Offering asides, recommended links, blogworthy quotations, and more, In Brief is the Northwest Progressive Institute's microblog of world, national, and local politics.

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Jon Stewart Takes Over Colbert’s Late Show Desk (via CBS)

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Sunrise at Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains

Sunrise at Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains

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I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is… I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.

— Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter of The Art of the Deal, Donald Trump’s bestselling book, which Schwartz says “is a work of fiction”. (The New Yorker)

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The Gateway Arch: As wide as it is tall

The Gateway Arch: As wide as it is tall

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Ryan Harvey performs at the closing party for Netroots Nation 2016, sponsored by Amnesty International #NN16

Ryan Harvey performs at the closing party for Netroots Nation 2016, sponsored by Amnesty International #NN16

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Steve Phillips, author of Brown is the New White, speaking at Netroots Nation 2016's closing plenary session

Steve Phillips, author of Brown is the New White, speaking at Netroots Nation 2016's closing plenary session

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U.S. Representative Keith Ellison calls for progressive endurance to lift up people all over America #NN16

U.S. Representative Keith Ellison calls for progressive endurance to lift up people all over America #NN16

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HandsUpUnited protest at Netroots Nation 2016 #NN16

HandsUpUnited protest at Netroots Nation 2016 #NN16

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Not a road sign, but certainly meant to look like one!

Not a road sign, but certainly meant to look like one!

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Not your wedge issue: Laura Jimenez, Pamela Merritt, Jan Schakowsky, Aimee Thorne-Thompson, and Lizz Winstead discuss the state reproductive rights #NN16

Not your wedge issue: Laura Jimenez, Pamela Merritt, Jan Schakowsky, Aimee Thorne-Thompson, and Lizz Winstead discuss the state reproductive rights #NN16

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Meet the new Librarian of Congress: Patriot Act opponent Carla Hayden

This is a big win:

The longtime leader of Baltimore’s public library system was confirmed by the [United States] Senate on Wednesday to head the Library of Congress despite concerns from some conservative lawmakers about her past position on a law intended to limit children’s access to pornography at schools and libraries.

Carla D. Hayden, the CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library since 1993, will become the first woman and the first African-American to oversee the nation’s largest library. Hayden was nominated by President Barack Obama in February and was confirmed by the Senate on a 7418 vote.

Hayden has also served as the president of the American Library Association (ALA) during the last year of George W. Bush’s first term.

Wikipedia notes, “During her presidency, she was the leading voice of the ALA in speaking out against the newly passed United States Patriot Act.”

“This is truly a great honor to be nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to lead the nation’s library, the Library of Congress,” Dr. Hayden said in a statement. “It has been my privilege to serve the citizens of Baltimore for 23 years and help restore the Enoch Pratt Free Library as a world-renowned institution. I look forward to working with the dedicated staff of the Library of Congress. I will be honored to build on the legacy and accomplishments of my predecessors in this position, to be part of a continuing movement to open the treasure chest that is the Library of Congress even further and to make it a place that can be found and used by everyone.”

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Legendary rapper Warren G performs at Netroots Nation 2016 #NN16

Legendary rapper Warren G performs at Netroots Nation 2016 #NN16

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Darcy Burner speaks at a reception for candidates at Netroots Nation 2016 #NN16 16

Darcy Burner speaks at a reception for candidates at Netroots Nation 2016 #NN16 16

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Democratic congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout speaks at a reception at Netroots Nation #NN16

Democratic congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout speaks at a reception at Netroots Nation #NN16

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Autumn Marie speaks during Netroots Nation's Digital CultureSHIFT panel #NN16

Autumn Marie speaks during Netroots Nation's Digital CultureSHIFT panel #NN16

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Jacqui Patterson, Anthony Rogers-Wright, Tom Steyer, and Michelle Romero discuss climate justice strategies #NN16

Jacqui Patterson, Anthony Rogers-Wright, Tom Steyer, and Michelle Romero discuss climate justice strategies #NN16

Recommended Link

Bernie Sanders to launch two new organizations: The Sanders Institute and Our Revolution

Bernie Sanders has given USAToday a preview of his future plans, saying that he plans to launch an organization called The Sanders Institute to raise awareness of structural problems like money in politics, and another called Our Revolution to recruit, train, and fund progressive campaigns.

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This way to the Arch! The City of St. Louis is serious about helping people find their way around

This way to the Arch! The City of St. Louis is serious about helping people find their way around

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Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and NextGen's Tom Steyer discuss keeping fossil fuels in the ground at Netroots Nation 2016

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and NextGen's Tom Steyer discuss keeping fossil fuels in the ground at Netroots Nation 2016

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U.S Representative Alan Grayson addresses Netroots Nation #NN16

U.S Representative Alan Grayson addresses Netroots Nation #NN16

Quotation

Racism is racial prejudice plus power. Racism is the intentional or unintentional use of power to isolate, separate and exploit others. This use of power is based on a belief in superior racial origin, identity or supposed racial characteristics. Racism confers certain privileges on and defends the dominant group, which in turn sustains and perpetuates racism. Both consciously and unconsciously, racism is enforced and maintained by the legal, cultural, religious, educational, economic. political and military institutions of societies.

— Excerpt from the National Council of Churches’ 1984 policy statement on racial justice, quoted at Netroots Nation 2016.