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Category Archives: National Defense

VICTORY! U.S. House passes Suzan DelBene’s National Landslide Preparedness Act

Excerpt: The bill would advance our understanding of the geology behind landslides and make funds available for emergency preparedness programs pertaining to landslides.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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At Everett Library, crowd gathers to discuss Trump, fascism, and white supremacism

Excerpt: Read NPI's recap of yesterday's symposium on right wing extremism with investigative journalists David Neiwert and Scott North, titled The Radical Right and Its Effects on Communities.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Amtrak Cascades 501 derails onto Interstate 5 at Mounts Road; several passengers killed

Excerpt: A horrific scene is unfolding in Pierce County, where the first Amtrak Cascades train in revenue service on the new Point Defiance bypass has been wrecked.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Hurricane Irma heading for the United States; Florida will take direct, devastating hit

Excerpt: Sunshine will soon be but a memory in the Sunshine State, with the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever recorded set to roar ashore in a matter of hours. "If" is no longer a question. Irma is coming, and it's going to be bad.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Wildfire roundup for September 5th, 2017: Washington, Oregon, and Idaho are burning

Excerpt: For months, authorities across the Pacific Northwest have been warning that our region was facing an extreme wildfire risk this summer that would only be exacerbated by a lack of precipitation. As we approach the autumnal equinox, those fears have come to pass, with a series of devastating fires burning up and down the Cascade […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Hurricane Harvey’s impact worsens as rainfall continues to deluge greater Houston

Excerpt: Last week, as readers know, Hurricane Harvey roared ashore in Texas, making its first landfall at Rockport around 03:00 UTC. It is the first hurricane to make landfall in the southern United States in twelve years, ending a record stretch that began following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma in 2005. Since then, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Mitch “Filibuster” McConnell furious after Senate Democrats thwart vote on Iran

Excerpt: The shoe is on the other foot now, and it hurts: Republican efforts to stop the nuclear deal with Iran ended in failure Thursday, thwarted by unflinching Democratic support for President Obama’s landmark accord and familiar GOP infighting. With no clear strategy remaining to prevent the internationally backed deal, Republican leaders in Congress were left […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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JCPOA with Iran will increase global security: An open letter to uncommitted Democrats

Excerpt: Text of NPI's open letter to Democratic members of Congress from the Pacific Northwest who have not yet committed to support to Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Horrible tragedy unfolding in Nepal following massive quake; thousands dead and injured

Excerpt: Last night, as most of the Pacific timezone was headed to bed or snoozing away following the end of another workweek, a massive earthquake struck Nepal, including the capital of Kathmandu. Initially reported as a magnitude 7.5 tremblor by the U.S. Geological Survey, it was later revised to 7.8. The quake stuck at a depth […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Canadian authorities lock down the heart of Ottawa after shootings on Parliament Hill

Excerpt: Authorities in Canada have locked down Parliament Hill, the heart of the country’s national capital, Ottawa, after a yet-to-be-publicly-identified assailant fatally shot a soldier guarding Canada’s War Memorial, then entered Centre Block and began firing at people there before being killed by security. Fittingly, the man who took the gunman down was said to be […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Obama signs emergency declaration for Washington State to help mudslide victims

Excerpt: Good news. This just in from the White House: Today, the President declared an emergency in the State of Washington and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from flooding and mudslides beginning on March 22, 2014, and continuing. The President’s action authorizes the Department of […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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United States needs and deserves a budget that puts people – and the planet – first

Excerpt: Congress votes and the deal’s done. What does it mean? Washington’s senior U.S. Senator Patty Murray and her negotiating partner Congressman Paul Ryan have averted yet another budget crisis heading into the 2014 budget negotiations. The Senate still has to vote, but the House has, by a surprisingly large margin, gone ahead and signed off […]
Written by:Gael Tarleton
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Theft of Victoria Clipper IV demonstrates the need for stronger port security

Excerpt: Early yesterday morning, the newest high speed catamaran in the Clipper Navigation fleet, the Victoria Clipper IV, was stolen from its berth at Seattle’s Pier 69 by a registered sex offender who later told police he was trying to use the vessel to get to West Seattle. (Why he didn’t just walk or take the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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When are SSL and VPNs not secure? Why, when the NSA wants to spy on you, of course!

Excerpt: With each passing week, it is becoming increasingly clear that former NSA employee Edward Snowden’s document dump constitutes the largest and most important leak in the history of the United States of America. While Snowden remains in Russia, newspapers in the West continue to sift through the documents he leaked, using those as the basis […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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