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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Secretary of State hopeful Tina Podlodowski addresses the 2016 MLK County Convention

Secretary of State hopeful Tina Podlodowski addresses the 2016 MLK County Convention

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U.S. Senator Patty Murray speaks at the 2016 King County Democratic Convention

U.S. Senator Patty Murray speaks at the 2016 King County Democratic Convention

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Courtesy of C-SPAN, here are President Obama’s remarks at the 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, in which he skewered himself, the Republican Party, and Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

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Six maps that will make you rethink the world

“We don’t often question the typical world map that hangs on the walls of classrooms — a patchwork of yellow, pink and green that separates the world into more than 200 nations. But Parag Khanna, a global strategist, says that this map is, essentially, obsolete,” writes Ana Swanson.

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Tonight is Barack Obama’s last White House Correspondents’ Dinner as President

Tonight, the White House Correspondents’ Association is hosting its annual star-studded dinner, which is both affectionately and derisively referred to as #NerdProm on social media. The Dinner began many decades ago, in 1920, and is typically held on the last Saturday in April at the Washington [D.C.] Hilton.

At the WHCA Dinner, the President is expected to serve as the nation’s Comedian-in-Chief, delivering self-deprecating jokes as well as jabs at the opposition party. Barack Obama has been an especially good Comedian-in-Chief during his tenure as President of the United States, with routines that have been well-received, especially online, as Lloyd Grove noted in a recent piece for The Daily Beast.

The President is traditionally followed onstage by a comedian selected by the White House Correspondents’ Association to anchor the program. Last year, Cecily Strong of Saturday Night Live performed; this year, Larry Wilmore (host of the Comedy Central program The Nightly Show) was selected to follow the President.

Wilmore’s predecessor in the 11:30 PM half-hour, Stephen Colbert, headlined the Dinner ten years ago, and his blunt, no-holds-barred performance there in the character of a faux pundit helped propel him to greater fame and stardom. Today, he is the host of The Late Show on CBS, having succeeded David Letterman.

If you’d like to watch Obama and Wilmore’s remarks at the Dinner, but don’t have cable, C-SPAN has you covered: they’re streaming the whole thing online here.

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The chairman is the rare former lobbyist who is using his industry expertise to aggressively promote the broader public interest…. Neither the cable nor wireless companies can fool him since he knows exactly how they operate.

— Michael Calabrese of New America’s Open Technology Institute, sizing up Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. Wheeler once lobbied on behalf of cable companies, but now they’re angry with him because he has vigorously championed — and implemented — progressive policies they oppose.

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Fired up to protect transgender rights and defeat I-1515

Fired up to protect transgender rights and defeat I-1515

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Bishop Kirby Unti of the Northwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America speaks against I-1515

Bishop Kirby Unti of the Northwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America speaks against I-1515

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Transgender rights *must* be protected: Progressive activists rally against I-1515

Transgender rights *must* be protected: Progressive activists rally against I-1515

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Seth Kirby speaks at the launch of Washington Won't Discriminate: NO on I-1515

Seth Kirby speaks at the launch of Washington Won't Discriminate: NO on I-1515

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John McCain fundraiser and Republican operative Emily Pitha arrested in Phoenix meth lab bust

“A Phoenix woman who has worked for top Arizona Republicans and as a consultant arranging fundraisers for John McCain is facing numerous felony drug charges after Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies raided her home,” CBS News reported today. A McCain spokesman announced that the campaign had cut all ties with Pitha.

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Desperate Ted Cruz unveils Carly Fiorina as his running mate

An increasingly desperate Ted Cruz, who was shut out on Tuesday as Donald Trump swept five Republican primary states, today named Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential running mate, in a move that smacked of Joementum. Cruz has almost no chance now of going into the convention with more delegates than Trump, and so will be attempting to wrest the nomination away from Trump at the convention.

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Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff speaks at an #ST3 workshop in downtown Redmond

Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff speaks at an #ST3 workshop in downtown Redmond

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He’s not moving a party to the left. He’s moving a generation to the left… Whether or not he’s winning or losing, it’s really that he’s impacting the way in which a generation — the largest generation in the history of America — thinks about politics.

— Harvard’s John Della Volpe (via The Washington Post: Bernie Sanders is profoundly changing how millennials think about politics, poll shows).

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Don’t look now, but the Seattle Mariners are on top of the American League West

The Seattle Mariners notched their tenth win of the season tonight, having won eight of their last eleven games. They now lead the American League West.

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Seattle Mariners lead AL West

This isn’t necessarily going to last, so enjoy it while you can.

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Ted Cruz and John Kasich to Coordinate Against Donald Trump

“Ted Cruz and John Kasich of Ohio have agreed to coordinate in future primary contests in a last-ditch effort to deny Donald Trump the Republican presidential nomination, with each candidate standing aside in certain states amid growing concerns that Mr. Trump cannot otherwise be stopped,” The New York Times reports.

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We don’t have the technology to fix the problem… We don’t have the process to develop the technology to fix the problem, and we don’t have the money to support the process to develop the technology to fix the problem.

— Tetiana Verbytska, an energy policy expert at the National Ecological Center of Ukraine, speaking to McClatchy’s Matthew Schofield (Ruined Chernobyl nuclear plant will remain a threat for 3,000 years).

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German automakers who once laughed off Elon Musk are now starting to worry

“Some in Germany are now, rather belatedly, seeing Tesla as a long-term threat to the pride and joy of the country’s economy: the car industry that employs 750,000 workers and indirectly accounts for 1 in 8 jobs,” The Los Angeles Times reports.

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Yesterday was the last day on the job for KING5’s Jean Enersen, Dennis Bounds, and Jeff Renner, the station’s best known personalities. Their work and legacy at the station was celebrated yesterday as they bid viewers adieu.

Goodbye to Jean Enersen

Goodbye to Dennis Bounds

Goodbye to Jeff Renner

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Elected officials celebrate the groundbreaking of Sound Transit's East Link light rail line

Elected officials celebrate the groundbreaking of Sound Transit's East Link light rail line

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King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci praises Sound Transit CEO Emeritus Joni Earl for making East Link happen

King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci praises Sound Transit CEO Emeritus Joni Earl for making East Link happen