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Category Archives: National Defense

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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As Biden’s Cabinet takes shape, progressive groups plan for a post-Trump future

Excerpt: President-elect Joe Biden has spent the weeks since the election assembling the team that he hopes to bring with him to Washington, D.C.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Adam Smith: Trump’s “childish” firing of Mark Esper will embolden America’s adversaries

Excerpt: Members of Congress from the Pacific Northwest and beyond strongly condemned Donald Trump's dismissal of the fourth Secretary of Defense to serve in his regime, which comes weeks before he will be out of office.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Book Review: “Dawn of the Code War” looks at the modern age’s cyber battlegrounds

Excerpt: Former Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin and journalist Garrett Graff's book focuses on the new challenges posed by cyber threats to national security.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Washington, Oregon, and California unveil new alliance: Western States Pact

Excerpt: The United States' Left Coast governors have made it abundantly clear that they -- not Donald Trump -- will decide when to lift their Stay Home, Stay Healthy orders and allow businesses that are currently closed to fully reopen.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. Senate unanimously adopts gargantuan $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package

Excerpt: The legislation now goes to the United States House of Representatives for further consideration. It is backed by Donald Trump.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington’s beloved Mount Rainier National Park is inaccessible due to washed out roads

Excerpt: It isn't possible to visit Mount Rainier right now and access to the park may take weeks or even months to be restored.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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What drove Donald Trump’s decision to kill Iranian General Qasem Suleimani?

Excerpt: The death of Iran's top military strategist has already sent shock waves around the Middle East and may put American soldiers and civilians in harm's way.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Iranian-American citizens detained at the border on the orders of Donald Trump’s goons

Excerpt: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is singling out people who were born in Iran or have Iranian heritage at the border and needlessly detaining them, while publicly denying its activities.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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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