Politics

Cantwell in Vancouver seeking small-business answers

4:20 p.m. April 16
Senator holds hearing at city hall

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., on Wednesday took public testimony and asked questions at Vancouver City Hall during her first field hearing as chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

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A year after background check defeat, modest goals

10:37 a.m. April 16

WASHINGTON — Democratic worries about this November’s elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama’s effort to pass new curbs on firearms.

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NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

10:23 a.m. April 16

BRUSSELS — NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, the alliance’s chief said Wednesday.