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Thatcher's Militant Democracy

David Miles | Posted 06.16.2013 | World
David Miles

Unlike Chancellor Merkel of Germany, who has a reputation for only sticking her neck out when confident of victory, Margaret Thatcher sometimes had little choice in the timing of the battles she had to fight.

The Central African Republic: Implications of Africa's "Phantom State"

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.12.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

The future of the CAR is naturally uncertain. For the country to become capable of controlling its destiny and asserting its sovereignty by preventing armed militias from entering its land, Séléka must avoid the mistakes of its predecessor.

DC's Role in Driving the Immigration Reform Debate

Michael Shank | Posted 04.12.2013 | DC
Michael Shank

Presently, 25,000 undocumented immigrants in D.C. cannot obtain a driver's license from the DMV. To continue denying D.C. resident's access to ID and driving privileges entrenches discrimination by fettering freedom of movement, and creates a permanent subset of second-class residents.

Florist Who Rejected Gay Grooms-To-Be Slapped With State Lawsuit

Posted 06.25.2013 | Gay Voices

The Washington state-based florist who refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding is now facing a lawsuit from the state attorney general. The S...

When a Can-Do Nation Meets a Won't-Do Government

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 05.29.2013 | Impact
Dylan Ratigan

Californians still do things their own way as if assistance from Washington would take too long to arrive. For a population that spends so little time looking outside for ways to do something, it is especially jarring when the scent of dysfunction blows in from the east.

Marijuana Bars Test Limits Of Legal Weed Laws

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 05.26.2013 | Denver

TACOMA, Wash. — John Connelly leaned forward on his barstool, set his lips against a clear glass pipe and inhaled a white cloud of marijuana vap...

Legal Pot Forces Changes For Drug-Sniffing Dogs

AP | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics

SEATTLE — The state patrol and some other police agencies in Washington state are now training drug-sniffing dogs to ignore marijuana. After vo...

State Weighs First Abortion Insurance Mandate In United States

AP | JONATHAN KAMINSKY | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics

OLYMPIA, Wash. — In 1970, Washington became the first – and remains the only – state in the country to legalize elective abortions b...

Jon Stewart's Restricted Data

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.21.2013 | Technology
Joe Cirincione

You may not know Alex Wellerstein's work, but Jon Stewart does. In a recent Daily Show bit, "World War III Update," Jon Stewart showed a news clip describing what a hypothetical North Korean nuclear blast would do.

What the North Korean Missile Interceptors Are Really All About

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

The announcement last week by Defense Secretary Hagel that the U.S. will, over the coming months, deploy additional anti-ballistic missile interceptors in Alaska and on America's west coast is not really what it is being portrayed as.

Former Washington Governor Dies At Age 76

AP | RACHEL LA CORTE | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Booth Gardner was a two-term governor whose biggest political effort came long after he left the Washington state Capitol. Gardner,...

House of Cards Deals From the Bottom of the Deck

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 05.15.2013 | Entertainment
Mark R. Kennedy

What a poor -- and entirely misleading -- representation of the American political process! Skullduggery is not a prerequisite for legislative success. Hard, and occasionally boring work is what carries the day at the Capitol.

PHOTOS: 9 Underrated Beach Destinations

Oyster | Posted 05.15.2013 | Travel

Fewer people, untouched nature, you name it; underrated beach destinations are hidden gems that can be just what you're looking for.

Teens Pick Pot Over Cigarettes

AP | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 05.14.2013 | Teen

SEATTLE -- Washington high school students who participated in a statewide survey say they are twice as likely to smoke marijuana as cigarettes, and t...

The Idea of a Women's March on Washington

John Tepper Marlin | Posted 05.13.2013 | Women
John Tepper Marlin

Progress has been achieved -- yes, that is obvious -- since the first parade. But the Deltas are marching not so much out of reverence for the past as out of determination to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

For Blind Lawmaker, Policy Reflects Biography

AP | MIKE BAKER | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Behind his sunglasses, Rep. Cyrus Habib is reaching back in memory, trying to recall the name of another fully blind politician who ...

Montana and Minnesota: Coal vs. Clean Energy

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.08.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

It's easy to get excited about the future coming off our recent announcement that we're half-way to our goal of retiring one-third of the nation's coa...

Washington Florist Refuses To Do Gay Wedding Because Of Jesus

Posted 03.07.2013 | Gay Voices

A Richland, Wash. couple is still trying to make sense of what they say were the hurtful, discriminatory actions by their favorite florist. For nea...

State Saves As Washington Squirms Under Pressure

AP | BEN NEARY | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- While Washington DC squirmed this week over the impending federal government spending cuts, Wyoming lawmakers in Cheyenne – so...

You Have Cancer; Go to Congress -- The Battle for Safe Access to Medical Marijuana

Steph Sherer | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Most Americans see the battle of medical cannabis from a distance as a ping-pong game of excuses from the federal government to deny patients access to cannabis for therapeutic use. But for millions of Americans, issues surrounding medical cannabis affect their daily lives.

A Balanced Approach Works

Gov. Martin O'Malley | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Gov. Martin O'Malley

There is not a country on earth that could get its fiscal house in order by shrinking opportunity and depressing growth. We need a better approach, one that balances cuts with targeted investments.

DOJ Marijuana Policy Coming Soon, Eric Holder Says

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics

The Obama administration will make a decision "soon" on how the Justice Department will handle marijuana laws passed in Washington and Colorado, Attor...

Are We About to Repeat 2008?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.20.2013 | Business
Daniel Wagner

It would be far more sensible for investors to remain cautious about the future, rather than to assume that the sun will continue to shine indefinitely.

House of Cards: Good Television, Questionable Research

Eli Lehrer | Posted 04.22.2013 | TV
Eli Lehrer

House of Cards is pretty good television, but it's a perfectly awful textbook on nearly every aspect of public policy it touches. Almost all of the show's major plot points involve things that wouldn't -- or couldn't -- happen.

Sequester Insanity

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Conventional wisdom currently is that the sequester deadline will pass and then Washington will come up with some sort of compromise solution. Perhaps just in time for the next self-inflicted crisis.