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Big Oil is about to lose control of the auto industry

A pollution-free revolution is about to shake up the automobile industry, resulting in cars that don’t burn fossil fuels, Bloomberg reports.

# Permalink (Friday, April 17, 2015)

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Is NATO losing its edge on defense?

The BBC talks to several former military leaders and security analysts who worry that the United States and NATO are wasting money on hideously expensive high-tech weapons and equipment that don’t last very long.

# Permalink (Tuesday, April 14, 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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  • Progressive politics in the new hard times
    (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
  • In Case You Missed It . . .
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — This week on Off the Charts, we focused on federal and state taxes and the safety net. On federal and state taxes, Chuck Marr explained how the House Re....
  • Americans Take Pride in Paying Taxes
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — Forget the conventional wisdom.  Americans overwhelmingly take pride in paying their taxes, recent IRS Oversight Board survey data show. Our country’s t....
  • Local Levies Can't Fund Statewide Education
    (schmudget) — By Kim Justice, Senior Budget Analyst, and Andy Nicholas, Senior Fiscal Analyst (Updated 4/17/2015) With just over a week left in the regular 2015 legis....
  • It's Tax Day! Let's Talk About Washingto....
    (schmudget) — Amid all the buzz today about federal taxes, we’d like to draw your attention to something closer to home: Washington state’s (broken) tax system. As yo....
  • It's Tax Day! Let's Talk About Washingto....
    (schmudget) — Amid all the buzz today about federal taxes, we’d like to draw your attention to something closer to home: Washington state’s (broken) tax system. As yo....
  • Undocumented Immigrants Pay Larger Share....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — Undocumented immigrants pay a larger share of their income in state and local taxes than the nation’s top earners and immigration reform would improve s....
  • What good is the “Land of Opportunity” i....
    (Washington Policy Watch) — A recent study from the Pew Research Center found that 70 percent of households face financial strains, are unable to save money and could not withstand....
  • Andrew McAfee: Immigration Reform Is Key....
    () — Our series on The Good Economy of 2040 continues with MIT’s Andrew McAfee. To build a better economy over the next 25 years, McAfee says, we’ll need a m....
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.

  • Breaking News: Controversial Former LAUS....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Despite loud protests from the district’s teachers, the school board of Burbank, California, named Matt Hill as the next superintendent of schools....
  • Breaking News: Illinois Education Associ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — According to Glen Brown, a teacher in Illinois, the Illinois Education Association endorsed the right of parents to opt their child out of state testing....
  • NSBA Applauds Senate Committee Approval ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Here is the response of the National School Boards Association to the bill approved unanimously by the Senate committee. It must now be endorsed by the ....
  • BATs Collect “Horror Stories” from ELA T....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — I promise not to post any test passages, but the BATs don’t.   Here, they have gathered comments from teachers about the test questions. Some....
  • Peter Greene: DFER Says Kids Must Take t....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Peter Greene–who seems to read everything–saw an opinion piece in USA Today written by an employee of the Wall Street hedge-fund managers......
  • Elizabeth Warren's Comprehensive Wall St....
    (Mike Lux) — Warren's series of proposed reforms would be a major and much needed boost to an economy still held down by the Wall Street abuses that brought on the c....
  • Elizabeth Warren's Comprehensive Wall St....
    (Mike Lux) — Elizabeth Warren has given her fair share of great speeches, and has written some outstanding legislation on reforming....
  • Tim Slekar: Opt Out Hits a Nerve
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Tim Slekar, dean of education at Edgewood College in Wisconsin, recognizes that the Néw York opt out has national implications. He links to a dismissive....
  • NY State Releases Junk Science Ratings
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — New York State education officials released data showing that the top-rated teachers, based on student test scores, are less likely to work in schools e....
  • StudentsFirst Launches Astroturf Group t....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — AlterNet reports that StudentsFirst has found a new project. It is seeking people willing to flood social media with anti-union, anti-public school, ......

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