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Garbage from Washington State’s booming pot industry clogs gutters, sewers and landfills

“Concentrated nutrients and fertilizers left over from cannabis growing operations are being dumped in public sewers and making their way past wastewater treatment plants into Puget Sound,” reports Kristen Millares Young. “And millions of pounds of weed harvest waste that could be composted are instead getting trucked to landfills.”

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The Pacific Northwest has the very last Blockbuster Video store

The BBC pays a visit to Bend, Oregon, home to the very last Blockbuster Video store. Every other Blockbuster location (even the ones that hung on for a while in Alaska) has closed, in part due to competition from Net-based services like Netflix and kiosks operated by Redbox.

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Hacking the U.S. midterms? It’s child’s play

The voting systems many states use are so insecure that children can hack them in just a few minutes, the BBC reports. North American tech reporter Dave Lee explains: “The fallibility of these systems has been of concern since 2016’s presidential election, and in some cases well before that. Each state in the U.S. is able to come up with its own system, and with budgets tight, many are relying on poorly secured databases and voting machines that run software that’s well over a decade old.”

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Leaked audio from Cathy McMorris Rodgers fundraiser catches Devin Nunes saying Rosenstein impeachment would delay Supreme Court pick

At a recent fundraiser for Cathy McMorris Rodgers that was closed to the press, embattled Congressman Devin Nunes was asked about impeaching Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Said Nunes: “The Senate would have to drop everything they’re doing … and start with impeachment on Rosenstein. And then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed… So it’s not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein. It’s a matter of, it’s a matter of timing.”

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Scenes from #NN18: Elizabeth Warren waves goodbye after concluding her remarks

Scenes from #NN18: Elizabeth Warren waves goodbye after concluding her remarks

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Scenes from #NN18: In Elizabeth Warren we trust

Scenes from #NN18: In Elizabeth Warren we trust

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Scenes from #NN18: Senator Elizabeth Warren, Netroots Nation's all time favorite speaker, appeals to every activist present to persist in the face of tremendous adversity

Scenes from #NN18: Senator Elizabeth Warren, Netroots Nation's all time favorite speaker, appeals to every activist present to persist in the face of tremendous adversity

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Scenes from #NN18: Cynthia Nixon electrified Netroots Nation with a speech about using primary challenges to prompt Democratic incumbents to adopt more progressive positions

Scenes from #NN18: Cynthia Nixon electrified Netroots Nation with a speech about using primary challenges to prompt Democratic incumbents to adopt more progressive positions

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Scenes from #NN18: Attendees listen to Amanda Terkel's interview with Governor Jay Inslee

Scenes from #NN18: Attendees listen to Amanda Terkel's interview with Governor Jay Inslee

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Scenes from #NN18: That's our Governor! Jay Inslee explains how Washington State has been charting a very different path from the government meeting in that other Washington

Scenes from #NN18: That's our Governor! Jay Inslee explains how Washington State has been charting a very different path from the government meeting in that other Washington

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Scenes from #NN18: Washington's own Governor Jay Inslee takes a question from the audience at his featured panel discussion on resisting Trump in the states

Scenes from #NN18: Washington's own Governor Jay Inslee takes a question from the audience at his featured panel discussion on resisting Trump in the states

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Scenes from #NN18: Margaret Whiteley of Giffords co-leads a training on finding progressive donors

Scenes from #NN18: Margaret Whiteley of Giffords co-leads a training on finding progressive donors

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Scenes from #NN18: The steamboat Natchez passes by the Hilton Riverside on a journey down the Mississippi

Scenes from #NN18: The steamboat Natchez passes by the Hilton Riverside on a journey down the Mississippi

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Scenes from #NN18: Chokwe Antar Lumumba, the Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, closes out the 2018 opening keynote

Scenes from #NN18: Chokwe Antar Lumumba, the Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, closes out the 2018 opening keynote

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Scenes from #NN18: Congressional candidate Gina Ortiz-Jones addresses Netroots Nation

Scenes from #NN18: Congressional candidate Gina Ortiz-Jones addresses Netroots Nation

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Scenes from #NN18: Colette Pichon Battle, Esq. eloquently describes the work being done to advance environmental and social justice in Louisiana

Scenes from #NN18: Colette Pichon Battle, Esq. eloquently describes the work being done to advance environmental and social justice in Louisiana

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Scenes from #NN18: A warm welcome from New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell

Scenes from #NN18: A warm welcome from New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell

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Scenes from #NN18: Maurice Mitchell invites everyone to imagine a country where broad prosperity is a reality instead of a dream

Scenes from #NN18: Maurice Mitchell invites everyone to imagine a country where broad prosperity is a reality instead of a dream

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Scenes from #NN18: The Rev. angel Kyodo Williams helps attendees get in a progressive state of mind for the opening keynote

Scenes from #NN18: The Rev. angel Kyodo Williams helps attendees get in a progressive state of mind for the opening keynote

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Scenes from #NN18: A spectacular Big Easy welcome was provided by this exquisite marching band

Scenes from #NN18: A spectacular Big Easy welcome was provided by this exquisite marching band

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Scenes from #NN18: Trends in polling were discussed at this panel on public opinion research

Scenes from #NN18: Trends in polling were discussed at this panel on public opinion research