Legislation

Gov. Jay Inslee, left, addresses a news conference with Attorney General Bob Ferguson following an earlier announcement that Washington's Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state's death penalty, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Olympia, Wash. Washington has had a moratorium on executions since 2014, but the ruling makes it the 20th state to do away with capital punishment by legislative act or court decree. The court converted the sentences of the eight people on Washington's death row to life in prison. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)
October 11, 2018 - 3:51 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington's Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state's death penalty Thursday as arbitrary and racially biased, making it the 20th state to do away with capital punishment. Execution was already extremely rare in Washington, with five prisoners put to death in recent...
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President Donald Trump talks with reporters during a signing ceremony for the "Save Our Seas Act of 2018" in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 11, 2018 - 2:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump defended continuing huge sales of U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia on Thursday despite rising pressure from lawmakers to punish the kingdom over the disappearance of a Saudi journalist who lived in the United States and is now feared dead. As senators pushed for...
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President Donald Trump looks on as musician Kid Rock speaks during a signing ceremony for the "Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act," in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 11, 2018 - 11:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump welcomed musicians Kid Rock and country star John Rich to the White House on Thursday as he signed legislation overhauling the way music is licensed and songwriters compensated. Trump signed the Orrin B. Hatch Music Modernization Act on Thursday. The bill...
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October 11, 2018 - 9:44 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court has ordered two New Zealand women to pay over $12,000 in damages for allegedly helping persuade the pop singer Lorde to cancel a performance in Israel. The suit was filed under a law that allows civil lawsuits against anyone who calls for a boycott against Israel...
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., points to a reporter as he speaks to media after the Democratic policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Washington. Senate Democrats briefly turned the chamber's subject to health care Wednesday, just four days after lawmakers' nasty war over confirming Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. And while Democrats lost the vote, they hope they've gained a message that will bolster their chances of winning Senate control in next month's elections. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
October 10, 2018 - 2:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after ending a turbulent Supreme Court confirmation fight, the Senate turned back to health care — with a battle squarely aimed at coloring next month's crucial elections for control of Congress. In a return to its characteristically more unruffled mode of work, the Senate on...
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ILE - In this July 22, 2018 file photo, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks during a news conference at the G20 meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank governors in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Treasury Department has issued new rules on foreign investments into American companies that will give the government more power to block foreign transactions on national security grounds. The rules represent the latest escalation in an intensifying economic conflict between the United States and China. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)
October 10, 2018 - 9:13 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department issued new rules Wednesday on foreign investments into American companies that will give the government more power to block foreign transactions on national security grounds. The rules, which represent the latest escalation in an intensifying economic...
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FILE - In this May 18, 2016, file photo, then-Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson speaks with legislators at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. Johnson wants to occupy a potentially powerful swing seat in the U.S. Senate, as Republican and Democrats jockey for the majority in November 2018 elections. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
October 09, 2018 - 10:08 pm
TUCUMCARI, N.M. (AP) — The nation rejected him in 2016 as an offbeat alternative to Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. The rest is not yet history as Gary Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico, seeks a seat in the U.S. Senate as a Libertarian and political wild card. Johnson says his high-desert...
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FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2011, a waiter reaches for plates at a restaurant in San Francisco. The IRS is making it simpler for business owners to deduct the cost of meals with customers and clients. The agency last week issued guidance for the deductibility of food and meals under the tax law enacted in December 2018. The law eliminated a long-standing deduction for business entertainment expenses like tickets to shows and sporting events. But it left some confusion about whether company owners could deduct the cost of taking clients or staffers to a restaurant. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
October 08, 2018 - 9:22 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The IRS is making it simpler for business owners to deduct the cost of meals with customers and clients. The agency last week issued guidance for the deductibility of food and meals under the tax law enacted in December. The law eliminated a long-standing deduction for business...
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Ines Madrigal speaks to journalists outside a court in Madrid, Spain, Monday Oct. 8, 2018. A Spanish court has ruled that a doctor stole a newborn child nearly five decades ago, one of many abducted during Spain's 20th-century dictatorship, but cleared him because the statute of limitations had expired. The Madrid court said 85-year-old gynecologist Eduardo Vela could not be punished because the plaintiff, Ines Madrigal, did not make her complaint until 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
October 08, 2018 - 4:27 am
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court ruled Monday that a doctor stole a newborn child nearly five decades ago, one of the many abducted during Spain's 20th-century dictatorship, but cleared him because the statute of limitations had expired. The Madrid court said 85-year-old gynecologist Eduardo Vela...
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FILE - In this June 22, 2017, file photo, a man uses a smartphone in Tokyo. Visitors to New Zealand can be fined 5,000 New Zealand dollars ($3,243) for refusing to provide passwords to unlock electronic devices and allow customs officials to examine them under a new law that a civil liberties group condemned as a grave invasion of privacy. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
October 04, 2018 - 6:59 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Visitors to New Zealand can be fined 5,000 New Zealand dollars ($3,243) for refusing to provide passwords to unlock electronic devices and allow customs officials to examine them under a new law that a civil liberties group on Thursday condemned as a grave invasion of...
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