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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There are so many problems with Trump. I always wanted to come to America, I love America, but not any more, not with Trump.

— Refugee Abdullahi Warsame (The Globe and Mail: Fearful of Trump policies, families risk frigid 3 AM hike from Minnesota into Canada)

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Temporary walls interspersed with driveways minimize noise pollution caused by light rail construction in downtown Bellevue while allowing crews to enter and exit the job site

Temporary walls interspersed with driveways minimize noise pollution caused by light rail construction in downtown Bellevue while allowing crews to enter and exit the job site

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Interior of the East Link construction site at Main Street and 112th Avenue NE in Bellevue

Interior of the East Link construction site at Main Street and 112th Avenue NE in Bellevue

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Atkinson Construction personnel touch base while on the job in downtown Bellevue; the firm is responsible for excavating the tunnel that will carry light rail trains underneath 110th Avenue NE

Atkinson Construction personnel touch base while on the job in downtown Bellevue; the firm is responsible for excavating the tunnel that will carry light rail trains underneath 110th Avenue NE

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Robotics are making tunneling safer: This nozzle, which is affixed to a tractor, can spray shotcrete under the command of a human operator out of harm’s way

Robotics are making tunneling safer: This nozzle, which is affixed to a tractor, can spray shotcrete under the command of a human operator out of harm’s way

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Closeup shot of the south portal of the yet-to-be-dug downtown Bellevue light rail tunnel

Closeup shot of the south portal of the yet-to-be-dug downtown Bellevue light rail tunnel

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Sound Transit staff and East Link project contractors take questions from the media

Sound Transit staff and East Link project contractors take questions from the media

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Construction site for the downtown Bellevue light rail tunnel, which will carry East Link through the center of the city

Construction site for the downtown Bellevue light rail tunnel, which will carry East Link through the center of the city

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An excavator working at the south portal of the East Link Bellevue tunnel construction site

An excavator working at the south portal of the East Link Bellevue tunnel construction site

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Spring is right around the corner, and so is NPI’s 2017 Spring Fundraising Gala. Early-bird gala tickets are now on sale — buy one here: https://www.nwprogressive.org/gala/

Spring is right around the corner, and so is NPI’s 2017 Spring Fundraising Gala. Early-bird gala tickets are now on sale — buy one here: https://www.nwprogressive.org/gala/

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Democrats must make tough, data-driven decisions about how to prioritize their work. Right now, too many are using bad math and faulty logic to push the party to chase the wrong segment of white voters.

— Steve Phillips: Move Left, Democrats (The New York Times)

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Rallygoers in Olympia

Rallygoers in Olympia

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State Representative Roger Goodman waits to be introduced at a Presidents Day lobbying orientation in Olympia

State Representative Roger Goodman waits to be introduced at a Presidents Day lobbying orientation in Olympia

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State Representative Tina Orwall speaks to progressive activists on Presidents Day 2017

State Representative Tina Orwall speaks to progressive activists on Presidents Day 2017

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From Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: “[Russia’s] Vladimir Putin is known as a ruthless leader and master manipulator. John Oliver enlists a group of singing dancers to explain that to Donald Trump.”

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Looking at this past week, one thing is clear: competition is good for consumers — at least on the surface level. When forced to operate in an actual, open market where consumers have access to multiple services and can choose between them, companies are forced to improve their services they offer. It’s a lesson that we can only hope one day trickles to wired internet as well.

, writing for the The Verge: Why every United States carrier suddenly [began offering an] unlimited plan this week

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Washington State Solicitor General Noah Purcell, nationally renowned following the litigation in State of Washington v. Trump

Washington State Solicitor General Noah Purcell, nationally renowned following the litigation in State of Washington v. Trump

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Attorney General Bob Ferguson celebrates another legal victory: a unanimous state Supreme Court ruling holding that businesses may not discriminate against LGBT couples

Attorney General Bob Ferguson celebrates another legal victory: a unanimous state Supreme Court ruling holding that businesses may not discriminate against LGBT couples

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Another glimpse of the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, host venue for Permanent Defense’s Fifteenth Anniversary Celebration

Another glimpse of the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, host venue for Permanent Defense’s Fifteenth Anniversary Celebration

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Wide angle view of some of the hydroplanes at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, host venue for Permanent Defense’s Fifteenth Anniversary Celebration

Wide angle view of some of the hydroplanes at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, host venue for Permanent Defense’s Fifteenth Anniversary Celebration

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King County Assessor John Arthur Wilson speaks at Permanent Defense’s Fifteenth Anniversary Celebration

King County Assessor John Arthur Wilson speaks at Permanent Defense’s Fifteenth Anniversary Celebration