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FILE - Taiwanese Mirage 2000 fighter jets taxi along a runway during a drill at an airbase in Hsinchu, Taiwan, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. Taiwan scrambled fighter jets, put its navy on alert and activated missile systems Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, in response to nearby operations of 34 Chinese military aircraft and nine warships that are part Beijing's strategy to unsettle and intimidate the self-governing island democracy.

Taiwan activates defenses in response to China incursions

FILE - Taiwanese Mirage 2000 fighter jets taxi along a runway during a drill at an airbase in Hsinchu, Taiwan, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. Taiwan scrambled fighter jets, put its navy on alert and activated missile systems Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, in response to nearby operations of 34 Chinese military aircraft and nine warships that are part Beijing's strategy to unsettle and intimidate the self-governing island democracy.

February 1, 2023, 8:09am Nation & World

Taiwan scrambled fighter jets, put its navy on alert and activated missile systems in response to nearby operations by 34 Chinese military aircraft and nine warships that are part Beijing’s strategy to unsettle and intimidate the self-governing island democracy. Read story

FILE - Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., leaves the Speaker's office to walk to the House chamber, Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, to attend the 14th vote for speaker of the House, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

McMorris Rodgers, first woman to lead Energy and Commerce Committee, encourages members to reach across aisle

FILE - Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., leaves the Speaker's office to walk to the House chamber, Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, to attend the 14th vote for speaker of the House, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

February 1, 2023, 7:44am Latest News

In her first hearing at the helm of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers signaled she intends to elevate Eastern Washington and craft bipartisan legislation as the first woman to lead the influential panel in its 227-year history. Read story

FILE -- Police block a protest against the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. Transparency International's 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index, which measures the perception of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, reported Tuesday that governments hampered by corruption lack the capacity to protect the people, while public discontent is more likely to turn into violence.

Global report highlights link between corruption, violence

FILE -- Police block a protest against the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. Transparency International's 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index, which measures the perception of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, reported Tuesday that governments hampered by corruption lack the capacity to protect the people, while public discontent is more likely to turn into violence.

February 1, 2023, 6:00am Politics

Most of the world continues to fail to fight corruption with 95 percent of countries having made little to no progress since 2017, a closely watched study by an anti-graft organization found Tuesday. Read story

Newly inaugurated Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek unveils her first budget proposal as governor at the State Library of Oregon in Salem on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. Her budget requests that $1 billion in spending go toward housing and that hundreds of millions more go toward mental health and education. Oregon has struggled for years to address its interconnected housing, homeless and mental health crises. It has some of the highest rates of homelessness and drug addiction in the nation.

Oregon’s new governor requests $1B for housing spending

Newly inaugurated Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek unveils her first budget proposal as governor at the State Library of Oregon in Salem on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. Her budget requests that $1 billion in spending go toward housing and that hundreds of millions more go toward mental health and education. Oregon has struggled for years to address its interconnected housing, homeless and mental health crises. It has some of the highest rates of homelessness and drug addiction in the nation.

January 31, 2023, 5:35pm Northwest

Oregon’s recently inaugurated Democratic Gov. Tina Kotek plans to ask lawmakers to allocate more than $1 billion to housing and hundreds of millions more to mental health and education, unveiling her strategy for tackling the state’s most pressing crises in a budget proposal released Tuesday. Read story

Conservative advocacy group sues to undo Washington transportation package

January 31, 2023, 5:34pm Northwest

A conservative legal advocacy organization is suing to roll back the $17 billion transportation funding bill passed by the Washington Legislature and signed by Gov. Jay Inslee last year. Read story

FILE - Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson responding during an interview with the Associated Press, Dec. 13, 2022 in Washington. The presidential campaign landscape in Iowa is markedly different this year compared to four years ago. So far, only Hutchinson has visited in 2023, and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina is making plans to stop by in the next few weeks.

In Iowa, potential 2024 GOP Trump challengers quiet for now

FILE - Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson responding during an interview with the Associated Press, Dec. 13, 2022 in Washington. The presidential campaign landscape in Iowa is markedly different this year compared to four years ago. So far, only Hutchinson has visited in 2023, and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina is making plans to stop by in the next few weeks.

January 31, 2023, 4:15pm Politics

By this time four years ago, at least a dozen Democratic presidential hopefuls eager to make their case against Donald Trump had either visited Iowa or announced plans to soon visit the leadoff voting state ahead of the 2020 election. Read story

Rep. Sean Casten, D-Ill., speaks at an event at the US Climate Action Center at the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. The U.N. climate summit in Glasgow has entered it's second week as leaders from around the world, are gathering in Scotland's biggest city, to lay out their vision for addressing the common challenge of global warming.

Majority rules? This Democrat wants to talk about anti-majoritarian bias

Rep. Sean Casten, D-Ill., speaks at an event at the US Climate Action Center at the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. The U.N. climate summit in Glasgow has entered it's second week as leaders from around the world, are gathering in Scotland's biggest city, to lay out their vision for addressing the common challenge of global warming.

January 31, 2023, 2:09pm Politics

Sean Casten thinks the federal government is broken. Read story

The Mount St. Helens Institute is working with Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, to secure legislative approval for a Mount St. Helens license plate. (Courtesy of Mount St.

Orcutt, other lawmakers back bills creating special Mount St. Helens license plate

The Mount St. Helens Institute is working with Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, to secure legislative approval for a Mount St. Helens license plate. (Courtesy of Mount St.

January 31, 2023, 2:02pm Clark County Politics

The Mount St. Helens Institute last week announced its campaign for a special license plate featuring the image of Mount St. Helens is back on track. Read story