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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 20, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Local Congress members praise, blast Obama’s immigration move

Members of Congress began reacting to President Obama’s speech on immigration Thursday afternoon even before it was delivered. We’ll post statements from members of the Washington state congressional delegation as they arrive. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Medina: “Everyone agrees that our immigration system is broken, but after more than a year of refusing to act on immigration reform legislation,…

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September 12, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Obama visit costs Seattle $40k; Medina bills former Costco CEO

President Obama’s July 22 political fundraising visit cost Seattle taxpayers about $40,000 in police overtime bills, according to the city. Seattle plans to absorb that cost, said Jeff Reading, a spokesman for Mayor Ed Murray. “It’s not been the city’s policy to bill for a presidential visit of any kind,” Reading said in an email….

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| More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Jim Sinegal, Medina, police costs

July 22, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Obama visits Seattle for two fundraisers

President Obama dropped into Seattle Tuesday afternoon for a quick visit to headline two Democratic fundraisers. Obama touched down at Boeing Field shortly after 3 p.m. and was greeted by officials including Gov. Jay Inslee, who rode with Obama in the presidential motorcade to brief the president on the state’s record-setting wildfires. The Seattle visit…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Bruce Blume, fundraiser, Jim Sinegal

July 21, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Obama to raise money for super PAC at former Costco CEO’s house

Update: Updated to note Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray are remaining in D.C. and will not attend fundraiser. President Obama’s Tuesday fundraising swing through the Seattle area will include a high-priced dinner event benefiting a Democratic super PAC. The event is scheduled at the Hunt’s Point home of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal and his wife…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest | Topics: 2014 elections, former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal, fundraiser

July 18, 2014 at 11:57 PM

Obama fundraiser includes familiar hosts, may cross Lake Washington

President Obama’s political fundraising swing through Seattle on Tuesday will include a reception at the waterfront home of Bruce and Anne Blume, according to Democratic sources. The Blumes are major Democratic donors who also hosted Obama in 2012 at their 10,000-square-foot Madrona mansion. And drivers beware — the president’s itinerary may include a second event on…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest | Topics: fundraiser, president obama

July 16, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Obama travels to Seattle Tuesday for DNC fundraiser

President Obama plans another political visit to the Seattle area next week as part of a West Coast fundraising spree. Obama will travel to Seattle on Tuesday to attend an event for the Democratic National Committee, according to a White House official. Later that day, he’ll fly to San Francisco to spend the night before attending a…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Democratic National Committee, fundraiser, president obama

January 23, 2014 at 2:41 PM

McMorris Rodgers to give GOP response to Obama speech

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep.  Cathy McMorris Rodgers will give the Republican response to the  State of the Union address next Tuesday, the first time during President Obama’s term that a woman will deliver the GOP rebuttal. McMorris Rodgers, 44, of Spokane, is a stalwart social and fiscal conservative who chairs the House Republican Conference, making…

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Comments | More in Congress | Topics: cathy mcmorris rodgers, president obama, state of the union

October 29, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Obama, members of Congress honor Foley at memorial service

  WASHINGTON – Pausing for a rare detente, President Obama and members of Congress  gathered Tuesday for a memorial service for former House Speaker Tom Foley, praising the Spokane Democrat as an ideal embodiment of a public servant whose type of bipartisanship many said was lamentably lacking today. The invitation-only event at Statuary Hall inside the…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: memorial service, president obama, Tom Foley

October 29, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Flags at half-staff for Tom Foley memorial service

WASHINGTON — All U.S. flags are flying at half-staff Tuesday as the Capitol prepares for a memorial service for former House Speaker Tom Foley. President Obama ordered the flags lowered Monday in honor of the Spokane Democrat, who died Oct. 18 at 84 from complications from strokes. Obama is scheduled to headline a list of dignitaries who…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Bill Clinton, jim mcdermott, memorial service

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