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In Depth: The Advocate

President Obama pledges to treat more new Americans with dignity in immigration speech

In a groundbreaking speech, Barack Obama announced this evening that he is using his authority and discretion as President to end the oppression of over five million new Americans by granting them a reprieve from the threat of deportation, provided they identify themselves to the fede… (read more)

In Brief


Filing this lawsuit amounts to institutional treason. Boehner and House Republicans should be ashamed. The rest of us can only hope that the courts rescue them by keeping to precedent and tossing this lawsuit into the garbage.

— Jonathan Bernstein: Boehner Betrays Congress (Bloomberg View)

# (Friday, November 21, 2014)


911 audio reveals DuPont plant supervisor tried to downplay magnitude of deadly leak

  • DISPATCHER: La Porte 911, what is the address of your emergency?
  • DUPONT SUPERVISOR: We have a possible Casualty 5, is what my medics are telling me.
  • DISPATCHER: How did this happen? Is it chemical related?
  • DUPONT SUPERVISOR: Uh, I am not certain.
  • DISPATCHER: Okay, sir, I need to know what's going on before I send.
  • DUPONT SUPERVISOR: They're doing a rescue right now. We have some injured people. I am not sure if chemicals are involved or not. I'm just relaying the message.
  • — Excerpt from transcript of 911 call from a DuPont supervisor to first responders in the immediate aftermath of a deadly chemical leak at a facility in Texas.

# (Thursday, November 20, 2014)

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Desperate Republicans spotted in South Dakota trying to build Keystone XL themselves

Republicans are so keen on doing TransCanda’s bidding that they have showed up in South Dakota to build the Keystone XL pipeline themselves, The Onion reports.

# (Thursday, November 20, 2014)

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Why America’s housing disaster is back and wreaking terror

The crooks who brought us the housing nightmare that crashed the U.S. economy are back and up to no good, writes David Dayen.

# (Thursday, November 20, 2014)

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Meet the charter schools proponent who says “unions get way too much blame”

Not all charter school advocates want to gut teacher tenure and unions. Activist Steve Barr has a different view, writes Elias Isquith.

# (Wednesday, November 19, 2014)


We are outraged by the lack of intergovernmental cooperation.. We are a sovereign nation and we are not being treated as such. We will close our reservation borders to Keystone XL. Authorizing Keystone XL is an act of war against our people.

— Rosebud Sioux Tribe President Cyril Scott, condemning the U.S. House’s vote to authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

# (Tuesday, November 18, 2014)


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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The Lottery 

John Oliver details how lotteries promise big returns to state legislatures but don’t deliver.

# (Saturday, November 15, 2014)

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How the U.S. Government Could End the Student Debt Crisis Today by Raúl Carrillo

YES! Magazine shows the student debt crisis has a solution, but it will take bold steps by the federal government.

# (Saturday, November 15, 2014)

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Ford, UPS, Visa, Bank of America quietly lobbying for strong net neutrality rules

Though they’ve been reluctant to say so publicly, it turns out that a quartet of Fortune 500 companies – Ford Motor, United Parcel Service, Visa, and Bank of America – have been quietly exerting their influence behind the scenes, lobbying the Federal Communications Commission for strong net neutrality rules.

# (Saturday, November 15, 2014)

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Progressive Thought

The latest analysis and policy briefs from progressive think tanks focused on both regional and national politics.

  • Contact democracy for the hyper-connecte....
    (Policy Network) — This event will look at democratic innovations and experiments in deliberative and contact democracy.
  • Laying the foundations for a Labour century
    (Policy Network) — This event will together ideas on how the centre-left can maintain its electoral appeal and remain an effective force for progress amidst the major econ....
  • Economic and social futures in Europe
    (Policy Network) — Policy Network and Solidar will hold a roundtable workshop on European social policy and the EU 2020 agenda at its mid-term.
  • Takeovers and the public interest
    (Policy Network) — This event is the second of a series on corporate governance and progressive capitalism led by Policy Network.
  • A New Labour Majority
    (Policy Network) — The aftermath of the Scottish referendum and the growing threat posed by UKIP shows that Labour can no longer rely on increasing its share of parliament....
  • CAP’s David Bergeron and Gene....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — Today, David Bergeron, Vice President for Postsecondary Education at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement....
  • In Case You Missed It…
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, the safety net, health care, and state budgets and taxes. On the federal budget....
  • Auto-Renewal Not the Best Option for Enr....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — People who bought private health insurance last year through the federally run marketplace could pay more than they should next year unless they return ....
  • PRESS CALL: CAP Experts Discuss the Pres....
    (Center for American Progress) — TO ACCESS AUDIO OF TODAY’S PRESS CALL, PLEASE CLICK HERE. Washington, D.C. — Please join experts from the Center for American Progress for a discu....
  • One Strike and You’re Out: How to Remove....
    (Center for American Progress) — Between 70 million and 100 million Americans - or as many as one in three people - have some type of criminal record. Many have only minor offenses; som....
  • Is Trouble in Ferguson a Design Failure ....
    (Center for American Progress) — The chaos in Missouri is not the fault of any single individual but rather that of its racial history and failed system of convoluted bureaucratic gover....
  • The Economic and Fiscal Benefits of Defe....
    (Center for American Progress) — The president’s announced executive actions on immigration will bring big economic benefits to the nation, raising wages for all workers, creating jobs,....
  • Social housing in Manitoba about to shrink
    (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternativ....)
Occupy Radar

Occupy Radar tracks the latest dispatches from the Occupy Movement in cities across the Pacific Northwest. We are the 99%!

