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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Senator Jay Rockefeller wants U.S. probe of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation

Excerpt: U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, who chairs the Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, called today for the federal government to investigate possible wrongdoing by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation (and its many subsidiaries) in the United States. Rockefeller is among the first elected leaders in the United States to weigh in on […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Media & Culture
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NWroots 2011: Tell us how we did!

Excerpt: On behalf of the NPI team and the NWroots Fellowship, I’d like to thank all of our readers and supporters who came to NWroots 2011 on Saturday. We were very pleased with how the event turned out, and grateful that so many folks were willing to give up a sunny summer Saturday to participate. If […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Rupert Murdoch’s empire in crisis following News of the World closure

Excerpt: Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World may have printed its final edition yesterday, but the fallout from the unethical and likely illegal activities of its former employees continues to swell. The phone-hacking scandal is beyond a headache for Rupert Murdoch – it’s become a crisis that is threatening his entire media empire. Here’s a roundup […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NWroots 2011 is tomorrow in Pioneer Square!

Excerpt: The big day has almost arrived! As many readers already know, tomorrow the NWroots Fellowship and NPI are holding the fourth NWroots Conference in Pioneer Square, Seattle, at Comedy Underground and Fx McRory’s. ¬†We’ve got a fantastic lineup for the event, including Roger Goodman, Jay Inslee, WSLC President Jeff Johnson, Jim McDermott, Dennis Kucinich, and […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman turns in signatures for I-1125 in Olympia; NPI and Doug MacDonald respond

Excerpt: This morning, Tim Eyman and his cohorts from Spokane, the Fagans, showed up in Olympia at the Secretary of State’s Elections Annex to deliver boxes of petitions for Eyman’s latest scheme to wreck government – Initiative 1125, which would interfere with WSDOT’s ability to successfully complete the new Evergreen Point Floating Bridge over Lake Washington […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections
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Murdochs abandon ship, announce that News of the World tabloid will shut down

Excerpt: The News of the World, the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid at the center of the phone-hacking scandal that has rocked the United Kingdom, will be shut down following the publication of this Sunday’s edition, News Corporation said today. The weekly tabloid is accused of hacking into the mobile phones of crime victims, celebrities and politicians. On […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Outrage against Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp grows as phone-hacking scandal widens

Excerpt: When we hear the word “scandal” in the same sentence as “politicians” or “celebrities”, we’re used to assuming that an elected official, actor, or sports star has done something wrong and is being subjected to a harsh media spotlight. But over in the United Kingdom, there’s a widening scandal involving politicians and celebrities in which […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Happy Fourth of July 2011!

Excerpt: Good afternoon and Happy Fourth of July 2011! Here’s a quick news roundup for our nation’s two hundred and thirty fifth birthday: Once again, speed eater Joey Chestnut has won the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, held annually at Coney Island since 1916. Chestnut managed to down sixty-four hot dogs and buns in ten […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The Declaration of Independence, two hundred and thirty-five years later

Excerpt: In accordance with tradition, we are posting the text of the Declaration of Independence here on The Advocate for your enjoyment. The Declaration was primarily authored by our third president, Thomas Jefferson, who drew heavily on the thinking of Enlightenment philosophers such as John Locke to persuasively lay out the case for the independence of […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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ExxonMobil pipeline bursts in Montana, spilling crude oil into Yellowstone River

Excerpt: As if we needed another reminder that the oil industry is a dirty industry… An ExxonMobil pipeline running under the Yellowstone River in south central Montana ruptured late Friday, spilling crude oil into the river and forcing evacuations. The pipeline burst about 10 miles west of Billings, coating parts of the Yellowstone River that run […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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Google+: Step right up if you want to help Google complete its profile of you

Excerpt: Earlier this week, Google finally took the wrappings off of the Facebook clone it has been developing, sparking a prolonged media frenzy about its efforts to catch up with Twitter and Facebook in the social networking arena. By all accounts, Google+ represents the company’s most sophisticated attempt to build a social network. It is a […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Technology
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Transcript: Van Jones urges netroots to lead the way in rebuilding the American dream

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: One of the highlights of Netroots Nation 2011 was Van Jones’ Saturday keynote addres urging the community to lead the way in rebuilding the American Dream, which repeatedly brought the convention to its feet. NPI has transcribed the speech for the benefit of progressive activists who weren’t there to hear it in person. […]
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