Kristen Meinzer

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How Americans fell in love with snipers

"American Sniper" is a huge hit with audiences and critics, but it's also getting slammed for its portrayal of the war in Iraq and the sniper at its center. So what does the film say about the war's morality, and why do once-maligned snipers now star on the big screen?


Can a rebrand make Republicans raise the gas tax?

Drivers are happy about the collapse in oil prices, but with federal highway funds also tanking, even Republicans are considering raising the gas tax to make sure road construction can continue. But calling the gas tax a "user fee" may not help push changes past conservatives in Congress.


Portland braces for one last selfie with the carpet

You read that right — Portlanders are mourning the imminent loss of throwback, "Atari-style" carpet that covers the floor at the city's airport. It will be removed this year, but it has been a visual symbol of Portland for years — appearing on merchandise, in photos and even tattooed on people's bodies.