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The one group that can rein in Trump? His own party

Congress is on a one-week recess. These breaks are intended to allow members of the House and Senate to return home and listen to the…

Seattle isn’t the national leader it thought it was

On election night 2016, Seattle learned just how much of a national outlier it is. During the previous eight years, the uplifting message of hope…

What surviving Nixon teaches us about Trump

When I was a boy, I worshipped the presidents. Some kids collected baseball cards. I ordered a sheet of faux postage stamps from a comic…

How one newspaper resisted internment

When September 11, 2001 occurred, some of us argued that a second date would now “live in infamy.” The first, of course, was December 7,…

Under Trump, Seattle and its businesses come together

Neo-feudalism seems to be the order of the day. Voters in cities like Seattle prepare for a long siege behind their urban walls, though political…

Fake news: Been there, done that

It’s time for a confession: I have perpetrated fake news. In fact, I got my start as a writer doing that. And I did it…

5 ways tribes can fight back against Trump

How does Indian Country survive the Donald Trump era? The new administration is only a few days old and already the chaos of the times…

Snowmageddon brings Seattle to its knees

A winter storm roared into the Emerald City Sunday night, blanketing streets and homes with snow and bringing the Pacific Northwest's largest metropolis to a…

The summer of 1970: When Seattle erupted

Monica Guzman of the Evergrey asked me recently about the intense feelings pulsing through Seattle in response to Donald Trump. The demonstrations at Kane Hall…

Turning away refugees can be a death sentence

In May of 1939, more than 900 Jewish refugees, many of them women and children, left Hamburg aboard the MS St. Louis for a two-week voyage to…

Lawmakers look at ending carte blanche for police

This may be the year that Washington state’s unique law overprotecting police when they use deadly force is brought in line with those of other…

The media and Trump: What the Nazis can teach us

We’re in a “post-factual” world, a phenomenon embraced by the Trump administration from Day One when White House spokespeople blatantly lied to the press and…

Flag burning: Is Trump resistance going too far?

Around the intersection the faces were grim, and strangely quiet. Minutes earlier, the marchers had been loud, rowdy in the performative, almost rote way protests…

Tools for the Trump resistance

On Inauguration Day, the sun will rise and set even for #NeverTrump residents of the Northwest. Hopefully. And sometime Saturday, workers at Seattle’s Second Avenue…

How to deal with fascists — lessons from history

The so-called “alt right” is feeling its oats. With Donald Trump about to assume the presidency, white nationalists, supremacists and Neo-Nazis are newly empowered. Take…

In Obama’s farewell, a hint of something new

The first artifact of the new year, then, will be a tweet by the outgoing President. It is a medium uncharacteristic of Barack Obama but…

The fight for a Washington income tax lives on

Looking back on 2016, there was one low-key but significant political event — in a year packed with political events — that deserves more attention:…

Tiny houses: A big help for the homeless

Margaret Pitka, age 41, was napping inside her tent near downtown when she was fatally shot by a gunman who fired through her tent flap.…

In Trump’s America, Seattle workers can lead

Within the local labor movement, we often joke that they should move AFL-CIO headquarters from D.C. to Seattle, because this is where workers have learned…

Seattle in 2017: Less talk, more walk

It’s 2017. God help us. A few weeks ago, the good people at CityLab, the Atlantic’s website celebrating all things urban, asked me to get out…

Mossback mania: Knute Berger’s best columns of 2016

As a newcomer to Seattle not very long ago, I asked around for suggestions on what I should read that would help me get my head…

Best of 2016: Exacting revenge for the West Seattle tree massacre

Cold-blooded revenge is seldom the proper motivation for setting urban policy. But it may be time for Seattle leaders to make an exception. A group of West Seattle…

Upzone opponents lean on false narrative

There has been a lot of debate regarding the proposed zoning changes in the University District. The Sierra Club and Young Democrats at the University…

Seattle media may be a ‘dumpster fire,’ but it can be saved

With the constant news of layoffs, buy-outs, and publications closing shop, it can sometimes seem like the Seattle news media is our own local contribution…

Why ‘burning dead trees’ isn’t a clean energy source

The debate over whether the burning of forest biomass (aka: wood) should be part of our national energy mix has been heating up for the…