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July 14, 2014 at 6:20 AM

What candidates really mean when they say “secure the border”

Interviewing Congressional candidates over the past two weeks, The Seattle Times editorial board kept a tally of vague but repetitive phrases. Top of the list: “secure the border first.” I asked candidate after candidate to define “secure,” and got more vacuous rhetoric. Why is that so hard? Because the candidates aren’t saying what they really think. Christopher Wilson,…


Comments | Topics: border security, congress, illegal immigration

June 30, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Patty Murray walks her way to political compromise; Obama and Boehner should do the same

As you can see in the photos below, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., likes to walk and talk and negotiate with Republicans. These are more or less photo ops, but they send a powerful message to the people: Politics involves negotiations, guts and old-fashioned getting along.  I can’t think of another Democrat who has had…


Comments | Topics: boehner, compromise, congress

June 5, 2014 at 6:01 AM

Withhold judgment on Bowe Bergdahl

President Obama would have been better off avoiding the hero narrative when he announced last weekend that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had been handed over to members of the U.S. Special Forces. He could have just said we got our guy back. Let him recover and we’ll figure out what happened. It’s better to have Bergdahl…


Comments | Topics: Afghanistan, bowe bergdahl, idaho

February 7, 2014 at 6:06 AM

President Obama says a prayer for Kenneth Bae

Former Washington resident Kenneth Bae gained an important ally on Thursday when President Barack Obama personally called for his release from a North Korean labor camp.

The president mentioned Bae in his remarks during Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast, which can be viewed at about the 16:39 mark in this video from the White House’s YouTube channel:

The Seattle Times has written numerous editorials (including this latest one posted Jan. 26) encouraging the U.S. State Department to help Bae’s family, based in Edmonds and Lynnwood. The 45-year-old American citizen was captured in November 2012 while guiding tourists through North Korea.

Obama’s attention to this issue can only help. On Wednesday, Reuters reports the four last surviving members of Congress to serve in the Korean War wrote a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un asking for Bae’s release on humanitarian grounds.

Hopefully, the North Koreans take notice.


Comments | More in Video | Topics: kenneth bae, north korea, Obama

August 30, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Congress should vote on Syria attack

Prime Minister David Cameron asked the British Parliament  to approve a military attack on Syria and it voted no, 285-272. Britain is staying out. France, the former colonial power, is the Obama administration’s only pal. And what does the U.S. Congress have to say? Nothing. It’s not in session.  Keith Koffler at made the…


Comments | Topics: chemical weapons, congress, Obama