Wednesday, February 20, 2013

MORNING BRIEFING: budget cuts and guns

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Around here

A bill requiring almost anyone buying a gun in Washington to undergo a background check has passed a key committee in Olympia. (SR) 

The EPA is ready to start cleanup projects in the Silver Valley. (CdA Press) 

The trial of prisoner Michael West, who is accused of gouging a fellow inmate's eyes out, is underway. (KXLY)

Out there

Automatic spending cuts ("the sequester") start next week, and the president and Congress are fighting about how to stop them — or who to blame if they set in. (WashPo) 

VP Biden told a Facebook town hall with Parents magazine yesterday that his advice for home protection is to "buy a shotgun." (NPR)

North Korea threatened South Korea with "final destruction" during a UN conference yesterday. (Reuters) 

BONUS: Who owns that beer?

Source: NPR's Planet Money blog 

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Heidi Groover is a staff writer at the Inlander, where she covers city government and drug policy. On the job, she's spent time with prostitutes, "street kids," marriage equality advocates and the family of a 16-year-old organ donor...