Standing Rock in September.
Standing Rock in September. Sydney Brownstone


Army Approves Dakota Access Pipeline: "The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted an easement allowing the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under the Missouri River north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation," NPR reports, "paving the way for construction of the final 1.5 miles of the more than 1,700-mile pipeline. In doing so, the Army cut short its environmental impact assessment and the public comment period associated with it."

Seattle Will Remove $3 Billion from Wells Fargo: Because of the bank's financing of the Dakota Access Pipeline and private prison companies, as well as a recent regulatory scandal, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously yesterday to end the city's relationship with Wells Fargo once the city's contract with the bank is up in 2018. The legislation also asks the mayor and director of finance and administrative services to not make new investments with the bank for three years. After the mayor signs the ordinance, the city will begin looking for a new bank to distribute the city's payroll.

Washington State Vs. Trump Continues: After a federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order stopping President Trump's travel ban, three Ninth Circuit judges heard an appeal of that decision yesterday. Two of the judges pressed a lawyer for the Department of Justice on the president's motivations for the ban. But the third judge "seemed particularly skeptical of the Washington Attorney General's claim that the president's executive order amounted to religious discrimination," Sydney Brownstone reports. "He pressed [Washington State's solicitor general Noah] Purcell on whether the Washington Attorney General's claim was legitimate if the ban only affected a fraction of the Muslim world." A decision is expected this week.

Jeff Sessions Is Likely to Be Confirmed as Attorney General Tonight: On the floor of the Senate yesterday, Dems continued their opposition to Sessions. When Elizabeth Warren attempted to read a 1986 letter in which Coretta Scott King opposed Sessions’s nomination for judge, Warren was cut off by Mitch McConnell. McConnell said Warren broke floor rules by "impugning the character" of Sessions, the New York Times reports. Republican senators then voted to prevent Warren from speaking again during that debate.

Read Coretta Scott King's Letter for Yourself: "The irony of Mr. Sessions’ nomination is that, if confirmed, he will be given a life tenure for doing with a federal prosecution what the local sheriffs accomplished twenty years ago with clubs and cattle prods," she wrote. "I believe his confirmation would have a devastating effect on not only the judicial system in Alabama, but also on the progress we have made toward fulfilling my husband’s dream."

Seattles mayor and city council have said a 24-hour shelter could attract people who currently sleep outside instead of in overnight shelters.
Seattle's mayor and city council have said a 24-hour shelter could attract people who currently sleep outside instead of in overnight shelters. City of Seattle

Finally, a Location for a New 24-Hour Homeless Shelter in Seattle: This type of shelter, modeled off San Francisco's Navigation Center, is a key step in the city's response to the homelessness crisis because it allows groups, pets, and belongings and doesn't require shelter stayers to line up every night only to leave early the following morning. While the mayor initially promised the shelter would be open by the beginning of 2017, his office then said the city was having trouble finding a site. The mayor's office announced a site this morning: the Pearl Warren Building at 606 12th Ave. S. in the Chinatown International District. The building will need renovations before opening in the spring.

Doug Ericksen Still Pretending He Can Totally Do Two Jobs at Once, No Problem: The Washington Post picks up the story of the Republican state senator from Washington who's trying to do his job in Olympia while also working on Donald Trump's transition team "helping to reshape the Environmental Protection Agency." Ericksen is still collecting his $42,000 state salary but told the Post he "doesn't know what the EPA is paying him."

And Who's That Ericksen Is Inviting to the State Senate's Environment Committee? "Tony Heller goes by the pen-name Steve Goddard, and is a vocal climate change skeptic and software engineer from Colorado. He’s also a self-described environmentalist."

The NAACP and family of Che Taylor maintain that his fatal shooting by Seattle Police on February 21 was murder.
The family of Che Taylor says his fatal shooting by Seattle Police last year was murder. Ansel Herz

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In Ongoing Inquest, Seattle Police Officer Says He Saw Che Taylor Carrying a Gun: Two officers have now told a King County inquest jury they saw Taylor carrying a handgun before they fatally shot him last February. The Taylor family's attorney, James Bible, has challenged the police narrative. Bible said Taylor may not have had the gun in a holster when police confronted him and showed the jury a photo of part of the barrel of a gun under a car seat, the Seattle Times reports.

The Mayor Plans to Hold His State of the City Address at the Idriss Mosque: Erica C. Barnett reports: "District 5 council member Debora Juarez stole Mayor Murray’s thunder last night when she announced, almost offhand, that the mayor’s State of the City speech would be held at the Idriss Mosque near Northgate—a symbolically powerful gesture intended to signify that Seattle is serious about its status as a sanctuary city." The address is usually held in mid-February.

One Dead After Car Crashes In Retention Pond Along I-5: Divers were on the scene early this morning, when they pulled a body from the pond.

Washington Ensemble Theatre presents amber, a sensory installation set in the disco era
In this 30-minute multimedia experience, lights & sounds guide groups as they explore a series of immersive spaces.