Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is heading to Washington, D.C., to attend the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree lighting and to testify before a U.S. Senate committee.Associated Press
Congress is gearing up to pass the first major education reform bill since the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act -- a move that would grant Alaska considerably greater control over the state’s schools, from testing to curriculum.    Erica Martinson
Frank Ameduri, a veteran Democratic staffer who started as press secretary in July, urged the minority caucus to act more boldly and find a message it can stand behind, rather than spend its time “griping about the Republicans” who control the Legislature. Nathaniel Herz
While Alaska struggles to put together a plan to export liquefied natural gas to Asian markets, a federal agency is already subsidizing competing LNG projects in two foreign countries targeting the same potential buyers.Pat Forgey
Cheap flights offered in 2010 to two political candidates through Alaska money manager and anti-Pebble mine activist Bob Gillam violated state election law, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in upholding a fine against Gillam’s RBG Bush Planes.Lisa Demer
Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said Tuesday that the city must drastically change the downtown bus station because of the crowd it attracted, only to have his news conference there interrupted by some of the regulars who go there daily.Devin Kelly

President Barack Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bonnie Carroll, president of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday. 

Erik Hill
Alaska's partnership with TransCanada on the $55 billion Alaska LNG project ended Tuesday after the state bought out the pipeline company's interest for $65 million. Alex DeMarban
Alaska’s congressional delegation agrees a "pause" on admitting Syrian refugees is in order. But Sen. Lisa Murkowski says it's unclear whether focusing on refugees is the best route to preventing an attack. Erica Martinson
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski plans to fight the appointment of the next U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner over the agency’s decision that genetically modified salmon is safe to eat.Zaz Hollander
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