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Twitter pulls back on political ads, but pitfalls await

Twitter announced an end Wednesday to political campaign and issue ads on its service, calling it an important step in reducing the flow of election-related misinformation.

New Facebook oversight board results to be public, exec says

A new quasi-independent oversight board will soon make decisions on some of the most difficult questions on what material belongs on Facebook’s platform in a “very public way,” an executive …

Amazon, other Washington companies, get perfect scores for LGBTQ policies, but some advocates ask for more

Amazon, along with 10 other Washington-based companies, scored 100 percent this week in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s latest measure of policies and practices that “affirm and include” lesbian, gay, …

Trump signs declaration reversing U.S. policy on Golan Heights

President Donald Trump signed a proclamation on Monday recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, reversing more than a half-century of U.S. policy in the Middle East.

As Harvard’s admissions policy goes on trial, alleged victims of racial bias remain anonymous

Harvard University’s secretive admissions process will undergo a rare public dissection in a trial starting this week of allegations that the Ivy League school discriminates against Asian-Americans.

Italy-flagged migrant rescue ship challenges Italian policy

An Italian-flagged rescue ship set sail Thursday for the deadly migrant smuggling route in the central Mediterranean Sea, challenging moves by Italy’s populist government to shut down such humanitarian operations.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown lay out health care philosophies at Spokane conference

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said the role of the federal government is to increase choice and competitiveness in the U.S. health care market, while Democrat Lisa Brown urged a push …

States’ follow-through mixed on sexual misconduct policy

The #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct has prompted many state legislatures to reconsider their internal policies and state laws on the issue.

New Southwest Airlines emotional support animal policy allows only dogs and cats on leashes or in carriers

Joining several other carriers that have adopted tough new rules on pets, Southwest Airlines is adopting a new policy for emotional support animals in the cabin, allowing only dogs and …

Fast-food chains agree to end ‘no-poaching’ policies

Seven national fast-food chains have agreed to end policies that block workers from changing branches – limiting their wages and job opportunities – under the threat of legal action from …

UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018

Accused of racial profiling, Lowe’s ends policy of checking customer receipts as they leave

After being accused of racial profiling, Lowe’s has ended its receipt-checking policy in all stores.

Pentagon silent on transgender policy released last week

Nearly a week after the Pentagon publicly posted its new recommended policy on transgender troops, the department’s chief spokeswoman refused to clarify portions of the memo or settle confusion about …

UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018

Facebook revamps privacy tools as tighter EU rules draw near

Facebook is giving its privacy tools a makeover as it reels from criticisms over its data practices and faces tighter European regulations in the coming months.

UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018

Kroger bans gun sales to buyers under 21 at Fred Meyer stores

Kroger is raising the minimum age to buy guns at its Fred Meyer stores, the third major retailer to place restrictions on gun sales that exceed federal law.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018

Kansas officer fired for violating policy in deadly shooting

A Kansas police officer who fatally shot a man in an SUV outside the man’s home six months ago has been fired for violating department policy in the shooting, a …

U.S. ambassador says Trump policy in Afghanistan is working

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley says the Trump administration’s policy in Afghanistan is working, saying talks between the government and the Taliban are closer than ever before.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018

Guantanamo prisoners challenge no-release policy under Trump

Eleven prisoners held at the Guantanamo Bay detention filed a legal challenge Thursday against President Donald Trump, whose administration has not released or transferred anyone from the U.S. base in …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018

Montana Legislature reviewing sexual harassment policy

The Montana Legislature is reviewing its sexual harassment policy after accusations of sexual misconduct led to the downfall of other lawmakers across the country.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 2, 2018

Judge refuses to order school to suspend transgender policy

A federal judge in Chicago says he won’t force a suburban school district to suspend a policy that enables transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice.

Senate versus House tax plans: A comparison

Here’s a rundown of the Senate’s newly-passed bill as compared to the House of Representatives’ plan, which was passed in November.

FBI deviated from its policy on alerting hacking victims

The FBI deviated from its own policy to notify victims of computer hacking when it left U.S. officials and other Americans in the dark about Kremlin-aligned attempts to break into …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

Trump delays new policy on importing elephant parts

President Donald Trump said Friday he’s delaying a new policy allowing the body parts of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review “all conservation facts.”

Trump administration considering even lower refugee limits

President Donald Trump is considering a further reduction in the number of refugees allowed into the United States as the administration works to re-shape American immigration policy, officials said Wednesday.

McMorris Rodgers, challengers talk health care after tumultuous summer in Congress

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says the bill the House of Representatives passed in May, now languishing in the Senate, is just a first step in reforming the country’s health care …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017

Trump’s tweets blindsiding advisers searching for clarity

Aides to President Donald Trump were in deep talks about how to defuse tensions between Qatar and other Arab nations when the door to the secure room at the White …

DeVos: Too many college students have been treated unfairly under sex assault policy

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Thursday that too many students have been treated unfairly as colleges have sought to comply with Obama-era policy on handling sexual assault, but she declined …

UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017

Trump to announce plan to stop cash flow to Cuban military

The White House says President Donald Trump plans to announce a revised Cuba policy that’s aimed at stopping the flow of U.S. cash to the country’s military and security services. …

‘Charming Betsy’ doctrine looms over Trump Climate decision

If the U.S. withdraws from the Paris climate accord – an option gaining favor among top White House advisers – Charming Betsy may be partly to blame. Or, more specifically, …

Washington state school district halts international trips

A school district in Washington state has halted all international field trips over concerns students in the country illegally wouldn’t be able to get back in.

Inland Northwest Trump supporters: President is working hard, needs more time to reach goals

As Donald Trump approaches the end of his first 100 days in office, local supporters said he’s accomplished a lot that isn’t being recognized in the media and should have …