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Congressional Controversies
4:28 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

What's Driving The Agenda in Washington, D.C.?

Flickr Photo/Trevor McGoldrick

From de-funding Obamacare to deep cuts to food stamps, the House of Representatives is full of big ideas that are likely going nowhere politically with Democrats who control the Senate and the White House. How then do they get so much attention? David Hyde talks with Andrea Seabrook of DecodeDC.

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Body Art Guidelines
12:27 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

US Army To Issue New Rules On Tattoos

The Army is issuing new guidelines concerning body art, including neck tattoos.
Flickr Photo/Binder.donedat

It is not uncommon for an soldier to have tattoos but strict new guidelines for what tattoos soldiers are allowed to have are about to go into place.  New rules governing things like tattoos and grooming for soldiers have been approved by the Secretary of the Army and are only awaiting a final signature from Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler. What are the new rules and why the change? David Hyde talks with Stars and Stripes Afghanistan correspondent, Josh Smith about the new rules.

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Pot Banking
10:28 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Washington's Bank Willing To Accommodate Pot Revenue

Washington state Treasurer James McIntire
Courtesy of Washington State Treasurer's Office

Bank of America will handle proceeds connected to marijuana sales despite federal restrictions. Under federal policy, the government views money from marijuana sales as money laundering.

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Entertaining Politicians
9:23 am
Tue September 24, 2013

New Lobbyist Meal Form To Distinguish Chowder From Steak

A view of the new form lobbyists use to report entertainment spending in Washington state
Washington Public Disclosure Commission

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 1:55 pm

The staff at Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission has recommended changes to how lobbyists report their meals out with lawmakers. 

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Pres. Hassan Rouhani
10:42 am
Fri September 20, 2013

After 33 Years, A Chance For Diplomacy With Iran?

It has been 33 years since the United States and Iran had diplomatic relations. Now, after an exchange of letters between President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, there is new hope for diplomatic dialogue between the two countries.

Iran is currently under UN and Western sanctions over its controversial nuclear program. It claims it is enriching uranium for peaceful purposes, but according to the BBC, the United States and its allies suspect Iran of trying to build a nuclear weapon. Next week, Rouhani will be in New York for the annual General Assembly of the United Nations.

Dr. Shaul Bakhash is the Clarence Robinson Professor of History at George Mason University. He explains the complexity of diplomacy between the two countries.

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Food Stamps
2:13 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Rep. Suzan DelBene On Funding The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Washington Representative Suzan DelBene.

Republicans and Democrats have been debating a bill that would cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program over the next 10 years. House Republicans argue that the food stamp program has grown too large and unmanageable.  Representative Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., has been an active advocate against the Republican-backed bill. She explains the implication of this bill.

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Conspiracy To Cheat
7:38 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Indictments Over Alleged Casino Scam on Tribal Grounds

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 7:25 pm

Tribal casinos take a lot of steps to keep players from cheating. But 42 people in Central Washington are facing charges of conspiracy to cheat on a raffle at a casino run by the Yakama Nation.

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Excessive Force Review
5:27 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Seattle Police Get High Marks From White, Asian Residents, But Panned By Blacks, Latinos

Flickr Photo/Brittney Bollay (CC BY-NC-ND)

Three out of four Seattle residents think the Seattle Police do a good job keeping the public safe.  But the police get much worse reviews from the city’s African-American and Latino communities. Seventy percent of African-Americans and 62 percent of Latinos think the department often uses excessive force.

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State Revenue
3:40 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Washington Revenues Show Slow And Steady Recovery

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 3:40 pm

Slow and steady. That’s how Washington’s chief economic forecaster sums up the recovery in state revenues.

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Mental Health
2:08 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

After Attacks, Seattle Rethinks How To Treat Mentally Ill

Police officials stand next to a bullet-ridden Seattle Metro bus on Aug. 12. A man with a history of mental illness shot and wounded the driver, then died in a chaotic shootout with police.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 5:01 pm

The Navy Yard massacre may renew concerns over the potential dangers of mentally ill people who don't get treatment. That issue is especially hot right now in Seattle, where the mayor has called untreated mental illness an "emergency."

Unstable In Seattle

Seattle's Pioneer Square is an uneasy mix of art galleries and skid road; it's gelato over here, and heroin over there. And then there's mental illness.

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Port of Seattle
9:48 am
Wed September 18, 2013

'Inspected Once - Cleared Twice' Is Goal Of International Trade Experiment

Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 9:41 pm


A seaport in northern British Columbia is serving as the test site for a venture to make international cargo inspections more efficient.


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Agriculture
9:47 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Alfalfa In Washington Field Tests Positive For GMO

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 5:48 pm

Tests of alfalfa seed from a field in eastern Washington have come back positive for genetically engineered genes called Round-Up-Ready.

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Homeless Resource Fair
8:39 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Seattle Center Plays Host To 1,400 Homeless Guests

Volunteer Anne Walton clips Calvin Smith's toenails at the United Way's Resource Exchange for the homeless at Seattle Center.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

More than 1,400 homeless individuals descended on Seattle Center Tuesday to take part in a one-day resource fair put on by United Way of King County.

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Labor Dispute
9:29 am
Tue September 17, 2013

National Labor Board Takes Space Needle Management To Court

Flickr Photo/Craig Elliott

The National Labor Relations Board and Space Needle management are in federal court this week.

The union that represents about 200 employees at the Needle is accusing management of union busting and unfair labor practices.

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D.C. Shooting
8:33 am
Tue September 17, 2013

'I Miss Her Already': Profiles Of The Navy Yard Victims Emerge

Kathy Gaarde, one of the people killed in Monday's shootings at Washington's Navy Yard, in a family photo. Her husband, Douglass, says the picture depicts Gaarde "with her 94-year-old mother who she cared for until she passed away last year."
Douglass Gaarde

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 3:28 pm

This post was last updated at 4:40 p.m. ET.

The victims of the Navy Yard shootings that brought panic and tragedy to a corner of Washington, D.C., on Monday morning are in many people's thoughts as their names and other information are released. We'll collect what we know about the victims here.

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