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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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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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Comments | More in Congress | Topics: immigration, president obama

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, holding 11-month-old Ava Cunnington, greets the crowd at Boeing Field on Tuesday. The president attended two fundraisers in the Puget Sound area. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times) President Obama dropped into Seattle Tuesday afternoon for a quick visit to headline two Democratic fundraisers. Obama touched down at Boeing Field shortly after…

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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

U.S Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane. (Associated Press) 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…

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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

  President Obama speaks in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday during a memorial service for former House Speaker Tom Foley. Foley was a 30-year veteran of the House who died last week at the age of 84. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta) WASHINGTON – Pausing for a rare detente, President…

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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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