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In Brief

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[T]he Islamic State of Iraq, declared in 2006, was intended to be a sprawling entity like the one we see today. That was its political purpose and ambition. Today’s ISIS is the same organization, only stronger.

— Analyst Brian Fishman, refuting Jeb Bush’s claim that Islamic State ‘didn’t exist when my brother was president’ (Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post)

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Recommended Link

Politico takes an in-depth look at the success of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign

Republicans like Mitch McConnell of Kentucky have repeatedly and continually blamed President Obama for the decline of Big Coal, one of America’s dirtiest energy industries. But, as Politico’s Michael Grunwald explains, the industry’s woes have a lot more to do with grassroots opposition organized by the Sierra Club than new policies championed by the Obama administration.

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Permanent Defense

Larry Haler’s House Bill 2255 lives on as an initiative to the people

In response to Republican State Representative Larry Haler’s disappointing decision to withdraw House Bill 2255, legislation that sought to replace Tim Eyman’s I-747 with a more sensible property tax policy, NPI founder and executive director… (read more)

Eyman’s I-1366 aims to lock in Washington’s broken tax code… permanently

With Washington State’s regular legislative session now disappearing into the rearview mirror, initiative promoter Tim Eyman has once again turned his attention to aggressively hawking his latest and most destructive scheme yet: Initiative 1366, whi… (read more)

Anatomy of a Tim Eyman email: Sound bites based on lies, fudged numbers, and missing context

Yesterday morning, Tim Eyman sent out another one of his misinformation-laden missives, ending, as always, with an exhortation to send money to his campaign coffers. On occasion, we fisk and debunk Eyman’s emails to demonstrate that Eyman is not a r… (read more)

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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.

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    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Well, we know that Governor Cuomo wants tuition tax credits for wealthy individuals and corporations that subsidize tuition for private and religious sc....
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    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Because so mAny hedge-fund managers and corporate chieftains are in the “reform” camp, we Ssume that they must know a lot about financial an....
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    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Defending the Early Years (DEY), an advocacy group for young children, has published an excellent critique of K-3 Common Core math standards by Dr. Cons....
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    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — MaryEllen Elia, who was fired as Superintendent of Hillsborough County a few months ago, was unanimously endorsed by the Néw Yprk State Board of Regents....
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    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The latest poll from the respected Siena Reaearch Institute finds that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s approval rating has dropped to 41%, his lowest rati....

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