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“Where’s my Cruz jersey!?”

A Lookout Landing commenter’s ode to Nelson Cruz, following the Mariners’ improbable 11-10 win over the Texas Rangers earlier today. Cruz had two home runs and batted in the game’s winning run with a single in the bottom of the ninth.

# Permalink (Sunday, April 19, 2015)

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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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Washington State Democratic Party joins coalition opposing Tim Eyman’s I-1366

Some very good news to share: This weekend in Pasco, the Washington State Democratic Party took a position strongly opposing Tim Eyman’s I-1366, following in the footsteps of the King County Democrats and several local Democratic organizations. A re… (read more)

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)

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    (Beat the Press) — Did someone in Japan call the Washington Post's news reporting "crappy?" Usually newspapers refrain from name-calling, especially in the news section, b....
  • How Did the Washington Post Decide Japan....
    (Beat the Press) — Did someone in Japan call the Washington Post's news reporting "crappy?" Usually newspapers refrain from name-calling, especially in the news section, b....
  • Immigration Reform Would Net States More....
    (Tax Justice Blog) — An ITEP report released today found that the 11.4 million undocumented immigrants living in the US contribute significantly to state and local taxes - t....
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    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — As members of the House and Senate tasked with resolving differences between the Senate and House budget plans prepare to meet today, they’ll discuss pl....
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    (Tax Justice Blog) — Pennsylvania lawmakers release property tax cut plan as alternative to Gov. Wolf's proposal; Ohio lawmakers like Gov. Kasich's income tax cuts but won't....
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    (CEPR Feed) — Dean Baker Truthout, April 20, 2015 View article at original source. In the week since Secretary Clinton announced she is entering the presidential race....
  • Seattle Candidates, meet Democracy Vouchers
    (Sightline Daily) — Would you run for office, if you didn’t have to raise big money from one percenters to do it? The Honest Elections Seattle Initiative is a pioneering lo....
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    (Beat the Press) — The Washington Post has established itself over many decades as a major mouthpiece of elite opinion. Its editorial pages argue strongly for the interest....
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    (Economic Policy Institute » ....) — The U.S. trade deficit in its top 30 export industries is a consequence of its toleration of massive currency manipulation over many years by China, Jap....
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.

  • The New York Times Misses the Story: Opt....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — In a story published in the New York Times, Kate Taylor and Motoko Rich describe test refusal as an effort by teachers’ unions to reassert their r....
  • New York State Education Department Issu....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — In the midst of a story about a teacher who walked 150 miles to deliver a letter to Governor Cuomo, there was mention of a statement about the opt outs ....
  • NYC Parents: Meet and Join the Opt Out M....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — PRESS ALERT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Liz Rosenberg 917-697-1319 liz@girlray.com Parents from Schools Across the City Stand Together: Announc....
  • How the For-Profit Education Industry Av....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — In response to a post about the predatory for-profit higher education industry, reader Chiara sent the following comment to remind us of how the for-pro....
  • David Berliner Speaks Out About the Teac....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Gene V. Glass posted the following words by David Berliner on his blog, Education in Two Worlds: When a profession as large and necessary to society as ....
  • CNN: Excellent Reporting on Opt Out Move....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — CNN ran an excellent segment about the burgeoning opt out movement. It is especially strong in New York, but it is rapidly spreading across the country ....
  • School Board in Springfield, Oregon, Mul....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The school board of Springfield, Oreegon, may propose a moratorium on the Smarter Balanced Assessment. In other words, the whole district may opt out. S....
  • How the New Flexible Economy is Making W....
    (Robert Reich) — These days it’s not unusual for someone on the way to work to receive a text message from her....
  • Michigan: What Is Paul Pastorek Telling ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Paul Pastorek, former state superintendent of schools in Louisiana, has been advising Michigan Governor Rick Snyder since June 2014, less than a year. P....
  • Pelto: Connecticut Chooses a Reformy Sta....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Jonathan Pelto reacts with dismay to the new state superintendent in Connecticut. Diana R. Wentzell has been interim commissioner since Stefan Pryor dep....

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