WASHINGTON (AP) — Top lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee are requesting an unclassified briefing on a database kept by Customs and Border Protection that tracked journalists and others in a...
Going green: States would get free hand under pot bill
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden proposed legislation Friday that would give states a free hand to allow legal cannabis markets without the threat of federal criminal intervention, the latest push in Congress to bolster the nation's burgeoning pot industry.
The proposal, identical to a bill in the House, aims to ease the longstanding conflict between states where cannabis is legal in some form and the U.S. government, which categorizes marijuana as a dangerous illegal drug, similar to LSD or heroin.
Shutdown casts pall on effort to help Oregon winegrowers
TURNER, Ore. (AP) — Winegrowers in southern Oregon faced financial ruin after a California winemaker claimed wildfire smoke tainted their grapes and refused to buy them. Now, the rejected fruit that was turned into wine by local vintners is facing another setback.
Senators ask FDA to update rules on certain pot products
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's two senators on Tuesday urged the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to update federal regulations to permit interstate commerce of food products containing a key non-psychoactive ingredient of cannabis.
AT&T to end all location-data sales to data brokers
AT&T says it will stop selling all location data from mobile phones to brokers following a report that companies are still selling that information to shadowy companies without customer knowledge.
Former Trail Blazers owner Weinberg dies at 92
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Larry Weinberg, one of the founders and original owners of the Portland Trail Blazers, has died. He was 92.
Weinberg's death was announced Wednesday by the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee.
Weinberg was one of four men who got the franchise started as an NBA expansion team in 1970 to the tune of $3.7 million.
Senators call for help with online sales tax
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan are backing a bill that would prevent new red tape from being imposed on small businesses following a court decision on collecting sales taxes from online shopping.
Oregon senator seeks aid for vineyards hit by wildfire smoke
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A U.S. senator from Oregon is asking the Senate to provide federal assistance to vineyards that suffered smoke exposure from wildfires.
Sen. Ron Wyden requested that any year-end funding bill include an extension of the Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program to provide compensation for wine-grape growers.
Wyden: Public needs more time to study nuke waste proposal
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden says the public needs more time to comment on a proposal to reclassify radioactive waste stored at the nation's nuclear weapons production complex.
The Oregon Democrat this week joined calls for the process to be slowed down.
The U.S. Department of Energy is considering a change to how it interprets the legal definition of high level radioactive waste.
Oregon Democrats blast US Supreme Court nominee at rally
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown joined Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and some Democratic members of Oregon's congressional delegation on Thursday to condemn U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and call for an independent investigation into decades-old allegations of sexual assault against him.
Senator: Foreign hackers target senators’ emails
State-backed hackers target Gmail of US senators, aides
State-backed hackers are still trying to break into the personal email accounts of U.S. senators and their aides — and a lawmaker focused on cybersecurity says the Senate's security office should stop refusing to help defend them.
The Latest: Foreign hackers target US senators, aides’ Gmail
BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on foreign targeting of senators' email accounts (all times local):
A Google spokesman says the company has notified an unspecified number of senators and aides that their personal email accounts continue to be targeted by state-backed foreign hackers.
Spokesman Aaron Stein would not disclose further details such as who was behind the attempted break-ins, their timing or who was targeted.
Lawmaker: US Senate, staff targeted by state-backed hackers
Foreign government hackers continue to target the personal email accounts of U.S. senators and their aides — and the Senate's security office has refused to defend them, a lawmaker says.
Senator proposes lodging assistance for people fleeing smoke
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Sen. Ron Wyden is proposing legislation for the federal government to pay for the hotel stays of people fleeing their homes because of wildfire smoke.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Democratic senators oppose the nomination of an Oregon federal prosecutor to fill a judicial vacancy in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Oregon U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley and other members of the Senate's Democratic Caucus held the Senate floor Tuesday night for hours in protest of Ryan Bounds' nomination, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported .
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on immigrant parents and children separated at the U.S. border (all times local):
A Senate committee has narrowly approved the nomination of Lynn Johnson as assistant Health and Human Services secretary for family support despite protest by the panel's senior Democrat.
The position includes heading the agency that has custody over the children being held near the U.S.-Mexico border who were separated from parents seeking asylum.
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Wyden Slams Trump Officials on Ethics Rules
Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have pledged to stop providing information on U.S. phone owners' locations to data brokers, stepping back from a business practice that has drawn criticism for endangering privacy.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Verizon's decision to end sales of phone-location data to brokers (all times local):
AT&T is joining Verizon in pledging to end sales of phone location data to brokers.
The practice has drawn criticism from privacy advocates who say users often don't know their data has been sold.
SHERIDAN, Ore. (AP) — Democratic members of Oregon's congressional delegation visited a federal prison Saturday where immigrants from Latin America have been transferred and blasted the Trump administration for separating parents from children.
Sen. Ron Wyden said that "what we saw over the last hour demonstrates that the Trump 'zero tolerance' policy makes zero sense and shows zero understanding of American values."
SHERIDAN, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on a visit by Democratic members of Oregon's congressional delegation to a federal prison where immigrants from Latin America are being held (all times local):
Democratic members of Oregon's congressional delegation visited a federal prison where immigrants from Latin America have been transferred and blasted the Trump administration for separating parents from children.
