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Young people are our future! Niko Battle spoke articulately for lifesaving gun safety laws at the Alliance for Gun Responsibility's fifth annual luncheon

Young people are our future! Niko Battle spoke articulately for lifesaving gun safety laws at the Alliance for Gun Responsibility's fifth annual luncheon

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Packed ballroom for the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility annual luncheon

Packed ballroom for the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility annual luncheon

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Auctioneer and comedian Fred Northup, Jr. invites Alliance for Gun Responsibility luncheon attendees to raise their bid cards

Auctioneer and comedian Fred Northup, Jr. invites Alliance for Gun Responsibility luncheon attendees to raise their bid cards

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Bid cards in the air were a common sight at today's luncheon, where The Alliance for Gun Responsibility announced it has secured $3 million to fund its next gun safety initiative

Bid cards in the air were a common sight at today's luncheon, where The Alliance for Gun Responsibility announced it has secured $3 million to fund its next gun safety initiative

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Young people were the featured speakers at today's fifth annual luncheon for the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility

Young people were the featured speakers at today's fifth annual luncheon for the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility

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Highlights from the final episode of SNL’s forty-third season:

The cold open: Robert Mueller (Robert De Niro) happens upon Donald Trump’s (Alec Baldwin) dinner with Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon), Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller) and Eric and Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day, Alex Moffat)

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Progressives have to speak to those left behind by wrenching economic and social change. But our voices are as authentic, and as worthy, as anyone else’s. I am a real American, too. Deal with it.

— Eugene Robinson: ‘Real’ Americans are a myth. Don’t you dare buy it.

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Flashback to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala: Representatives Tana Senn, Kristine Reeves, and NPI's Gael Tarleton with NPI Advisory Councilmember Rituja Indapure (Photo: Theresa Curry Almuti/NPI)

Flashback to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala: Representatives Tana Senn, Kristine Reeves, and NPI's Gael Tarleton with NPI Advisory Councilmember Rituja Indapure (Photo: Theresa Curry Almuti/NPI)

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Flashback to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala: First Lady Trudi Inslee's rhubarb pie was a favorite item at the Dessert Dash (Photo: Theresa Curry Almuti/NPI)

Flashback to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala: First Lady Trudi Inslee's rhubarb pie was a favorite item at the Dessert Dash (Photo: Theresa Curry Almuti/NPI)

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Flashback to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala: Master of Ceremonies Darcy Burner with Major General Paul Eaton (Retired), NPI founder Andrew Villeneuve, and NPI President Rick Hegdahl (Photo: Theresa Curry Almuti/NPI)

Flashback to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala: Master of Ceremonies Darcy Burner with Major General Paul Eaton (Retired), NPI founder Andrew Villeneuve, and NPI President Rick Hegdahl (Photo: Theresa Curry Almuti/NPI)

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Trump has overwhelmed the news industry, exhausting capacity and journalists alike. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has been the subject of more legitimate corruption stories in the past couple months than eight years of President Barack Obama’s full cabinet combined. Pruitt’s ethics scandals demand so much attention that reports on his toxic influence on U.S. environmental policy are overlooked.

— Francis Wilkinson: Democrats watch the Trump Show from the bleachers

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Highlights from the nineteenth episode of SNL’s forty-third season:

The cold open: With the FBI listening in, Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller) fields calls from Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin), Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon), Melania Trump (Cecily Strong), Ivanka Trump (Scarlett Johansson) and Jared Kushner (Jimmy Fallon) and Stormy Daniels.

Read The Washington Post’s recap of the cold open.

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U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell speaks on behalf of State Senator Manka Dhingra

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell speaks on behalf of State Senator Manka Dhingra

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U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell and State Senator Manka Dhingra take a photo with supporters

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell and State Senator Manka Dhingra take a photo with supporters

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State Senator Manka Dhingra speaks at her 2018 reelection kickoff in Redmond

State Senator Manka Dhingra speaks at her 2018 reelection kickoff in Redmond

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@BECU's David Yonce and Benson Porter listen to member questions and comments at the 2018 Member Summit #WeAreBECU

@BECU's David Yonce and Benson Porter listen to member questions and comments at the 2018 Member Summit #WeAreBECU

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Incoming @BECU Board Chair Susan Ehrlich addresses the 2018 Member Summit #WeAreBECU

Incoming @BECU Board Chair Susan Ehrlich addresses the 2018 Member Summit #WeAreBECU

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@BECU continues to expand in the Pacific Northwest, with a growing presence in Spokane #WeAreBECU

@BECU continues to expand in the Pacific Northwest, with a growing presence in Spokane #WeAreBECU

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@BECU Senior Vice President Doug Marshall listens to a question at the 2018 Member Summit's Executive Forum #WeAreBECU

@BECU Senior Vice President Doug Marshall listens to a question at the 2018 Member Summit's Executive Forum #WeAreBECU

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@BECU had a very good 2017. Over 100,000 new members joined, and the credit union now has over one million members in all. #WeAreBECU

@BECU had a very good 2017. Over 100,000 new members joined, and the credit union now has over one million members in all. #WeAreBECU

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@BECU Board Chair David Yonce welcomes attendees to the Member Summit #WeAreBECU

@BECU Board Chair David Yonce welcomes attendees to the Member Summit #WeAreBECU