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Category Archives: National Defense

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 Home­land […]
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 on […]
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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Inslee: We have a plan for making I‑5’s Skagit River Bridge driveable again by mid-June

Excerpt: The Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion (WSDOT) has devised a plan to make Inter­state 5 between Mount Ver­non and Burling­ton pass­able again by mid-June, Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee announced this afternoon. State bridge engi­neers have been work­ing fever­ish­ly to fig­ure out how the bridge that car­ries Inter­state 5 over the Skag­it Riv­er might be repaired. The […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Hurray for Amtrak! Third daily Cascades train between Seattle and Bellingham is coming

Excerpt: A big kudos to WSDOT, Burling­ton North­ern San­ta Fe, and Sound Tran­sit for fig­ur­ing out how to pull this new ser­vice togeth­er on short notice: To assist trav­el­ers affect­ed by yesterday’s I‑5 high­way bridge col­lapse in Skag­it Coun­ty, Amtrak Cas­cades will add one round trip route between Seat­tle and Belling­ham, Wash., in the com­ing weeks. Amtrak, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Governor Inslee: Repair of collapsed I‑5 Skagit River Bridge is estimated at $15 million

Excerpt: It’s only been six­teen hours since a sec­tion of the bridge that car­ries Inter­state 5 over the Skag­it Riv­er col­lapsed, but already the Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion (WSDOT) is work­ing on a plan to put the span back together. Experts have esti­mat­ed the cost of a bridge repair at around $15 mil­lion, accord­ing to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington’s elected leaders respond to collapse of I‑5 bridge over Skagit River

Excerpt: As the evening goes on, more and more elect­ed lead­ers are react­ing to tonight’s break­ing news out of Skag­it Coun­ty. A sec­tion of the bridge that car­ries Inter­state 5 over the Skag­it Riv­er, just north of Mount Ver­non, has col­lapsed into the water. The cause of the dis­as­ter is believed to be an over­height truck […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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BREAKING: A section of the Interstate 5 bridge over Skagit River has collapsed

Excerpt: Break­ing, huge­ly con­se­quen­tial news out of Skag­it Coun­ty tonight: A sec­tion of the Inter­state 5 bridge over the Skag­it Riv­er near Mount Ver­non has col­lapsed, accord­ing to the State Patrol and eye­wit­ness reports on Twitter. The Seat­tle Times has an even more remark­able pho­to. The struc­tur­al fail­ure occurred just before 7 PM, the State Patrol […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Monster tornado rips through Moore, Oklahoma, killing at least thirty-seven people

Excerpt: Dis­as­ter strikes again: A mas­sive tor­na­do roared through Moore and south Okla­homa City on Mon­day after­noon, grind­ing up neigh­bor­hoods and rav­aging at least one ele­men­tary school in its path. Ter­ror quick­ly spread as the Emer­gency Med­ical Ser­vices Author­i­ty rushed ambu­lances to Bri­ar­wood Ele­men­tary School in the Moore School Dis­trict and to sev­er­al homes, busi­ness­es and inter­sec­tions […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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At least two killed, dozens wounded in blasts at Boston Marathon finish line

Excerpt: Ter­ri­ble news out of the Com­mon­wealth of Mass­a­chu­setts: Two peo­ple were killed and at least 23 peo­ple were injured in two explo­sions that rocked the Boston Marathon steps away from the fin­ish line. A senior U.S. intel­li­gence offi­cial said two more explo­sive devices were found near the area, and they were being dismantled. The first blasts […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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