The Washington Post reported last week that the Environmental Protection Agency has started funneling all grant money through a single political appointee in the nation’s capital. The Post also said EPA staff were told this summer to block all grants to Alaska, a state that has a lot riding on how EPA grants are awarded.
Alaska’s U.S. Rep. Don Young reverted to form Thursday night. He spoke somewhat harshly of another lawmaker on the floor of the U.S. House. Judged against his past statements, it was nothing spectacular. But then Young did something unusual: He made nice.
A U.S. Senate committee met Wednesday to figure out what to do about health care. The hearing was open and bipartisan, just the process U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was calling for when she cast a key vote against the repeal-and-replace plan Republican leaders drafted behind closed doors. But time is short.
As millions of people around the world are displaced from their homes, some are looking to the past for insight on the refugee crisis. A new museum exhibit in Anchorage tells the story of a plan to relocate European Jewish refugees to Alaska during World War II.