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As Australia burns, its right wing prime minister Scott Morrison refuses to act on climate

“I really don’t see how this governmental attack on genuine concerns, coupled with a lack of action on both emissions and adaptation policies, can stand for much longer — especially in the face of increasing disasters and emergencies,” David Schlosberg, director of the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney, told The New York Times.

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Last year at Attorney General Bob Ferguson's annual luncheon: A true American hero, Khizr Khan, praises Washington State's defense of the United States Constitution and rule of law

Last year at Attorney General Bob Ferguson's annual luncheon: A true American hero, Khizr Khan, praises Washington State's defense of the United States Constitution and rule of law

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Happy Thanksgiving 2019 from NPI!

Happy Thanksgiving 2019 from NPI!

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The scene in Judge Marshall Ferguson's courtroom as attorneys for the state and local governments argue the constitutionality (or lack thereof!) of Tim Eyman's Initiative 976

The scene in Judge Marshall Ferguson's courtroom as attorneys for the state and local governments argue the constitutionality (or lack thereof!) of Tim Eyman's Initiative 976

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Watch highlights from the seventh episode of SNL’s forty-fifth season, hosted by alum Will Ferrell, with King Princess as the musical guest.

Clocking in at twelve minutes, our first highlight is one of the longest Saturday Night Live sketches in the history of the show. It features Melissa Villaseñor as Rachel Maddow, Rachel Dratch as Amy Klobuchar, Woody Harrelson as Joe Biden, Will Ferrell as Tom Steyer, Maya Rudolph as Kamala Harris, Larry David as Bernie Sanders, Chris Redd as Cory Booker, Bowen Yang as Andrew Yang, Kate McKinnon as Elizabeth Warren, Cecily Strong as Tulsi Gabbard, Fred Armisen as Michael Bloomberg, and Colin Jost as Pete Buttigieg. Yep, all in one sketch.

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Scenes from the 2019 Sounders' championship parade: Let the march to Seattle Center begin

Scenes from the 2019 Sounders' championship parade: Let the march to Seattle Center begin

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Scenes from the 2019 Sounders' championship parade: Stefan Frei raises the Philip Anschutz Trophy

Scenes from the 2019 Sounders' championship parade: Stefan Frei raises the Philip Anschutz Trophy

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Scenes from the 2019 Sounders' championship parade: The Space Needle flies the team flag

Scenes from the 2019 Sounders' championship parade: The Space Needle flies the team flag

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Watch highlights from the seventh episode of SNL’s forty-fifth season, hosted by Harry Styles, who also performed as the musical guest.

The cold open: The Trump impeachment hearings get the soap opera treatment they need to keep the American people paying attention.

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Scenes from the 2019 Sounders' championship parade: Preparing to hoist the trophy

Scenes from the 2019 Sounders' championship parade: Preparing to hoist the trophy

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The Initiative 976 Impact Map on tour in Redmond. Vote NO on I-976 by Tuesday, November 5th at 8 PM!

The Initiative 976 Impact Map on tour in Redmond. Vote NO on I-976 by Tuesday, November 5th at 8 PM!

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Lynn Allen Award honoree Estela Ortega speaks in support of Initiative 1000/Referendum 88

Lynn Allen Award honoree Estela Ortega speaks in support of Initiative 1000/Referendum 88

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Volunteers for the Washington Fairness Coalition get ready to knock on doors urging an Approved vote on I-1000/R-88

Volunteers for the Washington Fairness Coalition get ready to knock on doors urging an Approved vote on I-1000/R-88

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Watch highlights from the sixth episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-fifth season, hosted by Kristen Stewart, with musical guest Coldplay:

The cold open, not mocking Trump or regime for a change: Senator Elizabeth Warren (Kate McKinnon) attends an Iowa town hall where she takes questions about her run for president and defends her Medicare for All plan.

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Washington Fairness Coalition manager Cherika Carter speaks at a Get Out The Vote rally in Seattle, urging an Approved vote on I-1000/R-88

Washington Fairness Coalition manager Cherika Carter speaks at a Get Out The Vote rally in Seattle, urging an Approved vote on I-1000/R-88

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Working to help voters understand how Tim Eyman's Initiative 976 endangers our mobility! Vote NO on I-976 by November 5th at 8 PM!

Working to help voters understand how Tim Eyman's Initiative 976 endangers our mobility! Vote NO on I-976 by November 5th at 8 PM!

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Two incredible women leaders: Speaker-designate Laurie Jinkins of the Washington State House of Representatives and Chair Tina Podlodowski of the Washington State Democratic Party

Two incredible women leaders: Speaker-designate Laurie Jinkins of the Washington State House of Representatives and Chair Tina Podlodowski of the Washington State Democratic Party

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Lousy traffic has a way of turning even the most level headed people into zombies... and it's only going to get worse if Tim Eyman's I-976 goes through. Vote NO on I-976 by Tuesday, November 5th!

Lousy traffic has a way of turning even the most level headed people into zombies… and it's only going to get worse if Tim Eyman's I-976 goes through. Vote NO on I-976 by Tuesday, November 5th!

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When progressives propose new or expanded social programs, they face intense media scrutiny bordering on harassment over how they intend to pay for these programs. Republicans proposing tax cuts don’t face anything like the same scrutiny; they are seemingly able to get away with blithe assertions that tax cuts will pay for themselves by boosting economic growth, even though every single piece of evidence we have says that this is nonsense.

— Paul Krugman brings the truth in a New York Times column about the IOKIYAR principle (Debt, doomsayers and double standards)

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Watch highlights from the fourth episode of SNL’s forty-fifth season, hosted by Chance The Rapper, who also performed as the musical guest.

The cold open: Donald Trump holds a rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico and brings some of who he thinks are his loyal supporters, political allies and friends (Darrell Hammond, Fred Armisen, Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, Mikey Day, Aidy Bryant, Beck Bennett, Pete Davidson, Alex Moffat) to the stage.

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An October sunset

An October sunset