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Books: A New Classic of Northwest Logging and Radicalism

If Norwegians and Swedes laid down the legends of the Puget Sound country, Finns were their counterparts in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon in lands drained by the mighty Columbia.

Democrats’ Debate: Let a Little Sunshine In

The best thing you can say about Julian Castro’s taunting of Joe Biden about “forgetting what he had just said” (which he hadn’t) is that it is good preparation for dealing with Donald Trump. Trump will be taunting...

Dem Debate: A House Divided?

With so many threats to American security and democracy that every one of the 10 candidates was able to plant his or her flag on a vital issue.

So You Think Local Newspapers No Longer Matter?

A study found that "despite the economic hardships that local newspapers have endured, they remain, by far, the most significant providers of journalism in their communities.

Impure Thoughts: Nukes Versus Climate Change?

Rather than purity tests, David Roberts argues, better to have complex answers to the separated problems.

Bye Bye, Coffee Bean: No More Howard Schultz to Kick Around

He's got a bad back, and he seems to have grasped the obvious point that his candidacy might well re-elect Trump.

Town Hall Seattle Reopens After a Grand Renovation

Town Hall evolved organically from its early days, when maps didn't exist, to the beloved and grand institution of today. Who would've thunk it? Certainly not me!

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With so many threats to American security and democracy that every one of the 10 candidates was able to plant his or her flag on a vital issue.

Dem Debates: Down To The Big Three? Please, No!

Axios on Monday heralded “a steady and indisputable trend: The Democratic 2020 race is a three-way brawl between 70-somethings.” Not so fast.