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UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Trump administration tightens SNAP work requirements

The Trump administration is tightening work requirements for the federal food assistance program in a move that will slash benefits for hundreds of thousands of people.


US held nearly 70,000 migrant kids in custody in 2019

The U.S. government had nearly 70,000 migrant children in custody this year, a record number of infants, children and teens at risk for trauma that can cause ongoing physical and …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Spokane judge becomes second to block Trump administration’s ‘conscience rule’

A federal judge in Spokane became the second in two days to block the Trump administration’s new expanded “conscience rule” that would allow health care workers to refuse care for …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

White House launches website aimed at addiction treatment

The Trump administration has unveiled a website aimed at helping millions of Americans with substance abuse issues learn about and locate treatment options.


U.S. budget deficit hits $984 billion, highest in 7 years

The federal deficit for the 2019 budget year surged to $984.4 billion, its highest point in seven years, and is widely expected to top the $1 trillion mark in coming …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

House investigators subpoena 3 more administration officials

Impeachment investigators issued subpoenas Friday to three more Trump administration officials, demanding their testimony in the probe of President Donald Trump’s efforts to force Ukraine to feed him damaging information …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Tally of children split at border tops 5,400 in new count

The American Civil Liberties Union says US immigration authorities separated more than 1,500 children from their parents at the Mexico border early in the Trump administration, bringing the total number …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …