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Category Archives: National Defense

Senate’s bipartisan national security deal unveiled; House Republicans vow to nix it

Excerpt: It is unclear if the proposed agreement can pass in Congress' upper chamber, but even if it does, it has no future in the House, top Republicans say.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. Senate passes its version of the 2024 NDAA, with PNW Democrats split yea and nay

Excerpt: The bill, which passed 86-11, would authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2024 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ye reap what ye sow: Putin forced to quell armed uprising by one of his own henchmen

Excerpt: The Russian government has struck a deal to defuse a rebellion with the rogue tycoon founder of the mercenary Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin. Prigozhin and his fighters had seized a Russian military base and begun driving towards Moscow after becoming dissatisfied with the course of the war in Ukraine.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Joe Biden heads to Ottawa: He and Canada’s Justin Trudeau have much to talk about

Excerpt: The two leaders are expected to talk about the depth to which they should intervene in Haiti, and what to do about gangs running rampant. Biden and Trudeau are both committed to action on climate.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Biden administration reportedly now willing to send U.S. made Abrams tanks to Ukraine

Excerpt: The U.S. has already agreed to provide Strykers and Bradleys to Ukraine. The Abrams is the final frontier with respect to what the U.S. can offer in terms of armored vehicles.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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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