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December 18, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Sue Rahr named to Obama task force on policing

Sue Rahr Sue Rahr, the executive director of the Washington State Criminal  Justice Training Commission, was named Thursday to President Obama’s task force on building trust between police and communities throughout the country. Rahr, the former King County sheriff who in 2012  took over the commission and its training academy for police agencies throughout the…


Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: President Obama, Sue Rahr, task force

December 16, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Obama rules out oil-drilling in Alaska’s Bristol Bay

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska — President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he’s removing more than 52,000 square miles of waters off Alaska’s coast from consideration for oil and gas exploration or drilling. The president said in a video announcement that Bristol Bay and nearby waters, covering an area roughly the size of Florida, would be…


Comments | More in Environment, General news, Government, Politics | Topics: Bristol Bay, President Obama, sockeye salmon

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

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…


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April 22, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Obama to Oso: ‘Whole country thinking about you’

Marine One, carrying President Obama, takes an aerial tour of the site of the deadly mudslide. (Associated Press, pool /Carolyn Kaster) 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…


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April 21, 2014 at 6:29 AM

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

National Weather Service forecast 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…


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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

President Obama, in Seattle for two private fundraisers on Sunday, waves before departing on Air Force One in heavy fog Monday morning from Sea-Tac Airport. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times) The Associated Press Air Force One lifted off from a foggy Sea-Tac Airport Monday morning as President Obama continued a West Coast fundraising…


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