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Category Archives: Breaking News

U.S. Senate passes Biden’s American Rescue Plan with concessions to Senator Joe Manchin

Excerpt: With Alaska's United States Senator Dan Sullivan absent, Vice President Kamala Harris' tiebreaking vote was not needed to pass the bill. All fifty Democratic senators voted for it, while the other forty-nine Republicans voted against it.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Trump’s fascist goons launch physical attack on democracy, storm United States Capitol

Excerpt: The insurrection began following a rally held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to protest the 2020 presidential election results, at which Donald Trump urged participants to go to, and enter, the Capitol building.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Year-end pandemic relief bill clears both houses of Congress with bipartisan support

Excerpt: With just a few days to go before 2020 ends, the House and Senate have given approval to a $2.3 trillion combined pandemic relief package and omnibus appropriations bill.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Donald Trump says that he and Melania Trump have tested positive for SARS-CoV‑2

Excerpt: Having spent months utterly failing to protect Americans from COVID-19 and completely disregarding the guidance of public health experts, Donald Trump now finds himself and his wife infected with the virus.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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It’s official: Joe Biden has selected Senator Kamala Harris as his 2020 running mate

Excerpt: Harris, a former rival of Biden's for the presidential nomination, is the first Black woman and the first Asian American woman to be the presumptive vice presidential nominee of a major political party. 
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Washington’s next Lieutenant Governor will be either Denny Heck or Marko Liias, it seems

Excerpt: Cyrus Habib is all but guaranteed to be succeeded by a fellow Democrat when he leaves office in early 2021 to join the Jesuits.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Governor Jay Inslee on course to easily win a third term as Tim Eyman crashes and burns

Excerpt: Inslee, sixty-nine, has an outright majority of the vote in ballots counted so far, which means he has more support than every single one of his thirty-six challengers combined.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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COVID-19 Update: Governor Jay Inslee prohibits large public gatherings (250+)

Excerpt: “This is an unprecedented public health situation and we can’t wait until we’re in the middle of it to slow it down,” the Governor said.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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What drove Donald Trump’s decision to kill Iranian General Qasem Suleimani?

Excerpt: The death of Iran's top military strategist has already sent shock waves around the Middle East and may put American soldiers and civilians in harm's way.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Washington voters strongly support requiring presidential candidates to disclose tax returns

Excerpt: 60% of voters surveyed in May 2019 support requiring presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns to appear on the state's general election ballot.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Guy Palumbo resigns from the Washington State Senate, effective immediately

Excerpt: Guy Palumbo is out. The one-term Democratic state senator has resigned from office, effective immediately. Three successors must now be nominated by the Democratic Party.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A NEW MAJORITY: Democrats capture control of the U.S. House of Representatives

Excerpt: The Democratic Party has won control of the United States House of Representatives and will be able to provide a much-needed check on Donald Trump's power beginning in just a few weeks, NBC News is projecting.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Paul Allen: 1953–2018

Excerpt: Tech pioneer and philanthropist Paul G. Allen, who amassed one of the largest fortunes in the world after co-founding Microsoft with Bill Gates, has died due to complications of cancer, his family has announced.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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VICTORY! Death penalty abolished in Washington by order of State Supreme Court

Excerpt: IT'S OVER. The death penalty has been ended in Washington State by court order! All death sentences have been converted to life imprisonment. Now it's time for the Legislature to change the RCWs and affirm we are a state that values justice.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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