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Week in Review

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Starbucks apologizes for allegations of racial bias at a Philadelphia store. Former FBI director James Comey claims President Trump is "morally unfit" for the office. A Seattle City Councilmember tweets a controversial take on Barbara Bush. How do you want the Seahawks to treat their cheerleaders? And a sign on Interstate 5 told us what we all maybe needed to hear.

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This week, Mark Zuckerberg went to Washington and answered lawmaker's questions about Facebook. What it is, how it works, and what we should do about it?

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This week, KOMO anchors had to read a script written by their conservative bosses, Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Seattle considered several traffic solutions, including prescribing downtown drivers a traffic decongestant

And a UW researcher says bowhead whales are singing jazz.

'Week in Review' panel Sydney Brownstone, Eric Liu, host Bill Radke and Joni Balter.
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You give Facebook your personal information. Facebook shares it with companies that use it against you. So what are you going to do about it?

Also President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that included some money for Sound Transit's Lynnwood line — now if only the Seattle Streetcar project could get some of that money. Or should it? 

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Students walked out of school over guns and Pennsylvania swung a Congressional district from red to blue. Will Washington state do the same in the upcoming midterms? Will you recognize the Seahawks next season? And does a dog deserve a seat on a Metro bus?

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Ichiro Suzuki is back in a Seattle Mariners uniform, Amazon says it's figured out why its Echo smart speakers are spontaneously laughing out loud and state lawmakers finish up their work and go home.

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It's not often a legislature passes a bill with bipartisan, supermajority support and the governor vetoes it anyway, but that's what happened this week. Maybe a statewide editorial page conniption had something to do with it. We'll recap the fight in Olympia over government transparency, tell you about some new gun laws and share an idea for how to bring back the Sonics with no new stadium, and no basketball.

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America's gun debate stretches from a Florida high school to the halls of the Washington state legislature. Speaking of Olympia, should WA legislators have to show us all their emails and texts? Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan warns of a budget deficit. The FBI comes to Seattle to discuss its number one unsolved case. And Jeff Bezos is part of a team building a clock deep inside a mountain that will keep time for ten thousand years.

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We'll look back at this week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Also, the College Republicans rally at the University of Washington raised questions over free speech on campus. Another question: Can a health club ban a white supremacist from training at their gym?

Is Washington state on the brink of abolishing the death penalty?

And could Hamilton possibly be as good as the hype?

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Does a $17,000 security fee infringe on free speech on the University of Washington campus? Is it "hostile architecture" when the city of Seattle uses fences and bike racks to keep people from camping in public areas? Did West Seattle homeowners pay enough of a cost for cutting down city-owned trees to enhance their views? And does Paul Allen play and sing as good as Jimi Hendrix? Quincy Jones thinks so.

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The Amazon spheres: corporate hype or a Seattle icon to rival the Space Needle? We'll tell you what we learned from a behind-the-scenes look at the end of former Seattle mayor Ed Murray's career. And a controversial FBI memo is finally released -- we'll see what all the dossier is about. Also, would you pay $40 for custom Sasquatch license plates?

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This week, an Amtrak engineer said he didn't see the signs telling him to slow down before last month's fatal derailment near Tacoma. Amazon opened a convenience store with no checkout lines. Sound Transit might lose a bunch of car-tab tax money. And Edgar Martinez might want to hit Hall of Fame voters with a light bat.

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This week, a woman revealed graphic details about her date with comedian Aziz Ansari, and it has women discussing reasons why they don't always say "hell no" and walk out the door.

Also, should a Seattle Congressmember attend the State of the Union address despite her opinion of President Trump? 

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President Trump says a mouthful about immigration. Governor Inslee and the Democrats size up their new majority in Olympia. Seattle's new soda tax kicks in. Plus, a story about how the Seattle city government sausage is made, thanks to a special exemption for one Airbnb owner who fought city hall and won.

This week's news isn't going to pump itself

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The Trump Administration says it will stop telling prosecutors to look the other way when states legalize marijuana and wants to open federal waters off the coast to oil drilling.

Seattle taxpayers will pay to settle a sex abuse lawsuit against former mayor Ed Murray. And Oregonians will finally get to pump their own gas, but please cool it with the jokes.

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If you want to avoid a new tax on soda, load up now. You'll pay more when Seattle's new sugary drinks tax kicks in on January 1. Also new on New Year's Day: statewide paid sick leave and another upward tick in Seattle’s minimum-wage. 

