With Obama's new New Deal gaining momentum, let's remain skeptical of big projects that are touted as economic saviors. States like ours may be desperate, but a boondoggle is still a boondoggle.READ MORE 8 COMMENTS
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- Prop 1: What King County Metro hopes you won't notice
- Metro Transit cuts ahead as vote goes heavily against tax measure
- Seattle neighborhoods in limbo
- The Daily Troll: Ross Hunter rejects Senate run. Bellevue fires a cop. Dan Lewis leaving KOMO.
- Seattle parks plan: Why does City Council want to control it?
- The Daily Troll: Prepare to be surprised on 520 bridge. Bell Street: Call that a 'park'? Frye Museum as launching pad.
- High stakes: Bertha contractor, state at odds over labor dispute costs
- Earth Day: Real environmentalists are conservative. And live where it's green
- Bell Street Park: A noble bust
- The Daily Troll: Bertha's latest big dig delay. Metro Transit vote: Down to the wire. Habib seeks Eastside Senate spot.
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- Earth Day: Real environmentalists are conservative. And live where it's green (49)
- Metro Transit cuts ahead as vote goes heavily against tax measure (39)
- Seattle parks plan: Why does City Council want to control it? (31)
- New survey offers tips for implementing Seattle's new city council districts (12)
- Prop 1: What King County Metro hopes you won't notice (51)
- Bertha's long hibernation: Still hope for an on-time finish? (20)
- Seattle neighborhoods in limbo (28)
- As Prop. 1 falters, Metro fans ask, 'Now what?' (12)
- Oil, coal, gas: Export proposals are growing (8)
- What 1 lucky Seattle immigrant's case can teach politicians (12)
Two cases link the suburban city with Hitler and the holocaust.READ MORE COMMENT NOW
A coalition of environmental groups just won a court decision, blocking Shell from drilling exploration wells in the Beaufort Sea. The ruling bears on the impacts of noise on bowhead whales.READ MORE COMMENT NOW
In the election hoopla and cabinet-post-planning speculation, one recently vacated office seems to be going largely unnoticed: the NEA chairmanship.READ MORE COMMENT NOW
Christine Gregoire and others will have to shift their rhetoric after Minnesota disaster reportREAD MORE COMMENT NOW
The only thing keeping it from succeeding here are the myths propagated by foes, says this economics journalist. Here's a line-by-line debunking.READ MORE 81 COMMENTS
Two local luminaries join a forum proposing ways to turn around the Bush administration's neglect of the nation's technological competitiveness.READ MORE COMMENT NOW
Let's not forget the Department of Homeland Security during these trying times.READ MORE COMMENT NOW
The strange link between looting Indian artifacts and methamphetamine users.READ MORE 4 COMMENTS
Here goes a rant about the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. Washington Sen. Patty Murray voted in favor, and this scribe is not pleased.READ MORE 9 COMMENTS
The House finally passes a porkier version of the measure. Meanwhile, we head into a recession.READ MORE 3 COMMENTS
With the financial bailout package still undefined and House Republicans, in particular, opposed to the present draft, financial markets almost certainly will fall during the day. How far they fall, and for how long, will depend on White House-congressional progress toward a package which can pass and President Bush can sign. WaMu's failure Thursday was no surprise. Many, including myself, had predicted it for weeks. But few in Seattle were prepared for the reality of it when it came. Other weak institutions could follow. Things to watch:READ MORE COMMENT NOW
The pitfalls of appealing to rage and fear are biggest for Obama. For McCain, his newfound populism presents an absurdity, but also an opportunity.READ MORE 2 COMMENTS
David Goldstein at Horse's Ass wrote over the weekend – post gubernatorial debate – that "there is no state budget deficit," prompting me to wonder what the hell he was talking about. I thought, "Did I miss something?" As Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire said in Saturday's gubernatorial debate, the state is currently generating a surplus. But it has been widely reported – even by Horse's Ass blogger Josh Feit – that the state faces a projected $3.2 billion deficit in the coming years. Gregoire even told The Seattle Times on Friday that she expects a deficit next year. So what gives? The folks at Washington Policy Center Blog put it another way:READ MORE COMMENT NOW
All Americans are waiting and watching anxiously for presentation of the full details of the Federal Reserve/Treasury/regulatory agency package intended to stabilize financial markets and keep the real economy from plunging into deep recession. Congress, remember, must review the whole thing and may add some items of its own — no doubt making the package even more expensive than its intially estimated $700 billion-$1 trillion cost. Final congressional action can be expected toward the end of the coming week.READ MORE COMMENT NOW
The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.
Tax Day: chances of getting audited lowest ever
Fewer auditing agents will be policing Americans' tax returns due to budget cuts and new IRS responsibilities.
Obama: Republicans trying to rig midterm elections
"President Obama deplored on Friday what he called a Republican campaign to deny voting rights to millions of Americans as he stepped up efforts to rally his political base heading into a competitive midterm campaign season."
NRA: Second Amendment covers knives too
Gun rights advocates expand their Second Amendment ideology to encompass knives, too.
Federal judge strikes down Michigan's ban on gay marriage
And "clerks could start issuing licenses on Monday unless a higher court intervenes."
Federal detainees stage hunger strike in Tacoma
The 750 people at the detention center are demanding better conditions.
- State, feds square off over Hanford
- State calls Hanford cleanup delays a 'violation' of consent decree
- The Daily Troll: Perkins Coie raids Obama's cabinet. Mariners' questionable new management.
- The Daily Troll: Garfield bans 11 students. Treating mental health. I-90 toll anxiety.
- The bomb and the explosion of U.S. suburbs
- Fed-up state officials may cite Hanford for miscues on radioactive leaks
- How to destroy a perfectly good police department
- Can Legislature create stronger regulations for medical marijuana?
- Don't look now: Big Brothers are watching
- Supreme Disappointment: The creeping ease of voter discrimination
- State digs into conflicts over marijuana rules
- Marijuana rules: Some heavy stuff put out for public comment
- 'Duty' by Robert Gates: Petulant potshots
- $15 or Less: Two Beer's new beers. Pet Rocks show 'n tell. Noir Puppets.
- Daily Troll: Msft hearts Nokia. New Health Exchange call center. City Council talks taxi survey.
- Secret: Site of state's first July 4 celebration is locked away
- About face: Addressing the tragic irony of military suicide
- Memorial Day: Survivor recalls daring Doolittle Raid
- NW Forest Plan: Warfare rages out of the spotlight
- Can paint guns & slingshots deliver us from mountain goats?
- The Daily Troll: WA's top schools. 'Seattle nice' meets bicycles. The next Mt. St. Helens.
- Forest fires: Let 'em burn?
- Winners and losers: Romney is Etch-ed; Newt gets sensitive; sympathy for the sergeant in Afghan case
- Review: Leopold film revitalizes land ethics for a new generation