Best of 2016: Everett is Trump’s kind of town

In 2004, Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee, rallied a crowd of mostly white, working class supporters at what is now Everett’s Xfinity Arena.…

Everett is Trump’s kind of town

To read Crosscut's on-the-ground coverage of the Donald Trump rally in Everett this past August, which attracted almost 10,000 attendees, click here.  In 2004, Sen. John…

Activists mount last stand against Asian trade agreement

The sing-song cadence of activist chants insinuate like a jingle. At the Showbox in Sodo on Friday, it was “hell no, TPP!” chanted to a beat,…

Pro: We need a modern lands commissioner

Every four years, at the height of the presidential circus, voters scan a list of unfamiliar, down-ballot names and elect the chief environmental officer for…

Court orders feds to clean up World War II era nuclear site

The news slipped into the vacuum of Friday happy hour. Late on March 11, a U.S. District judge quietly issued a novella-length ruling, which may reshape the way…

FDR’s mixed legacy for NW environment

“There is no such thing as an ex-conservationist,” Franklin Roosevelt said. Conservation was the through-line of FDR’s public legacy, a narrative given new life in…

Best of 2015: Devilish dealing in Washington’s wilderness expansion

This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our writers and by popularity with readers. We will…

Welcome, President Xi. Now about those dissidents…

In Seattle, it’s déjà Henry Kissinger all over again. Like Woody Allen’s Zelig, Kissinger is the omnipresent figure who inserts himself into historic grip-and-grin photos, shape-shifting…

Death-by-inertia for top conservation fund

In Congress, it’s death-by-inertia. Rip an institution down to its studs and allow the clock to run out. Voila! On July 1, the federal Export-Import…

Obama’s executive order to beef up defense of our cyber domain

There’s new language for a new kind of arms race. President Barack Obama punctuated his speech at a summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection by signing an executive…

Washington’s wilderness expansion: devilish dealing

It has an incongruous feel about it, like a diamond pressed in a phonebook. It's the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act: Title XXX,…

How Washington state fed America’s torture beast

Spokane, the lilac city, gave us Bing Crosby and poet Carolyn Kizer. It also gave us John Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell, the alleged merchants…

Seattle church had supported Guantanamo detainee who died

Editor's note: The Pentagon on Tuesday identified Adnan Latif as the Guantanamo detainee who died in his cell over the weekend.  The New York Times…

Midday Scan: Liquor and Big Oil join Tim Eyman as bedfellows

The only way to ameliorate righteous anger over initiative kingpin Tim Eyman is to revisit the wisdom of Woodward and Bernstein (even if that wisdom…

Midday Scan: Shell Oil and Greenpeace face off over Alaskan oil in Elliott Bay

Brothers, cousins, shirttail feuders? The Washington-Alaska nexus traces back to the 1897 Klondike Gold Rush and was enshrined forever with Alaska statehood in 1959 (it's much…
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