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NWPR Books
9:30 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Rep. Keith Ellison Wonders Why 'People Care' About His Muslim Faith

Alex Brandon AP

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NWPR Books
9:02 am
Mon January 20, 2014

The Politics Of Passing 1964's Civil Rights Act

Demonstrators march down Constitution Avenue during the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 3:35 pm

Martin Luther King may not have had a vote in Congress, but he and the movement he helped lead were integral to getting the civil rights bill introduced. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of that bill, now known as the Civil Rights Act.

Among other things, the act outlawed discrimination in public accommodations — including restaurants, hotels and motels — ending the era of legal segregation in those places.

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NWPR Books
2:48 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Don't Hate The Players, Learn The Rules Of The Game (Theory)

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks with Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., on Nov. 13 at the start of a congressional budget conference.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 3:44 pm

This week, Congress has been pondering yet another deal with a deadline. Congressional leaders have agreed to a bipartisan budget that would set spending levels for the next two years, and if it passes, as expected, it would mark the first bipartisan budget deal since 2011. News of the deal comes again at the last minute, just as Congress begins packing its bags to adjourn for the holidays.

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Pot Legalization in Washington
6:07 am
Tue September 10, 2013

U.S. Senate To Hold Hearing On State Pot Legalization

Syria’s not the only issue on the agenda in Congress this week. So is marijuana. The Senate Judiciary committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on the conflict between federal law and pot legalization in Washington and Colorado.

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Washington Representative On Syria Action
5:03 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Washington Representative Smith Undecided On Syria Action

Credit US House of Representatives / Wikimedia Commons

Members of Congress are hearing arguments today on whether military action should be taken against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad .

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Oregon Representatives On Syrian Action
4:56 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Oregon's Schrader Opposes Strike On Syria

Credit US House of Representatives / Wikimedia Commons

President Obama is looking for support among members of Congress for limited military action in Syria. 

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Washington Representatives On Syria Action
4:45 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Washington Congressmembers Mostly Holding Their Fire on Syria Vote

Architect of the Capitol. The western front of the United States Capitol.

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 4:25 pm

Members of Congress from Washington state are mostly undecided ahead of an expected vote next week to authorize military force against Syria.

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Idaho Representatives On Syria Action
4:26 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Idaho's Republicans In Congress Aren't Sold On Syria Action

US Senate. Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho questions Secretary of State John Kerry on the Obama administration's proposed military action in Syria.

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 2:39 pm

Members of Idaho's all-Republican congressional delegation aren't yet committing to a position on military action in Syria. But the direction most are leaning is against a resolution authorizing President Obama to use air strikes.

A spokesman for Sen. Mike Crapo says the Idaho Republican is skeptical of authorizing military force at this point, especially without a broad international coalition.

Crapo’s colleague, Sen. Jim Risch sits on the Foreign Relations Committee, which heard the Obama administration's arguments for action in Syria.

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Hydropower in Congress
8:48 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Hydropower Bills Open Gates Of Bipartisanship In Congress

The 7.5-megawatt Youngs Creek hydroelectric dam near Sultan
Credit Snohomish County PUD

An effort to streamline the regulatory process for small hydropower dams is generating a rare moment of bipartisanship in Congress. Two bills sailed through a Senate committee Wednesday. They've already passed the House. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.

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Timber Bills
6:44 am
Mon April 8, 2013

House Debates Proposals To Raise Revenue For Counties Through Logging

Congress is back in session this week. The House will discuss two proposals that would increase logging in federal forests to raise money for struggling timber counties. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix reports.

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