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In Brief

Quotation

If Senator Hoeven wants to play more hostage politics with the Keystone pipeline that simply revives the two big failures of their disastrous first two months. If they want to go that way, the politician in me says, ‘please.’

— Sheldon Whitehouse predicting Republican attempts to force President Obama to allow TransCanada to build Keystone XL will fail (via The Hill).

# Permalink (Thursday, March 5, 2015)

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NATO says Russian soldiers are 'dying in large numbers' in Ukraine

NATO says Russian soldiers are ‘dying in large numbers’ in Ukraine

A top leader for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization says Russia is increasingly having difficulty concealing that its forces are present in Ukraine, assisting, arming, training, and fighting with the rebels, with losses mounting.

 

# Permalink (Thursday, March 5, 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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  • Women and the post-crisis labour market
    (Policy Network) — How do we solve the ongoing problem of Labour market inequalities between men and women?
  • Britain's political economy and the 2015....
    (Policy Network) — Discussion of inclusive growth and wealth creation policies that should be at the front of party manifestos
  • Mission-oriented finance for innovation
    (Policy Network) — This event will mark the launch of a new publication, Mission-Oriented Finance for Innovation: New Ideas for Investment-Led Growth
  • Mapping State Funding Cuts for Higher Ed....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — Public colleges and universities have experienced major cuts in state funding since the Great Recession — something state lawmakers should consider as t....
  • States Reaping Consequences of Tax Decis....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — In Minnesota, which raised income taxes on wealthy residents two years ago, revenues are surging beyond expectations, according to the state’s latest fo....
  • Krugman Nails It on NAIRU
    (Beat the Press) — I generally agree with Paul Krugman in his arguments on macro policy, but sometimes it is worth emphasizing a point of agreement. Krugman really nails t....
  • Today’s Jobs Report in Pictures
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — Today’s solid jobs report shows that private employers have added jobs every month for five straight years. Unemployment has dropped sharply, though it ....
  • The Comedy and Tragedy of the Port Mann ....
    (Sightline Daily) — The comedians in the Port Mann Bridge forecasting department are at it again: despite a 29 percent decline in traffic volumes on the Port Mann bridge be....
  • Weekend Reading 3/6/15
    (Sightline Daily) — Kristin Futurist Vivek Wadwha has good news : within two decades we will have almost unlimited energy, food, water, and healthcare. The bad news is: the....
  • The Comedy and Tragedy of the Port Mann ....
    (Sightline Daily) — The comedians in the Port Mann Bridge forecasting department are at it again: despite a 29 percent decline in traffic volumes on the Port Mann bridge be....
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.

  • Ohio: Superintendent Says “Enough Is Eno....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — I am pleased to add Superintendent Greg Power to the honor roll. He spoke up to those in power in Ohio, bluntly castigating them for the “assessme....
  • Sara Stevenson: Why Do Texas Politicians....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — A few days ago, I posted about a proposal by powerful Republicans to “reform” public education with a grab-bag of failed policies that punis....
  • Seattle’s Policy on Opting Out: Not So S....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — From a reader in Seattle:     Here’s what they’re saying in Seattle.     ________ I have read and understand that:    This ref....
  • Jeff Bryant: Charter Frauds and Scams Mu....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — At some point, the Wall Street money behind the charter movement will not be sufficient to cover up the escalating number of frauds and scams reported a....
  • Steven Rasmussen: The SBAC Common Core T....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Steven Rasmussen is a mathematics educator and co-founder of Key Curriculum Press. He studied the mathematics tests of the Smarter Balanced Assessment C....
  • Las Vegas: What Happens When Reform Is N....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — In an article published in 2013, journalist Launce Rake comments on the departure from Nevada of two “reformers.” He takes the opportunity t....
  • Denisha Jones: Beware the Education “Ref....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Denish Jones is a contributor to EmPower magazine. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University. She has taught kindergarten,....
  • Vicki Cobb: More Good Reading for Studen....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Yesterday I posted a reading list for students who were not taking the Common core tests; it was created by New York State Allies for Public Education, ....
  • Read With Care: Washington Post Editoria....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — I say read with care, because if you are fed up with Rahm Emanuel’s attacks on public education and unions, you may need to have a barf bag nearby....
  • Wow!! 18 Million Page Views!
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Overnight, the blog reached 18 million page views. The last time it hit the million mark was January 28, when it hit 17 million. I had no idea when I st....

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