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In Brief

Quotation

We are horrified that something of this nature could have been taken place… It is the worst nightmare that anyone can have in our company.

— Carsten Spohr, the chief executive of Lufthansa, speaking at a news conference in Cologne, Germany (via The New York Times).

# Permalink (Thursday, March 26, 2015)

Recommended Link

Republican priorities: Cripple Medicare, spend more money waging war

Budgets are moral documents that speak to a nation’s priorities, and it’s pretty clear what Republicans want our priorities to be. They’ve enacted a budget that makes deep cuts to Medicare and Medicaid while spending money to buy jets, guns, and bombs.

# Permalink (Wednesday, March 25, 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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    (Policy Network) — Conference offering a platform for political and academic reflection on the key structural trends that are shaping politics and governance in Europe and....
  • The open society – A progressive agend....
    (Policy Network) — A seminar to discuss the long-term growth and reform agendas that centre-left governments should implement and the political challenges they face
  • Long-term benefits of breastfeeding unde....
    (Washington Policy Watch) — “Prolonged breastfeeding not only increases intelligence until at least the age of 30 years but also has an impact both at an individual and socie....
  • House, Senate Budgets Have Big Cuts in T....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — Now that the House and Senate have both passed their budget plans, here’s one more problem with them: they’d cut highway construction and other transpor....
  • Mental Health Care Is an Overlooked Need....
    () — Medicaid expansion could bring relief to 190,000 uninsured North Carolinians with mental health conditions. Advocates for Medicaid expansion in North Ca....
  • A Congressional Budget Dictionary
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — Congressional Republicans are using complicated — and likely poll-tested — language to make their budget plans’ deep spending cuts and dramatic structur....
  • Ridley’s Coal Export Collapse Continues
    (Sightline Daily) — Take a look: coal exports through the Ridley terminal in northern British Columbia are in freefall. The curious thing is that just a few years back, Rid....
  • Weekend Reading 3/27/15
    (Sightline Daily) — Anna When you can’t see the top of the Eiffel tour through the thick, gray haze, it counts as a bad smog day in Paris. Bad enough for the City of Lights....
  • Contrary to What You Read in the NYT, Ne....
    (Beat the Press) — Okay, for the 64,512th time, it is net exports that contribute to GDP, not exports. Apparently this distinction is difficult for people involved in econ....
  • Ridley’s Coal Export Collapse Continues
    (Sightline Daily) — Take a look: coal exports through the Ridley terminal in northern British Columbia are in freefall. The curious thing is that just a few years back, Rid....
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 Disaster of Free-Market Schooling in....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — A reader saw the earlier post about the ruin caused by privatization in Chile and wrote this post about Colombia:     I live and work in Colom....
  • Peter Greene: Why Seniority Matters
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Peter Greene has a problem. He is at the top of his district’s seniority ladder. His wife is at the bottom. Under seniority rules as currently wri....
  • North Carolina: Legislator Has a “Silly ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Ron Schofield of NC Policy Watch thinks that the schools would thrive if legislators gave them their annual appropriations and then left them alone. ......
  • New York City: Should Mayoral Control Co....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The issue of mayoral control of the schools in New York City is now before the State Legislature, as its authorization expires in 2016. The current form....
  • The Disaster of Free-Market Reform in Ch....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Why do we refuse to learn from successful nations? The top ten high-performing nations do not test every child every year.   Why aren’t we wi....
  • Veteran Teacher Will Resign to Protest C....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — This is one of the most powerful letters I have read. I hope Diane Sekula doesn’t quit. I hope she changes her mind and stays to fight. Veteran te....
  • More Teachers in Washington State Speak ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — This just in from teachers in Everett, WA: A RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL OF THE SMARTER BALANCED ASSESSMENT WHEREAS, the motto of Mariner High School is t....
  • University of Phoenix Loses Hundreds of ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Thanks to Valerie Strauss for reporting that the University of Phoenix is experiencing a huge enrollment decline and a consequent drop in its profitabil....
  • Salon: Why Is It Hip to Abandon Public E....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Joshua Leibner writes here about a new HBO television show called “Togetherness,” selling the idea of charter schools as the latest trend fo....
  • BREAKING: Memphis Mystery: YES Prep Is P....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Perhaps some of our readers in Memphis can explain what is going on.   YES Prep, the charter chain founded by Chris Barbic, has announced that it i....

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