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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An Amtrak Cascades train on the move (Artistic blur with Ludwig filter)

An Amtrak Cascades train on the move (Artistic blur with Ludwig filter)

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I have to start off by, I guess first congratulating all of the millionaires on the incredible gift that they are about to get. I always wondered what you get for the person who has everything, and now I know, it’s cutting benefits to young children, poor families, the infirm, the elderly.

— Dr. Ben Danielson, senior medical director at Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in Seattle (The Seattle Times: Senator Maria Cantwell vows to use ‘every tool we have’ to stop GOP health-care plan)

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Another summer sun snap (using a different solar filter)

Another summer sun snap (using a different solar filter)

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Summer sun (solar filter in use!)

Summer sun (solar filter in use!)

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Paddleboarders on Lake Washington

Paddleboarders on Lake Washington

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Twilight on the 2017 summer solsticeHappy Summer from NPI!

Twilight on the 2017 summer solsticeHappy Summer from NPI!

Quotation

The shooting is going to win this election for us.

Republican party chieftain claims shooting of Steve Scalise will lead to a victory by Karen Handel in tomorrow’s special election in Georgia.

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NPI President Rick Hegdahl thanks Al Franken for supporting the troops

NPI President Rick Hegdahl thanks Al Franken for supporting the troops

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The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Minnesota Senator Al Franken on stage at Town Hall

The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Minnesota Senator Al Franken on stage at Town Hall

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Minnesota Senator Al Franken reflects about his path to the United States Senate

Minnesota Senator Al Franken reflects about his path to the United States Senate

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A capacity crowd at Town Hall waits for Minnesota Senator Al Franken to speak about his new book Giant of the Senate

A capacity crowd at Town Hall waits for Minnesota Senator Al Franken to speak about his new book Giant of the Senate

Quotation

Within the mother lode Lamb found on the center’s website was a database containing registration records for the state’s 6.7 million voters; multiple PDFs with instructions and passwords for election workers to sign in to a central server on Election Day; and software files for the state’s ExpressPoll pollbooks — electronic devices used by pollworkers to verify that a voter is registered before allowing them to cast a ballot. There also appeared to be databases for the so-called GEMS servers. These Global Election Management Systems are used to prepare paper and electronic ballots, tabulate votes and produce summaries of vote totals.

— Politico: Will the Georgia special election get hacked?

Ars Technica has more.

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This again: Boeing plan will shift hundreds of jobs to Arizona

Seattle Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates: “Boeing plans to transfer yet another substantial work group out of the Puget Sound region, the company confirmed Wednesday. The work shifting to Mesa, Arizona, could involve hundreds of jobs.”

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Heads up: Lots of construction projects will affect Puget Sound highways this weekend

Passing along an advisory from WSDOT: “We have a busy weekend ahead of us packed with roadwork and special events. Please take a look at the map provided below to help us spread the word to travelers in our area. Our goal is to help drivers stay informed so they can give themselves plenty of extra time to reach their weekend destinations.”

Quotation

By transforming the election into a referendum on character, Team Clinton let Trump off the hook as the frontman for the extremist GOP platform.

— Matt Taibbi: Can Democrats fix the party? (Rolling Stone)

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Via news release:

The Space Needle, one of the most recognized landmarks in the world, today announced the Century Project, a multi-year venture focused on preservation and renovation of the 55-year-old icon. The renovation will update the structure’s physical systems and elevate the visitor experience by dramatically enhancing the view. Privately funded, the ambitious project will heighten the Observation Deck experience with floor-to-ceiling glass on the interior and exterior to further open up the uninhibited 360° views of the Puget Sound area. The restaurant level will be reimagined with a first-of-its-kind rotating glass floor unveiling downward views of the structure never seen before.

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New rule intended to protect West Coast whales, sea turtles gutted by Trump regime

Ridiculous, absurd, unnecessary:

The Trump administration has thrown out a new rule meant to keep endangered whales and sea turtles from getting tangled in mile-long West Coast fishing nets. The National Marine Fisheries Service announced Monday it was canceling the pending limit on the West Coast’s sword-fishing industry — even though the fishing industry itself proposed the new rule.

Emphasis is ours. In other words, Trump’s minions gutted the rule just because they could. The well-being of wildlife is no concern of theirs.

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Melissa Wingard-Phillips Taylor speaks at yesterday’s special nominating caucus in the 46th Legislative District; she was placed second on the list of nominees drawn up by precinct committee officers

Melissa Wingard-Phillips Taylor speaks at yesterday’s special nominating caucus in the 46th Legislative District; she was placed second on the list of nominees drawn up by precinct committee officers

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Javier Valdez speaks at yesterday’s special nominating caucus in the 46th Legislative District; he topped the list of three nominees drawn up by precinct committee officers

Javier Valdez speaks at yesterday’s special nominating caucus in the 46th Legislative District; he topped the list of three nominees drawn up by precinct committee officers

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New poll shows Democrat Jon Ossoff with seven point lead in Georgia race

“It is the second time that a public poll has shown Ossoff with a seven point lead over Handel, who are competing to replace HHS Secretary Tom Price in a June 20 special election for his old district in the Atlanta suburbs,” notes Politico’s Elena Schneider. “The polling average shows Ossoff ahead by two or three points.”

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46th District Democratic PCOs listen to one of the candidates vying to be selected as a successor to Jessyn Farrell in today’s special nominating caucus

46th District Democratic PCOs listen to one of the candidates vying to be selected as a successor to Jessyn Farrell in today’s special nominating caucus