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In Brief


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).

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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.


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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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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.

  • A Reading List for Students Who Refuse t....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — This is an excellent reading list of books for children who are not taking the state tests. The books are mostly for students in grades 3-8. It was asse....
  • Jack Hassard: Governor Nathan Deal’s Ver....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Jack Hassard, professor emeritus of science education at Georgia State University, writes here about the passage of a bill in the State Senate that woul....
  • North Carolina: Legislators Throw Away T....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — There is no aspect of “reform” that has failed more decisively than virtual charter schools. They provide instruction online and receive ful....
  • Test Developer and Tutor: I Feel Sorry f....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Susan Chyn, who worked for many years in the testing industry and now tutors students for the PARCC, left the following comment after reading Russ Walsh....
  • Colorado Students Will Hold Protest Rall....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Colorado students are rallying to demand testing reform. This is THEIR issue. They have been subjected to test after test after test. They lose instruct....
  • Dad Says: Bedtime for Corporate Reform
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — T.C. Weber, a parent in Tennessee, has a hilarious post on his blog (“Dad Gone Wild”) about the end days of corporate-style reform, of which....
  • 12 Reasons to Refuse PARCC
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Activist parents and educators who belong to SaveOurSchoolsNJ helpfully assembled a dozen reasons to refuse the Common Core PARCC test.     ......
  • MUST-READ! Chicago Principal Writes Scat....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Troy LaRaviere is a champion of children and a champion of public education. He is the principal of Blaine Elementary School in Chicago and president of....
  • Julian Vasquez Heilig: Deconstructing Je....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Julian Vasquez Heilig, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at California State University in Sacramento, here assembles the statistic....
  • Christine Langhoff: 15 Years of Disruption
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Reader Christine Langhoff says it is amazing that teachers and students have persevered. One big event that is missing from her catalogue of catastrophe....

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