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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,…

White House fever: Contenders galore for 2016

The new Congress is not yet seated.  Both major political parties are having a tough time holding together, with pressure coming from their ideological flanks. President…

Obama’s climate deal may be as good as it gets for years

Climate politics have dead-ended. It may seem strange to make such a statement in the wake of the much-heralded U.S.-China climate deal announced Nov. 12.…

Celebrate the U.S.-China climate deal, but watch your back

The historic climate change agreement between the U.S. and China this week cleared the biggest obstacle to a strong global agreement at the Paris Climate…

What Veterans Day and the Berlin Wall share

We observed this past week the 25th anniversary of the destruction of the Berlin Wall and then, the annual celebration of Veteran's Day, which marks the end…

Election: The changes may be just starting

In the wake of Tuesday's Republican successes in congressional and state-level elections, analysts have leapt to immediate conclusions regarding the last two years of the…

Didier, Newhouse in close congressional race. DelBene wins her second term.

Clint Didier is in a tight race for a congressional seat but he remained in danger of going 0-and-3 in running for public office as…

Gold mine’s pending closure brings the blues to Republic

North central Washington's Buckhorn gold mine is scheduled to close at the end of 2015, a frightening prospect for the area's economy. That closure will…

ISIS drew Obama back to Iraq. Now what?

After initially characterizing ISIS as "a JV [as in junior varsity] outfit," President Obama responded to pressure from the public and from within his own administration by taking…

Scary lessons for Bristol Bay from recent B.C. mine-waste accident

For millennia, humanity’s insatiable appetite for valuable metals has degraded the integrity of ecosystems that provide habitat for the world’s wildlife, and the clean water…

Eden Foods causing big fuss among liberals

Of the dozens of companies that have denied employees access to birth control despite President Obama’s so-called contraception mandate, Eden Foods stands out. It is…

Summer vacation’s over, Obama has big decisions to make

The vacation season is ending for many of us, including President Barack Obama, who has delayed — for weeks — some very difficult decisions about how…

Primary tallies spell trouble for Democrats

The counting is over, and the ballots tallied since primary election day have brought more bad news for Washington State Democrats. Pedro Celis, the Republican…

The Achilles heel of Washington trade is under the knife

What is the most important bank for Washington state’s trade economy? Here’s a hint: it’s not in Washington, and it’s not a traditional bank! Give…

Didier, Newhouse survive crowded primary to replace Doc Hastings

Tea Party stalwart Clint Didier and former (veteran) Republican legislator Dan Newhouse survived the Fourth Congressional District Hunger Games Tuesday. Meanwhile, supposed also-ran Republican Robert…

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…

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…