make waves in an already-crowded field.


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019

Timeline: Jay Inslee’s political career started in 1985

A partial time line of the key elements in Jay Inslee’s political career.


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019

Who’s more likely to be the next president: Tom Brady or Jay Inslee? Betting sites place the odds as long for both.

The odds are long on whether Jay Inslee can win the White House in 2020 – if you can find them.


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019

Inslee’s in the 2020 White House race and he’s headed to Iowa

Jay Inslee makes it official: He’s running for president.