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In Brief


Paris will be a watershed… It will be a dividing point in time between the fossil-fuel economy and the renewables era .

— Steve Howard, chief sustainability officer of the Swedish furniture retailer IKEA (Momentum is growing for an agreement to combat the climate crisis in Paris).

# Permalink (Sunday, November 29, 2015)

Recommended Link

How Wal-Mart keeps an eye on its massive workforce

Bloomberg’s Susan Berfield dissects Wal-Mart’s employee surveillance programs, designed to thwart unionization attempts.

# Permalink (Friday, November 27, 2015)

Permanent Defense

NPI/Permanent Defense founder Andrew Villeneuve files Majority Vote Protection Initiative

This morning, at the Secretary of State’s office in Olympia, Northwest Progressive Institute founder and Executive Director Andrew Villeneuve filed a new statewide initiative, titled the Majority Vote Protection Act. The intent of the initiative is… (read more)

Statement on Supreme Court’s ruling in Huff v. Wyman

Late this morning, the Supreme Court released its ruling in Huff v. Wyman, the preelection legal challenge to Tim Eyman’s I-1366, which sought I-1366’s removal from the November 2015 general election ballot on the basis that 1366 was beyond th… (read more)

Opposition to Eyman’s I-1366 surpasses 60% in King County

Opposition to Tim Eyman’s I-1366 crossed the sixty percent threshold today in King County after Elections released its 3:58:14 PM report, reaching 60.59%. This is the third consecutive day that the share of the vote against I-1366 in Martin Luther K… (read more)

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  • RELEASE: CAP Welcomes Andrew Green as Ne....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — The Center for American Progress announced today that Andrew Green will join the organization as Managing Director of Economic Policy....
  • Kentucky Restores Voting Rights for Retu....
    ( — Yesterday morning, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear issued Executive Order 2015‑871 , which restores the right to vote for citizens with previous non‑vio....
  • Student Debtors Should Be Allowed to Dec....
    ( — Higher Education Credit and Debt This weekend, Kevin Carey, head of New America’s Education Policy Program, penned a piece for the New York Times featur....
  • Student Loans Should Be More Easily Disc....
    ( — Higher Education Credit and Debt This weekend, Kevin Carey, head of New America’s Education Policy Program, penned a piece for the New York Times featur....
  • Rewriting the Rules of the Federal Reser....
    () — Congressman Conyers and members of the Full Employment Caucus, thank you for the privilege of speaking to you today on the issue of the Federal Reserve ....
  • Economic Snapshot: November 2015
    (Center for American Progress) — Public policies that support middle-class families can strengthen the economic recovery.
  • A Handful of Elected State Judges Contin....
    (Center for American Progress) — Judges and magistrates in some southern states are still defying the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision.
  • Are Libertarians the New Communists?
    (Evonomics) — By Nick Hanauer and Eric Liu Most people would consider radical libertarianism and communism polar opposites: The first glorifies personal freedom. The ....
  • RELEASE: Realism at COP 21: The Case for....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — Hundreds of climate leaders and heads of state are meeting in Paris over the next two weeks to work out a historic climate agreement......
  • AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT: CAP Experts on Ad....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — This morning, President Barack Obama announced that tomorrow the United States will pledge new contributions to climate risk insuranc....
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