Election 2012
12:04 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Big Political Donors Shy Away From Public Scrutiny

Charles Koch of Koch Industries speaks in 2007 about his book The Science of Success in Wichita, Kan.
Bo Rader MCT /Landov

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 7:19 am

Several dozen wealthy donors have taken advantage of this post-Citizens United world, writing seven-figure checks to political superPACs.

Yet it seems there's something wealthy donors weren't counting on when they wrote those checks — attracting attention, including from the political opposition and the media.

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Olympic Power Couple
7:06 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Oregon's Olympic Power Couple Loyal To Two Countries

Canadian Brianne Theisen, one member of the couple hoping to compete for Olympic gold for their respective countries.
Erik van Leeuwen Wikimedia Commons

Dozens of Northwest runners, jumpers and throwers will compete for slots on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team starting this weekend. Once again Eugene, Ore., is hosting the U.S. Olympic Trials for track and field. The qualifying action could help determine whether the London Games this summer feature a love story.

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Sweetness And Light
7:03 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Title IX At 40: What Has Changed, And What's Next

The adoption of Title IX has spurred growth in women's collegiate sports, including soccer. But a women's pro league has struggled, cutting its season short this year. Here, Notre Dame celebrates winning the NCAA College Cup in 2010.
Gerry Broome AP

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 5:08 am

Saturday is the 40th anniversary of Title IX, which, although almost nobody anticipated it then, resulted in women's gaining the right to participate in sports commensurate with their numbers attending college.

Title IX not only had a huge effect on women's participation in sports, but also, culturally, it influenced the way both men and women view the idea of women and athletics. It's mattered greatly in our American society.

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Northwest Olympic Boxer
6:34 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Northwest Woman Gets Second Chance At Olympic Boxing

Seattle’s Queen Underwood, 28, exits the ring in Spokane, Wash., after qualifying for the U.S.A. team for the first women’s Olympic boxing tournament.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Some of the best sports stories are about second chances, and this week a female boxer from Seattle got her second chance at Olympic gold. The international governing body for boxing awarded Queen Underwood a wild card spot at the first-ever tournament for women’s boxing in the Olympics.

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Tsunami Dock Removal
6:24 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Tsunami Dock To Be Dismantled, Removed

A piece of tsunami debris, a dock that washed ashore near Newport, will be dismantled and removed by a Vancouver, Wash., company.
Oregon State Parks

The days are numbered for the massive Japanese dock that washed up on an Oregon beach earlier this month. The Oregon State Parks Department announced Tuesday that it's accepted a bid from a Vancouver, Wash., salvage company to break apart the dock and remove it.

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Washington State Damage Claims
6:16 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Wash. Pays Out $60 Million In Damages Over Past 12 Months

Washington State paid out millions in damage claims over the past year.
Tradnor Wikimedia Commons

Washington state paid out nearly $60 million in damage claims during the fiscal year that ends this month. Nearly a third of that went to one man – a motorist who was paralyzed in a traffic accident.

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Oregon State Representative
5:16 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Embattled Oregon State Rep Says He Won't Seek Re-Election

Some Oregon State House Democrats say they'll work to strengthen the chamber's rules about workplace harassment.
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia Commons

An embattled Oregon state Representative Matt Wingard says he won't seek re-election. Two-term Republican lawmaker Matt Wingard admitted to having a sexual relationship with a college-age employee who worked at his state capitol office.

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The Two-Way
4:47 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

WATCH: President Obama Holds A News Conference

President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference at the end of the G20 Summit of Heads of State and Government in Los Cabos, Mexico on Tuesday.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 5:33 pm

China and Russia are not aligned with the United States and the rest of the international community on the subject of Syria, President Obama said during a news conference following the G20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico.

"It's not fair to say that Russia and China are signed on," Obama said.

The president said he had "candid" conversations with the leaders of both countries, which have rejected calls for international intervention in Syria. Russia has been accused by the United States of propping up the regime of Bashar Assad.

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The Two-Way
4:28 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

House Republicans, Holder Head For Showdown Over Gun-Trafficking Scandal

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 3:36 am

A House panel will meet Wednesday to consider a report holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents related to the controversial Operation Fast and Furious, a botched gun-trafficking operation.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, met with Holder on Tuesday in an effort to resolve difference over his panel's subpoena for the documents.

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It's All Politics
4:14 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Senate's Top Republican Seeks A Cue From Romney On Immigration

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to the media on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 4:42 am

President Obama has certainly put Republicans in a tricky spot with his action to essentially activate parts of the DREAM Act that would defer deportations for certain young illegal immigrants.

Come out against the president's stance, popular with many Latino voters but not exclusively so, and Republicans run the risk of further alienating many of those voters.

But come out in support of the president's act, and many conservatives in the Republican base could get angry.

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