Demi-Semi-Literally: Who Pronounces the “t” in Often?

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Ever since its founding document proclaimed that “all men are created equal,” the supply of status in America has been inadequate. Any method to appropriate distinction, even though mispronunciation, will flourish.

Going Rogue: Two Renegade Northwest Congressmen on Key Votes

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The left politics of Portland has not picked up more support beyond the city, in trying to primary Blue Dog Rep. Schrader, any more than Seattle’s litmus-test left.

Seattle Parks: Where’s the Urgency?

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Given the challenge, tents everywhere in parks throughout the city, a sense of resignation was not surprising. But there are fixes and many other cities have found them.

Biden and Trudeau Agree to Rescue Porcupine Caribou Herd

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The coastal plain has been subject to a 40-year struggle. It is vital to existence of the 100,000-plus animals of the Porcupine herd, but Alaska politicians have long sought to drill in the Refuge.

Pickleball’s Seattle Origins (It’s America’s Fastest-Growing Sport)

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Wanting to play badminton one day in his Bainbridge back yard, but lacking a shuttlecock, Joel Pritchard substituted a whiffle ball and fashioned some small wooden rackets.

Cutting Costs at The Seattle Times

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In Seattle, the Times is reducing its rented space from four floors to one, but that does not reflect any cuts in personnel so much as the new hybrid work model.

Hugo House Loses its Leader Amid Landmines of ‘Decisional Equity’

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"The nonprofit sector must immediately lean away from the precedent of empowering white leaders to act on behalf of Black and Brown people. Period."

“Building Homes for Salmon”: Nature Conservancy works to Restore an Old-Growth Forest

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The Olympic Peninsula has become a living laboratory of efforts to restore and reestablish fish runs.

Christianity Is Not a Religion. So what is it?

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Growing up, I thought Christianity was really — boiled down — about being a good person. Actually it’s not about that.

An Idea for Empty Hotel Rooms: Private Room-Service Cafes

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Choose your own background music. Private bathroom very handy. Social distancing easily arranged.

Judge Grants Temporary Reprieve for Northwest Federal Archives

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The legal effort to keep the federal archives close at hand, led by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, scores an important partial victory.

Washington’s Jamie Herrera Beutler Stands Up

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The lowest-profile lawmaker in Washington’s Congressional Delegation, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., briefly occupied the national spotlight Friday night and Saturday morning. She “outed” an angry exchange between then-President Trump and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Sen. Maria Cantwell inherits Warren Magnuson’s Committee

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Maggie was famous for passing major legislation, as well as for his malaprops. He referred to French President Pompidou as "Poopidou."

Different Times: Prayer, Fellowship Across a Partisan Divide

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Our bonding became evident among our Congressional colleagues, who took notice of how our friendships transcended the usual political norms on the House floor. This was before the rise of the Moral Majority and its politicizing of the evangelical community,

Ice Dam flood? We Can Top That!

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Himalayan glacier disaster highlights climate change risks, shouts the headline; and it’s only one of many similar which the Associated Press has pumped down...

A GOP ‘Freedom Caucus’ Forms in the State Senate

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The Freedom Caucus says it will fight what Fortunato calls “some of the most radical agendas in Washington history,” pushed by Democrats.

A Post-Bezos Corrective to the Amazon Narrative

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The secret to Amazon's dominance, the author argues, is shrewd exploitation of sorta-legal loopholes. Loopholes can be closed.

Stage Right: A Primary Challenger to Congressman Dan Newhouse

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The challenger is Rep. Brad Klippert, a Benton County deputy sheriff best known for a electoral-college-style proposal to shift votes to Eastern Washington.

Update: Seattle Mayor’s Race and the Gonzalez Council Vacancy

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The progressive lane for mayor and the vacant council seat is getting crowded, and the center-left lane has not recruited strong candidates.

Jeff Bezos, Master of Inventions, Reinvents Himself

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More likely, Bezos is following the path of Bill Gates, finding his passion in solving some of the world's mighty problems.

Our Tech Age’s Master Philosopher?

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Girard's sweeping theory meshes with the all-against-all world of tech tinged with apocalyptic twilight and Freud's Totem and Taboo.

I’ve got the Walking Downtown Blues

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Getting our city back economically is vital to our overall recovery from this pandemic catastrophe. That will take all of us moving together, not sniping for political advantage.

Reputations: Are Portland and Seattle Damaged?

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Forbes has a long story on Portland, Oregon, probing whether the city has shot itself in the foot by all those protests, poor political...

The State GOP Whistles Past Assorted Graveyards

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Trump will go down as “a great president,” said national radio host Dennis Prager, quickly adding a caveat: “Great presidents have great flaws.” He added one wish for the exiled 45th president: “I wish, instead of a new party, Donald Trump will create a new Internet.”

Impeachment Trial: Fatal Drift into Farce

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A televised Senate trial is almost as good as Twitter for the muzzled Don.

Sen. Joe Nguyen to Challenge Dow Constantine for County Exec?

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A tech-savvy progressive firebrand, Nguyen, 37, came from basically nowhere to beat Constantine’s chosen candidate in the 2018 race for Constantine's old seat in the state Senate.

Another New, Temporary Leader for Seattle Schools

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That the board did not select an experienced superintendent as the interim, as is typically done, likely indicates that the board wants to take charge.

A Lifelong Search for Genius

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Can we reduce "genius" to an equation? Here's the fun story of the Yale professor who tried.

London’s Wigmore Hall Streams Its Concerts. But at what Cost?

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Wigmore is streaming full-cost concerts, and donated money is rolling in. But this is far from a sustainable model for this musical mecca.

Welcome Back, Real Presidential Press Conferences!

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Trump's press conferences were performances for his media-hating base. Biden's are back to normal, which is not to say that the new President will find them smooth sailing.