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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Lessons learned, the healing within the Democratic Party begins

The Democratic Party is on its way to finding its way out of the wilderness thanks to a willngness by elected Democrats to listen to the grassroots, writes David Atkins.

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I am not aware of any law against reviewing food and describing it using the name of the company from which it was procured. Some might even call it Nominative Fair Use. I have helpfully included a link to Wikipedia™, The Free Encyclopedia™, for more information on this concept, in case you are new. Just click on the blue words to access the HyperLink™, and you will be transported there in great haste.

— Vincent “Vino” Malone: An unfortunate misunderstanding (All of Garden — One man’s quest to eat all the pasta)

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Canvassers for Manka Dhingra with Governor Jay Inslee

Canvassers for Manka Dhingra with Governor Jay Inslee

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Governor Jay Inslee meets a Manka volunteer

Governor Jay Inslee meets a Manka volunteer

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Governor Jay Inslee rallies volunteer canvassers for Manka Dhingra

Governor Jay Inslee rallies volunteer canvassers for Manka Dhingra

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U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer with 45th LD Senate candidate Manka Dhingra (Photo: Christian Cahua/Northwest Progressive Institute)

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All the experts agreed about one other fact: Even if Trump does pardon himself, that would not shield him from impeachment hearings. And most believe if he did make a move like this, it would be both an admission of guilt and a potential constitutional crisis.

— Vox writer Sean Illing: Donald Trump is considering pardoning himself. I asked fifteen experts if that’s legal.

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“Neoliberalism” isn’t an empty epithet. It’s a real, powerful set of ideas.

“It’s hard to think of a term that causes more confusion, yet is more frequently used in political debate, than neoliberalism. It’s one thing to argue that the term should be discouraged or retired from public discussions, because it generates heat instead of light, but it is another to say that it doesn’t have any meaning or use,” writes Mike Konczal.

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To My Fellow Plutocrats: You Can Cure Trumpism

“Pay your workers a decent wage and maybe you can stave off the pitchforks that are still coming for us,” writes billionaire Nick Hanauer.

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Facebook says it shouldn’t have to stay mum when government seeks user data

“Major technology companies and civil liberties groups have joined Facebook in a closed courtroom battle over secret government access to social media records,” reports The Washington Post’s Ann Marimow.

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Sunset from Young Hill

Sunset from Young Hill

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San Juan County Park

San Juan County Park

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Sunset from San Juan County Park

Sunset from San Juan County Park

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The Iraqi Trump supporters facing deportation

The BBC: “More than 100 Iraqi Christians in Michigan are fighting deportation after being arrested in an immigration crackdown ordered by the Trump administration. Most were detained for visa violations, including past criminal convictions, that had been ignored by US officials for years, even decades. Many in the community supported Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and say they never thought they would be targeted by raids.”

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Big win for media diversity: The Chicago Sun-Times is wrenched away from a rival publisher

The Chicago Sun-Times will not fall into the hands of Tronc, the company that owns its crosstown rival, thanks an eleventh hour intervention by a group of white knight investors that includes the Chicago Federation of Labor. “When the big guy decided to eat the little guy, this group of people stood up and said, ‘No more,’” declared the group’s leader, businessman Edwin Eisendrath, at a press conference.

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The Tonight Show: “No better voice could embody Trump’s maniacal, power-hungry ranting than ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ star Andy Serkis’ famous character.”

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Summer sunsets are a seasonal delight

Summer sunsets are a seasonal delight

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If it’s what you say I love it, especially later in the summer.

— Donald Trump, Jr., responding to Rob Goldstone, an ex-British tabloid writer, who had written him a message informing him that a representative of the Russian Federation had “offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father”.

(The New York Times: Donald Trump Jr. makes the Russian connection)

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CNBC: “With the nation’s fastest-growing economy and an all-star business roster of household names and up-and-comers, Washington — the Evergreen State — soars above the competition as America’s Top State for Business in 2017.”

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We said our goodbyes at home. My dad decided it was better for my brother and my sister to not go all the way to the airport…. I don’t feel like it’s happening. And after so much fight that we went through, for it to just end like this. I mean, it’s not necessarily ending, but it is hard to see him go.

— Victoria Magana Ledesma, the eldest child of Andres Magana Ortiz, after her father left for Mexico ahead of an imminent attempt to deport him by the Trump regime. (The Washington Post: Facing deportation, Hawaii coffee farmer, father of three returns to Mexico after twenty-eight years).

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B.C.’s NDP-Green alliance: Not much room for error

“The New Democrats’ historic alliance with B.C.’s third-place Green Party is founded on the principle of ‘good faith and no surprises.’ For that to survive, both parties must put aside the personal and political differences on display during a sometimes testy election campaign as they attempt to keep the NDP minority government alive, while navigating a number of contentious policy areas that could emerge as areas of conflict,” explains The Vancouver Sun’s Mike Hager.