Columbian Newspaper

French president visits Louisiana to boost cultural ties
Author: SARA CLINE and SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron arrived Friday in Louisiana, the American state most closely aligned historically with his country and named for France’s Sun King, to celebrate their longstanding cultural ties but also to discuss energy policy and climate change.


Snowden receives Russian passport, takes citizenship oath
Author: Associated Press

MOSCOW — Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who fled prosecution after revealing highly classified surveillance programs, has received a Russian passport and taken the citizenship oath, Russian news agencies quoted his lawyer as saying Friday.


U.S. plans end to mpox public health emergency in January
Author: AMANDA SEITZ, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government plans to end in January the public health emergency it declared earlier this year after an outbreak of mpox infected more than 29,000 people across the U.S.


Seattle Times Opinion

Prison policy: Lawmaker visits make sense
Author: Letters editor

Re: “Without prison visits, lawmakers cannot address incarceration issues” [Nov. 29, Opinion]: When I read this Op-Ed, I realized I had never thought about lawmakers visiting prisons, and I found state Rep. Tarra Simmons’ points valid and important. I would add that another benefit of lawmakers visiting prisons would be that they would see actual […]
News deserts spread across Washington
Author: David Horsey

A new study produced by the League of Women Voters of Washington outlines how newspapers in every part of the state are going out of business or are being gutted by distant corporate owners.
3 things for Congress to prioritize before control of the House changes
Author: The Seattle Times editorial board

There is important work left to do on cannabis banking, the child tax credit and saving the free press.

Portland Business News

As showdown looms, Oregon Nurses Association reveal dire costs of understaffing
Author: Elizabeth Hayes
Fewer than 1% of Oregon nurses report that their unit is always staffed appropriately.
McMinnville in-home care startup HelloCare elevates care giver support
Author: Malia Spencer
HelloCare started in 2019 by a nurse who wanted to support care givers so they could in turn offer the care people need to stay in their home.
Sen. Jeff Merkley targets hedge fund homeowners with proposed tax, says what's next
Author: Jonathan Bach
Should the government slap investors with a tax for owning too many homes?

NYT Politics

With Big G.O.P. Names Largely Staying Away, Walker Stresses His Georgia Roots
Author: Michael C. Bender
Before the November election, Mr. Walker had help from Republicans far and wide. Now, he’s relying heavily on Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia to pull him ahead of Senator Raphael Warnock, the Democratic incumbent.