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Washington among top 10 states for refugees

Seattle received a global visitor on Wednesday, here to talk about a hot topic in the United States and abroad: The world refugee crisis. Kelly…

Video: 5 takeaways from Washington’s big Bern day

After Bernie Sanders' weekend sweep of Washington, Alaska and Hawaii, we examine some of the takeaways from the Democratic caucuses and where the campaigns go…

Liberal fistfight: Behind the fiercest caucus since 2008

When it comes to presidential elections, the “Evergreen State” of Washington might as well take on a different nickname: the Everblue State, perhaps. Since 1988,…

The race for Jim McDermott’s seat: Establishment snoozefest or leftist uprising?

On Monday, long-time District 7 congressman (and noted part-time fishmonger) Jim McDermott announced that he would not seek a 15th term to Congress. The minor…

The most eager response to Jim McDermott’s retirement

Within seconds of Jim McDermott’s retirement announcement, the press releases were rolling in from local politicians, responding to the news. Key similarities emerged. The releases…

Oregon standoff: White and exempt in the wide open West

A splinter group of anti-government militants has occupied a building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Oregon. They include the sons of Cliven…

Best of 2015: Racism and public lands – the case of Coon Lake

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

In Seattle, French ambassador talks love of region, “silliness” of other Washington

Formally, as the Ambassador of the Republic of France to the United States, Gérard Araud should be addressed as "Your Excellency." Even though his mother…

In wake of Paris attacks, local faith leaders speak out for Syrian refugees

Faith leaders from the Islamic, Jewish, and Christian traditions all gathered at Seattle’s First African Methodist Episcopal Church on Sunday, to express solidarity with the…

Suzan DelBene joins front lines of Planned Parenthood fight

When members of the U.S. Congress form a "fact-finding" select committee, they often spend their time in other ways. Grandstanding, point scoring, and political theater…

Seattle just changed the way we pay for local political campaigns

Seattle voters just approved a first-of-its kind experiment in campaign finance reform that will overhaul how candidates for local office raise money. Initiative 122, a.k.a.…

Park Service comes around: Racist name must go

The National Park Service, responding to pressure to rectify an historical wrong, announced Thursday that it is recommending that the federal government finally follow the…

Racism and the public lands: the case of Coon Lake

President Barack Obama’s recent announcement of the official name change of Mount McKinley to Denali has reawakened interest in the longtime dispute over whether we…

Remembering the West Coast’s ugly anti-immigrant era

This is part of a series of Crosscut stories discussing race in the Puget Sound region. Led by Donald Trump, the GOP presidential candidates are…

In Austria’s treatment of immigrants, a lesson for Seattle

Oddly enough, about every two decades or so, I have found myself right in the middle of a moment of historic proportions. The first time…

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…

Marriage equality: A road not finished

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month on marriage equality was a watershed moment for inclusion of a great many people who had been excluded from a…

Joint Base Lewis-McChord cuts less than feared

Joint Base Lewis-McChord is expected to lose 1,250 military soldiers over the next two years due to federal cutbacks — a significantly smaller figure than…

Media, celebrity and the Donald Trump campaign

"No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people." -- H.L. Mencken  Orange County Housewives, the Kardashians, Ross Perot, George Wallace: Where does Donald Trump,…

The big Washington dodge on Obamacare’s prevention provision

When politicians, pundits and other know-it-alls tussle over whether to renovate, repeal or preserve Obamacare, they talk about Medicare expansion, the enrollment mandate and the…

Guest Opinion: We need to keep standing together for public lands

In December, Congress and the President did more than signing the conservation provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act into law: They gave Americans an irreplaceable…

Can Rep. Suzan DelBene keep your fridge from launching spam attacks?

Last January, a fridge was caught sending spam emails as part of a larger botnet attack: In other words, someone out there remotely accessed more…

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…

Obama speech: Already a bittersweet aura around his presidency

President Barack Obama delivered his next-to-last State of the Union address last night. It was a bittersweet exercise. Obama came to office with promise and…

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,…