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ICE targets prominent immigration activist for deportation

As U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement continues to crack down on undocumented immigrants around the country, the agency has sent a prominent immigrant-rights activist in Washington…

Uncertain future for a local Salvadoran family in Trump’s America

In a small, lime-colored house, on a White Center street lined with modest homes, live three generations of a family whose roots trace back to El…

Best of 2017: Stop that plane — The frantic race to halt a deportation

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

Best of 2017: Why am I a threat?

One day last fall, a month before Donald Trump was elected president, Lassana Magassa disappeared from his job with Delta Airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.…

What undoing net neutrality could mean for Seattle startups

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the Federal Communications Commission prepares to undo its net neutrality rules this week, large internet companies like AT&T and Comcast are…

Tens of thousands Native children stand to lose healthcare

Congress has yet to reenact the Children’s Health Insurance Program and states will soon run out of funds to prop up the program. That will…

Former WA aides reflect on sexual harassment in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Years ago, Shawna Meechan was working in her first job after college, as a policy aide to Washington state Congressman Adam Smith in…

Could Democrats pick up Reichert’s seat in 2018?

It was the echo heard across the Cascades. The recent retirement announcement by seven-term U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert opens Washington’s first truly competitive congressional race…

Trump could turn back clock on tribal land ownership

During President Barack Obama’s eight-year tenure, tribal sovereignty, the power by which tribes govern themselves, was a prime concern. But under the Trump administration, that…

Patriot Prayer leader dislikes racists, but they seem to hear a whistle

Editor's note: Patriot Prayer said Friday afternoon that it is canceling a planned rally in San Francisco on Saturday for safety reasons, but authorities were…

Why am I a threat?

One day last fall, a month before Donald Trump was elected president, Lassana Magassa disappeared from his job with Delta Airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.…

Seattle’s man in middle of Watergate scandal weighs in on Trump’s

It looks like Watergate, it smells like Watergate, but is it Watergate? For answers, Seattle can turn to an expert, a man who worked for…

Pramila Jayapal grapples with the strange realities of D.C.

Impeach Trump? Not so fast, says freshman U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Seattle. In a Crosscut Facebook Live interview Tuesday afternoon, Jayapal told KCTS/Crosscut…

Others being interviewed but Dave Reichert would consider FBI job

Is Congressman Dave Reichert, the Eastside’s long-time Republican representative, a candidate to become the next FBI director? Politico’s Playbook Power Briefing has listed the 8th…

Tax reform will get more scrutiny than Trumpcare, Reichert says

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert predicts that a massive upcoming tax reform package will go through more scrutiny in Congress than the House’s recently passed Trumpcare…

Washington is ‘shockingly’ unprepared for a nuclear attack

From his offices at Columbia University, Dr. Irwin Redlener spends his days thinking about the unthinkable. An earthquake opens up beneath midtown Manhattan, for example.…

Sickness or safety? A new crisis for immigrants

Last month, the nurses, doctors, dentists, assistants, interpreters, and social workers of Odessa Brown Children's Clinic listened as their boss, Dr. Jeff Sperring, echoed what many had…

Tacoma mulls the fate of an immigrant prison

For those who want to make Tacoma a welcoming city to immigrants and refugees, the Northwest Detention Center is a tumor. For those who manage…

Washington’s list of judges: Does Trump approve?

Acknowledging an urgent need to fill three vacancies in Western Washington's federal court, Washington Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray sent five candidates to the…

Murray calls Jeff Sessions’ threats ‘empty’

Twenty-four hours after Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to unravel federal agreements addressing police reform efforts nationwide, Mayor Ed Murray promised Tuesday to fight in…

Seattle sues Trump over sanctuary city threats

Days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to withhold grant money from so-called sanctuary cities, Seattle is hitting back: Mayor Ed Murray and City Attorney…

Disorder in the Court: GOP wants to break up the 9th Circuit

This story originally appeared in High Country News What could have been a bland hearing by the House Judiciary Committee last Thursday was cast in…

Hey Sen. Ericksen, here’s what Trump is paying you

This article originally appeared on Earthfix. Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen was paid $11,438 for his first four weeks working for the Trump administration’s Environmental…

Trump is axing NPR, PBS money

The Trump administration plans to eliminate all funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, according to the federal budget that is expected to be released…

Dreamer stuck in detention, but case stays in federal court

The 24-year-old undocumented Mexican man who was arrested last month despite a belief the government had permitted him to move out of the shadows will remain…