House Democrats plan more subpoenas, hate crimes spike in Washington, and other headlines


After pulling out of the international Paris climate accord and actively working to rollback environmental protection regulations, U.S. President Donald Trump gave a speech on Monday touting "America's Environmental Leadership."


Electoral ploy

The impetus for Trump's bizarre environmental speech was purportedly polling data showing that he is unpopular with suburban women and millennials going into his 2020 reelection campaign. (New York Times)

click to enlarge Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) holds a news conference the day after the midterm elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 7, 2018. - SARAH SILBIGER/THE NEW YORK TIMES
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Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) holds a news conference the day after the midterm elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 7, 2018.
Rapid fire
The Democratically controlled House Judiciary Committee plans to vote this week on a barrage of subpoenas to bring individuals involved in Trump's border family separation policy and key names in the Robert Muller investigation — such as Jeff Sessions and Corey R. Lewandowski —before them to testify publicly. (New York Times)

Hate spike
Recorded hate crimes rose 78 percent between 2013 and 2017 in Washington state, according to a new study released by (The organization analyzed data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.) Racial animosity was the most frequently reported hate crime both nationally and in Washington, according to the analysis. (Seattle Times)

Shooting suspect detained
Spokane County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man purportedly connected with Sunday's local drive-by shooting that killed a woman. The arrest was made after a high speed car chase. (Spokesman-Review)

Crimefighting money
The Downtown Spokane Partnership is offering up to $2,500 in matching funds for property owners in downtown who take action to decrease nuisance and criminal behavior through the design of buildings and landscaping. The organization has $26,000 set aside in total for this purpose. (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.