Dem senator: NRA acted as Russian ‘asset’ in run-up to 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Rifle Association acted as a "foreign asset" for Russia in the run-up to the 2016 election, and NRA insiders provided access to the American political system to...
OSU to get funds to research quake impact on electrical grid
WASHINGTON (AP) — Oregon State University will receive more than $400,000 in federal funds to research how large earthquakes, like ones that could strike in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, would...
Myriad election systems complicate efforts to stop hackers
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate report on Russian interference in U.S. elections highlights one of the biggest challenges to preventing foreign intrusions in American democracy: the limited powers and...
GOP, Dems offer compromise to reduce drug costs for seniors
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two veteran senators — a Republican and a Democrat — unveiled compromise legislation Tuesday to reduce prescription drug costs for millions of Medicare recipients, while saving...
Senators question FBI on Russian hack of voting firm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. senators asked the FBI on Wednesday to explain what it has done to investigate the suspected hack by Russian intelligence of a Florida-based voting software company...
Idaho, Oregon senators seek to help with rural timber losses
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. senators from Idaho and Oregon on Thursday touted legislation they introduced to create an endowment to replace revenue lost by rural counties due to declines in timber...
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Beaverton man who threatened to harm Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden on a voice mail message was sentenced to two years of federal supervision.
US senator seeks safe passage for Turkish Trail Blazers star
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden wants to ensure Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter, a Turkish star whom Turkey wants arrested for his criticism of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,...
Senators concerned about abuse allegations at shelters
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Finance Committee are questioning whether the Trump administration is neglecting its duty to protect unaccompanied immigrant...
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — After passing legislation earlier this year that applied the highest form of environmental protection to tens of thousands of acres and hundreds of miles of rivers in Oregon,...
Interior watchdog probes agency’s newly confirmed chief
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department's internal investigators have begun probing allegations of conflicts of interest involving Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, they confirmed Monday, just...
Democrats want feds to target the ‘black box’ of AI bias
Congress is starting to show interest in prying open the "black box" of tech companies' artificial intelligence with oversight that parallels how the federal government checks under car hoods and...
Watchdog to examine Medicare chief’s publicity spending
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog said Friday it will review costly outside contracts to handle public relations for Medicare chief Seema Verma, whose agency oversees health insurance...
Senate Democrats grill Interior pick on past lobbying work
WASHINGTON (AP) — The former oil and gas lobbyist nominated to head the Interior Department declined on Thursday to commit to recusing himself from future regulatory decisions involving past...
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.
Wyden Slams Trump Officials on Ethics Rules
Mobile carriers cut off flow of location data to brokers
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
Forest Service has more cash to fight catastrophic wildfires
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.
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air is one of five airlines that provide air service at the Eugene Airport, and it operates out of Medford, too.
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 voted 50-47 to confirm Stuart Kyle Duncan to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Only one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, broke with his party to support Mr. Duncan.
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.
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.