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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving 2013!

Excerpt: Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Since World War II, Americans have gathered together on the fourth Thursday of November to celebrate the year’s bounty and blessings, sharing food, friendship, and — in many houses — football. This year, the fourth Thursday of November happens to fall very late in the month, and unusually, it also coincides with […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Pope Francis denounces income inequality and greed in new apostolic exhortation

Excerpt: The Vatican today published the text of His Holiness Pope Francis’ first apostolic exhortation, written by the Holy Father over the summer, which is Francis’ first major written work as Pope. It presents Francis’ views on issues of the day, somewhat like a political party platform, and clocks in at eighty-four pages. Helpfully, the Vatican […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, World Commmunity
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President Barack Obama rolls into town for another fundraising-only visit

Excerpt: Barack Obama has landed in our Washington for his first second-term visit as President of the United States, after a flight lasting a little less than five hours from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. As with past visits to our state, the President has no public or official events scheduled, just fundraisers for the DNC […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Deal reached with Iran to limit its nuclear program; President Obama to speak shortly

Excerpt: Breaking, historic news tonight. From the New York Times: The foreign policy chief of the European Union and Iranian officials announced a landmark accord Sunday morning that would temporarily freeze Tehran’s nuclear program and lay the foundation for a more sweeping accord. After marathon talks that finally ended early Sunday morning, the United States and […]
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Are Senate Republicans – including Rodney Tom – telling top nonpartisan staff to get lost?

Excerpt: This is disturbing news. From Andrew Garber at The Seattle Times: Senate Democrats raised concerns Friday that the GOP [Republican]-led majority in [the] Senate is getting rid of top non-partisan committee staff managers. Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island, said it was her understanding there was pressure from the GOP [Republican]-led majority caucus to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Remembering President John F. Kennedy

Excerpt: Fifty years ago in Dallas, our nation lost one of its greatest presidents: Democrat John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who led America through the early 1960s. JFK, as he came to be known, was young, charismatic, and bright. He challenged Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. Senate’s Pacific Northwest delegation votes along party lines to reform the filibuster

Excerpt: As mentioned, Democrats set up a historic vote today on curbing the filibuster, which Republicans have been using to prevent the United States Senate from considering President Obama’s executive and judicial nominees. The vote was a success, with fifty Democrats and two independents backing the rules change. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid orchestrated the vote […]
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It’s done! Senate Democrats have – at long last – voted to implement filibuster reform

Excerpt: After years of talk, filibuster reform has finally become a reality. Today, the United States Senate took a huge and momentous step towards becoming a more democratic body. By a vote of fifty-two to forty-eight, senators voted to change Senate rules to abolish filibusters of executive and judicial nominations, except Supreme Court nominations. The move […]
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Sharon Nelson chosen to succeed Ed Murray as new Senate Democratic Leader

Excerpt: Senator Sharon Nelson (D-34th District, Maury Island) has been selected by her colleagues to serve as the new leader of the Washington State Senate Democrats, the caucus announced today. She succeeds Ed Murray, who, as of next Tuesday, will officially be the Mayor-elect of the City of Seattle. Nelson, sixty-two, represents West Seattle, Burien, Vashon […]
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Filibuster reform might really, actually, finally be on the verge of happening in U.S. Senate

Excerpt: Great news from Greg Sargent: With Senate Republicans blocking a third Obama nomination to the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, a senior Senate Democratic leadership aide tells me Reid is now all but certain to move to change the Senate rules by simple majority — doing away with the filibuster on executive and judicial nominations, […]
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Obama excoriates hypocritical Senate Republicans following today’s filibuster

Excerpt: Earlier today, for the third time in three weeks, Republican Mitch McConnell and his caucus refused to allow the United States Senate to proceed with considering another of President Obama’s nominees to fill one of the vacancies on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The unsuccessful vote on the […]
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Saturday elections update: Less than 15,000 ballots now remain to be processed statewide

Excerpt: We are now into the second half of November, and the number of ballots remaining to be processed by county elections officials has now dwindled to 12,578 (estimated). More than three-fourths of this number are King County ballots. King County Elections was open for business today, and released updated results this afternoon. As usual, some […]
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Friday elections update: Richard Conlin concedes to Kshama Sawant in Seattle; SeaTac Proposition 1 still ahead

Excerpt: Acknowledging that he will not be able to overcome Kshama Sawant’s incredible and sustained late momentum, incumbent Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin conceded defeat this evening in a news conference at Seattle City Hall, admitting he was “surprised and disappointed.” He was flanked by Council colleagues and supporters, including former mayoral hopeful Tim Burgess. He […]
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Thursday election update: Kshama Sawant pulls further ahead of Richard Conlin

Excerpt: Seattle City Council candidate Kshama Sawant’s momentum has sometimes slowed in the days since November 5th, but it has never stopped. Moments ago, King County Elections published new numbers that reflect the latest batch of tabulated ballots. The fresh results show that Sawant is now ahead of incumbent City Councilmember Richard Conlin by more than […]
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