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December 17, 2014 at 7:46 AM

Rajiv Shah resigning as head of USAID after five years

WASHINGTON — After weeks of batting down rumors of his impending resignation, Rajiv Shah announced Wednesday he will step down as head of the U.S. Agency for International Development in February. Shah, a former Gates Foundation official in Seattle, has served as the administrator of the nation’s leading agency for foreign aid and humanitarian…

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Comments | More in Federal government | Topics: Gates Foundation, Rajiv Shah, USAID

December 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Derek Kilmer tries to strip campaign cash provision from spending bill

WASHINGTON — President Obama hasn’t signed it into law yet. But that didn’t stop U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer Tuesday from trying to strip a controversial provision inserted into the 2015 federal spending bill allowing wealthy donors to give vastly larger sums to national political parties. Kilmer, a freshman Democrat from Gig Harbor, jumped on the widespread outrage over new campaign…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: campaign contributions, Citizens United, Derek Kilmer

December 11, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Congress passes Alpine Lakes Wilderness — sooner or later

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate voted Thursday to move ahead with the 2015 defense policy bill containing a host of public-lands measures, bringing the expansion of Alpine Lakes Wilderness near Seattle within hours of final passage in Congress. However, retiring Sen. Tom Coburn is vowing to run out the clock with additional 30 hours of debate allowed…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Rep. Dave Reichert, Sen. Patty Murray

December 10, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Lawmakers parse $1.1 trillion spending bill for local impact

WASHINGTON — The $1.1 trillion spending bill filed by House appropriators late Tuesday likely will avert a federal government shutdown after Thursday. But lawmakers (or, more accurately, their staff) were combing through the omnibus legislation Wednesday morning to tally how much money will flow to their states. Sean Coit, spokesman for Sen. Patty Murray, said the…

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Comments | More in Congress | Topics: federal budget, patty murray

December 9, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Jim McDermott: Obama needs debate over war against ISIS

Updated at 1:50 p.m. with comment from Adam Smith: WASHINGTON — Last Thursday, U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott voted against the 2015 defense policy bill to protest expanded deployment of U.S. military forces against the radical group ISIS, which calls itself Islamic State. On Tuesday, the Seattle Democrat followed up in a Capitol Hill newspaper to warn…

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Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest | Topics: Adam Smith, ISIS, Islamic State

November 19, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Maria Cantwell: Net neutrality should be “law of the land”

UPDATED AT 11:09 A.M. WITH EXCERPTS  of CANTWELL’S SPEECH: WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, one of  most vocal advocates in Congress for an open Internet, on Wednesday called on Congress to ensure that “net neutrality is the law of the land.” The Washington Democrat’s remarks on the Senate floor came after President Obama earlier this month waded into the…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. Senate | Topics: Maria Cantwell, net neutrality

November 17, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Patty Murray urges Obama to stay firm on immigration action

WASHINGTON — Sen. Patty Murray and her fellow Democratic leaders on Monday urged President Obama to stick to his resolve to act unilaterally on immigration reform, which has incensed conservatives and triggered threats of another government shutdown. In a letter to Obama, the lawmakers say immigrant communities have waited long enough for House Republicans…

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Comments | More in U.S. Senate | Topics: immigration reform, Obama, patty murray

September 19, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Joe Biden expected in Seattle for Cantwell’s Senate fundraiser

Corrected on Sept. 22, 2014 UPDATED AT 3:06 p.m. with comment from Cantwell’s campaign: WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden will attend a fundraiser in Seattle next month to benefit a new joint fundraising committee created by Sen. Maria Cantwell and three other female Democratic senators up for election this year. The Oct. 9 event will…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. Senate | Topics: 2014 elections, Joe Biden, Maria Cantwell

September 18, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Cantwell offers bill to strip NFL’s nonprofit status

WASHINGTON — Making good on her threat Tuesday, Sen. Maria Cantwell has introduced a bill to deny tax-exempt status to sports leagues that allow its franchise teams to use the term “redskins.” Thursday’s bill follows the Washington Democrat’s earlier pledge to strip the National Football League of its nonprofit status over Commissioner Roger Goodell’s inaction so far…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. Senate | Topics: Maria Cantwell, National Football League, Washington Redskins

September 16, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Maria Cantwell threatens to strip NFL of nonprofit status

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell on Tuesday said she plans to introduce a bill to strip the National Football League of its tax-exempt status over its refusal so far to force the Washington Redskins to change the team’s name. Speaking at a news conference at the Capitol as part of the “Change the…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. Senate | Topics: Maria Cantwell, NFL, Washington Redskins

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