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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NPI's Gael Tarleton speaks at a press conference to unveil new data privacy legislation on the first day of the 2020 Legislative session

NPI's Gael Tarleton speaks at a press conference to unveil new data privacy legislation on the first day of the 2020 Legislative session

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Indigenous activists call on Governor Jay Inslee to declare a climate emergency

Indigenous activists call on Governor Jay Inslee to declare a climate emergency

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Indigenous activists campaign for climate justice as the 2020 short legislative session kicks off in Olympia

Indigenous activists campaign for climate justice as the 2020 short legislative session kicks off in Olympia

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A Declare Climate Emergency banner is hoisted up the steps of Washington State's Legislative Building on the first day of the 2020 session

A Declare Climate Emergency banner is hoisted up the steps of Washington State's Legislative Building on the first day of the 2020 session

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Representatives Tina Orwall and John Lovick are sworn in as Speakers Pro Tem by Justice Mary Fairhurst

Representatives Tina Orwall and John Lovick are sworn in as Speakers Pro Tem by Justice Mary Fairhurst

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House Speaker Laurie Jinkins presides over the first House floor session of 2020, just after noon on January 13th, 2020

House Speaker Laurie Jinkins presides over the first House floor session of 2020, just after noon on January 13th, 2020

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New House Speaker Laurie Jinkins embraces retiring Justice Mary Fairhurst after taking the oath of office

New House Speaker Laurie Jinkins embraces retiring Justice Mary Fairhurst after taking the oath of office

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State Representative Frank Chopp smiles as he is recognized for his contributions to the State of Washington as Speaker of the House for two decades

State Representative Frank Chopp smiles as he is recognized for his contributions to the State of Washington as Speaker of the House for two decades

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Governor Inslee watches from the wings as Laurie Jinkins becomes Washington's Speaker of the House (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Governor Inslee watches from the wings as Laurie Jinkins becomes Washington's Speaker of the House (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

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Laurie Jinkins takes the oath to become Washington's first female Speaker of the House of Representatives (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Laurie Jinkins takes the oath to become Washington's first female Speaker of the House of Representatives (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

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A scene from New Year's At The Needle 2020, using an in-camera art filter

A scene from New Year's At The Needle 2020, using an in-camera art filter

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Happy New Year from NPI! May 2020 be the year we rescue our country from the scourge of neofascism

Happy New Year from NPI! May 2020 be the year we rescue our country from the scourge of neofascism

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Science under attack: How Trump is sidelining researchers and their work

In three years, the administration has diminished the role of science in policymaking while disrupting research projects nationwide.
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Merry Christmas from your friends at the Northwest Progressive Institute!

Merry Christmas from your friends at the Northwest Progressive Institute!

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Taking the oath: David Carson, Jessica Forsythe, Varisha Khan, and Vanessa Kritzer are sworn in as Redmond City Councilmembers

Taking the oath: David Carson, Jessica Forsythe, Varisha Khan, and Vanessa Kritzer are sworn in as Redmond City Councilmembers

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Inside Sound Transit's new Roosevelt Station: The new heavy duty "transit grade" escalators are being broken in

Inside Sound Transit's new Roosevelt Station: The new heavy duty "transit grade" escalators are being broken in

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Watch highlights from the tenth episode of SNL’s forty-fifth season, hosted by alum Eddie Murphy, with Lizzo as the musical guest.

The cold open: 2020 presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren (Kate McKinnon), Andrew Yang (Bowen Yang), Pete Buttigieg (Colin Jost), Amy Klobuchar (Rachel Dratch), Bernie Sanders (Larry David), Joe Biden (Jason Sudeikis) and Michael Bloomberg (Fred Armisen) face off in a debate.

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The traitor speaks: Jeff Van Drew pledges “undying support” for Trump as he switches parties

The New Jersey politician formally joined the Cult of Trump at a White House meeting, where he was lauded by Trump, Trump’s kids, and Mike Pence. The House Democratic caucus responded by notifying Van Drew that he is no longer welcome among them.

Quotation

Personally, I have never met anyone whose behavior can be described as perfect, but so often has the president repeated this obvious untruth that it has become a form of dogma in our party. And sure enough, as dogma demands, there are members of our party denying objective reality by repeating the line that “the president did nothing wrong.” My colleagues, the danger of an untruthful president is compounded when an equal branch follows that president off the cliff, into the abyss of unreality and untruth.

— Jeff Flake: Trump is on trial. So are my Senate Republican colleagues.

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A before and after look at Sound Transit's Roosevelt Station: The top image shows a light rail tunnel under construction as of last January; the bottom image shows that same tunnel eleven months later

A before and after look at Sound Transit's Roosevelt Station: The top image shows a light rail tunnel under construction as of last January; the bottom image shows that same tunnel eleven months later

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A before and after look at Sound Transit's Roosevelt Station: The top image shows construction on the platform as of January 2019; the bottom image shows the nearly complete station platform eleven months later

A before and after look at Sound Transit's Roosevelt Station: The top image shows construction on the platform as of January 2019; the bottom image shows the nearly complete station platform eleven months later