Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media
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Liz Ruskin covers Alaska issues in Washington as the network's D.C. correspondent. She was born in Anchorage and is a West High grad. She has degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia. She previously worked at the Homer News, the Anchorage Daily News and the Washington bureau of McClatchy Newspapers. She also freelanced for several years from the U.K. and Japan, in print and radio. Liz has been APRN’s Washington, D.C. correspondent since October 2013. She welcomes your news tips at lruskin (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  | About Liz
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Alaska Native enthusiasm for Interior nominee puts Murkowski on the spot

Deb Haaland's confirmation hearing forces Sen. Murkowski to choose between one of her long-held political goals and many of her Native constituents.

Even without a gun, Alaska’s Rep. Young tells congressional committee, his hands can kill

Alaska Congressman Don Young, an enthusiastic champion of gun-owner rights, argued a firearms ban wouldn’t make hearings safer.

Trump acquitted: Murkowski among 7 Republicans who voted to convict.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski told a reporter afterward that she knew some Alaskans would be proud of her and some dismayed, and that there could be repercussions for her.
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‘Pretty damning’: 2nd Trump impeachment case is compelling, Murkowski says

Alaska's U.S. senators say watching videos of the Jan. 6 violence reignited their anger.

Murkowski votes to proceed with 2nd impeachment; Sullivan votes to stop

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was one of six Republicans who voted to proceed with ex-President Trump’s impeachment trial.
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Alaska’s US attorney is investigating something about Pebble, but the target is unclear

The mining firms suggests the case involves the "Pebble tapes." But is the alleged crime the recordings, or what executives said on them?
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Alaska’s US senators want to thwart Biden’s anti-oil policies. Here’s what they’re trying.

Order by executive order, President Biden is frustrating Alaska's U.S. senators. But what can they do?

Congressman Young votes against ejecting Rep. Greene from committees

Alaska Rep. Don Young, like most Republicans, voted to keep a controversial Georgia congresswoman on her committees.
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Anchorage attorney Landreth selected for U.S. Interior post

The Biden administration has chosen Natalie Landreth to be deputy solicitor for lands. She's devoted her career to Native rights. Her Chickasaw ancestors were forcibly removed from their land.

While Murkowski and GOP moderates pitch smaller COVID bill, Democrats go their own way

"You might be able to get there with only 51 votes. But you can't shortcut this process," Murkowski says.
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Alaska’s Murkowski among senators pushing stripped-down relief package

Murkowski and other moderate Republicans are presenting a smaller pandemic relief proposal to President Biden.

Murkowski gains immunity from Trump revenge with Alaska’s new voting system

If Murkowski had to face a Trump-endorsed candidate in a Republican primary, her chances weren't good. But that's not going to happen.

Lamenting Biden’s moves to ‘target’ oil and gas, Sullivan votes no on Yellen confirmation

Sen. Sullivan says the Biden administration shouldn't discriminate against oil and gas, and that all energy sectors matter.
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Alaska US senators split on attempt to derail Trump impeachment trial

Sen. Murkowski is among only five Republicans voting to keep Trump's impeachment trial on track.
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Pebble asks Army Corps to reconsider its mine plan in Southwest Alaska

Pebble Limited Partnership asks the Corps of Engineers to reverse its rejection of an open-pit gold mine upstream from Bristol Bay.
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These Alaskans were driven to witness this Inauguration — or something near it

An Anchorage couple, who'd never before voted for a Democrat, felt passionate about witnessing America turn the page.
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Biden hires more Arctic drilling opponents for Interior Department

Interior's new communication director and a BOEM advisor worked to block Arctic oil projects.
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Rep. Eastman attended D.C. Trump rally, but blames violence on ‘antifa.’ Now he faces calls to resign.

A storm of criticism is raining down on state Rep. Eastman for undermining faith in the election and attending the rally in Washington that led to the storming of the Capitol.

Murkowski praises impeachment, says Trump’s incitement of violence ‘cannot go without consequence’

Sen. Murkowski isn't saying if she'll vote to convict President Trump, but said the House was right to impeach him.

Rep. Young votes against impeaching Trump

Only 10 House Republicans voted against impeachment. Rep. Young was not among them.