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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After accepting the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special, Oscars producer Glenn Weiss courageously made the most of his time onstage to propose marriage to his girlfriend Jan Svendsen in a heartfelt, touching moment.

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Copies of "How to Democrat in the Age of Trump", a book by progressive strategist Mike Lux, await their new owners at an event co-hosted by NPI and Indivisible WA-08

Copies of "How to Democrat in the Age of Trump", a book by progressive strategist Mike Lux, await their new owners at an event co-hosted by NPI and Indivisible WA-08

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Progressive strategist and author Mike Lux engages with supporters of NPI and Indivisible WA-08 about his book "How to Democrat in the Age of Trump"

Progressive strategist and author Mike Lux engages with supporters of NPI and Indivisible WA-08 about his book "How to Democrat in the Age of Trump"

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Progressive strategist and author Mike Lux talks about his book, "How to Democrat in the Age of Trump", at a Sammamish event co-hosted by the Northwest Progressive Institute and Indivisible WA-08

Progressive strategist and author Mike Lux talks about his book, "How to Democrat in the Age of Trump", at a Sammamish event co-hosted by the Northwest Progressive Institute and Indivisible WA-08

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At a rally in Cleveland for Richard Cordray, President Obama did not mince words. “What we’ve seen is a politics that feels broken right now,” the President told cheering rallygoers. “Even the folks who won don’t seem happy. Have you noticed that? They [the Republicans] won the presidency, they won the House they won the Senate, and they’re still mad. Which is interesting.”

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Indicting Amazon, Archbishop of Canterbury slams modern capitalism as ‘reincarnation of an ancient evil’

Justin Welby, the top clergyman in the Anglican Church, recently gave a fiery speech in which he criticized the so-called “gig economy”. Welby singled out Amazon for its unethical, exploitative business practices and poor treatment of workers. The Washington Post has a good synopsis of the speech.

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Watch the complete sixteenth annual September 11th Day of Remembrance ceremonies in New York., including the reading of the names of the victims.

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Today, President Barack Obama received the Paul H. Douglas Award for ethics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his acceptance speech, President Obama returned to the political arena, blasting Donald Trump and the Republicans for their toxic politics of division.
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Labor Day 2018: Activists, workers, elected officials, and labor leaders celebrate the holiday with a cookout and speaking program at Burien's Town Square

Labor Day 2018: Activists, workers, elected officials, and labor leaders celebrate the holiday with a cookout and speaking program at Burien's Town Square

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Labor Day 2018: U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene recognizes State Senator Manka Dhingra for flipping the majority in 2017 and enabling progressive outcomes in the 2018 legislative session

Labor Day 2018: U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene recognizes State Senator Manka Dhingra for flipping the majority in 2017 and enabling progressive outcomes in the 2018 legislative session

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Labor Day 2018: Members of the Burien City Council address the MLK Labor Council's 2018 picnic

Labor Day 2018: Members of the Burien City Council address the MLK Labor Council's 2018 picnic

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We’re in crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.

— Retired Marine General and current Trump chief of staff John Kelly, speaking to colleagues at a small meeting at the White House, according to accounts reported in Bob Woodward’s new book Fear (via The New York Times)

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Scenes from NPI's Fifteenth Anniversary Picnic: Issaquah School Board Member Lisa Callan emphasizes the importance of sound data for making sound decisions (Photo: Lincoln Potter/Samaya LLC for NPI)

Scenes from NPI's Fifteenth Anniversary Picnic: Issaquah School Board Member Lisa Callan emphasizes the importance of sound data for making sound decisions (Photo: Lincoln Potter/Samaya LLC for NPI)

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Scenes from NPI's Fifteenth Anniversary Picnic: Issaquah City Councilmember Bill Ramos talks about his experiences on the campaign trail (Photo: Lincoln Potter/Samaya LLC for NPI)

Scenes from NPI's Fifteenth Anniversary Picnic: Issaquah City Councilmember Bill Ramos talks about his experiences on the campaign trail (Photo: Lincoln Potter/Samaya LLC for NPI)

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Scenes from NPI's Fifteenth Anniversary Picnic: State Senator Patty Kuderer reflects on the value of NPI's essential research and advocacy

Scenes from NPI's Fifteenth Anniversary Picnic: State Senator Patty Kuderer reflects on the value of NPI's essential research and advocacy

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Scenes from NPI's Fifteenth Anniversary Picnic: President Rick Hegdahl and boardmember Keitha Bryson with the tres leches cake, handcrafted for NPI by the Salvadorean Bakery

Scenes from NPI's Fifteenth Anniversary Picnic: President Rick Hegdahl and boardmember Keitha Bryson with the tres leches cake, handcrafted for NPI by the Salvadorean Bakery

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A year ago it seemed possible that there might be limits to the party’s complicity, that there would come a point where at least a few representatives or senators would say, no more. Now it’s clear that there are no limits: They’ll do whatever it takes to defend Trump and consolidate power.

— Paul Krugman, reflecting that American democracy is on a knife’s edge (Commentary: Why it can happen here, via The New York Times)

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Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the founding of the Northwest Progressive Institute! Our thanks to everyone who has donated their time, talent, and treasure to support NPI's work over the past decade and a half. It's because of you that we've reached this milestone.

Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the founding of the Northwest Progressive Institute! Our thanks to everyone who has donated their time, talent, and treasure to support NPI's work over the past decade and a half. It's because of you that we've reached this milestone.

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Amazon isn’t paying its electric bills… but you might be

Ain’t corporate welfare great? Bloomberg explains how the company’s rate discounts have pushed up utility costs for everyone else.

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Join us a week from today for our Fifteenth Anniversary Picnic at Redmond's Perrigo Park! Our featured speakers will be Dr. Kim Schrier and State Senator Patty Kuderer. RSVP at https://npi.li/picnic/ (Photo: Lincoln Potter/Samaya LLC for NPI)

Join us a week from today for our Fifteenth Anniversary Picnic at Redmond's Perrigo Park! Our featured speakers will be Dr. Kim Schrier and State Senator Patty Kuderer. RSVP at https://npi.li/picnic/ (Photo: Lincoln Potter/Samaya LLC for NPI)

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Obama campaign used security keys during both elections to prevent hacks

“President Obama’s campaigns used Yubikeys, which are security keys for protecting logins, during both the 2008 and 2012 elections as a defense against hackers, according to Yubico CEO and founder Stina Ehrensvärd.”