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May 21, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Obama to Seattle Seahawks: ‘I root for the underdog’

WASHINGTON — President Obama hailed the Seattle Seahawks as fellow underdogs during a White House ceremony Wednesday to honor the reigning Super Bowl champions. Speaking before a packed audience in the East Room, Obama singled out several players for notable achievements, including quarterback Russell Wilson, who despite his undersized stature has “been proving the doubters wrong for a…


Comments | More in General news, Government, Sports | Topics: President Obama, Seattle Seahawks, White House

May 21, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Wednesday Memo: Hash oil blast … New Surface … Stuck duck

Another hash oil explosion: This one, in Puyallup, damaged a car and a home. The explosion sent debris far and wide, but there were no injuries. It’s no wonder these makeshift hash oil operations blow up. Marijuana leaves and stems and highly flammable butane are used in the oil-making process. Two of Nordstrom’s top executives More

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April 22, 2014 at 5:15 PM

President Obama’s remarks at Oso Fire Department

Here is the text of President Obama’s remarks at the Oso Fire Department: Well, good afternoon, everybody. I just had a chance to tour some of the damage from last month’s mudslide.  And, most importantly, I had a chance to spend some time with the families whose loved ones have been lost. I also had a chance to…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Oso mudslide, President Obama

April 22, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Obama to Oso: ‘Whole country thinking about you’

UPDATE at 4:20 p.m.: | President Obama has met with the families of the missing and dead from the Oso mudslide, and stopped to thank first-responders gathered at the Oso Fire Station. Obama said the “strength in adversity” demonstrated by the community “should be an inspiration to all of us.” “The whole country is thinking about you,” the…


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April 21, 2014 at 6:29 AM

Monday Memo: Pot license lottery … Obama visit … Rainy week ahead

Pot lottery: A lottery is being held this week for 334 licenses the state plans to issue for recreational marijuana stores. President Obama’s coming to town: Well, he’s actually going to the Snohomish County mudslide tomorrow to meet with victims’ families and first responders. We can do much better: Data show that…


Comments | More in Morning Memo | Topics: Everett, marijuana lottery, Mariners

April 8, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Obama to visit Snohomish County mudslide site April 22

Updated at 8:46 a.m. with comments from Gov. Inslee’s office and White House: WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday said he will make a trip to Washington state in late April to assess the damage from the March 22 Snohomish County mudslide. The president made the promise in calls to U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Medina), whose 1st…


Comments | More in General news, Politics | Topics: Oso mudslide, President Obama, Suzan DelBene

March 31, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Gov. Jay Inslee seeks ‘major disaster’ status for mudslide

By Seattle Times staff reporter Kyung M. Song WASHINGTON — Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday asked the federal government to declare the Snohomish County mudslide a “major disaster,” which would qualify victims for direct federal aid for housing, unemployment and other losses. Inslee’s request to President Obama comes nine days after the devastation that has killed at…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: disaster, Gov. Jay Inslee, Oso mudslide

November 25, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Obama departs Seattle on fundraising trip

The Associated Press Air Force One lifted off from a foggy Sea-Tac Airport Monday morning as President Obama continued a West Coast fundraising trip with stops planned in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The president started his day in Seattle after an overnight stay at a downtown hotel. Obama arrived Sunday afternoon and attended private fundraisers for…


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November 24, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Update: Obama says he’s ‘optimistic about the future’ at Eastside fundraiser

Update | 9 p.m. President Obama arrived at the Westin Seattle Hotel around 8:55 p.m., ending his evening of fundraising in the Puget Sound. The president had left the Medina fundraiser about 15 minutes earlier, driving past dozens of people who had stayed to watch the motorcade leave. Obama is scheduled to leave Sea-Tac at 8:50 a.m. Monday,…


Comments | Topics: President Obama, Seattle visit

November 24, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Sunday memo: Obama in Seattle . . . No Seahawks . . . The Fund For The Needy

President visits: President Obama will be in Seattle this  afternoon and evening, but he won’t be returning to Washington, D.C., with any warm memories from the city’s general public. That’s because he will not be at any events open to the general public. However, he may return to D.C. with some moolah from the…


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