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Category Archives: World Commmunity

Bill to end child marriage moves to the floor of the Washington State Senate

Excerpt: House Bill 1455, prime sponsored by State Representative Monica Stonier (D-49th District: Clark County) would require that both parties in a civil marriage must be at least eighteen years of age, putting an end to the abhorrent practice of child marriage.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Survivors stage chain-in at the Washington State Capitol to call for end to child marriage

Excerpt: The demonstration drew attention to the need to pass legislation setting a minimum age of eighteen to marry in the Evergreen State.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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VICTORY! Washington House unanimously readopts bill to end child marriage

Excerpt: On January 8th, 2023, all ninety-eight Democratic and Republican representatives cast votes in favor of State Representative Monica Stonier's legislation to set a minimum age of eighteen for both parties to legally marry, in a big win for human rights.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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80% of 2024 likely Washington voters support ending child marriage, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: 80% of 700 likely 2024 Washington State voters surveyed by Public Policy Polling for NPI in November of 2023 expressed support for enacting legislation that would require both parties to be at least eighteen years old to legally marry.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Gaza gets a reprieve with negotiated pause in fighting between Israel and Hamas

Excerpt: "The UN welcomes the release of 24 hostages held in Gaza since October 7 and renews its call for the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages," the international organization said.
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
Other Categories:National Defense, Policy Topics
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Disney sues Ron DeSantis, seeking to have retaliatory laws declared unconstitutional

Excerpt: Of DeSantis’ actions, the Disney brief declares: “This government action was patently retaliatory, patently anti-business and patently unconstitutional. But the Governor and his allies have made clear they do not care and will not stop.”
Written by:Joel Connelly
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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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Mr. Zelenskyy goes to Washington: D.C. offers a warm welcome to the President of Ukraine

Excerpt: Making his first trip abroad since the escalation of the war Putin began many years ago in an attempt to gobble up Ukrainian territory and weaken the second largest country in Europe, Zelenskyy explained in a series of appearances that Ukraine is fighting against autocracy and oppression on behalf of the entire free world and needs all of the help that it can get from allies like the United States. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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An overwhelming majority of King County voters oppose the Kroger/Albertsons merger

Excerpt: 68% of respondents surveyed for NPI by Change Research said they opposed the merger, while just 17% said they supported it. Nearly half (48%) said they were strongly opposed, while only 5% were strongly supportive.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Six factors that could impact the trajectory of Vladimir Putin’s war of aggression in Ukraine

Excerpt: What's happening in Ukraine? This October 31st update looks at six factors that could impact the trajectory of the conflict instigated by the dictator of the Russian Federation, which has claimed thousands of lives and contributed to inflation around the globe.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Elon Musk takes over Twitter after reportedly completing acquisition, begins firing people

Excerpt: The megabillionaire completed his acquisition of the social networking platform this evening after a failed attempt to back out of the deal that he struck several months ago, which prompted a lawsuit by Twitter to force him to honor the terms of the deal and buy out the shareholders.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Federal government should move swiftly to thwart Kroger/Albertsons merger

Excerpt: The Department of Justice should fight this merger -- including in court if necessary -- to uphold our antitrust laws, defend U.S. households from anticompetitive business practices, and protect the shareholders of these companies from executives' counterproductive empire-building ambitions. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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