Jacob Fischler

Jacob Fischler

Jacob Fischler covers federal policy and helps direct national coverage as deputy Washington bureau chief for States Newsroom. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues. His coverage areas include climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.

Gov. Tina Kotek hails an agreement reached last year by Oregon, Washington and four Native American tribes to bring back salmon on the Columbia River.

Governors, tribes ratify Columbia River Basin pact at White House signing ceremony

By: - February 23, 2024

The governors of Washington and Oregon and four Native American tribal leaders gathered at the White House on Friday to celebrate last year’s agreement to avoid litigation over dams in the Columbia River Basin. The agreement, which was announced in December and resulted from years of negotiation among the states, tribes in the region, environmental […]

Putin makes a speech in Red Square during a Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the victory in World War II, on June 24, 2020, in Moscow, Russia.

More than 500 new Russia sanctions levied by White House after Navalny death

By: - February 23, 2024

The Biden administration will impose a new round of economic sanctions targeting Russian fuel exports and military-industry imports, the Treasury Department announced Friday. Coming one week after Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny died in the custody of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government and one day short of the two-year anniversary of the country’s invasion of […]

Former President Donald Trump answers a question as Joe Biden, then the Democratic presidential candidate, listens during the second and final presidential debate at Belmont University on Oct. 22, 2020, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Worried Biden and Trump are too old to be president? Calm down, experts on aging say

By: - February 15, 2024

Age should not preclude either Joe Biden or Donald Trump from serving another four years as president, a group of aging experts said Thursday at a webinar organized by the American Federation for Aging Research. If Biden, 81, and Trump, 77, are the candidates on Election Day, as appears likely right now, they would break […]

President Joe Biden arrives at Portland International Airport In April, 2022.

Biden administration picks airports for nearly $1 billion in terminal upgrades

By: - February 15, 2024

The Biden administration will send close to $1 billion to airports across the country to upgrade terminal facilities, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced Thursday. The $970 million in grants will go to 144 airports in 44 states and three territories. Earmarked for terminal improvements, Buttigieg and other administration officials said the grants would fund projects […]

President Donald Trump speaks on stage during a campaign rally at the Target Center on Oct. 10, 2019 in Minneapolis.

Trump asks U.S. Supreme Court to pause federal trial over presidential immunity question

By: and - February 12, 2024

WASHINGTON – Former President Donald Trump asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to further delay his federal criminal trial on charges he attempted to subvert the 2020 election, contending his actions were protected by presidential immunity. In a 40-page application to the Supreme Court late Monday, Trump and his attorneys asked the justices to pause […]

Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. takes the stage at the Des Moines Register soapbox Aug. 12, 2023.

Democrats allege RFK Jr. campaign took illegal help to collect signatures in states

By: - February 9, 2024

The Democratic National Committee on Friday accused Robert F. Kennedy Jr. of illegally coordinating with a super PAC to gather signatures for his independent presidential campaign. In a complaint to the Federal Election Commission, the DNC alleged American Values 2024, a super PAC supporting Kennedy, collected signatures to put Kennedy’s name on the ballot in […]

Trump claim of presidential immunity turned down by federal appeals court in D.C. 

By: and - February 6, 2024

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump can be prosecuted for charges he schemed to overturn the 2020 election, a three-judge panel of a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, rejecting Trump’s argument he was immune from criminal prosecution for any alleged conduct during his presidential term. In a unanimous opinion, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals […]

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, speaks directly to victims and their family members during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Jan. 31, 2024 in Washington, D.C.

‘A product that’s killing people’: Lawmakers chastise social media giants for harm to kids

By: - January 31, 2024

Members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee castigated executives at leading social media companies Wednesday, calling for more to be done to shield children from sexual exploitation, drug dealing, self-harm encouragement and other damaging content. In one tense exchange, Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley demanded to know if Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, had […]

Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River is used for hydropower.

Allegations of ‘secret’ deal to remove four Snake River dams aired by U.S. House GOP at hearing

By: - January 30, 2024

Republicans on a U.S. House panel blasted the Biden administration Tuesday for an agreement they said paved the way for four dams’ removal from the Snake River in eastern Washington state. The agreement to take steps to restore salmon populations in the Snake River that President Joe Biden announced in December with the states of […]

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm.

Biden administration to temporarily halt some export approvals for liquified natural gas

By: - January 29, 2024

The U.S. Energy Department will pause approvals of new exports of liquified natural gas to all countries without a free trade agreement with the United States, Secretary Jennifer Granholm and White House National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi said on a recent media call. They said the agency is readying a new review framework that could […]

Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump takes the stage with supporters, campaign staff and family members for a primary night party at the Sheraton on Jan. 23, 2024 in Nashua, New Hampshire.

On to November: Trump win in New Hampshire sets up 2024 rematch with Biden

By: , and - January 24, 2024

WASHINGTON — Leading Republicans — and the Biden presidential campaign — on Wednesday rushed to identify former President Donald Trump as the presumptive GOP nominee after he won decisively in New Hampshire’s Republican presidential primary. Trump bested Nikki Haley, his former United Nations ambassador, by more than 10 percentage points in a moderate state with an open […]

U.S. Supreme Court hears fishing cases that challenge agency powers

By: - January 17, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in two cases that could severely weaken the power of administrative agencies to set regulations. The cases, coming from New Jersey and Rhode Island-based herring fishing enterprises, initially challenged a Commerce Department rule requiring fishermen to pay for federal monitors aboard their boats. But the arguments Wednesday dealt […]