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Justice Department on verge of opposing Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger

Staff attorneys with the United States Department of Justice are said to be preparing a recommendation that Comcast not be allowed to merge with Time Warner Cable, according to a report by Bloomberg.

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Quotation

There are times where the dysfunction in the Senate just goes too far… This is an example of it. It’s gone too far. Enough! Enough! Call Loretta Lynch for a vote. Get her confirmed. Put her in place. Let her do her job.

— President Barack Obama, expressing his frustration with Senate Republicans in a news conference with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy (The New York Times).

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Permanent Defense

Statement on Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen’s ruling upholding majority rule

Responding to a point of order from Senator Steve Hobbs of Snohomish County, Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen today ruled in his capacity as President of the Washington State Senate that a rule previously adopted by Senate Republicans that requires two-third… (read more)

Thirteen Years: Statement from the Founder

Today and throughout this month, Permanent Defense celebrates its thirteenth anniversary, marking one hundred and fifty-six months of continuous operation. Since going live on February 15th, 2002, PD has steadfastly provided the Union’s Forty-Second… (read more)

NPI’s Permanent Defense ready to fight Eyman’s I-1366

This morning, Tim Eyman announced that he will once again be attempting to qualify an initiative to the ballot that would wipe out around $1 billion per year in revenue for schools and other vital public services unless, by April 2016, the Legislature pas… (read more)

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  • Progressive politics in the new hard times
    (Policy Network) — Conference offering a platform for political and academic reflection on the key structural trends that are shaping politics and governance in Europe and....
  • The open society – A progressive agend....
    (Policy Network) — A seminar to discuss the long-term growth and reform agendas that centre-left governments should implement and the political challenges they face
  • Does David Plouffe Believe in Uber?
    (Beat the Press) — That's the question millions are asking after reading Matthew Yglesias' piece arguing that former Obama political adviser David Plouffe is cashing in th....
  • In Case You Missed It . . .
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — This week on Off the Charts, we focused on federal and state taxes and the safety net. On federal and state taxes, Chuck Marr explained how the House Re....
  • Americans Take Pride in Paying Taxes
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — Forget the conventional wisdom.  Americans overwhelmingly take pride in paying their taxes, recent IRS Oversight Board survey data show. Our country’s t....
  • Local Levies Can't Fund Statewide Education
    (schmudget) — By Kim Justice, Senior Budget Analyst, and Andy Nicholas, Senior Fiscal Analyst (Updated 4/17/2015) With just over a week left in the regular 2015 legis....
  • It's Tax Day! Let's Talk About Washingto....
    (schmudget) — Amid all the buzz today about federal taxes, we’d like to draw your attention to something closer to home: Washington state’s (broken) tax system. As yo....
  • It's Tax Day! Let's Talk About Washingto....
    (schmudget) — Amid all the buzz today about federal taxes, we’d like to draw your attention to something closer to home: Washington state’s (broken) tax system. As yo....
  • Undocumented Immigrants Pay Larger Share....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — Undocumented immigrants pay a larger share of their income in state and local taxes than the nation’s top earners and immigration reform would improve s....
  • What good is the “Land of Opportunity” i....
    (Washington Policy Watch) — A recent study from the Pew Research Center found that 70 percent of households face financial strains, are unable to save money and could not withstand....
PNW Topic Hotlist

The PNW Topic Hotlist curates blog posts from local blogs based on current events. Posts categorized under topics of the moment are shown below.

  • My Wonderful Day at Brigham Young Univer....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — I flew to Salt Lake City on April 15, to lecture the next morning at Brigham Young University in Provo, about an hour from SLC. This is the longest trip....
  • Teachers and Parents: Horror Stories abo....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The New York City Public School Parents’ Blog invited readers to comment on the ELA exams, which were administered last week (this current week de....
  • Arlington, Texas, School Board Takes a S....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Texas is the home of high-stakes testing, and it is also home to some independent school boards who are sick of high-stakes testing. After 20 years or m....
  • The National Significance of NY’s Opt Outs
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Reader Memphis Louie writes:   “The function of a civil resistance is to provoke response and we will continue to provoke until they respond ....
  • Mercedes Schneider Winds Up Her Close Re....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Mercedes Schneider has diligently slogged through all 601 pages of the Alexander-Murray bill. I am late posting this because I was traveling, so it lack....
  • California: The State that is on the Rig....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Jeff Bryant, one of the narion’s most sensible commentators in education, describes the chaos that NCLB and Race to the Top have unleashed on scho....
  • Is California on the Right Track? (UPDAT....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — [In response to many comments by teachers in California who insist that the state is NOT on the right track, I have revised the title, turning it into a....
  • Florida: Legislature Sweetens the Charte....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Kathleen Oropeza leads a statewide parent group in Florida called “Fund Education Now,” which advocates on behalf of public education. She s....
  • Chicago Superintendent Barbara Byrd-Benn....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Chicago Schools Superintendent Barbara Byrd-Bennett has taken a leave of absence while federal investigators review a $20.5 million contract for princip....
  • The Day Arne Duncan Explained to Congres....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Since 2009, when Race to the Top was launched, Arne Duncan has been an avid proponent of evaluating teachers by test scores. Some states evaluate teache....

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