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Candidate conversation: Rubio on his Cuban roots, island’s future

As Marco Rubio campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination, he’s pledging to bring generational change to Washington. Yet Rubio’s policy toward Cuba hinges on reinstating a half-century-old diplomatic freeze that failed to unseat the communist government on the island where his parents were born.

Opinion - True Donald Trump shows up in Iowa

You can’t drive far in Iowa without seeing Ben Carson on a billboard, looking more like a man of the cloth than of the operating room.

Opinion - Glaring leadership void in mental health system

For the past three years, my 20-year-old son has been lodged at the intersection of criminal justice and mental illness. He has been jailed five times and hospitalized three times.

Op-Ed: Setting the record straight on Common Core, student data

Americans today share a lot of information. With more platforms to post personal data, and more services that require it, the line between private and public information — and exactly how that should be used — has become an increasingly gray area.

Why a friend is suing me: The Arlene’s Flowers story

Most people, seeing this headline above, might think: “Shouldn’t it be ‘My ex-friend is suing me?’ ”

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Five myths about the original 'Me Generation,' the Boomers

There are 75.4 million baby boomers in the United States, people from 51 to 69 years old. They are the largest generation in American history, the offspring raised during the economic prosperity that followed World War II. Media and marketers have treated the generation as one enormous, monolithic group since their youth.

Westneat - Eyman tax measure could be blessing in disguise for state

If you can’t beat Tim Eyman — and those who most want to sure can’t seem to — then how about joining him instead?

Op-Ed: Washington’s latest deal is little cause for celebration

You can understand why President Obama and congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle sought to cast their end-of-October budget deal in the best possible light. They avoided a potentially catastrophic national default. They reduced the possibility of a government shutdown. And they raised the debt ceiling until March, 2017, taking that bargaining chip off the table until the next president is in the White House.

Why we sued our favorite florist: Marriage equality must be truly equal

We were at a Mexican restaurant having lunch after doing some Christmas shopping at the mall when we decided to get married. It was December 2012, and Washington voters had just made marriage legal for same-sex couples. We had been together since 2004 and were living in Kennewick, in the first home we had purchased together.

Westneat - Liberal Seattle is an island in its own state

The goal for Seattle, as championed by both of its most recent mayors, is nothing short of making it the No. 1 most progressive city in America.