City Council delays tenant protections, Deutsche Bank must turn over Trump financial documents, and other headlines


House Republican lawmakers have drafted a 123-page document defending President Donald Trump's decision to pressure Ukraine to investigate a political rival, arguing that it was motivated by "valid" concerns about possible corruption involving Americans and not by political self-interest.

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Mandated transparency
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Deutsche Bank must turn over detailed documents relating to President Trump to congressional committees. The case will likely be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. (New York Times)

Mass DNA collection
The Chinese government is collecting blood samples from detained Muslims in an effort to use a person's DNA to generate an image of their face. Critics worry that the initiative will be used to aid the government in crackdowns on dissent. (New York Times)

Poor results
The performance of American teenagers in math and reading has been stagnant since 2000, despite efforts to raise standards, according to a the latest results of a rigorous international exam. (New York Times)

Landlord backlash
The Spokane City Council delayed action on an ordinance that would require landlords to pay relocation assistance when they substantially increase rent until march after outcry from landlords. (Spokesman-Review)

Done deal
The Spokane County Board of Commissioners approved a $675 million budget on Monday. (Spokesman-Review)

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Josh Kelety

As a staff writer, Josh covers criminal justice issues and Spokane County government. Previously, he worked as a reporter for Seattle Weekly. Josh grew up in Port Townsend and graduated from the University of Washington. Message him through Signal @ (360) 301-3490.