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May 21, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Rep. Adam Smith among five Democrats named to House Benghazi panel

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith of Bellevue has made no secret of his disdain for the Republican Party’s Benghazi obsession. Smith, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, has called the GOP “out of touch with reality” for continuing to investigate the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy in…

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March 27, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Adam Smith calls for halt to Republican “witch hunt” over Benghazi

WASHINGTON — The political spectacle over the Benghazi investigations has cost the Pentagons millions of dollars — and the tab shows no sign of ending soon. All 17 Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday demanded that its chairman, Darrell Issa, R-Calif., finally pull the plug on his probe into…

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December 20, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Chuck Hagel: All states issuing ID cards for same-sex spouses

WASHINGTON — National Guard units in nine states that have been balking at issuing identification cards for same-sex military spouses have been brought into compliance under orders from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. That comes nearly three months after U.S. Rep. Adam Smith of Bellevue, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, and Sen….

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Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest | Topics: Defense of Marriage Act, Rep. Adam Smith, same--sex spouse

October 24, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday briefing: debate viewership, prez ads and pitches, Rep. Adam Smith of Bellevue

Good Morning: Who said the third of three presidential debates has the biggest impact?  Let’s go to the actual viewership, which was not bad, 59 million plus,  but considerably less than the first two presidential debates this cycle. Coming out of the debates, the campaigns offered new ads and pitches.  Romney’s latest ad, for example,…

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August 28, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Smith, McDermott and others call for probe of Border Patrol authority

U.S. Reps. Adam Smith and Jim McDermott joined eight other members of Congress in signing a letter calling for an independent investigation into the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s authority to stop people and vehicles within 100 miles of the northern border. The letter instructs the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), to look into practices by…

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June 28, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Adam Smith rolls out bill to give military benefits to same-sex spouses

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Adam Smith of Tacoma is proposing that the Pentagon change the definition of spouse to include same-sex couples, thereby allowing legally married gays and lesbians to collect military benefits. Smith, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, on Thursday introduced a bill to essentially exempt the Department of Defense and the…

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