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Paris Train Attack Hero Makes Bid for Congress From Oregon

Over 60% of Alek Skarlatos' campaign funding comes from out of state, Democratic incumbent Peter DeFazio said during their debate. Some came from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

President of Portland NAACP Resigns Ahead of November Election

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Candidate Iannarone Welcomes Ruling on Complaint Against Mayor Wheeler

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iPhone Users: Beware of the 'Apple Support' Scam

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to Give Virtual Lecture Nov. 9 at Oregon State University

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New Crisis Line will Serve BIPOC Community

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More than half of Oregon voters have cast ballots

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Young gray wolf from California spotted in Oregon

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Missouri wide receiver arrested, dismissed from team

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri wide receiver Maurice Massey has been dismissed from the team after being arrested, school officials said Monday.Massey, 20, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault, fourth-degree assault and first-degree property damage, according to...

Missouri grinds out 1st victory over Kentucky in five years

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Open Letter to the Community on the Multnomah County Circuit Court Judicial Election

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Squaring Away the Cube

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The Skanner News National 2020 Election Endorsements

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The Skanner News Statewide Election 2020 Endorsements

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Road trip: In Mississippi, love in the time of coronavirus

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Lawyers: Cop video of shooting of 2 Blacks suggests coverup

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ENTERTAINMENT

Ahead of the election, a landslide of documentaries

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'Masked Singer' begets 'Masked Dancer,' set for December

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Country artist Cam confronts hard truths on 'The Otherside'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The five-year journey between albums for country singer Cam was an evolution in coming to grips with hard truths about a music industry that had left her a bit bruised but not broken.The California-born singer with cinematic influences made an instant impression in...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

MLB says Turner violated protocols when he returned to field

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Asian shares lower, US futures up after S&P 500 sinks 3.5%

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AP Explains: Trump pushes questions about Joe Biden's son

WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking to undermine Democratic rival Joe Biden, President Donald Trump’s campaign...

Tanzania votes but 'widespread irregularities' are claimed

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Indian agency raids home of journalist, activists in Kashmir

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S. Korea's top court upholds 17-year jail term on ex-leader

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Jennifer Liberto CNN Money

WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) -- Treasury Secretary nominee Jack Lew's first confirmation hearing got testy Wednesday as Republicans questioned his experience at Citigroup during the financial crisis.

In particular, lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee asked Lew, now the White House Chief of Staff, about a fund organized in the Cayman Islands that he and other Citigroup employees invested in while he was employed there.

When asked if he was aware that the fund was in the Cayman Islands, Lew said he didn't know at the time.

"I was aware it was an international firm ... I didn't know at the time where the fund was organized," Lew said.

When he was confirmed as a Deputy Secretary of State in 2009, Lew declared that he had invested $56,000 in the fund. In 2010, during his confirmation hearing to be head of the Office of Management and Budget, Lew said he had divested from the fund, which had suffered a loss and he recovered $54,400.

The Obama administration has defended Lew's actions.

"Jack Lew paid all his taxes and reported all the income, gains and losses from the investment on his tax returns," White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.

In another area of contention, a group of eight Republican senators, including a few on the Finance Committee, sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget last week saying that Lew didn't comply with a federal law over Medicare funds while he was running the White House budget office.

They say Lew, as White House budget chief, should have sent Congress legislation aimed at getting Medicare's funding in order, according to a federal law. But the White House counters that the law in question is advisory, not requisite.

In his prepared remarks, Lew, who was nominated last month to succeed Tim Geithner, stressed several times that his experience working on "almost every major bipartisan budget agreement over the last 30 years," is a big reason why the Senate should confirm him to the position.

"I can honestly say that the things that divide Washington right now are not as insurmountable as they might look," Lew said.

During the hearing, Lew was expected to make the case that Congress should stop the series of massive budget cuts, called a sequester, from taking place on March 1, slicing $85 billion from federal budgets.

"These cuts would impose self-inflicted wounds to the recovery and put far too many jobs and businesses at risk," Lew said in his prepared remarks.

-- CNN's Steve Brusk and Ted Barrett contributed to this report.

 

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