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Editorial: Firefighters union deserved more than a scolding for campaign violations

The state Public Disclosure Commission, which enforces campaign finance laws, concluded that two labor-backed political action committees violated the rules during the hotly contested Spokane mayoral race. Then it let …


Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for November 16.


Helen Ubinas: I heard school shooting survivors’ stories. Then it happened again in California

The dozens of people at a recent book-reading knew it might not be long before another school attack. But less than 24 hours later?


Zach Kessel: I write for the Daily Northwestern. We shouldn’t apologize for doing our jobs.

The staff of the Daily Northwestern is incredibly dedicated to its work. Students skip classes and meals to spend countless hours in the newsroom, documenting events and informing readers. But …


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for November 15.


Stephen L. Carter: Go ahead, call it a quid pro quo

In describing what President Trump is alleged to have demanded from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, no form of words is more precise and forceful than “quid pro quo.”


Trump was right to abandon the Taliban peace deal. Here’s what a good one would look like.

Rather than re-embracing the earlier, inadequate agreement with the Taliban, the White House should demand a better one, while making clear to the Taliban and other extremists in the region …


Dana Milbank: Why is Bolton aiding Trump’s ‘drug deal’ cover-up?

John Bolton witnessed a “drug deal.” Why won’t he tell the cops? President Trump’s former national security adviser wanted nothing to do with the “drug deal” Trump advisers were “cooking …


Tom Toles

Cartoon for November 13.


Jim Morin

Cartoon for November 13.


Trudy Rubin: 20 years in, Temple’s program in China teaches ‘rule of law’ amid tensions between Beijing and Washington

Temple University’s “Rule of Law” master’s degree program draws Chinese professionals – judges, prosecutors, government officials, law professors, and commercial lawyers – who want to understand how the U.S. legal …


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for November 12.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

Robert B. Reich: Billionaires benefit from of anti-capitalist advantages

There are basically only five ways to accumulate a billion dollars, and none of them have to do with being successful in free-market capitalism.


Bill and Ted’s excellent reputation: Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter hailed as progressive heroes

Sure, it might be a little sad that acting decently is what it takes to be a hero in today’s world. But it’s nice to know we’ve got Ted “Theodore” …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: The kids may ‘OK’ this Boomer to their heart’s content

I gather I’m supposed to be offended by “OK Boomer.” I find that I can’t. I keep laughing instead.


Joe Heller

Cartoon for November 11.


Tim Campbell

Cartoon for November 11.


Joe Heller

Cartoon for November 10.


Jim Morin

Cartoon for November 10.


Nichole Gibson: Video shows need for police de-escalation training

Our community pays law enforcement officers to help keep the community safe. Unfortunately, a recently released video demonstrates that some law enforcement officers may have very different ideas than the …


Editorial: Transportation, city leadership should be priorities in election aftermath

Washington voters last week handily


Tim Campbell

Cartoon for November 9.


Reverend Edie Rice-Sauer and Bob Lutz: Homeless, abused need more help

The stereotypical image of homelessness is often a disheveled man, wrapped in his meager belongings, drunk or on his way. Unfortunately, this image is misleading.


Jason Rezaian: Can Twitter get back on the right side of history?

The Justice Department has just charged two former employees of Twitter with spying for Saudi Arabia. The two appear to have infiltrated the social media giant in an effort to …


Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for November 8.


Tim Campbell

Casrtoon for November 7.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Terri Anderson and Kate Burke: Spokane should adopt protections for its tenant population

The debate on homelessness in Spokane is in full force. The current administration’s decision to shut down a major shelter without any sort of well-developed plan has brought an issue …


Clay Bennett

Cartoon for November 6.


Joe Heller

Cartoon for November 5.


Mansoor Shams: Media dishonor veterans with bigoted comments

I’ve personally chosen to remain quiet on the whole impeachment thing. But last week, things finally struck a chord with me as one of my own was viciously attacked for …