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Trump tweeting again about puzzling Sweden remarks

President Donald Trump is tweeting further criticism of Sweden’s immigration policies. The president tweeted Monday that: “The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden …


Ecuador election could decide Assange’s continued asylum

Whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can stay at the Ecuadorean embassy in London could depend on the winner of Sunday’s presidential election in the South American country. Ruling party candidate …


Just how mainstream is marijuana? There’s now a ‘Congressional Cannabis Caucus’

Time to dispel any doubts you may still have that marijuana reform is truly a mainstream political issue. This week, a bipartisan group of U.S. representatives formed the first-ever “Congressional …


GOP plan for chaotic town halls: Avoid them

Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s town hall last week marked a high point for the progressive “resistance,” with voters flooding a Utah high school gym, demanding answers on the GOP’s agenda, and …


Education boss Betsy DeVos is now being guarded by U.S. Marshals

The U.S. Marshals Service says they are now providing security for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, after a handful of protesters blocked her from entering a Washington middle school. The move …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017

Man sentenced to 112 years for Seattle Pacific shooting in 2014

A mentally ill man who killed one student and wounded two others at Seattle Pacific University in 2014 – a shooting inspired by the Columbine High School massacre a decade …


Trump hits the road, hoping rally speeches overcome troubles

Shifting attention from his troubled White House, President Donald Trump hit the road Friday for a campaign-style rally, resurrecting the buoyant jobs promises that powered his election victory and pledging …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017

DHS weighed National Guard for immigration roundups

The White House distanced itself Friday from a Department of Homeland Security draft proposal to use the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants, but lawmakers said the document offers …


GOP leaders unveil Obamacare replacement outline

Top House Republicans unveiled a rough sketch of a massive health care overhaul to rank-and-file lawmakers Thursday, but a lack of detail, cost estimates and GOP unity left unresolved the …


Flynn in FBI interview denied discussing sanctions with Russian ambassador

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn denied to FBI agents in an interview last month that he had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador to the United …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 16, 2017

At least 1 hurt after Oklahoma oil field explosion

At least one person was hurt Thursday after an oil field explosion in eastern Oklahoma, authorities say. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the explosion happened near Quinton in Pittsburg County, …


Trump administration says it will revise travel ban

President Donald Trump’s administration said in court documents on Thursday it does not want a larger appellate panel to review a ruling keeping its travel ban on hold and will …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 16, 2017

Washington Supreme Court rules against florist in gay wedding case

The Washington state Supreme Court has ruled that a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding broke anti-discrimination laws. The nine justices posted their unanimous ruling on …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017

Idaho official: Federal agency may have tried to hack state elections site

The Idaho secretary of state says a federal agency may have tried to hack the state’s election website around the date of the presidential election without notifying Idaho officials in …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017

U.S. spy agencies, FBI said to probe Trump team’s Russia calls

U.S. intelligence agencies and the FBI are conducting multiple investigations to determine the full extent of contacts that President Donald Trump’s advisers and associates had with Russia during and after …


Following Trump order, IRS shifts on health care mandate

The IRS says it’s following President Donald Trump’s executive order on health care by easing enforcement of the unpopular Obama-era requirement for people to have coverage or risk fines. Trump …


Trump accuses agencies, media of ‘cover-up’ via Russia leaks

Donald Trump started Wednesday by continuing his efforts to deflect blame for an escalating scandal involving Russia, the 2016 election and his top associates, as the president seemed to suggest …


Flynn’s exit leaves Trump’s national security team in turmoil

President Donald Trump asked for his national security adviser’s resignation, less than four weeks in office, after a review by the White House counsel sparked by the Department of Justice’s …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 14, 2017

Only 8.8 percent in U.S. lacked health insurance, a record, CDC reports

The nation’s uninsured rate tumbled further last year, hitting the lowest rate on record, according to new government data that underscored what is at stake in the Republican effort to …


Trump knew Flynn misled officials on Russia calls for ‘weeks,’ White House says

President Donald Trump was aware that his national security adviser Michael Flynn had misled White House officials and Vice President Mike Pence for “weeks” before he was forced to resign …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 14, 2017

Police looking for clues in death of North Korea leader’s brother

Police were checking surveillance tapes Wednesday for clues about who may have assassinated the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at an airport in Kuala Lumpur, a senior …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 13, 2017

Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn resigns

The Justice Department warned the Trump administration weeks ago that embattled national security adviser Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russia could leave him in a compromised position, an administration official and …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 12, 2017

Refugees share their stories at packed Spokane rally

After a week in which President Donald Trump tweeted about


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 13, 2017

188,000 under evacuation orders near Northern California dam

At least 188,000 people were asked to evacuate in Northern California after authorities warned an emergency spillway in the country’s tallest dam was in danger of failing Sunday and unleashing …


Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson uses strategic streak to fight Trump

The legal challenge that would launch Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson into the vanguard of resistance against President Donald Trump’s travel ban was already in the works as Ferguson flew …


New analysis shows GOP school-funding plan would lower taxes in Spokane, raise them in Seattle

The average homeowner in the Spokane area could see property taxes go down in 2019 under the Senate Republican school plan. But it’s just one of several proposals to improve …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017

Man who died at 49 Degrees North was not on a ski run

The man who died after falling into a tree well at the 49 Degrees North ski area near Chewelah on Monday was not on an established ski run at the …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 11, 2017

Trump considers writing ‘brand new’ immigration order

President Donald Trump said Friday he is considering rewriting his executive order temporarily barring refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country, indicating the administration may try …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017

Federal agents conduct sweeping immigration enforcement raids in at least 6 states

U.S. immigration authorities arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in at least a half-dozen states this week in a series of raids that marked the first large-scale enforcement of President Donald …


Iranians trample on U.S. flag, mark 1979 Islamic Revolution

Iranians on Friday marked the anniversary of the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution with nationwide celebrations and mass rallies that saw people step on large U.S. flags laid out on the …