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In Brief

Quotation

My friends, the disciples began their Pentecost huddled in fear, and that may be true for us, too. But the same Spirit that set the disciples of Jesus on fire, and Oscar Romero, too, is alive in us -– maybe a little dormant, but alive. There is only one thing in the way: fear. May God’s Spirit and the transforming power of the Eucharist we now celebrate and receive, consume our fears, fire us up, and truly set us free!

— Closing words from Father Michael G. Ryan’s Pentecost homily.

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Recommended Link

A win for progressives in Philadelphia

This week, a mayoral primary in Pennsylvania’s largest city pitted a progressive against a corporate Democrat. The progressive won—a result that illuminates the party’s growing internal divide. Molly Ball explains.

# Permalink (Sunday, May 24, 2015)

Permanent Defense

Eyman’s I-1366 aims to lock in Washington’s broken tax code… permanently

With Washington State’s regular legislative session now disappearing into the rearview mirror, initiative promoter Tim Eyman has once again turned his attention to aggressively hawking his latest and most destructive scheme yet: Initiative 1366, whi… (read more)

Anatomy of a Tim Eyman email: Sound bites based on lies, fudged numbers, and missing context

Yesterday morning, Tim Eyman sent out another one of his misinformation-laden missives, ending, as always, with an exhortation to send money to his campaign coffers. On occasion, we fisk and debunk Eyman’s emails to demonstrate that Eyman is not a r… (read more)

Washington State Democratic Party joins coalition opposing Tim Eyman’s I-1366

Some very good news to share: This weekend in Pasco, the Washington State Democratic Party took a position strongly opposing Tim Eyman’s I-1366, following in the footsteps of the King County Democrats and several local Democratic organizations. A re… (read more)

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    (Policy Network) — This breakfast seminar will assess how the EU’s proposed 'Capital Markets Union' can help finance growth and innovative SMEs across Europe
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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.

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    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — This is a wonderful video about teaching the Gettysburg Address. Forget close reading. Follow the students at the Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont, a....
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    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — David Bloomfield, professor of educational leadership, law, and policy at CUNY Graduate Center and Brooklyn College, examines what he calls “the m....
  • A Poem for Memorial Day
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The Blue And The Gray Francis Miles Finch (1827-1907)     By the flow of the inland river, Whence the fleets of iron have fled, Where the blad....
  • Teacher: The Great Denver Testing Hoax
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — A teacher in Denver heard the Denver superintendent Tom Boasberg claim that there was too much testing, and she delivered this statement to a recent mee....
  • George Schmidt on the Meaning of Memoria....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — George N. Schmidt reminds us of the meaning of Memorial Day: Every Memorial Day and Veterans Day I would give my students the same assignment throughout....
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    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — My friend Larry Lee in Alabama told me to check out Mr. Brandon’s blog. Mr. Brandon drives a school bus, and he reports on his conversations with ....
  • Please Do Not Say “Happy Memorial Day”
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Since I started circumambulating this morning, several people have wished me a “happy Memorial Day.” Shudder. Memorial Day is a day to remem....
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    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Audrey Amrein-Beardsley writes about a veteran teacher who refused to bow to the Great Data God. Lisa Elliott is a champion of public education. She say....
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    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Given the demonstrated failure of voucher schools and charter schools in Milwaukee to outperform the public schools, you might expect that the Legislatu....
  • A Mom Corrects the Néw York Times about ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Recently the Néw York Times ran a front-page article about the growth of the Opt Out movement and how it was becoming a powerful political force in Néw ....

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