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In Brief


Launch Video

Courtesy of C-SPAN, here are President Obama’s remarks at the 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, in which he skewered himself, the Republican Party, and Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

# Permalink (Sunday, May 1, 2016)

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Six maps that will make you rethink the world

Six maps that will make you rethink the world

“We don’t often question the typical world map that hangs on the walls of classrooms — a patchwork of yellow, pink and green that separates the world into more than 200 nations. But Parag Khanna, a global strategist, says that this map is, essentially, obsolete,” writes Ana Swanson.

# Permalink (Sunday, May 1, 2016)

Permanent Defense

I-695’s devastating impact is no laughing matter

Irked by a letter to the editor published by The Herald of Everett, initiative profiteer Tim Eyman this morning sent out an email to his followers ridiculing elected representatives and civic leaders over their opposition to I-695 (on the ballot in Novemb… (read more)

Fourteen Years: Statement from the Founder

Today and throughout this month, Permanent Defense celebrates its fourteenth anniversary, marking one hundred and sixty-eight months of continuous operation. Since going live on February 15th, 2002, Permanent Defense (PD) has been a fierce defender of&nbs… (read more)

NPI thanks Senate Democrats for voting to protect Washington’s cherished tradition of majority rule

This morning, the Washington State Senate voted twenty-six to twenty-three to reject a proposed constitutional amendment (SJR 8211) to undemocratically require a two-thirds vote for passage of any bill that would raise revenue. The amendment, which itself… (read more)

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    (Center for American Progress) — While the European Union grapples with a refugee crisis and the United States leads the charge against the Islamic State, only Turkey is on the front li....
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    (Tax Justice Blog) — We all know you shouldn't leave a restaurant without paying your bill. Unfortunately, our corporate tax laws don't adhere to this principle, and allow c....
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    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — On Tuesday, May 3, at 10:00 a.m. in Norfolk, Virginia, First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe will be the keynote speaker at an eve....
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    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — Early yesterday, the House Armed Services Committee approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, that wo....
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    (Tax Justice Blog) — A new report from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates that the "tax gap," meaning the amount in taxes that are owed but go unpaid each year, wa....
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    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — Today, as part of National Reentry Week, the Obama Administration is announcing the release of a proposed rule that would “ban the bo....
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    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — Today, President Barack Obama’s administration announced a number of items to follow up on the president’s January 2016 executi....
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