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Category Archives: National Defense

Washington State Senate unanimously passes much needed school seismic safety grant bill

Excerpt: All forty-nine Washington State senators have voted to pass a bill that would establish a grant program to upgrade seismically vulnerable school buildings in Washington State, providing sorely needed funds to ensure our kids have safe facilities to learn in.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Big news! Meaningful school seismic safety bills have been introduced in the Legislature

Excerpt: The bills (HB 2095 and SB 5933) would create a school seismic safety grant program, backed by general obligation bonds that would need to be voter-approved in a special statewide vote to be held in November of 2022.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Read President Biden’s speech marking the anniversary of the January 6th attack

Excerpt: Access the complete transcripts of the speeches delivered by Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden at the United States Capitol on January 6th, 2022.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The two faces of Sean Hannity: Fox host privately advised Trump to go back to Florida while publicly attacking our democracy

Excerpt: Unbelievable as it may seem, Hannity briefly offered Trump sensible advice in closing days of his scandal-ridden presidency, according to a treasure trove of emails obtained by the House Selection Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Jaime Herrera Beutler votes to hold Steve Bannon in criminal contempt of Congress

Excerpt: Just nine Republicans were among the two hundred and twenty-nine representatives who voted to hold Bannon in contempt, and one of them was the Pacific Northwest's own Jaime Herrera Beutler.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Netroots Nation featured panel delves into the lasting effects of the January 6th, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol

Excerpt: Sarah Groh, Ted Lieu, Sarah Iddrissu, and Matthew Fuller joined Melissa Ryan for a conversation about the aftermath of the attack that Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress incited and directed against the nation's temple of democracy.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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The Taliban’s reascendance is regrettable, but there were no good options for concluding the U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan

Excerpt: We can all wish that our withdrawal had been smoother, better executed, and not so inconsiderate of the Afghans who risked so much to help us. But again, there's no such thing as a war that ends well, and all wars are messy.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Select committee on January 6th attack gets to work, hears testimony from police officers

Excerpt: Over the course of three and a half hours, four officers told their horrifying stories, describing the violence abuse they suffered at the hands of Trump's terrorist mob.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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In seeking to block a commission to probe the attack on the U.S. Capitol, top Republicans in Congress remind us their work is never done

Excerpt: The leadership of Republicans in Congress, prompted by Donald Trump, spent Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 hanging out to dry those House Republicans who want a September 11th style commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Twenty years after the Nisqually earthquake, seismic upgrades still needed across Cascadia

Excerpt: There is no question we've made some progress since the Nisqually quake traumatically reminded us that we live in a region that belongs to the Pacific Ring of Fire. Yet there is also a lot that remains to be done.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The Texas-sized politics of calamity: Disasters put a spotlight on elected officials’ negligence

Excerpt: Will the country wake up to the need for infrastructure modernization following the horrors in Texas, or will we see right-wing politicians escape responsibility and go on demonizing clean renewable energy?
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Joe Biden, Jay Inslee denounce Trump-incited terrorist attack on the United States Capitol

Excerpt: Read or watch what America's forty-sixth president and Washington's chief executive had to say about the violent insurrection of January 6th, 2021.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. Senate overrides Donald Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act

Excerpt: The 2020 incarnation of the appropriations bill that funds the United States military will become law without Donald Trump's signature after more than two-thirds of the U.S. Senate voted for its implementation.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. House overrides Donald Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act

Excerpt: “With this overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, the House has upheld our sacred Constitutional responsibility to keep our country and our people safe," said Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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