  • Occupy eugene general assembly (Occupy Eugene) — Occupy Eugene continues to hold GA's at Growers Market. It is now being held 6:00 pm on the third Friday of each month. Please join us at our General A....
  • February 11th 2014 is the day we fight .... (Occupy Eugene) — Why is there a US news blackout on Edward Snowden's January 27 interview (in English) on German TV? Maybe because he accuses the US Director of Nationa....
  • Whoville granted reprieve through febru.... (Occupy Eugene) — On January 27, 2014, the Eugene City Council granted Whoville and its advocates 30 days to find a new location for the Whoville Unhoused Sanctuary. Cit....
  • System status as of jan. 9th at 11 pm pct (Occupy Tacoma) — The Occupy Tacoma / Assembly Tacoma site has been rebuilt and the temporary site at is now abandoned,  We are still experiencing DOS att....
  • System status as of jan. 7, 2014 (Occupy Tacoma) — The Occupy Tacoma website was hacked (probably after Dec. 3, 2013 and most likely during the Christmas – New Year period).  Over the last 2 weeks....
  • System status as of dec. 29, 2013 (Occupy Tacoma) — The site has been experiencing very poor performance on an intermittent basis.  We have been unable to determine the cause, but we continue to investig....
  • System status as of dec. 23 2013 (Occupy Tacoma) — The following improvements have been accomplished over the last few days: When a new idea (proposal, article, vision, whatever) is published, the ratin....
  • System status as of dec. 17th 2013 (Occupy Tacoma) — On Sunday, Dec. 15th, 2013, in respect of the Jul. 22, 2013 vote to create the On Line General Assembly, the Occupy and Assembly websites now share a c....
  • Systems status as of nov. 5, 2013 (Occupy Tacoma) — The Occupy Tacoma web site is and will probably remain the “display site” for Occupy Tacoma. But the Assembly Tacoma site is the controllin....
  • Film showing & discussion: “growthbusters” (Occupy Portland) — Occupy Portland Elder Caucus presents a provocative documentary GrowthBusters, where one man takes on City Hall, Wall Street, and The Pope as he questi....
  • The start of something new: transitioni.... (Occupy Portland) — The OPDX Info Team and the Friends of Occupy Portland (FOOP) have been in discussion over the decline in General Assembly (GA) attendance and whether i....
  • Occupy eugene launches sustaining donor.... (Occupy Eugene) — Occupy Eugene is asking for your sustained financial support to help our organizers and activists to achieve the change the 99% wants to see.
  • In time for the giving season – our bit.... (Occupy Portland) — Do you use Bitcoin? Touted as a collective, public, peer-to-peer alternative currency subverting the authority of big banks, it is gaining widespread p....
PNW Topic Hotlist

The PNW Topic Hotlist curates blog posts from local blogs based on current events. Posts categorized under the top three topics of the moment are shown below.

  • Minimum Wage
    • NPI Advocate: Tim Eyman wants $2.2 million for statewide initiative to repeal $15/hour minimum wage - Remember back in June when Tim Eyman filed a statewide initiative to prevent cities like Seattle from raising the minimum wage above the level set by state law? Several media outlets, including the Puget Sound Business Journal, erroneously assumed – and then wrongfully reported – that Eyman was already ... September 3 at 0:27 Pacific Time
    • Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza! - That Canadian Immigrant: Ted Cruz’s dad explains black peopleLiberal Viewer: Ted Cruz’s inappropriate joke after 9 year old kills instructor with Uzi.Mark Fiore: The Presidential Painsuit. Puppet Nation: ISIS Schmisis. Cheap Labor: Thom: Economic terrorism paid for by goons.James Rustad: Fight for $15: Thom: ... September 6 at 0:30 Pacific Time
    • BlueOregon: Modern-Day Labor Day: Finding the Humanity in Business - By Angelica Maduell of Portland, Oregon. Angelica is a freelance writer, marketer and political activist. The modern meaning of Labor Day is lost amongst traffic jams, crowded campgrounds, and forgetful barbecues. For most Americans, it’s simply another 3-day weekend: a day off work. For others, it’s an opportunity for ... September 5 at 12:0 Pacific Time
  • Gun Control
    • I-594’s First TV Ad Hits WA Airwaves - "Our background check law has stopped over 40,000 people in Washington State—felons, domestic abusers, you name it—from getting guns," says former Bellingham Police chief Don Pierce in the first TV ad from I-594 sponsor Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility. "But there’s a dangerous loophole in the law," Pierce ... September 5 at 12:36 Pacific Time
    • Politics Northwest: NRA sends more money to fight I-594 - As we've tallied the dollars flowing toward the pro-background check indep endent-expenditure campaign known as Washington Alliance for Gun Re sponsibility,we've been wondering where the National Rifle Association (NRA)is. The NRA started its own spending committeein Juneto oppose I-594, a measure on the November ballot that ... September 10 at 15:31 Pacific Time
  • Gay Rights
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