government

Embezzlement Case
10:59 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Former Washington Democratic Operative Pleads Guilty To Theft

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 3:25 pm

A former Democratic operative in Washington has admitted to embezzling campaign money. Michael Walter King pleaded guilty Thursday in King County Superior Court.

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10:29 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Declassification Engine: A Program That Analyzes What The Government Keeps Secret And Why

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At Columbia University in New York, a historian named Mathew Connelly is working with computer scientists and statisticians on a “declassification engine.” It’s a project that will not just archive millions of declassified government documents, but also mine them for hidden patterns that reveal what the US government chooses to keep secret and why. This story was featured in the pilot episode of the new public radio series focusing on investigative journalism called "Reveal."
Immigration Overhaul
9:16 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Introducing An Immigration Bill During Federal Shutdown Wrangling

Suzan DelBene.

While much of the nation’s attention has been on the government shutdown, yesterday House Democrats introduced an immigration bill. At the start of the year a bipartisan gang of eight senators unveiled an immigration overhaul. Washington state’s  first district Congress member Suzan DelBene is a co-sponsor of the comprehensive immigration legislation. She spoke with Ross Reynolds about the bill.

Government Shutdown
1:14 am
Thu October 3, 2013

National Parks Close As Other Public Lands Stay Open

The road to Lee's Ferry, Ariz., is blocked by barricades and national park rangers. Lee's Ferry is the launching point for river trips down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park.
Scott Lee NPR

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 9:53 am

From Acadia in Maine to Zion in Utah to the North Cascades in Washington, America's 401 national park areas have gates blocking entrance roads.

The last remaining campers and hotel guests in the parks must leave Thursday, and park rangers will patrol to keep others out.

The national parks "belong to the American people, and the American people should have the right to come in," says National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis. "But the only way I can protect these places during this period is to shut them down."

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Competition For Aerospace
6:13 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

More Than $1B In Tax Breaks For Boeing? Inslee Says It's Worth It

Boeing plane assembly line in Everett, Washington.
Courtesy/Boeing Company

Governor Jay Inslee said on Wednesday that he will propose to extend tax breaks to Boeing -- so long as the aerospace giant agrees to build the 777X in Washington.

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Congressional Controversies
4:43 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Matt Taibbi On The Government Shutdown And Coming D.C. Debt Ceiling Fight

With the federal government shut down for the first time since 1996, Congress is now heading toward a fight over raising the nation's debt ceiling. What would it mean for the US government to default on the debt? David Hyde talks with Rolling Stone financial writer and contributing editor Matt Taibbi.

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News From Canada
4:32 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Thoughts On The Shutdown, The Keystone Pipeline, And Medical Pot

A worker coats replaced part of the Keystone XL pipe after welding.
Flickr Photo/Public Citizen

Could a government shutdown happen in Canada? Probably not. Vancouver Sun political columnist Vaughn Palmer explains why. Plus, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has strong words about the proposed Keystone pipeline and Canada kicks off a brand-new private marketplace for medical pot.

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Politics
4:19 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Fueling The Federal Shutdown: Republican Infighting

World War II veterans visit the World War II Memorial in Washington on Wednesday despite barriers erected after the shutdown.
AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Photos of the government shutdown have not been kind to Republicans: Images of children who can’t play in parks that have been closed and of low-income children who can’t attend Head Start, the government's early education program. And then, of course, are the images of tourists squeezing between national monuments and barriers for posed shots.

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SNAP Assistance
12:50 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

How Scheduled Food Stamp Reductions Will Affect Washington Residents

Flickr Photo/Great Beyond

Before the government shutdown, the House of Representatives voted to cut $40 billion from the federal food stamp program. Senate Democrats and President Obama have said they will block the plan.

Even so, the debate over food stamp funding is worrisome for people who receive food assistance. It comes on the eve of scheduled cuts to SNAP beneficiaries that will go into affect in November, when the federal government's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act expires.

David Hyde talks with Kent resident Catherine Hernandez about how her family uses food stamps. Later in the hour, Ross Reynolds talks with John Camp, administrator for the Department of Social and Health Services' food assistance program about distributing food stamps in Washington.

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Extremist Violence In Africa
12:43 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Extremism In Africa: The Danger Of Oversimplification

Smoke rises from Westgate Mall in Kenya where last week militants attacked and killed over 60 people.
AP Photo/Jonathan Kalan

Last week, militant group al-Shabab attacked a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing over 60 people. On Sunday, dozens of students were murdered when a group, widely believed to be Boko Haram, rampaged an agricultural college in northeast Nigeria. David Hyde talks with Peter Lewis, director of Johns Hopkins' African studies program in their School of Advanced International Studies, about extremist violence in Africa and the different groups operating there.

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Suburban Transit
12:14 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Bellevue City Council Candidates Wrestle With Light Rail, Traffic

The Bellevue Downtown Association hosted a forum for three City Council seats on the November ballot.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Correction 10/10/2013: This story has been changed to clarify candidate Vandana Slatter’s position on light rail and differs from the audio.

Bellevue has three City Council races on the ballot this fall. The candidates for those races say they have ideas to help Bellevue manage future growth and to make the downtown feel less like “an airport terminal.” They spoke at a candidate forum yesterday hosted by the Bellevue Downtown Association.

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Affordable Care Act Implementation
9:26 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Washington Exchange Website Stumbles Out Of The Gates

Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 4:24 pm

It was a rocky start to Obamacare in Washington. The state’s new health insurance website is up now, but it was shut down for most of the day because of technical glitches.

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Federal Shutdown
9:26 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Shutting National Parks No Fun For Rangers Or Visitors

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 5:01 pm

The effects of the partial federal government shutdown are rippling across the Northwest.

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Worker Furloughs And Closures
3:56 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

How The Government Shutdown Is Being Felt In Washington State

National sites such as Mount Rainier and the Klondike Gold Rush Museum in Seattle were closed due to the federal government shutdown.
Flickr Photo/Tom Bridge

Congress has failed to reach a deal to fund the federal government, leading to the first shutdown in 17 years. We hear from furloughed worker Kurt Morley about how the shutdown is affecting him and talk with Chris Grygiel of the Associated Press about what's open and what's closed today in Washington state.

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Fatal September
12:46 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

A Surge In Violence In Iraq

Citizens inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad yesterday.
Credit AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed

On Monday another wave of bombings ripped through Baghdad, killing 37 people and injuring almost 150. According to the United Nations, 979 Iraqis were killed in the month of September due to a rise in violence, making it one of the deadliest months this year.

Violence in the country has been on the rise since the start of the year. Markets, houses, places of worship and even funeral processions have been targeted by insurgents. New York Times reporter Tim Arango explains why there has been a surge in violence and how the Iraqi government has been handling security.

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