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July 16, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Former Coast Guard commander named to new Arctic post

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday named the Coast Guard’s former top commander to a new, high-level post to help direct the nation’s Arctic strategy, signaling the polar region’s importance in national security and foreign policy matters. Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., who retired this May as the commandant of the Coast Guard, will…

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April 30, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Rep. Rick Larsen: U.S. should create ambassadorship to Arctic

WASHINGTON — The United States has an ambassador to Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga. Yet we have no ambassador to a region that might hold more vital American interests — the warming Arctic. That’s the omission U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen would like to fix. The Everett Democrat on Wednesday joined Republican Jim Sensenbrenner of…

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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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January 7, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Rep. Larsen backs Democratic bill to raise federal minimum wage

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House bill that would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour gained one more backer Tuesday with Rep. Rick Larsen of Everett. Larsen joined at least 155 other Democrats — including four members from Washington — who already signed on as co-sponsors of the measure, introduced last March by Rep….

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January 7, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Rep. Larsen to Dennis Rodman: Stick to basketball, not diplomacy

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen of Everett on Tuesday urged Dennis Rodman to stick to basketball and butt out of diplomacy, after the ex-NBA star suggested in an interview that a former Lynnwood resident had done something to warrant his imprisonment by North Korea. Appearing on CNN from Pyongyang, Rodman lashed out when interviewer…

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July 18, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Larsen’s bill would let Microsoft divulge scope of surveillance data collection

WASHINGTON — It won’t ban the kind of secret collection of emails and messages by the National Security Agency that was revealed by the spy agency’s former contractor, Edward Snowden. But a bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, Thursday would lift the legal gag order on companies on how much and what type of…

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June 13, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Rep. Rick Larsen heading to Paris Air Show in Inslee’s place

UPDATED at 11:30 a.m. with information on South Carolina delegation, and at 2:20 with estimates on trip costs. WASHINGTON — The state budget stalemate in Olympia has forced Gov. Jay Inslee to cancel his upcoming trip the Paris Air show, where he was to lead a group of  four dozen private executives and public…

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