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U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen of Washington state's 2nd District.
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U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen speaks with KUOW's Kim Malcolm about Donald Trump's choice of Breitbart chief Steve Bannon as a key strategist in the White House.


Negative political ads often work. But not always.

In Washington state, some winners on election night withstood hundreds of thousands of dollars in political action committee spending against them.

Amy Radil

In presidential election tallies, Washington state has swaths of Republican voters and clusters of bright blue Democratic votes.

But what about the purple neighborhoods? 

This story was updated with video at 8:08 p.m. ET

Vice President-elect Mike Pence was presumably seeking a quiet night out at the theater, enjoying one of Broadway's hottest tickets with a Friday night performance of Hamilton: An American Musical.

What he got instead was a welcome of boos and cheers from the crowd and a pointed plea from the diverse cast and crew afterwards about what they believe really makes America great.

On Nov. 8, the World Meteorological Organization published a press release summarizing the findings from a report on global climate from 2011-2015.

When Donald Trump offered Sen. Jeff Sessions the position of attorney general, the pick drew criticism from civil rights groups and immigrant advocates. In the fast-growing, multibillion-dollar marijuana industry, it is also raising fears.

When comedian Bill Maher offered $5 million to Donald Trump if he could prove he wasn't the son of an orangutan, Trump did something he's done many times before: He sued.

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A golf course in Scotland. Loans from a Chinese bank. Hotels the world over.

President-elect Donald Trump has substantial financial holdings and business interests both in the US and abroad. He has conducted business with many different countries, including China, Azerbaijan and Uruguay.

Eric Lipton, a reporter for The New York Times, has been doing some digging into what that could mean for his presidency.

This election map is a lie. So we made new ones

Nov 18, 2016
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Maps lie because they simplify. They  lie in different ways, to show certain realities, and electoral maps are no different.

In places where there are few people, hundreds of square miles turn red or blue (but usually red) because those voters cast their ballots in a certain way.

'Week in Review' panel Sydney Brownstone, Bill Radke, Chris Vance and Sherman Alexie.
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We're back with the first Week In Review since the election and let's be honest: We're not going to talk about much else this hour. 

What will you do now that Donald J. Trump is president-elect? What will a Trump presidency mean for liberal cities like Seattle? And are you brave or foolish enough to talk politics this Thanksgiving?

Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET

President-elect Donald Trump announced his selections today for three key posts: Michael Flynn for national security adviser, Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general and Rep. Mike Pompeo for CIA director.

Trump's selections signal that he is prioritizing loyalty as he chooses nominees for top posts — turning to people who were early and outspoken supporters of his campaign.

President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday night to say Ford Motor Co. executive chairman William Ford Jr. had called to say the company would not move production of the Lincoln MKC from its Louisville Assembly Plant to Mexico.

A second Trump tweet claimed credit for the decision.

Ford, however, said it neither planned to close the Louisville, Ky., plant nor reduce jobs there. The company said it had considered moving Lincoln production to Mexico to increase production of the Ford Escape in Louisville.

Though also a big-time real estate developer, Jared Kushner is many things that Donald Trump is not.

At 35 years old, Kushner is half Trump's age.

He is an Orthodox Jew. Trump has been accused over the course of the campaign of trafficking in anti-Semitic themes.

Kushner is understated. He shies away from the limelight. Neither of those descriptions attaches to the president-elect.

Every four years, the Electoral College creeps back into the lives of American voters. In some presidential elections, the strange, indirect system used to select the next U.S. president can feel like a formality that doesn't seem to matter much.

In other elections, it matters very much indeed. This is one of those years.

Why leaving women out of Trump’s cabinet isn’t just wrong — it’s dangerous

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When Justin Trudeau was elected prime minister of Canada and appointed a precedent-shattering 50-50 ratio of men and women to his cabinet, his pithy comment was, “It’s 2015.”  

Under Donald Trump's administration, the US is looking more like the 1970s. Fewer women are being considered by Trump for leadership positions than in any other administration since President Gerald Ford.

Poverty was one of the forgotten issues on the campaign trail this election season. Now, many who work with the nation's poor worry that it will be even more forgotten under a Trump administration and the new Republican Congress.

When Donald Trump enters the Oval Office, his presidency will begin with a national security challenge that has no precedent — four separate wars where the U.S. military is bombing Islamist extremists.

Presidential transitions in wartime aren't new, and some earlier conflicts were on a much larger scale. President Obama confronted two major wars on his first day in 2009. President Nixon came into office as the Vietnam War raged. President Truman assumed office when Franklin D. Roosevelt died in the final months of World War II.

Donald Trump will take office at a pivotal time for the world's neediest.

The world's wealthy countries have, since 2000, been part of a historic partnership with poor countries to eliminate poverty and roll back diseases.

President-elect Donald Trump's first week after pulling off an upset victory has had plenty of missteps. The rocky start to his transition planning that one source described to CNN as a "knife fight" has done little to assure his critics and skeptical Republicans that he'll have a smooth ascension to the Oval Office surrounded by qualified advisers. Trump denies that the transition is rocky.

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Bill Radke speaks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about the first phone call between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President-elect Donald Trump. 

Former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn in the KUOW studios.
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Bill Radke speaks with former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn about what a Donald Trump presidency will mean for Seattle and what challenges the city could face in the next four years. 

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Ranae Holland, a host of Animal Planet’s "Finding Bigfoot," had a sense Hillary Clinton wouldn’t win the election.

A lot has changed since election night when it looked like House Democrats were poised to gain two seats and cement their majority. Now fortunes could be changing in favor of Republicans and the Washington state House could be headed for a tie.

According to numbers released Monday by the Oregon Secretary of State's office, about 42 percent of people who were automatically registered to vote this year did so in this month's election.

King County Executive Dow Constantine celebrates the Sound Transit Board's approval of a ST3 package for the fall ballot.
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King County Executive Dow Constantine says he will defy President-elect Donald Trump on immigration policy, even if it means federal funding cuts.

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Thousands of Americans have protested the Trump presidency. But the election isn't completely over.

Boeing’s Shared Services Group (SSG) is set to move to the southwest state by 2020.
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Bill Radke speaks with Emily Parkhurst, editor in chief of the Puget Sound Business Journal, about what a Donald Trump administration means for local businesses. 

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Bill Radke speaks with Jim Walsh, chairman of the Grays Harbor County Republican party, about why Grays Harbor county voted for Donald Trump this election. Grays Harbor was one of four western Washington counties that flipped from blue to red this election. It was the first time the county had voted Republican in 90 years. 

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Bill Radke talks to Todd Bishop of Geekwire about the effect Facebook has on what sort of content users see. 

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