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Report: FBI suggested waiving fees for Cliven Bundy before ranch standoff, did not consider him a threat

The report indicates that the FBI thought negotiating with the rancher about his cattle could be successful, but federal agents sought to take possession, leading to conflict.
  • Dec 8, 2018

FBI agent acquitted of lying about shooting at militia member during Malheur standoff

W. Joseph Astarita, a member of the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team, was the only federal or state officer charged in connection with the 41-day takeover.
  • Aug 10, 2018

Protests again convulse Portland, Ore., as groups on the right and left face off

The state's largest city has been the repeated scene of demonstrations, some violent, since the election of Donald Trump.
  • Aug 6, 2018

Malheur wildlife refuge occupation still reverberating as FBI agent goes on trial

Federal prosecutors say W. Joseph Astarita lied after firing two shots during the deadly encounter in Oregon two years ago.
  • Jul 25, 2018

This is the message that Trump’s latest pardon sends to the radical right

He isn’t just letting them out of jail. He’s saying that the fires they lit were perfectly acceptable.
  • Jul 11, 2018

Federal authorities dismantle portion of Portland ICE protest camp, make arrests

At least eight people were arrested when Department of Homeland Security officers swept through protest tent city early Thursday morning.
  • Jun 28, 2018

Portland ICE protest grows; demonstrators seek to abolish agency amid immigration crisis

Long known for its protest culture, Portland is inspiring similar demonstrations across the country.
  • Jun 27, 2018

Cattle rancher, subject of possible White House pardon, had years of disputes with Malheur wildlife refuge

Dwight Hammond, a rancher in southeastern Oregon, is described in documents as railing against fences he says blocked his cattle from grazing, becoming increasingly angry with the federal government.
  • Jun 15, 2018

Teen who started huge Oregon wildfire with a firecracker apologizes in court

Hikers decry loss of trails, but conservationists say wildfires serve a purpose.
  • Feb 16, 2018

Judge dismisses federal charges against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who calls himself ‘a political prisoner’

The decision marked the latest defeat for government officials prosecuting Bundy or his relatives for their showdowns with federal authorities. 
  • Jan 8, 2018