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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

The year of Ed Murray: ‘Governing at lightning speed’

In his first 12 months, Seattle's mayor has pushed a progressive agenda, soothed the City Council, and ruffled some feathers.

SEATTLE WEEKLY

Elizabeth Warren: I am not running for president

"In an interview with NPR that aired Monday, the populist Democrat who reignited liberal hopes of a 2016 campaign bid said four times: 'I’m not running for president.'"

USA TODAY

House passes $1.1 trillion spending bill

The House narrowly passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would keep the government open until September.

WASHINGTON POST

Timothy Egan: The stark contrast between John McCain and Dick Cheney

Cheney cannot accept the truth about our torture practices. McCain believes in telling the truth and standing up for the nation's values.

NEW YORK TIMES

David Brooks: How small steps produce big social changes

Applying the principles of behavioral economics in small ways works to produce social good — even when government is the one encouraging the change.

NEW YORK TIMES

David Horsey: The value of McCain's condemnation of torture matter

Smart people worldwide will be glad the U.S. can admit its mistakes — and respect the values that McCain has stood for.

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Former Tacoma lawmaker Brian Sullivan shot and killed in Alaska

"KTUU-TV reports that Sullivan, who represented Pierce County’s 29th Legislative District as a Democrat from January 1997 to January 2001, died after a shooting at a home in Barrow, Alaska."

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)

How the Democrats could recover in the South

The party needs a new approach.

POLITICO

Militants kill Luke Somers, hostage from Puget Sound area, during failed U.S. raid

Officials say the raid, authorized by President Obama because of an execution deadline, had to be carried out with little element of surprise. A village leader said eight civilians and two militants died.

NEW YORK TIMES

Joel Connelly: New national park will mark a deadly part of state history

The Manhattan Project National Historical Park's champions include outgoing U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, who has helped block many natural heritage preservation proposals.

SEATTLEPI.COM
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