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In plain sight: How the Marathassa oil spill took hours to find

A fuel spill in Vancouver’s picturesque English Bay has raised serious questions about the federal government’s ability to respond to a marine oil spill. The Globe and Mail’s Justine Hunter pieces together what happened.

# Permalink (Saturday, April 18, 2015)

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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.

# Permalink (Saturday, April 18, 2015)

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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    (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
  • Washington Post Trivia Quiz: Is a $1 Bil....
    (Beat the Press) — The paper must have assumed everyone knew the answer to this question since it didn't bother to put these budget numbers in any context, like expressing....
  • Ruth Marcus, Budget Deficits, and the Me....
    (Beat the Press) — According to inside reports, the main reason the Washington Post opposes nuclear war is because of its impact on the budget deficit. The paper's never e....
  • NYT Misses Story on Redistribution: Mayb....
    (Beat the Press) — Neil Irwin had an interesting Upshot piece that noted polling data showing people do not favor much higher taxes on the rich. It questioned why it was t....
  • NYT Does Clean-Up for Chris Christie: He....
    (Beat the Press) — Apparently the NYT feels it has to protect Chris Christie from his unpopular proposals. In an article on the Republican presidential candidates, it told....
  • If the Machines Are Taking our Jobs, The....
    (Beat the Press) — The NYT gave us yet another account of how the machines are taking our jobs. This one carries the warning that they are taking the jobs of highly educat....
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    (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....
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    (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....
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    (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....
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.

  • Parents at Success Academy Speak Out, Pr....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — In response to an article that showed the intense, competitive, and abusive practices at Success Academy charter schools that produce high test scores, ....
  • Chicago Principal Troy LaRaviere Chastis....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Chicago elementary school principal Troy LaRaviere is fearless. He speaks out against injustice. He speaks for the children of Chicago, who have gotten ....
  • This Is a Must-Watch: Some of Our Heroes....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — This is a one-hour video of a great panel discussion at Fairfield University in Connecticut. The panelists are Wendy Lecker, Yohuru Willians, Jonathan P....
  • Teacher: The Day the Light Went Out in M....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — I received this from a principal in New York City. It was written by one of his teachers.   From a 3rd Grade Teacher   “I love teaching!....
  • Albany Times-Union: Wake Up, Politicians....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Fred LeBrun, a regular columnist for the Albany-Times-Union, writes that the scale of the opt out movement sends a powerful message to the President, Ar....
  • Lower Hudson Newspaper Calls for Tisch t....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — In what can only be called a blistering editorial, LOHUD–the newspaper of the Lower Hudson Valley in New York–called for Merryl Tisch, the C....
  • Anthony Cody: When Teachers’ Voices Are ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Some states, as Audrey Beardsley reported in the previous post, are silencing educators by law or regulation or threats. They definitely don’t wan....
  • Audrey Beardsley: The Silencing of the E....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Audrey Beardsley, a professor at Arizona State University, recently visited parents, educators, students, and state leaders in New Mexico. There she lea....
  • Testing Chaos in Seattle
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Jesse Hagopian, Seattle teacher leader, reports on the chaos that accompanied the introduction of the Smarter Balanced assessment in Seattle. “Bef....
  • 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....

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