Maria Cantwell

Murray, Cantwell say legal marijuana relies on banking

Two weeks ago, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded Obama-era marijuana rules. These rules included the Cole memo, which states the federal …

Cannabis

Tax Overhaul Is a Blow to Affordable-Housing Efforts

SAN FRANCISCO — The last time that Congress approved a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code, in 1986, it created a tax credit meant to encourage the private sector to invest in affordable housing. It has grown into a $9 billion-a-year social program that has funded the construction of some …

Housing

Official: Plan to exclude Florida from drilling isn't final

The Trump administration's promise to exempt Florida from an offshore drilling plan is not a formal action, an Interior Department official said …

Business

Government shutdown: Where the senators stand

<b>(CNN) —</b> Now that the House has passed a short-term spending bill on Thursday, the Senate will need 60 votes to move it forward.<p>It's a difficult task for Republicans, who only number 51 in the Senate -- and not all of them are going to vote for the bill. Even if they did, they'd still need another …

Sherrod Brown

WHIP COUNT: Senate vote on shutdown looks to be tight

It’s far from clear that a House GOP plan to fund the government can get through the Senate ahead of a possible shutdown on Saturday<p>Two GOP senators …

Sherrod Brown

21 States and Half the Senate Are Trying to Bring Net Neutrality Back

Just because the FCC voted to repeal the net neutrality rules back in December doesn’t mean we all have to take it lying down, and today we all got a …

Net Neutrality

Nearly all members of National Park Service advisory panel resign in frustration

More than three-quarters of the members of a federally chartered board advising the National Park Service have quit out of frustration that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had refused to meet with them or convene a single meeting last year.<p>The resignation of 10 out of 12 National Park System Advisory …

National Parks

Senate Finance Dems want more transparency on trade from Trump

Senate Finance Committee Democrats on Friday called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of …

U.S. Congress

Officials unsure how many thousands to expect on Capitol Hill as plan for 2018 Seattle Women’s March comes together

In 2017, the first marchers reached Seattle Center before the last marchers left Judkins Park (Image: CHS)<p>For the thousands hoping to come to Capitol …

Seattle

Trump's Appointees May Have Just Bankrupted Big Coal

The coal industry says that thousands of miners will lose their livelihoods and hundreds of thousands could lose their pensions and healthcare, …

Eric Schneiderman

Trump calls the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 'one of the great oil sites'

President Trump held his first Cabinet meeting of 2018 on Wednesday and in addition to welcoming the press "back to the studio" and claiming his …

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Elizabeth Warren, bipartisan deal-maker?

WASHINGTON — If you believe the ads and talking points that top Republican groups pump out, Senator Elizabeth Warren is a liberal from Massachusetts …

Republican Party

Nearly four decades after Mt. St. Helens erupted, a resort in the blast zone faces a different kind of danger

When Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980, killing 57 people, destroying homes, evaporating lakes and rearranging landmarks, Mark Smith and his family were thankful to have survived.<p>Their lakeside resort did not. The blast blew away the top 1,300 feet of the mountain, burying nearby Spirit Lake Lodge …

Geology

Major Donor Reconsiders Support for Democrats Who Urged Al Franken to Quit

A prominent donor to the Democratic Party says she is considering withdrawing support for senators who urged their colleague Al Franken to resign after he was accused of sexual misconduct.<p>The donor, Susie Tompkins Buell, has been one of the Democratic Party’s most generous supporters for decades. …

U.S. Politics

West Coast, Florida Foes Resist Trump Offshore Drilling Plan

Both Republicans and Democrats pan Interior Department proposal<p>There is a reason why the last federal sale of oil or gas drilling leases off …

Politics

Without fanfare, oil companies just received a tax break on New Year’s Day

Congressional Republicans allowed a tax on oil companies that generated hundreds of millions of dollars annually for federal oil-spill response efforts to expire this week — a move that amounts to another corporate break in the wake of lawmakers’ sweeping tax overhaul late last month.<p>The tax on …

U.S. Coast Guard

Republicans’ yellow brick road always leads back to bashing Seattle

Just as Democrats are lost in the wilderness nationally, Republicans locally are now out of power across all branches of state government.<p>So what’s …

Elections

Interior secretary’s plan would open up Washington and Oregon coastlines to drilling

The plan announced by Ryan Zinke would include 47 potential lease sales including ones off the shorelines of Oregon and Washington. The proposal …

Ryan Zinke

Presenting your 2018 Senate power rankings

**Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.**<p><b>PRESENTING YOUR 2018 SENATE POWER RANKINGS</b><br>Please indulge us in cravenly putting our proviso first: The election is still ten months and a day away, so what you will see below is primordial in nature.<p>But, you have to start some …

Elections

How Washington may be impacted by DOJ pot decision

The politics of pot has left states divided. Only six states, so far, have already legalized marijuana for both recreational and medical use -- most …

Portland, OR

If You Want To Know Who’s Running In 2020, Watch Capitol Hill, Not Iowa

Some of the first moves of the 2020 presidential campaign are happening now, not in New Hampshire but on Capitol Hill. A group of Senate Democrats …

U.S. Politics

As of today, the United States Senate has more women than ever before

When former Minnesota lieutenant governor Tina Smith is sworn in to replace Al Franken, Congress’ upper chamber will have a record number of female …

Money

In Spectacular Move, Federal Agency Manages To Be Both ‘Arbitrary’ AND ‘Capricious’

Administrative Law nerds can rejoice as the mainstream media is abuzz with those two magical words that litter your semester-ending exams. Interior …

Law

Full Text: Here’s what Washington state’s legally contentious net neutrality bill looks like up close

A Washington state representative has pre-filed a bill that would preserve net neutrality standards in the state, effectively nullifying a Dec. 14 …

Net Neutrality

Train crew not using phones, remarked about high speed before derailment: investigators

Video from the cab of the Amtrak train that hurtled off the tracks in Washington state, killing three people and injuring dozens, shows that the engineer did not appear to be using a cellphone or any other personal electronic device just before the derailment, federal investigators said Friday.<p>The …

Elaine Chao

Train crew not using electronic devices before crash

SEATTLE (AP) — Video from the cab of the Amtrak train that hurtled off the tracks in Washington state, killing three people and injuring dozens, …

Portland, OR

List: These 32 Senators Voted to Shut Down the Government Before Christmas

The Senate approved a short-term spending plan to keep the government open Thursday but not without nearly a third of the chamber dissenting for …

U.S. Congress

Train crew not using electronic devices before crash, investigators say

SEATTLE – Video from the cab of the Amtrak train that hurtled off the tracks in Washington state, killing three people and injuring dozens, showed that the engineer did not appear to be using a cellphone or any other personal electronic device just before the derailment, federal investigators said …

Jay Inslee

Video: Train crew not using electronic devices before crash

SEATTLE (AP) — Video from the cab of the Amtrak train that hurtled off the tracks in Washington state, killing three people and injuring dozens, shows that the engineer did not appear to be using a cellphone or any other personal electronic device just before the derailment, federal investigators …

Elaine Chao

U.S. Bank Quietly Joins $4B Deal With Dakota Access Owner After Declaring End to Oil and Gas Pipeline Loans

By Sharon Kelly<p>At a shareholder meeting this past spring, U.S. Bank announced it would be the first large American bank to completely stop issuing …

Environment