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FILE - Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., pauses before talking with reporters after a meeting with fellow Democrats, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 4, 2024. Senate Democrats are holding a vote to move forward with legislation designed to protect women&rsquo;s access to contraception. The test vote on Wednesday comes as the Senate has abandoned hopes for doing serious bipartisan legislation before the election and as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Democrats are trying to instead spotlight issues that they believe can help them win the presidency and keep the Senate in November. (AP Photo/J.

In an election year push on reproductive rights, Senate holds a test vote on access to contraception

FILE - Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., pauses before talking with reporters after a meeting with fellow Democrats, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 4, 2024. Senate Democrats are holding a vote to move forward with legislation designed to protect women&rsquo;s access to contraception. The test vote on Wednesday comes as the Senate has abandoned hopes for doing serious bipartisan legislation before the election and as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Democrats are trying to instead spotlight issues that they believe can help them win the presidency and keep the Senate in November. (AP Photo/J.

June 5, 2024, 8:04am Politics

In an election year effort to put Republicans on record on reproductive rights issues, Senate Democrats are holding a vote Wednesday to move forward with legislation designed to protect women’s access to contraception. Read story

Washington will soon join 10 states across the country that have laws preventing children younger than18 from getting married. The bill was first introduced last year by Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, but stalled in the Senate.

Hundreds of new laws will take effect in Washington on June 6, from bans on child marriage to octopus farming

Washington will soon join 10 states across the country that have laws preventing children younger than18 from getting married. The bill was first introduced last year by Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, but stalled in the Senate.

June 5, 2024, 7:52am Editor's Choice

New limits on carrying guns openly in public, loosened restrictions on police pursuing suspects, a shorter time period for mortuaries to store unclaimed human remains, and a ban on octopus farming. Read story

U.S. launches lobbying blitz for Gaza cease-fire

June 4, 2024, 8:22pm Politics

The Biden administration has launched an intense drive to persuade Hamas and Israel to accept a new cease-fire proposal in the nearly eight-month-old war in Gaza while it also presses Arab nations to get the militant group to go along with the terms. Read story

President Joe Biden, left, speaks about an executive order in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 4, 2024. Biden unveiled plans to enact immediate significant restrictions on migrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border as the White House tries to neutralize immigration as a political liability ahead of the November elections.

Biden rolls out asylum restrictions at border

President Joe Biden, left, speaks about an executive order in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 4, 2024. Biden unveiled plans to enact immediate significant restrictions on migrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border as the White House tries to neutralize immigration as a political liability ahead of the November elections.

June 4, 2024, 8:22pm Politics

President Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled plans to enact immediate significant restrictions on migrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border as the White House tries to neutralize immigration as a political liability ahead of the November elections. Read story

FILE - The Washington state Capitol building is pictured, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, in Olympia, Wash. A new Washington state parental rights law derided by critics as a &quot;forced outing&quot; measure will be allowed to take effect this week after a court commissioner on Tuesday declined to issue an emergency order temporarily blocking it.

Washington parental rights law criticized as a ‘forced outing’ measure is allowed to take effect

FILE - The Washington state Capitol building is pictured, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, in Olympia, Wash. A new Washington state parental rights law derided by critics as a &quot;forced outing&quot; measure will be allowed to take effect this week after a court commissioner on Tuesday declined to issue an emergency order temporarily blocking it.

June 4, 2024, 5:32pm Latest News

A new Washington state parental rights law derided by critics as a “forced outing” measure will be allowed to take effect this week after a court commissioner on Tuesday declined to issue an emergency order temporarily blocking it. Read story

Panel: Reject psychedelic drug MDMA to aid PTSD

June 4, 2024, 4:15pm Politics

A first-of-a-kind proposal to begin using the mind-altering drug MDMA as a treatment for PTSD was roundly criticized Tuesday — a potentially major setback to psychedelic advocates who hope to win a landmark federal approval and bring the banned drugs into the medical mainstream. Read story

House OKs bill sanctioning court over Netanyahu arrest warrant

June 4, 2024, 4:05pm Politics

The House passed legislation Tuesday that would sanction the International Criminal Court for requesting arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli officials. Read story

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice headquarters in Washington, Thursday, May 23, 2024. The Justice Department has filed a sweeping antitrust lawsuit against Ticketmaster and parent company Live Nation Entertainment, accusing them of running an illegal monopoly over live events in America and driving up prices for fans. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in New York and was brought with 30 state and district attorneys general. .

Garland to slam attacks on the Justice Department, telling lawmakers: ‘I will not be intimidated’

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice headquarters in Washington, Thursday, May 23, 2024. The Justice Department has filed a sweeping antitrust lawsuit against Ticketmaster and parent company Live Nation Entertainment, accusing them of running an illegal monopoly over live events in America and driving up prices for fans. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in New York and was brought with 30 state and district attorneys general. .

June 4, 2024, 12:48pm Latest News

Attorney General Merrick Garland rebuked Republicans Tuesday for what he described as unprecedented attacks on the Justice Department, telling lawmakers who have sought to hold him in contempt that he will “not be intimidated.” Read story