Rich Man, Poor Men

Rich Man, Poor Men

Can the wealthiest U.S. president ever help the poorest U.S. citizens?
Donald Trump is a very rich man, one who was born to a very rich father and lives in a tower of riches where the furniture is gilded in gold. And yet, he ran a campaign that managed to leverage the fears of the not-so-rich — about job loss, about the dying manufacturing sector, about corrupt elites who rigged the financial system.

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La Resistance

Michael Moore, Congressional Democrats and local progressives: How they are resisting Donald Trump's agenda
Michael Moore knew that this was going to happen. Last July, the filmmaker and activist predicted that Donald Trump was going to be the next leader of the free world, and he was right.

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Must-See TV?

Alternatives to the inauguration (and how to make watching more fun if you have to)
Some will be thrilled to tune in to the country's handoff of power between Obama and Trump, elated by our new president's potential. Some will hate-watch like it's a new Kardashians series, thumbs at the ready for pithy Twitter salvos.

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Viewers Guide

The inauguration that hopes to Trump them all
It's here, it's real, it's happening: Donald J. Trump is set to be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America. Here is your guide to the huge day.

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The Watch List

You'll learn a lot by watching some key people who could make or break Trump's presidency
Cathy McMorris Rodgers Our own 5th District representative was left at the altar by Trump — unceremoniously dumped as Secretary of the Interior in favor of one of his sons' hunting buddies.

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Trading Places

If Trump gets into a trade war with China, Washington state workers may suffer the most
Until a trade war, China used to be REC Silicon's best customer. The facility lighting up the city of Moses Lake, producing polysilicon made into solar panels, exported 80 percent of its product to China.

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The Other Washington

Our local state representatives and senators gear up for another year of fights over education, taxes and crime
All eyes are on the presidential inauguration. A single presidential tweet can capture the heart or chill the bones of the entire nation.

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The Gem State's Agenda

What to watch for in the Idaho legislature's 2017 session
Jobs Lawmakers could consider expanding the state Tax Reimbursement Incentive program credited with generating an estimated 5,200 new jobs since it began in 2014.

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CMR and MLK

Congresswoman among community leaders responding to post-election racial slurs; plus, remembering Judge Sam Cozza
BOOS, PRAISE FOR McMORRIS RODGERS Remember the days when angry conservatives yelled at their representatives regarding Obamacare at town hall meetings?

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Children Will Listen

How art speaks to life in this particular moment
For the last couple of months, I've been listening almost nonstop to the musical Hamilton. It's a masterwork that simultaneously celebrates our nation's origins and challenges us to be "young, scrappy and hungry" in building an ever more perfect union.

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So Here We Are

Here's hoping the new president fills the office with the grace and sense of tradition it requires
Donald Trump comes to the most powerful leadership position in the world lacking any governing experience, having put on display an astonishing level of self-serving cynicism, wrapped in narcissism and sustained by bullying. And then there are those nuclear weapons.

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Get Big Money Out

Letters to the Editor
Tara Dowd, I have been reading and agreeing with your editorials in the Inlander. Your sharp opinions are right on target.

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On the Street

What excites/concerns you about a Donald Trump presidency?
ELIZABETH GEORGE Excites you?

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Getting Connected

Do Something: How to get involved with your community this week
Homeless people, or those at risk of becoming homeless, can find many of the services they need in one place on Jan. 24 at Spokane's Homeless Connect event. Held at the Salvation Army, the event hosts service providers fighting to end homelessness by helping those in need with housing, shelter, medical and dental screenings and benefit assistance.

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Oh, the Humanity

The murky take on marijuana and prenatal motherhood
America's Jetsonian future is nigh. Companies like Virgin Galactic and SpaceX are close to spitting wealthy tourists into space.

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Jokes and Tokes

Marijuana's close rapport with counterculture buffoonery continues
"OK, so flower power didn't work, so what? We start again."

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In Sickness and In Health

Seeing green in America's addiction to opioids
If the election of Donald Trump isn't the surest sign of a deteriorating state of mental health in America, the substance abuse epidemic definitely is. The U.S. surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, even compiled a report this past November, the first of its kind, addressing the crisis, its consequences and the potential pathways to prevention and treatment. Like all matters political and social, Americans are, unsurprisingly, divided here too.

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Lifestyles of the Rich and Faded

An array of luxury marijuana products set the wealthy apart
You've seen the photos. The power poses of the Rich Kids of Instagram in the bows of yachts, poolside selfies in the gilded playgrounds of the elite, cradling bottles of Dom Perignon.

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