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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)

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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)

Quotation

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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Russia said to be planning to launch alternative to Wikipedia

Boris Yeltsin’s presidential library has announced that it intends to develop an alternative to Wikipedia, the widely-used online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, because, in their view, Wikipedia “does not have enough detailed and reliable information about Russian regions and the life of the country.”

According to the library, their Wikipedia alternative “will allow to objectively and accurately present the country and its population, the diversity of the state, the national system of Russia. Posted materials will be constantly updated and renewed, being available to users from any Internet access point.”

The encyclopedia apparently doesn’t have a name yet. How about Министерство правды? (That’s Russian for Ministry of Truth).

# (Friday, November 14, 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.
  • More Bad News for Backers of Kansas Tax ....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — The latest projections from Kansas’ nonpartisan Legislative Research Department bring more bad news for those who hoped Kansas’ massive tax cuts would g....
  • 5 Facts to Know About President Obama’s ....
    (Center for American Progress) — Using his legal authority, President Obama brings temporary relief to millions of immigrants through executive action. The president’s move is a first s....
  • Overloaded Immigration Courts
    (Center for American Progress) — Over the past two decades, the United States has put immigration and border enforcement into overdrive, while not allocating adequate resources to the i....
  • What Happened When a Hazardous Substance....
    (Sightline Daily) — If you’ve ever wondered how an oil train derailment might go down on the shores of Puget Sound, it might look a bit like the winter night derailme....
  • Weekend Reading 11/21/14
    (Sightline Daily) — Clark A new report from Frontier Group and TransitCenter makes a provocative (and almost certainly true) point: federal tax policy subsidizes traffic co....
  • What Happened When a Hazardous Substance....
    (Sightline Daily) — If you’ve ever wondered how an oil train derailment might go down on the shores of Puget Sound, it might look a bit like the winter night derailme....
  • It Would Be Great to Have Better Critics
    (Center for American Progress) — Conservative criticism of CAP’s recent report on the middle-class squeeze is factually inaccurate.
  • CAP President Neera Tanden Re....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — Following President Barack Obama’s announcement today about his plans to take executive actions on immigration that will provid....
  • The popular centre
    (Policy Network) — In this paper, Hopi Sen warns against trying to ‘out-populist the populists’ – making promises to end austerity or reduce immigration to a trickle....
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 Tacomatest2.us 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
    • HorsesAss.org: 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
    • HorsesAss.org: 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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