Peter Granitz, APRN - Washington DC

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The recent reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act had many applauding its new protections for LGBT victims and illegal immigrants. Download Audio

President Barack Obama's pick to head the Interior Department, Sally Jewell, CEO of outdoor retailer REI, cruised through a committee vote Thursday morning. Download Audio

Senator Murkowski introduced a new revenue-sharing bill that faces an uncertain future in the Senate. Download Audio

The U.S. House Committee on Ethics is creating a subcommittee to investigate whether Congressman Don Young violated code of conduct. The subcommittee will probe Young’s expenses and travel costs.

The U.S. House Ethics Committee has unanimously voted to create a subcommittee investigating whether Congressman Don Young violated official code of conduct.

Congressman Don Young has passed two milestones this month. Saturday he surpassed the late Senator Ted Stevens for amount of years in federal elected office. And earlier this month, he marked his 40th year since being first elected, in a special election in 1973.

The United States is increasing the amount of interceptor missiles it stockpiles from thirty to forty four. The 14 additional missiles will be based at Fort Greely, near Fairbanks.

The Department of Interior has concluded its expedited review of Shell’s failed 2012 Arctic drilling campaign. Before resuming activity in the Arctic Ocean, the company must undergo a third party review of its entire operation.

Congress must reauthorize the Magnuson Stevens Act, the federal law regulating the nation's fisheries, before it expires September 30th.

Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell announced yesterday a $200,000 multi-year study of Arctic marine shipping. He told a meeting of the Arctic Parliamentarians in Washington, D.C. the project will be conducted by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. The state Department of Commerce will pay for the research.

Commercial fishermen and tour operators from Southeast Alaska are in Washington D.C. this week, lobbying Congress to strengthen the protection of certain areas of the Tongass National Forest.

While the legislature debates whether to cut taxes on oil companies, state lawmakers are meeting with state oil and gas lobbyists in Washington, D.C. They’re attending a meeting of The Energy Council, a group consisting of Alaska, ten other states, four Canadian provinces, and the Venezuelan government.

President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Interior Department, REI chief executive Sally Jewel, testified before the Senate Energy committee today. She hinted at her positions on some issues pertinent to Alaska.

U.S. Senator Mark Begich introduced a bill Wednesday aimed at clarifying who should be unable to own a gun because of mental illness.

While oil and gas companies are inching towards a new tax break in Juneau, they’re fighting to maintain their preferential tax treatment in Washington, D.C. The Senate Democratic budget is expected to take aim at some controversial tax privileges.

While oil and gas companies are inching towards a new tax break in Juneau, they're fighting to maintain their preferential tax treatment in Washington, D.C. The Senate Democratic budget is expected to take aim at some controversial tax privileges.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. upheld the listing of polar bears as threatened Friday morning.

Residents from King Cove met with Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar Thursday morning in Washington, D.C. They’re cautiously optimistic the outgoing secretary will allow a land transfer to permit a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

Eighty-five billion dollars in federal budget cuts are set to begin Friday. The U.S. Senate will debate competing measures to replace the cuts tomorrow, but neither will become law. The National Park Service is slated to lose 5 percent of its budget, and that would trickle down to every park in Alaska.

The numbers are dire. Five thousand civilians who work for the Department of Defense in Alaska would be furloughed once a week. Food for the elderly would be cut, because the federal government would slash more than $180,000 from programs like Meals on Wheels.