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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Link train at the new Angle Lake Station

Link train at the new Angle Lake Station

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Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff speaks ahead of the unveiling of the Angle Lake Station countdown clock

Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff speaks ahead of the unveiling of the Angle Lake Station countdown clock

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Plaza of the new Angle Lake Station

Plaza of the new Angle Lake Station

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Get ready for more Link service! Angle Lake Station opens September 24th, 2016

Get ready for more Link service! Angle Lake Station opens September 24th, 2016

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Fox News masquerades as defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency, and misogyny.

— Excerpt from ex-host Andrea Tantaros’ lawsuit against Fox Noise Channel and Roger Ailes for sexual harassment (via Deadline).

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If you want to write stories that might anger a billionaire, you need to work for another billionaire yourself, or for a billion-dollar corporation. The law will not protect you. There is no freedom in this world but power and money.

— Tom Scocca: Gawker Was Murdered by Gaslight

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Books for sale at NPI's Thirteenth Anniversary Picnic

Books for sale at NPI's Thirteenth Anniversary Picnic

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NPI President Robert Cruickshank speaks at NPI's Thirteenth Anniversary Picnic

NPI President Robert Cruickshank speaks at NPI's Thirteenth Anniversary Picnic

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Still, the prospect of voting for Hillary Clinton is uncomfortable to me, as if Dr. Van Helsing were compelled to vote for Dracula. But the only prospect more terrifying than voting for Hillary Clinton is not voting for her. The reality of American politics today is, she is the only choice.

— Richard J. Cross III, a former Capitol Hill and Annapolis press secretary and speechwriter who lives in Baltimore, in an op-ed for the Baltimore Sun.

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Joe Fitzgibbon rebuts Reuven Carlyle: Sound Transit’s property taxing authority does not poach education dollars

State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon has responded to Reuven Carlyle’s recent guest post for Publicola opposing Sound Transit 3, saying Carlyle outlined a “false choice” in his piece. “This does a disservice both to our region’s residents who have waited 40 years too long for a regional transit system and our state’s public school children, parents, and educators who have waited 40 years too long for full public education funding,” Fitzgibbon argues.

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Rock Against the TPP is coming to the Pacific Northwest! RSVP now

Are you ready to help defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Join progressive activists and socially conscious musicians for a free concert and rally against the disastrous TPP, which the Obama administration has vowed to send to Congress.

What is this, anyway?

Rock Against the TPP is a massive effort to sound the alarm about the toxic backroom deal that is the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Through a series of large-scale educational concert events, protests, teach-ins, and trainings, we’ll reach thousands of people who haven’t heard about the TPP yet, and ignite a movement to stop it in its tracks. The tour is a partnership between viral internet freedom nonprofit Fight for the Futureand Firebrand Records, the new freedom fighting record label co-founded by Ryan Harvey and Tom Morello.

Seattle stop details:

Showbox SoDo 1700 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA (Map)

How to Fight the TPP: Teach-In & Training hosted by Evangeline Lilly.

RSVP here, and don’t forget to share the event on Facebook!

Rock Against the TPP concert featuring Talib Kweli, Evangeline Lilly, Anti-Flag (acoustic), Downtown Boys, bell’s roar, Taina Asili, Evan Greer, and more.

All events are free, all ages, and wheelchair accessible. Contact team@fightforthefuture.org with any questions.

Portland stop details are still being finalized, but you can RSVP here if you’re an Oregonian or live in Southwest Washington. The Portland Rock Against the TPP event will happen on Saturday, August 20th.

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I liked that he was politically incorrect. But now I feel, enough already… He’s not going to win a majority of voters by sounding offensive and ridiculous.”

—  Banker Trish Grove, speaking to a reporter from the New York Times in Doylestown, which the paper calls “a bellwether suburb north of Philadelphia.”

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This Republican mayor has an incredibly simple idea to help the homeless. And it seems to be working.

The Washington Post’s Colby Itkowitz explains how Republican Mayor Richard Berry of Albuquerque has figured out a way to bring jobs to the homeless, instead of ignoring their plight or cracking down on them for asking passersby for money.

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No trying-to-be objective and fair journalist, no citizen who cares about the country and its future can ignore what Donald Trump said today. When he suggested that “The Second Amendment People” can stop Hillary Clinton he crossed a line with dangerous potential. By any objective analysis, this is a new low and unprecedented in the history of American presidential politics. This is no longer about policy, civility, decency or even temperament. This is a direct threat of violence against a political rival. It is not just against the norms of American politics, it raises a serious question of whether it is against the law. If any other citizen had said this about a Presidential candidate, would the Secret Service be investigating?

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather

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Scenes from this weekend's Boeing Air Show over Lake Washington

Scenes from this weekend's Boeing Air Show over Lake Washington

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Holding on to what makes us human

Writing for the Chronicle of Higher Education, L.D. Burnett explains why the humanities are worth teaching in a skills-obsessed university.

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Scenes from Ken Griffey Junior weekend at Safeco Field, where the Mariners retired The Kid's No. 24 #24Ever

Scenes from Ken Griffey Junior weekend at Safeco Field, where the Mariners retired The Kid's No. 24 #24Ever

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I understand that many of my supporters are disappointed by the final results of the nominating process, but being despondent and inactive is not going to improve anything. Going forward and continuing the struggle is what matters. And, in that struggle, the most immediate task we face is to defeat Donald Trump.

Bernie Sanders: I support Hillary Clinton. So should everyone who voted for me.

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Reminder: Washingtonians, get those ballots to a drop box by 8 PM tonight!

Happy Election Day, Washingtonians! Please vote by 8 PM tonight. Candidates have been working so hard to earn your vote. Only the top two get through to November — it’s a heartbreaking night for most, a thrilling night for the winners.

Please honor their willingness to serve by exercising our most sacred right, the right from which all other rights become possible.

Because when we vote, we elect the people who write the laws. We elect judges who determine whether our rights are protected or violated. Elections are about protecting our democracy where rule of law must prevail. Please vote today.

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Richard Hanna becomes first Republican member of Congress to endorse Hillary Clinton

“While I disagree with her on many issues, I will vote for Mrs. Clinton. I will be hopeful and resolute in my belief that being a good American who loves his country is far more important than parties or winning and losing. I trust she can lead. All Republicans may not like the direction, but they can live to win or lose another day with a real candidate,” Hanna declared.

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Washington’s crowded contest for Lieutenant Governor gets lively

“The realist, the fighter, the outsider, and the really, really experienced one — that’s how you might think about the four top candidates in the race for lieutenant governor, which will be narrowed down to two spots [this Tuesday],” writes Crosscut’s Tom James.

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