Monday, December 4, 2017

Sweeping tax bill, Washington's dark money, Trump endorses Moore and more

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NEWS: Dark money makes it hard to know who is paying big bucks for campaigns in Washington state. Sen. Andy Billig hopes to change that.

NEWS: "Everyday, scammers prey on older adults by eliciting an emotional response that overrides the victim's logic." Wilson Criscione examines how scammers target the elderly.


Deficit by a thousand tax cuts

Senate Republicans passed their tax cut bill along party lines around 2 a.m. Saturday. Now the House and Senate have to reconcile differences between their bills, including how much the cuts might increase the deficit: the House plan was expected to increase it by about $1 trillion over 10 years, while the Senate's might do half that, according to the conservative-leaning Tax Foundation. (CBS, PolitiFact)

Immigrant detained after speaking with Seattle Times
Though he wasn't directly named in a Seattle Times article last month when he talked about his girlfriend and children getting deported during ramped up Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in Southwest Washington, Baltazar "Rosas" Aburto Gutierrez tells the Times ICE cited the newspaper article when they came for him.

Graham calls to bring military families home from South Korea
President Trump's national security adviser warned Saturday that the potential for a U.S.-North Korea war is growing, which Sen. Lindsey Graham later responded to by saying he thinks the Pentagon should move military families out of South Korea, The Guardian reports.

Trump endorses Roy Moore
The President, who himself has been accused of inappropriate sexual behavior and sexual assault by at least 20 women, has endorsed Alabama Republican Roy Moore for Senate, despite the fact multiple women have come forward to say Moore started relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. (The Guardian, NPR)

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Samantha Wohlfeil

Samantha Wohlfeil covers the environment, rural communities and cultural issues for the Inlander. Since joining the paper in 2017, she's reported how the weeks after getting out of prison can be deadly, how some terminally ill Eastern Washington patients have struggled to access lethal medication, and other sensitive...