Rob Hotakainen

Eric Holder gets an earful on marijuana, promises quick decision

Attorney General Eric Holder is getting plenty of conflicting advice as he tries to figure out how the federal government should respond to the decision by voters in Washington state and Colorado to legalize marijuana for recreational use. | 03/06/13 16:55:06 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Tribes win new power to prosecute non-Indians for domestic violence

Ending a 16-month battle with the Senate, the House voted 286-138 to approve the plan as part of an expansion to the 1994 Violence Against Women Act. Republican opponents relented after failing to win enough votes to reauthorize the law without the provision. The bill now goes to President Barack Obama, who said he’d sign it. | 02/28/13 17:34:02 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Are congressmen worth $107,000 a year in retirement?

After retiring from a 36-year career in the U.S. House of Representatives last month, Norm Dicks has no doubt that he’s worth every penny of his new pension: It will allow the Washington state Democrat to cash a monthly check from the U.S. government for $7,365.82. Critics say the pension system is far too generous and that members of Congress should put their retirement money on the table as they look for ways to cut federal spending. | 02/20/13 17:29:46 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Washington state’s new members of Congress fret over looming budget cuts

Federal spending cuts planned for March 1 could hit Washington state hard, costing 41,700 jobs and removing $3.4 billion from its economy, according to state estimates. | 02/19/13 18:55:34 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Lumbees say they’ll keep their eagle feathers, even if it’s against the law

Angelica Chavis, a third-year law student in North Carolina, received her prized eagle feather from a tribal elder at age 7, when she was crowned Little Miss Lumbee. | 02/18/13 00:00:00 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Food issues could complicate Obama’s proposed European trade deal

Europeans can be downright fussy when it comes to their food. | 02/13/13 18:48:42 By - By Rob Hotakainen

New EPA leader sure to draw fire as environmental fights intensify

As Obama prepares to choose a new leader for the EPA for his second term, any unanimity on environmental issues is long gone on Capitol Hill, where the agency has become a favorite whipping boy for those who fear it has too much power. Whoever gets the job will face criticism from the right as going too far in pushing job-killing regulations, and criticism from the left as not doing enough to crack down on polluters. | 02/04/13 14:43:43 By - By Rob Hotakainen and Erika Bolstad

Where’s the beef? Not in Indonesia, and U.S. cattle producers are none too happy

When authorities discovered a case of mad-cow disease in California last year, Indonesia angered U.S. cattle producers by becoming the first nation to ban beef from the United States. | 01/29/13 16:11:04 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Salazar leaves legacy of drilling expansion, moratorium

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s announcement that he’s stepping down at the end of March leaves his successor to grapple with contentious issues including drilling in Arctic waters off Alaska and fracking for natural gas and oil on public lands. | 01/16/13 18:07:14 By - By Sean Cockerham and Rob Hotakainen

U.S. shrimp processors seek federal help to slow imports

They survived hurricanes and oil spills, but Gulf Coast shrimp processors say there’s no way they can battle foreign governments to stay in business. | 01/15/13 15:25:08 By - By Rob Hotakainen

30 years after war, Britain battles Argentina over cruise ships at Falklands

In remote waters of the South Atlantic, Kevin Kilmartin counts on big cruise ships to deliver tourists to the Falkland Islands, hoping to lure them to his 35,000-acre sheep and cattle ranch and take them on a safari adventure to his very own wilderness beach, which is inhabited by thousands of Gentoo penguins. | 01/08/13 11:12:36 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Washington state's newcomers go to work in Congress

After learning that he would rank 382nd in seniority in the new U.S. House of Representatives, Democratic Rep. Denny Heck of Olympia, Wash., did a quick calculation to figure out where he stands as a rookie on Capitol Hill. | 01/04/13 07:36:12 By - Ron Hotakainen

With state budgets in red, push for online sales tax gains steam

At The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, N.C., co-owner Tom Campbell says he is losing business as customers come in to photograph his books or jot down notes, conducting their research before they buy the books online to avoid a sales tax. | 12/19/12 15:20:28 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Senate gives final OK to Russian trade deal; Obama says he’ll sign it

Ending nearly 40 years of trade restrictions with Russia, the Senate voted Thursday to approve a bill that will allow U.S. companies to expand business ties with the world’s ninth-largest economy and its 140 million consumers. | 12/06/12 15:01:24 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Obama promises more help, but Indian tribal leaders say they’ll wait and see

Barack Obama has done something that none of the previous 43 U.S. presidents ever did: He met with tribal leaders every single year of his term. | 12/05/12 18:49:02 By - By Rob Hotakainen

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