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UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019, 9:47 p.m.

Spokane judge blocks Trump rule restricting immigration for people who need government help

The Trump administration proposed a tightening of the definition of a public charge that would allow denying the application for permanent residence to anyone who receives public benefits for more …


Judge blocks Trump rules for detained migrant kids

A U.S. judge blocked new Trump administration rules that would enable the government to keep immigrant children in detention facilities with their parents indefinitely


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019, 6:12 p.m.

U.S. official: Trump’s special envoy to Ukraine has resigned

Kurt Volker, a former U.S. ambassador to NATO caught in the middle of a whistleblower complaint over President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, has resigned from his post as special …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019, 9:42 p.m.

Washington sues Trump over transfer of $89M from Puget Sound Navy base to border wall

Washington sues Trump administration over the transfer of money for Navy construction project.


Washington joins lawsuit against proposed changes to detaining immigrant children

Washington joined a group of other states challenging proposed new rules by the Trump administration that state Attorney General Bob Ferguson described Monday as part of “scorched earth immigration policies.”


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019, 10:13 p.m.

Plan allows drilling, grazing near national monument in Utah

A new U.S. government management plan unveiled Friday clears the way for coal mining and oil and gas drilling on land that used to be off limits as part of …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 10:12 a.m.

Farmers harvesting Washington wheat at a loss

Massive combines have begun transforming much of the Palouse from waving fields of wheat into vast expanses of stubble. But the farmers cutting that crop are currently selling the grain …


Washington takes lead in 13-state legal challenge to immigration rule

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Richland on Wednesday, the states contend the Trump administration is attempting a “radical overhaul of federal immigration law” with the final …


Trump officials weigh delay of abortion curbs

Trump administration weighs delay in enforcing its ban on abortion referrals by family-planning clinics


Plan to slow Western wildfires would clear strips of land

The Trump administration is proposing an ambitious plan to slow Western wildfires by bulldozing, mowing or revegetating large swaths of land along 11,000 miles of terrain in the West. The …


UPDATED: Mon., July 15, 2019, 4:41 p.m.

GAO: EPA skirted procedures in overhaul of science boards

Government Accountability Office says Trump administration skirted some procedures and ethics rules in remaking the Environmental Protection Agency’s science advisory boards


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 7:11 p.m.

Dems, Republicans air warring views on migrants’ conditions

Democrats who’ve visited the southern border are accusing President Donald Trump of cruelty, while Republicans say Democrats are doing little to help migrants whose numbers have overwhelmed US authorities detaining …


White House unveils $50 billion Palestinian economic plan

The White House has unveiled the economic portion of its much-anticipated “deal of the century” peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 6:50 a.m.

State files to block federal ‘conscience rule’ on health care

Attorney General Bob Ferguson files a legal challenge to Trump administration’s “conscience rule” that allows health care providers to refuse treatment based on religious beliefs.


UPDATED: Sat., May 25, 2019, 5:02 p.m.

Trump administration to pull out of rural Job Corps program, laying off 1,100 federal workers

The Trump administration announced Friday that it will kill a Forest Service program that trains disadvantaged young people for wildland fire fighting and other jobs in rural communities, laying off …


Trump administration says immigrants working in legal marijuana industry lack ‘moral character’ for citizenship

Immigrants who use marijuana or who work in the cannabis industry can be denied citizenship, even if they are doing so in states where it is legal, U.S. Citizenship and …


Official: Trump team overruled 25 security clearance denials

A career official in the White House security office says dozens of people in President Donald Trump’s administration were granted security clearances despite “disqualifying issues” in their backgrounds, such as …


UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019, 9:20 p.m.

Washington attorney general, ACLU file suit to halt Trump Administration abortion rule

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a federal lawsuit in Spokane attempting to halt a Trump Administration rule that would prohibit government-funded health care providers from telling pregnant women …


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 7:54 p.m.

Space Force would be by far the smallest military service

The Space Force proposed by the Trump administration would be the smallest military service by far


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019, 3:13 p.m.

Pence in Colombia announces new sanctions on Venezuela allies

U.S. planning new ways to pressure Venezuela’s Maduro to give up power, other means to provide assistance to its people


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019, 5 p.m.

Democrats block Senate GOP bill on infants surviving abortions

Senate Democrats have blocked a Republican bill that would have threatened prison for doctors who don’t try saving the lives of infants born alive during abortions. The measure seemed doomed …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019, 2:04 p.m.

Iran foreign minister resigns as his nuclear deal teeters

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has resigned without warning, offering an “apology” to the nation as the nuclear deal he negotiated with world powers stands on the verge of …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019, 5:12 p.m.

Trump sets up abortion obstacles, barring clinic referrals

The Trump administration is setting up new obstacles for women seeking abortions, barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from making abortion referrals. The new policy is certain to be challenged in …


White House says U.S. will keep 200 troops in Syria

The White House says the U.S. is keeping 200 American troops in Syria for now as part of a small peacekeeping force.


U.S. military aircraft to deliver more aid to Venezuela border

The Trump administration is sending another large shipment of humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan border in Colombia, for the first time using U.S. military aircraft as it increases pressure on …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 8:04 p.m.

U.S. expected to announce treaty withdrawal as soon as Friday

The Trump administration is poised to announce Friday that it is withdrawing from a treaty that has been a centerpiece of superpower arms control since the Cold War and whose …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 11:43 p.m.

As Trump administration seeks to soften blow of shutdown, experts say agencies’ choices seem aimed at helping Republican-leaning voters

The government shutdown is wreaking havoc on many Americans: Hundreds of thousands of federal employees don’t know when they’ll see their next paycheck, and low-income people who rely on the …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018, 6:10 a.m.

Federal rule could jam state plan to buy up illegal bump stocks

Trump administration decision to outlaw all bump stocks complicates Washington plan to pay state owners to turn them in.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018, 10:47 a.m.

Farmers, state watching for signs export markets will reopen

Washington farmers watching closely for a truce in the tariff war that could reopen markets to China.


Some families split up at border still detained months later

Half a dozen families who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border are still detained in Texas months after reuniting with their children.