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What caused Amtrak Cascades 501 from Seattle to Portland to crash on its first trip along a new, faster route? Who wins and loses with the passage of the new Republican tax plan? Why is Washington's Attorney General suing Value Village? And where are people going to eat turkey sandwiches now that Bakeman's Restaurant is closing?

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A Washington state representative denies sexually harassing anyone, but has resigned from his leadership position.

Do the results of the Alabama special election mean voters are turning away from Republicans? 

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Seattle mayor-elect Jenny Durkan assembles her transition team, and the City Council rejects a head tax on big Seattle businesses – for now. We'll cover the latest from City Hall as Durkan's swearing-in fast approaches.

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Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien is one of the lawmakers proposing to study the idea of tolling -- not just 520 or Highway 99, but Seattle surface streets, too. The new waterfront tunnel is going to have a toll. That toll will cause some drivers to spill onto our already-crowded surface streets and congestion pricing could help with that, but is it the only way to ease downtown traffic?

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This week, some Seattle-area leaders told Amazon they'd like to hit the refresh button on their relationship with the company. Is Seattle going overboard with the apologizing? And what does Amazon owe Seattle for its success?

This week's panel (L-R): Bill Radke, Joni Balter, Sydney Brownstone, C.R. Douglas
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This week rape and sexual harassment got a very public face when we learned that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is accused of raping several women. He’s been settling sexual harassment claims for decades, and many, many people knew about it and said nothing.

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This week one man killed 58 and wounded hundreds of people in Las Vegas using legal weapons — semiautomatic rifles modified with devises that make them act more like machine guns. Will this shooting change our gun laws? 

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Some NFL players took a knee or sat during the national anthem. The Seahawks stayed in their locker room. Other players stood and locked arms. What does it all matter if the fans tune them out?

Also, Facebook says it will get tougher on fake Russian campaign ads, but what is our responsibility to consume media smartly?

And Washington state sues the maker of OxyContin, but pharmaceutical companies say they don't deserve all the blame because it's doctors who over-prescribed and patients who over-used.

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Bill apologizes to listeners for our interview with the man from this week's viral Seattle-Nazi-gets-punched video, and we look for the lessons. (see the video and read the transcript)

Seattle gets a new temporary mayor, and the race to replace Eastside Congressman Dave Reichert gets a well-known Republican challenger.

Seattle mayor Ed Murray resigns after one of the mayor’s cousins becomes the fifth man accusing him of sexual abuse in the past.

Meanwhile the two candidates running to replace him, Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon, meet in their first mayoral debate.

Tucson, Arizona sends Jeff Bezos a cactus to woo Amazon’s HQ2 to their city.

And football’s national anthem protests to call attention to racial inequity get kicked upstairs to the White House when an ESPN anchor calls the President a white supremacist.

'Week in Review' panel Bill Radke, Christopher Parker, Billy Bryant and Natalie Brand.
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Amazon tells Seattle it wants to see other cities and announces plans for a second headquarters in another North American metropolis.

The only Republican Congressman from the Puget Sound area said this week he won't run for another term. Who will take over for Rep. Dave Reichert?

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The true damage of Hurricane Harvey is still unknown, but does that mean you have to wait to criticize some of the victims?

Counter-protestors committed violence against Nazi and white supremacists in Berkeley last weekend; are they doing the right thing or only hurting their cause?

Jenny Durkan has cribbed notes from Bernie Sanders and is offering a plan for free college, but is that enough to win over the political left?

And is the accidental release of tens of thousands of farmed salmon truly a state of emergency or should we throw cold water on those warnings?

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The mayoral race in Seattle is heating up. King County Democrats have endorsed Cary Moon, and so has today’s panelist, former mayor Mike McGinn. Labor unions have come out in support Jenny Durkan. What’s the significance of this latest round of endorsements?

The City of Seattle is going to spend at least a quarter of million dollars defending legal attacks against the high earner income tax passed by City Council on a 9-0 vote. Is it common for a local or state government agency to pass laws they know they need to spend money to defend in court?

Is Seattle becoming Amazonia? And because we're still not sick of talking about the eclipse, we ask the panel where they watched the celestial show.

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Sydney Brownstone, Bill Radke, Ron Sims, Rob McKenna
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Our panel this week:

Bill Radke @kuowradke, host
Ron Sims @simsron, retired deputy secretary of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and former King County Executive
Sydney Brownstone @sydbrownstone, reporter at The Stranger
Rob McKenna @robmckenna, former Washington state attorney general

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