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Supporters of former President Donald Trump protest as U.S. Capitol Police officers shoot tear gas outside of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. CREDIT: Jose Luis Magana/AP

Capitol Police Suspends 6 Officers, Investigates Dozens More Following Jan. 6 Capitol Attack

The U.S. Capitol Police has suspended six officers with pay for their actions on Jan. 6, when a pro-Trump mob attacked the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to stop the certification of President Biden’s Electoral College victory, according to a department statement. Continue Reading Capitol Police Suspends 6 Officers, Investigates Dozens More Following Jan. 6 Capitol Attack

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Jason McMillan carrying a military-style pistol in the Washington state House gallery in 2015. Beginning in January of 2018, all guns were banned from the state Senate gallery. | CREDIT: Austin Jenkins/N3

Guns In State Capitols Divide States After Armed Protests Highlight A Contentious Year

In the past year, insurrectionists have breached the U.S. Capitol and armed protesters have forced their way into statehouses around the country. But the question of whether guns should be allowed in capitol buildings remains political, and states are going in opposite directions. Continue Reading Guns In State Capitols Divide States After Armed Protests Highlight A Contentious Year

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Snow covers the ground in Waco, Texas, on Feb. 17. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has blamed renewable energy sources for the blackouts that have hit the state. In fact, they were caused by a systemwide failure across all energy sources. Matthew Busch/AFP via Getty Images

No, Texas Blackouts Weren’t Caused By Wind And Solar Energy Failure. Here’s What Really Happened

The focus on windmills ignores the evident fact that — as Abbott acknowledged on local TV — every kind of power generation fell short in this storm. In fact, significantly more natural gas and coal went offline than renewables. But that doesn’t suggest fossil fuels were uniquely to blame either — they were responsible for more production, so it’s no surprise they were the source of more failures. Continue Reading No, Texas Blackouts Weren’t Caused By Wind And Solar Energy Failure. Here’s What Really Happened

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NASA's Perseverance rover and its experimental aerial drone, the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, are shown in an artist's rendering. NASA/JPL-Caltech

‘I’m Safe On Mars.’ NASA’S New Rover To Scour Ancient Lake Bed For Life Signs

Perseverance, a six-wheeled, SUV-size vehicle with the most sophisticated robotic astrobiology lab ever launched and an experimental aerial drone aboard, is at the heart of the Mars 2020 mission. It blasted off in July on a 293 million-mile journey. After landing, it immediately got to work, taking a photo of its “forever home.” Continue Reading ‘I’m Safe On Mars.’ NASA’S New Rover To Scour Ancient Lake Bed For Life Signs

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City of Richardson worker Kaleb Love breaks ice on a frozen fountain Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Richardson, Texas. Temperatures dropped into the single digits as snow shut down air travel and grocery stores. CREDIT: AP Photo/LM Otero

Millions In Texas Under Boil-Water Notices, And Without Power, Because Of Winter Storm

The warnings not to consume water out of the tap began in many places as early as Monday, but as of Wednesday night many municipalities had expanded those orders as the state grapples with the ongoing weather, energy and water crises that have placed unprecedented strain on the state’s entire power grid. Continue Reading Millions In Texas Under Boil-Water Notices, And Without Power, Because Of Winter Storm

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Book cover - The Price you pay for College by Ron Lieber

5 Things Every Family Should Know About Paying For College

For many families, paying for college is one of the biggest financial decisions they’ll make. College tuition is the highest it’s ever been — and the financial aid process is anything but clear. American journalist Ron Lieber’s new book, The Price You Pay for College aims to take the black box of college financials and, “turn it lighter and lighter shades of gray.” Continue Reading 5 Things Every Family Should Know About Paying For College

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File photo. Washington state's richest residents, including Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, would pay a wealth tax on certain financial assets worth more than $1 billion under a 2021 proposed bill whose sponsor says she is seeking a fair and equitable tax code. Under the bill, starting Jan. 1, 2022, for taxes due in 2023, a 1% tax would be levied not on income, but on "extraordinary" assets ranging from cash, publicly traded options, futures contracts, and stocks and bonds. CREDIT: Elains Thompson/AP

Why Bill Gates Is Investing Big Time In Farmland Across Washington And The Country

Seattle’s technology billionaires are many things: innovators, visionaries, philanthropists and some less polite descriptors, depending on whom you ask. But thanks to some scrupulous digging by industry journal The Land Report, which tracks land ownership across the country, we now know that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has another feather in his multi hyphenated career cap: America’s Top Private Owner of Farmland.  Continue Reading Why Bill Gates Is Investing Big Time In Farmland Across Washington And The Country

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