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January 27, 2015 at 2:56 PM

Adam Smith: Republicans have only partisan motives on Benghazi panel

WASHINGTON — He’s called it a “witch hunt” that has already wasted millions of taxpayers’ dollars. And on Tuesday, U. S. Rep. Adam Smith of Bellevue used the third public hearing of the Select Committee on Benghazi to once again excoriate House Republicans for their ongoing investigation into the 2012 attacks at the U.S. diplomatic…


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December 9, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Jim McDermott: Obama needs debate over war against ISIS

U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, voted against Iraq war authorization in 2002. 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…


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April 23, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Lawmakers decry Seattle Boy Scouts’ action against gay leader

WASHINGTON — Four Democratic members of Congress have expressed concern over  Seattle Boy Scouts of America’s recent decision to kick out a church for hosting a troop led by an openly gay scoutmaster. In identical letters sent last week to Rob McKenna, president of the Boy Scouts’ Chief Seattle Council, and Robert Gates, the…


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January 28, 2014 at 8:11 AM

What your congressperson is (publicly) betting on the Super Bowl

Washington state’s congressional delegation on Monday submitted a strong entry into this year’s political Super Bowl betting sweepstakes, announcing a mass wager with Colorado’s delegation. That means all members of Congress representing Washington and Colorado — 17 in all; 10 from Washington and seven from Colorado — are offering to give something to the other side…


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August 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Adam Smith calls for arms and aid to Syrian opposition

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith,D-Bellevue WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Adam Smith of Bellevue on Wednesday called for supplying arms and humanitarian aid to Syrian opposition forces in response to last week’s apparent chemical attacks on civilians blamed on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. But Smith, the top Democrat on the House Armed Service Committee, remains unconvinced that military…


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August 5, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Adam Smith: Boycott Russian Olympics over anti-gay law

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Adam Smith has joined the call for boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia unless authorities there renounce a new Russian law against U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Bellevue. “homosexual propaganda.” In an interview with KIRO Radio’s Jason Rantz Show that first aired Saturday, the Bellevue Democrat that no athletes traveling to Sochi,…


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December 10, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Monday politics: gay marriage poll, Adam Smith, Cory Booker rising

Good morning. Big weekend for gay marriage in Washington state. So, what do voters across the country think about gay marriage? A new poll reported in Politico says a plurality — not a majority — of Americans favor gay marriage. The Times’ Carol Ostrom reported Saturday about people in our state who voted against…


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June 28, 2012 at 6:05 AM

Of four Congressional challengers in the 9th, only one lives in the district

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith has served eight terms in the 9th Congressional District, but last year’s redistricting drew two Democratic opponents who say he’s now too conservative for the new boundaries. Two Republicans are running against him, too. But only one of his three opponents even lives in the new 9th District. You don’t have to live…


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