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In Brief


It is important to draw the distinction between regulation of the Internet, and regulation of carriers. The FCC’s order will disallow carriers from discriminating against sources of traffic that their customers choose to access via the Internet. This is common carriage at its core, and as a carrier, I am supportive of being regulated as a common carrier by the FCC.

— CEO Dane Jasper, responding to the Federal Communications Commission’s vote adopting strong net neutrality rules for the Internet.

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New instrument readings show Earth's climate is warming

Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and U.C. Berkeley have produced the first direct evidence that human activity is giving Earth a fever, based on “extremely precise instruments” installed by the U.S. Department of Energy at two of its research facilities.

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Permanent Defense

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)

Tim Eyman’s “analysis” of initiative-related bills and amendments isn’t to be trusted

Throughout the past week and a half, Tim Eyman has been sending a flurry of emails to his followers and the media decrying proposals in the Legislature to change the initiative process, particularly Senate Joint Resolution 8201 and House Joint Resolution… (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.

  • Rick Perlstein: Why Rahm Emanuel Crashed....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Investigative reporter Rick Perlstein writes that Rahm Emanuel failed to reach the 50% plus one threshold against a crowded field because of the widespr....
  • A Charter Opened in the Chicago Suburbs ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Mike Klonsky wrote about the resistance to charters in the suburbs of Chicago. But not every suburb repelled charters, according to this reader: “....
  • Wendy Lecker: The Challenge of Learning ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Wendy Lecker, an experienced civil rights attorney in New York and Connecticut, writes here about the enormous stresses under which low-income children ....
  • North Carolina: Are Vouchers for Religio....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Conservatives are typically “strict constructionists” when it comes to the law and the Constitution. But not, apparently, in North Carolina......
  • Ohio: Anti-Testing Sentiment Growing
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The Cincinnatti Enquirer reports the growing anger against Common Core testing among parents, teachers, and superintendents. Ohio proves that opposition....
  • Portland, Oregon, Teachers Oppose Common....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Teachers in Portland, Oregon, voted in opposition to administering the Smarter Balanced Assessment. The best part of the resolution calls on the superin....
  • Michigan: An Eye-Opening Charter Scam
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Over the past few years, we have seen countless charter scams and frauds. This should not be surprising. When you deregulate a public service and give p....
  • Children in Néw Jersey Will Have 10-11 H....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Mercedes Schneider reviews what is in store for children in Néw Jersey when they take the PARCC test: “PARCC testing in New Jersey is scheduled to....
  • A Letter from the Teachers at PS 321 in ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — I received a letter from the teachers at PS 321. I have a direct connection to the school, as a member of my family is a student there. He loves school......
  • Frank Breslin Advises Students: How to R....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Frank Breslin, retired teacher of literature and languages, explains to students how to read and enjoy Shakespeare. This is the beginning of a series. H....

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