Editorials

Editorials

Trump conflicts of interest need transparency

Many activists joined protests last weekend over President Donald Trump’s continuing refusal to share his tax returns with the public. Their concern over taxes is valid, and the traditional IRS deadline for filing taxes on April 15 was a nice touch for demonstrations.

Editorials

Forward is the smart way on marijuana

The federal government should not turn back the clock on the marijuana policy experiments carried out by states in the West. That is why it makes sense for leaders in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Colorado to be at the table with the Department of Justice’s new GOP leadership as it reviews the situation.

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Counties, cities need leeway on property taxes

As Washington lawmakers sail into their first overtime session, they are rightly focused on school funding. That much is unavoidable. The Legislature is under state Supreme Court orders to fix the state’s unconstitutional system of funding K-12 schools.

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Trump’s tough talk on Korea

America’s posture toward North Korea has changed, Trump administration officials insist. Vice President Mike Pence, visiting South Korea, declared that the “era of strategic patience is over” and warned the north not to test President Donald Trump’s resolve or the strength of the U.S. military forces in the region.

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Open the White House visitor logs

Well, give President Trump credit. This time he’s managed to offend liberals and conservatives to about an equal degree. The announced policy that White House visitor logs won’t be made public has the Capitol astir. And it should. The White House is the people’s house.

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Trump administration wealthiest in history

The torrent of financial disclosure forms that the White House released March 31 confirms it: The Trump administration is the wealthiest in history. The combined net worth of the Cabinet members and President Donald Trump’s top advisers exceeds $12 billion.

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Roberts could be the court’s swing vote

Even before the Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch as a justice of the Supreme Court and before it “nuked” the filibuster for nominees, the Trump administration and conservatives were already plotting to fill the next vacancy. Indeed, they have made overtures to swing Justice Anthony M. Kennedy to get him to feel comfortable with retirement. If Kennedy goes, or if a liberal justice gets sick or dies, Democrats have few levers to stop Republicans from confirming a nominee even more conservative than Gorsuch. The future, then, holds a Supreme Court where Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. is the swing vote — a scary eventuality for progressives.

Editorials

GOP failure is opportunity to fix the ACA

The utter failure of congressional Republicans to replace Obamacare two weeks ago was a good thing. The U.S. House Republican plan would have thrown an estimated 24 million Americans off coverage over 10 years while handing tax cuts to the wealthy and a bonanza to insurers.

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Congress’ Russia probe losing credibility

The Republican-controlled U.S. House is supposed to be investigating concerns that Russian operatives interfered in the November election in order to help elect Republican Donald Trump as president. Unfortunately, the chamber’s intelligence committee chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes of California, is starting to look like a tool of the president.

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Trump should take some lessons from Mandela

In stating Friday that Republicans are “going through the inevitable growing pains of being an opposition party to becoming a governing party,” House Speaker Paul Ryan was identifying a phenomenon that has challenged many new governments around the world.

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Everyone can do a bit for spring air

Spring has arrived, and smoke from wood stoves should die down soon. In the down side, smoke from yard debris fires is likely to increase as rains let up and homeowners tackle the winter’s mess in earnest.

Videos

Gregg Bell on what Seahawks GM said about Sherman, Lynch

Seahawks brass spoke Monday about the upcoming draft and offseason team developments.
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Gregg Bell on what Seahawks GM said about Sherman, Lynch

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