Trump’s CIA Nominee in for Bruising Hearing
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — There's a sense of relief at the U.S. Forest Service because of the billions of additional dollars made available by lawmakers over the next decade to fight catastrophic wildfires but also a duty to spend it wisely, the acting chief of the U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday.
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has joined the conversation about Allegiant Air, asking the Federal Aviation Administration to answer questions about the safety record of the budget airline.
Stuart Kyle Duncan, lawyer who beat Obamacare, wins seat on federal appeals court
A lawyer who led the fight against Obamacare's contraceptive mandate, eventually winning the Hobby Lobby case before the Supreme Court, won confirmation by the Senate Tuesday to a federal appeals court.
Senators push for information on cellphone surveillance around Washington: Report
Four senators pushed for additional information from the Department of Homeland Security regarding cellphone surveillance around Washington, Reuters reported Wednesday.
Editorials from around Oregon
Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers:
The Oregonian/OregonLive, April 11, on long overdue wildfire fix:
For five years, Sen. Ron Wyden has pushed Congress to address how U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management leaders often must divert money from other programs, including fire prevention and forest management budgets, to cover the increasingly high cost of fighting massive wildfires.
For the first time, the U.S. government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages.
The use of what are known as cellphone-site simulators by foreign powers has long been a concern, but American intelligence and law enforcement agencies — which use such eavesdropping equipment themselves — have been silent on the issue until now.
WASHINGTON — Oregon’s senior U.S. senator said Tuesday that the National Rifle Association has dodged some of his questions about its possible receipt of Russian money in advance of the 2016 election and demanded more information about the group’s foreign donations.
Senator asks NRA to detail foreign donors, spending
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. senator asked the National Rifle Association on Tuesday to turn over detailed internal records about foreign funding it received in the past three years and how it spent that money, including whether any of it went toward influencing American elections, according to a copy of the letter delivered to the powerful gun group's top lawyer.
Billy J. Williams will remain Oregon’s US Attorney
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed off on Billy J. Williams remaining the top federal prosecutor in Oregon.
The decision came Tuesday after the U.S. Senate voted last week to approve Williams as U.S. Attorney in Oregon.
He replaced former U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall in April 2015 after she resigned amid a sexual harassment investigation.
Gina Haspel will have to answer torture allegations to win job at CIA: Wyden
One influential Democrat announced Tuesday he'll vote against Gina Haspel to be the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency, saying her "background makes her unsuitable to serve."
Alex Azar, HHS secretary, says stance on Idaho plan ‘just a matter of timing’
President Trump's health secretary said his stance an Idaho's insurer's plan to skirt the letter of Obamacare is "just a question of timing" and that he will probably wade in once state regulators vet the push to sell non-compliant plans.
Ron Wyden: Young students are looking to adults to fix school-shooting issue
Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon kicked off a budget hearing Thursday by slamming Congress for failing to address the scourge of school shootings across America, saying Florida students terrorized by a gunman on Wednesday are looking to adults for answers.
Trump infrastructure plan panned by Ron Wyden as ‘broken promise’
President Trump's $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan received a cool reception Monday from Democrats on Capitol Hill.
Sen. Ron Wyden, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, called it a "broken promise" to rebuild America's crumbling roads, bridges, railways and airports.
Senator seeks documents on Russia money links to the NRA
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Democrat is seeking documents from the National Rifle Association and the Treasury Department following reports of an FBI investigation into whether a Russian central banker funneled money to the group during the 2016 presidential campaign.
In letters sent to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the NRA on Friday, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon requested any documents showing financial links between Russia and the gun lobbying organization.
Democrats stumble on border security in bid for immigration deal
Democrats say they are willing to accept tough border security as part of an amnesty for illegal immigrant "Dreamers," but they've offered few substantive ideas for what that means in practice, struggling to move beyond a vague call for more "technology" as the solution.
The Latest: Church-politics provision removed from tax bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican tax overhaul (all times local):
A Democratic senator taking part in talks on the GOP tax package says a provision allowing churches to endorse political candidates and still keep their tax-free status won't be in the final bill.
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden has released a statement announcing the decision by the House-Senate committee that's blending the two separate tax bills into a final package. Democrats had pushed for the move.
Vera Katz, who helped turn Portland into hipster haven, dies
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Vera Katz, a Jewish refugee who was elected to three terms as Portland's mayor and helped transform it from a sleepy backwater into a trendy city known for its public transit, eco-conscious design and live-work architecture style, died Monday. She was 84.
Katz was diagnosed with acute leukemia this month after undergoing dialysis for more than a dozen years following cancer treatment.
Oregon’s senators join call for Franken’s resignation
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's two Democratic senators have joined their female counterparts in other states calling for Sen. Al Franken's resignation over sexual harassment allegations.
Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen. Jeff Merkley both tweeted Wednesday that they hope Franken will step down.
Wyden wrote it was the "right thing to do given this series of serious allegations" while Merkley said a resignation would be in the "best interest of our country."
US Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon to be honored for town halls
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon will receive an award for hosting the most town halls of any U.S. senator this year.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Wyden will have held 80 town halls this year after he completes two scheduled for this weekend. He will be awarded on Sunday by the Town Hall Project, an organization that encourages face-to-face meetings between members of Congress and constituents.
University responds to questions on allegation handling
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — University of Oregon President Michael Schill has defended the university's handling of a rape allegation against a former basketball player after U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden sent a letter earlier this month pushing for more information.