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Appeals court orders dismissal of Michael Flynn prosecution

June 24, 2020, 8:40am Politics

WASHINGTON — A divided federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered the dismissal of the criminal case against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, turning back efforts by a judge to scrutinize the Justice Department’s extraordinary decision to drop the prosecution. Read story

Washington AG to review 30 police deadly force probes for conflicts

June 24, 2020, 8:00am Latest News

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Tuesday his office will review at least 30 investigations of police use of deadly force to ensure they followed a new state law in the wake of the questionable handling of an investigation into the death of 33-year-old Manuel Ellis while in Tacoma police custody. Read story

Vancouver mayor says listening sessions on race, policing were ‘intense’

June 23, 2020, 7:01pm Clark County News

The personal anecdotes recounted during Vancouver’s listening sessions on race and policing last week were “heartbreaking,” Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle said, even as she regarded the overall conversations as constructive. Read story

Obama raises $7.6 million at fundraiser for Biden’s campaign

June 23, 2020, 6:14pm Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama warned Democrats against being “complacent or smug” about the presidential race at a grassroots fundraiser Tuesday for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, calling on viewers to learn the lessons from 2016 and not take the election for granted. Read story

AP-NORC poll: Nearly all in U.S. back criminal justice reform

June 23, 2020, 5:00pm Politics

WASHINGTON — Americans overwhelmingly want clear standards on when police officers may use force and consequences for officers who do so excessively, according to a new poll that finds nearly all Americans favor at least some level of change to the nation’s criminal justice system. Read story

Washington issues statewide facial covering requirement

June 23, 2020, 3:38pm Clark County News

OLYMPIA — Citing ongoing coronavirus-related health risks, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday announced a statewide requirement for people to wear facial coverings in public settings. Read story

Congress stalls on policing overhaul, despite public outcry

June 23, 2020, 1:31pm Politics

WASHINGTON — Top Senate Democrats said Tuesday the Republican policing bill is “not salvageable,” as they demand negotiations on a new, more bipartisan package with more extensive law enforcement changes and accountability in response to the killing of Black Americans. Read story

After Tulsa, Trump heads to virus hotspot Arizona and border

June 23, 2020, 12:15pm Politics

WASHINGTON — Regrouping after a humbling weekend rally, President Donald Trump faces another test of his ability to draw a crowd during a pandemic Tuesday as he visits Arizona and tries to remind voters of one of his key 2016 campaign promises. Read story

Trump rally size raises question about risk in age of virus

June 23, 2020, 10:21am Politics

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s paltry crowd for his weekend campaign rally in Oklahoma raises new questions about politics in the age of the coronavirus: Maybe pandemic-scarred Americans just aren’t ready to risk exposure for close-up engagement in the 2020 presidential election. Read story

A side-by-side look at police reform bills in Congress

June 23, 2020, 10:21am Politics

WASHINGTON — As congressional lawmakers work toward one of the most ambitious policing overhauls in decades, there is increasing division between Republicans and Democrats about how to accomplish a common goal. Read story