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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Trump gets rid of Stephen Bannon, a top proponent of his neofascist agenda

Via The Washington Post: “Trump on Friday dismissed his embattled chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, an architect of his 2016 general election victory, in a major White House shake-up that follows a week of racial unrest, according to multiple administration officials.”

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When the mob of white men marched in Charlottesville carrying flaming torches Friday night shouting “Heil Trump” as the curtain-raiser for a day of violent clashes with counterprotesters that left three people dead, they showed the world that America is once again playing with fire. And Trump was the one with the match.

— The Washington Post’s Petula Dvorak: Trump lit the torches of white supremacy in Charlottesville. We must extinguish them.

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The best way to fight neo-Nazis is to… laugh?

The Seattle Times’ Danny Westneat writes: “Hate is marching in the streets. Some of the same groups that marched in Charlottesville are growing in the Northwest. A local author has argued the best thing to do to confront it all is to … show up and mock them.” The local author Westneat talked to is none other than David Neiwert, the respected creator of Orcinus and an expert on right wing extremism and eliminationists.

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Go ahead, CEOs. Criticize Trump. He can’t hurt you.

“The business advisory councils that Trump has put together are exercises in public relations,” writes Joe Nocera. “They allow Trump to be seen to be presiding over the kind of serious, successful executives he never was himself. The executives attending these meetings are simply lending their prestige to a president who needs their validation.”

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Scenes from the Atlanta March and Vigil for Charlottesville: Trombone performance #NN17

Scenes from the Atlanta March and Vigil for Charlottesville: Trombone performance #NN17

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Scenes from the Atlanta March and Vigil for Charlottesville: Showing solidarity #NN17

Scenes from the Atlanta March and Vigil for Charlottesville: Showing solidarity #NN17

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Scenes from the Atlanta March and Vigil for Charlottesville: Do More Than Watch #NN17

Scenes from the Atlanta March and Vigil for Charlottesville: Do More Than Watch #NN17

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Scenes from the Atlanta March and Vigil for Charlottesville: Participants in the vigil #NN17

Scenes from the Atlanta March and Vigil for Charlottesville: Participants in the vigil #NN17

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Scenes from the Atlanta March and Vigil for Charlottesville: Arriving at the Georgia statehouse #NN17

Scenes from the Atlanta March and Vigil for Charlottesville: Arriving at the Georgia statehouse #NN17

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Scenes from the Atlanta March and Vigil for Charlottesville: Black disabled lives matter #NN17

Scenes from the Atlanta March and Vigil for Charlottesville: Black disabled lives matter #NN17

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Scenes from the Atlanta March and Vigil for Charlottesville: Make Racists Afraid Again #NN17

Scenes from the Atlanta March and Vigil for Charlottesville: Make Racists Afraid Again #NN17

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Scenes from the Atlanta March and Vigil for Charlottesville: On the way to the statehouse #NN17

Scenes from the Atlanta March and Vigil for Charlottesville: On the way to the statehouse #NN17

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Scenes from the Atlanta March and Vigil for Charlottesville: Black Lives Matter #NN17

Scenes from the Atlanta March and Vigil for Charlottesville: Black Lives Matter #NN17

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Scenes from the Atlanta March and Vigil for Charlottesville: Lining up #NN17

Scenes from the Atlanta March and Vigil for Charlottesville: Lining up #NN17

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Scenes from Netroots Nation 2017: Al Gore receives a standing ovation and thanks attendees for their support #NN17

Scenes from Netroots Nation 2017: Al Gore receives a standing ovation and thanks attendees for their support #NN17

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Scenes from Netroots Nation 2017: Mustafa Ali interviewed Al Gore for the closing plenary #NN17

Scenes from Netroots Nation 2017: Mustafa Ali interviewed Al Gore for the closing plenary #NN17

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Scenes from Netroots Nation 2017: Visualization of Al Gore’s interview #NN17

Scenes from Netroots Nation 2017: Visualization of Al Gore’s interview #NN17

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Scenes from Netroots Nation 2017: Al Gore reminds us that political will is a renewable resource #NN17

Scenes from Netroots Nation 2017: Al Gore reminds us that political will is a renewable resource #NN17

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Scenes from Netroots Nation 2017: Mustafa Ali interviews Al Gore #NN17

Scenes from Netroots Nation 2017: Mustafa Ali interviews Al Gore #NN17

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Scenes from Netroots Nation 2017: One of several standing ovations in honor of Saturday’s speakers

Scenes from Netroots Nation 2017: One of several standing ovations in honor of Saturday’s speakers

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Scenes from Netroots Nation 2017: Al Gore greets Dolores Huerta #NN17

Scenes from Netroots Nation 2017: Al Gore greets Dolores Huerta #NN17