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Rachel Dolezal: A lesson or a sideshow?

In her new memoir, In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World [282 pp. BenBella Books], Rachel Dolezal wastes little time…

How NEA dollars let one artist pay it forward

Ask artists about their inspiration or process and you could be a captive audience for some time. But ask about finances and you are likely…

Our dishonorable past: KKK’s Western roots date to 1868

The images are haunting. A family dressed in full Ku Klux Klan regalia prepares for a wedding in Sedro-Woolley. A downtown Seattle hall is filled…

When free speech is hate speech: Should it be banned?

On a recent Civic Cocktail — a monthly interview program on The Seattle Channel — journalists had a chance to ask University of Washington President Ana…

Seattle, where millionaires push taxes on everyone else

As I read the Seattle Times early this week, I was struck by two articles that more or less tell the story of where Seattle…

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…